Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.
Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit – something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned.
My Review …
Lissa is a killer, but no one knows her other persona, to everyone else she is just fiery tempered Lissa, the glass blower, the famous chandelier maker.
But she’s on a mission, and no one is going to stop her.
She’s out to revenge her family, then she’s going to take out the men hunting the Prakenskii brothers, keeping them safe means keeping her sisters safe. She knows she won’t come back, but she’s willing to sacrifice herself for her family.
And after getting intel from her new brother-in-law Gavriil, her target is close. Her endgame in sight.
Casmir Prakenskii is undercover, he’s always been undercover, he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t someone else. A promise to his brothers have him shadowing Lissa, he’s surprised she’s going after the men who killed his family, that’s his job. He’s got nothing else, but meeting and interacting with her gives him pause for thought. Could she be his woman? He knows his brothers have all found theirs, but could she be for him? He knows taking out the Russians who killed his parents will mean death, and he’s never really cared, but if Lissa is here, then maybe he has something to live for.
Both Casmir and Lissa are fire elements, both have hot tempers, but it’s the flames of passion that could be their greatest challenge, can they really have a happy ending?
This book is full of action. Most of the women in this series are pretty mild mannered. And yes Lissa has come from a tragic background, but she’s not willing to forgive and forget, she’s out for revenge. And if that means sacrificing herself, then so be it. She has honed herself since childhood, making herself into a weapon, a mistress of disguise.
The fight scenes are brutal, the backstory to both Lisa’s and Casmir’s lives are hard, and that’s why they work well together. She’s a warrior, and will always be in the front of the battle, and not hiding.
I like this book, I like this series, it’s great that we keep in touch with previous characters, it’s also setting us up for the final book, and the spin off series.