by Anna Hackett
His skills and ruthlessness made him a legend.
The dark, dangerous former spy.
Now the operative turned billionaire known as Steel collides with fiery agent Hellfire when they discover they’re both on the kill list of a deadly assassin.
CIA agent Devyn “Hellfire” Hayden came from nothing and made herself into one of the CIA’s best deep-cover agents. She’s dedicated to her country. She’s always on the move. She’s a loner. Just the way she likes it. Letting people close is a weakness and she’ll never be weak again.
But when she finds herself under attack by an assassin targeting the world’s best intelligence agents, it sends her straight into the path of the only man who tempts her. The dark, lethal Killian “Steel” Hawke.
Killian Hawke rose through the ranks of the CIA, and knows his name is whispered in fear by his enemies. But when his sister needed him, he left and started Sentinel Security. He protects all those he considers his: his sister, his friends, his employees, and his clients.
But there is one stubborn redhead he also wants to claim.
As Devyn and Killian work together to unmask the assassin hunting them, they are forced to confront their white-hot attraction and their violent need to protect each other. Killian is tired of dancing around what he feels for her. Now that she’s in danger, he’ll do whatever it takes to make her safe, claim her heart, and possess her soul.
Devyn wanted Killian but was so mired in her need to be alone that she puts him and others at risk. It was a slow start for me. It was slow despite the action. The writing is quality as you would expect from a Hackett book but this story dragged along until about the last third of the book. Devyn kept running away from Killian despite him being careful with her. At the same time, his alpha tendencies leaned a little alphahole. He wanted her and loved her but edged towards being too domineering. The one thing I liked about this book is it shows a couple learning to respect each others craft and skill when it comes to danger. She learns to work within a team and he learns to remember she’s capable of taking care of herself. A good read but a little slow.