Title: Prime Target (Target #1)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: Decemeber 29, 2015
Meet Roman Smith: Shopkeeper by Day. Assassin by Night.
The undercover Russian contract killer has never turned down an assignment that rids the world of scum... until his latest job targets an innocent man. Refusing is not an option, because of Everly Andrews, the sexy southern belle who saved him from dying. She's completely unaware of his double life, but has been marked as next on the kill list should he fail. Only, what The Bratva doesn't know—there’s nothing Roman won’t do to keep Everly safe. Drugged and deposited in a hotel in Prague, Roman must be on guard at all times in order to protect Everly, but the countdown has begun, and it won't stop until his next target, or Everly, is terminated. Can Roman protect Everly until he can eliminate the threat to her life?
**Formerly The Request Series. Prime Target includes all three books from The Request Series.**
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was a pleasant surprise. I love Marquita's books and I somehow missed this series, so I was super happy that it was going to be re-released as one book. Thank god, because I don't know what I would have done if I couldn't have read it all at once.
Roman is a killer. His bookshop is a front, but that doesn't stop him from ordering books for his customer, Everly. Or as he calls her: His weak spot. His solnyshko. His sunshine. She has no idea who he really is and the two of them have formed a kind of friendship. A friendship that grows into more after Everly basically saves Roman's life.
One thing I loved about this book and was different from Marquita's other books that I have read, was the action and intrigue. Roman takes Everly on a trip on the premise that his grandfather is ill and he needs to go visit him, but he is really taking her with him so he can keep her safe. It isn't long until Everly finds out the truth and is thrown into the deep end of his reality.
Amidst all the action there is a very sweet love story. Roman knows that he should leave Everly alone and not pursue a relationship with her, but he can't help it. She knows him as Roman, a regular guy who owns a bookshop. Roman sees himself as just a killer, nothing else, but Everly makes him long for a different life. One where he really is just Roman the shop owner and he doesn't have to kill anyone. The two of them are great together. She is all soft and sweet and he is hard and tough. They complement each other perfectly. In between running from the bad buys and trying to stay alive , there are some really sweet moments between the two of them. This was one of my favorites.
"Ya loobhloo tyeh byah fsyei dooshoi.”
I love you with all my soul. I do. I love her more than anyone else I’ve ever known.
Carefully, I lay her on the rug and join her. She runs a hand over my hip and I can’t help but pull her against me, her back to my chest.
Kissing her again, I murmur, “Ya nyee mahgoo zhit byehs tyehbyah.” I can’t live without you.
“What did all of that mean?” she asks, her voice sleepy. Adorable.
“That you look beautiful when you orgasm.” That much is true. She is exquisite at that moment.
“Oh.” Her sleepy voice turns slightly bashful. “Thank you?”
I laugh, for the first time in days. “You’re welcome.”If you are a Marquita Valentine fan, this is a must read. You will not be disappointed. Another thing I liked about this book are the familiar faces and names that pop up in this book. I won't give any specifics, but if you have read the Holland Springs series, you will definitely recognize a few.
Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has sold over a quarter of a million books around the world. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).
When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.