Defy by Allie Juliette Mousseau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This next Brother of Ink and Steel was an action packed adventure, with a girl who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and a bounty hunter who was just trying to get his mark.
"Gorgeous, cocky, tough, strong - yeah, he's the real deal and the entire package."
Ryder's life has been full of death and destruction. On the run from a young age, his adult life isn't much different. He is a bounty hunter, a good one, and he has his sights on Eduardo Miguel. The cartel thug who just escaped federal custody. What he doesn't really anticipate when he goes in to get him is the captive he finds who might be more trouble than she is worth.
"Her entire presence radiates with a shining vibrant life-force."
Rachel was just a college student, she was just walking around late at night, she was just in the wrong place and witnessed something shouldn't have. She thought she was safe, until she wasn't. Being held captive by Miquel does a number on her psyche but she never loses hope. She does however loses her trust in anyone, so when she gets unexpected rescued, she does not go quietly.
The connection between these two grows but around every corner they continue to run into more trouble. Their story seems to come secondary to the danger and suspense in grand scheme of things. This was an adrenaline rush from beginning to end with a lot of things happening. Ryder has a great attitude and even while fighting bad guys manages to put a smile on your face. He has never let anyone into his inner workings but with Rachel something is different.
"I'm going to devour you."
Rachel is a strong character as well, she does not go down without a fight. She comes out kicking and screaming and does not except help easily. She is feisty with a whole sweet side that makes her really endearing.
I did miss seeing the other boys, while they make an appearance it is a short one and the connection to the other books is fairly loose. That being said, I still liked this book but it had a different feel than the others in the series so far. It kind of comes in the on the periphery of the story of the brotherhood that has been developed. I look forward to what is next from the author and this one is sure to keep you glued to the action.
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