PLAY DIRTY by NEVE WILDER & ONLEY JAMES
Mercenary-for-hire Madigan has spent his life indulging in the world’s most hedonistic pursuits, his skills as a sharpshooter paying his way.
Assassin Azrael, the angel of death, is a chemist and a loner, his poisons as lethal as they are undetectable.
A chance encounter leads to a passionate night and a heated rivalry that spans years. When they are both offered a chance at big money by taking out several high-value targets, they find themselves once more in each other's arms and in each other's way.
When Azrael proposes they work together, Madigan can’t resist temptation even though collaborating could put a larger target on their backs. Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, but no matter how far they stray, fate always seems to pull them back together.
In a world where your partner is just as likely to kill you as kiss you, maybe trust is as close to love as they get?
Throw two men with trust issues and who kill for a living together and what do you get? Death and explosive chemistry, apparently.
Az and Madi are both hardened killers with a deep need for individual and couples therapy to work through their mountain of issues. From the moment they met it was a fight, a battle of wills between them to see who would come out on top. They don't trust anyone, including each other—until they do and by then it might just be too late.
It started with a little tit for tat and slowly became more as life kept throwing them together. Soon enough the pair were fighting their growing feelings while dealing with some truly depraved indivuals. Betrayals all around didn't make anything any easier either.
I really loved their back and forth. Neither man seemed truly willing to submit but little by little they both did. Both were snarky and self assured. Each was sure they knew the best way to get the job done and were willing to fight to prove they were right. Together, the made a killer team--literately.
The sex was kinky as hell and hot enough to burn a city to the ground. Both men surrendered to the whims of the other when needed, giving and taking in the bedroom in equal measure. The knife and blood play was written well. It wasn't about pain so much as mutal pleasure.
I really enjoyed Play Dirty. The characters were well written and the plot fast pace and engaging. By the end of the book, I was invested in a solution to their problem as much as I was invested in the Happy Ever After. It was also nice to see old familiar faces. I hope to see more of everyone the the third book.