Title: The Hit
Author: Julie Weaver
Series: Team Zulu #1
When Eilas “Shep” Shepherd accepts a Mafia contract, he doesn’t expect his mark to be an innocent woman. Instead of fulfilling the job, he kidnaps her and takes her to his hideaway in the Appalachian mountains.
This was a very good story about an emotionless assassin falling for his target. Shep has always preferred a quiet life, especially after being in the military. He is an assassin because he is good at it and it pays the bills, not for the thrill. I liked Shep a lot. He was protective and sweet, which is a nice surprise in a professional killer. Being around Cam really brought Shep to life and made him live and feel for probably the first time in his life.
“If they thought I was dangerous before, they’ve got no idea what I’m capable of now I’ve got something worth fighting for.”
I really loved Cam. She was smart, determined, and sassy. She didn’t make it easy for Shep to kidnap her and for a while continued to put up a fight. She just never gave up and was determined to help her brother. Cam may be a strong woman but she was also compassionate and loyal, which I really liked. I especially liked how she broke through Shep’s walls and found the quiet and caring man he had hidden.
The middle portion of this book was a bit slow. It focused on Cam and Shep getting to know each other instead of the action. For taking place over a week, this was still a bit of a slow burn for these two but it worked really well for the situation. I enjoyed the pace of their relationship and how the action wasn’t the focus of the story. Overall, this was a great story with a great couple. I am looking forward to the next book.
Trigger Warnings: on page animal injury; brother struggling with drug addiction; PTSD; child abuse and neglect discussed; kidnapping; death of children discussed