Thursday, October 13, 2022

Lessons Learned (Mission Mercenaries #1) by Marie James ~ Book Review

 Release Date: October 13 

They call me a soldier of fortune. I go where the money takes me.

Lauren Vos, an FBI agent, and I were an odd pairing, having met years ago on another job.

Against my better judgment, I let her under my skin.

She got to me in a way no other woman had before, but it still didn’t stop her from stepping over my lifeless body the first chance she got.

The day she left me for dead changed me in too many ways to count.

Now that our paths have crossed again, all I can think about is revenge.

The problem with punishing Lauren Vos is that instead of running as far from me as she can, she enjoys the way I treat her.

Her need for degradation may be the death of us both.

The Mission Mercenaries series is a Cerberus MC spin-off. Expect crossovers to happen!

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I have read previous books by Marie James and really enjoyed them especially the BLACKBRIDGE SECURITY SERIES which recently ended so when I saw she was starting a new series I was totally there for it. I didn't know that Lauren and Angel had shown up in one of her previous books, THUMPER  (Cerberus MC Book 17), which I hadn't read and while it may have shed some more background on them it isn't necessary to read before this book so if you haven't read that book either it's okay you can definitely read this one independently. 

Lauren "Lola" Vos is an FBI agent with a disturbing past, a past that makes her put herself in harms way. Some may say this isn't healthy but this is the way Lauren deals with things, and gets things done. 

Benito "Angel" Corea is a mercenary for hire, his specialty is finding women that have been sex trafficked. Which is how he and Lauren have met, and it's also the reason he hates her so much.

I will admit that this story was much darker then I was prepared for, there weren't any trigger warnings so coming off of Blackbridge Security and only reading one book in the Cerberus MC Series I wasn't expecting the darkness and I honestly wasn't in the best head space for it either, so it took me much longer then it normally would have to finish this book. That doesn't mean it wasn't a good read because it was. I really did enjoy it, I just had to put it down and step away for a while more than I normally would have.

I enjoyed the story line and thought the chemistry between Lauren and Angel was good. I will definitely have to do a reread when I am ready for all of the degradation and angry sex.

If you enjoy STEAMY Dark Romances, Enemies to Lovers Romances, Forced Proximity Romances, or Romantic Suspense Reads I would recommend this book to you.

Happy Reading!!!

**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**

Meet Marie James

Let's see...where to begin...

I'm inching up on the BIG 4-0. The gray hairs are doubling what seems like daily, and the wrinkles and laugh lines are more pronounced than ever.

I have an amazing husband (Married just over 15 years.)

We have two boys we're doing our best to raise as respectful gentleman.

I have a master's degree in criminal justice which I used to work as a juvenile probation office until deciding to write full-time in June of 2019. So that means there's usually always some criminal/law element to my novels.

If I'm not writing; I'm reading.

My favorite genres recently are bully/reverse harem and enemies to lovers. Maybe I'm reliving my traumatic teen years through the girls who actually end up with the boys. (Not that I would change my history since it's gotten me exactly where I need to be!)

I love coffee. I miss carbs. Music is LIFE. I try not to be too serious.

To learn more about Marie and her books, visit here

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