Series: Vengeance #4
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC, Publisher/PR
Also by this author: Fast Kill, Fractured Honor, Fast Fury, Buried Lies, Shattered Vows, Rocky Ground
A past poisoned by lies.
Toxins expert Eden Foster was trained never to get close to anyone. She’s only broken that rule twice, and each time it ended in heartbreak. Her mentor was murdered in front of her, and now the man she was forced to deceive and leave behind has suddenly become a threat. She wants justice, but the only way she’ll get it is by joining forces with the only man to pose a threat to her guarded heart—the CIA contractor tasked with capturing and turning her in.
Risking a second chance could cost them everything.
Zack Maguire has spent his entire adult life serving his country, but this time, he’s torn between duty and his heart. Eden might not be the woman he thought she was, but he refuses to accept that everything between them was a lie. If she’s being hunted, he’s all in. He won’t sit back and do nothing when her life is on the line. As the danger mounts, he’ll do anything to protect her. And when their enemies close in, the only way they’ll live long enough to have a second chance is to let go of the past and learn to trust each other.
Toxic Vengeance appealed to me right away because of the Heroine, Eden. She is a “toxin expert” which just sounds amazingly cool. She is also a former Valkyrie (badass group of female assassins who are trained in all kinds of deadly skills).
Eden met Zack before the story in Toxic Vengeance takes place; it ended badly because she was still a Valkyrie at the time and was forced to deceive him. Now, she is in danger; someone is hunting the former Valkyries and attempting to kill them. She is on her own now, having not made contact with her handler in awhile. Zack barges back into her life and falls in love again instantly. She and Zack then must figure out who is trying to kill Eden.
All the books in the Vengeance series are a bit formulaic. First, there is a valkyrie who is trained in a specific area to be lethal. Then, a military type man enters their life and the instant love is strong. They fight together to take down the bad guy. Now, formulas aren’t bad; I enjoyed Toxic Vengeance. But, I found myself confusing it with other Cross books because sometimes it was as if I had read it before but with different character names. The big conflict in the romance of this story is the trust issues. Eden had deceived Zack in the past and he wasn’t quick to forget it.
I wish there was more focus on Eden’s work with toxins! However, I enjoyed her and Zack’s story. The action in this book seemed a bit more violent and aggressive (gun violence) as opposed to more distant ways of fighting, like many of the valkyries skills dictate. Toxic Vengeance is perfect for readers who like this formula and enjoy the blending of action, danger, and romance. While you can read this as a stand alone, I think it helps inform your reading if you have read the previous books since there is a larger story arc at play.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: assassin
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »not for Zack and Eden, but a set up of the final book « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler