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by Carla Swafford




She Knew How To Fight But Not To Love ...

As the top assassin at The Circle, a shadowy group of mercenaries, Olivia St. Vincent can hunt down anyone. She's been trained since she was a teenager to kill without feeling, to interact with men without love. But when she's kidnapped by the enigmatic leader of a rival organization, she learns she's been lied to for years. She never worked for the good guys.

Collin Ryker believes the sultry woman he's abducted knows more than she's telling about The Circle and its plans for complete domination. Over time, as they work together, Olivia's tenacity and vulnerability captivate him. But if he isn't careful, Collin will fall into the biggest trap of all: caring for a woman who can betray him to his greatest enemy.

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ISBN: 0062117807
ISBN13: 978-0062117809
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Women's Fiction
Author: Carla Swafford
Language: English
Publisher: Avon Impulse (November 8, 2011)
ePUB size: 1753 kb
FB2 size: 1608 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 878
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Rocksmith
As an elite assassin, Olivia (29) not only used her physical attributes to her advantage but also her feminine wiles. From the first chapter onwards, she was described as very sexual, not just as a means to relieve the tension from her job but also to take down any enemy. Collin also correctly assessed that she used sex as a means to cover up other insecurities or to deflect. On the outside she was tough, mouthy, unapologetic. But deep down, she never gave up the dream of finding someone who could love her and have her back.

Collin (30+) was a sexy jerk for most of the story, but I kind of liked that about him. He didn’t know how to act differently, nor had he had any prior experience with deeper emotions. Heck, even by the end it was like pulling teeth to get an ILY out of him. With that in mind, his feelings of lust, mistrust but also being intrigued by her were believable. As the leader of The Onyx Scepter, his utmost priority was the safety of his people. But he was generally kind to anyone who deserved it, including Olivia. That didn’t stop him from being cautious around her.

Olivia and Collin weren’t your typical romantic couple but they did have chemistry. Despite very different upbringings, neither of them really knew how to love or express feelings at all. With that said, a part of me really liked the emotional angst, the somewhat callous approach to their blossoming relationship, and the distrust everyone showed towards Olivia, pretty much up until the very end of the story. Some perverse part of me enjoyed seeing Olivia’s attempts to get Collin to sleep with her fail time and time again, and I enjoyed Collin’s hot and cold treatment of her. It almost seemed like a game between them – trying to get the enemy to cave first. His behavior wasn’t exactly hero material, but it was both true to his character, and it prompted the change in Olivia. Despite his constant rebuffs, she continued to help The OS where she could and unfortunately the distrust towards her continued.

He was intrigued by her different sides, he admired her capabilities and other assets, but he was horrible for making her feel like a pawn in the tug of war with The Circle, and also for making her feel unlovable. His willpower to not have sex with her was amusing most of the time, but once even that was out of the way, he often acted like she meant nothing to him. The sex was always hot with a raw, rough edge that suited their characters and lifestyle. I liked seeing Olivia fend for herself especially in the end. I’m looking forward to the next book.
Kadar
A wonderful debut novel from Carla Swafford! Olivia is a killer and now the pawn between two dangerous men. Theo is a warped, insane jerk (Amazon won't let me put the real word here but it starts with a b and ends with a d) Collin Ryker is a hard man but soft spoken and leader of the enemy group that splintered off from the Circle. The chemistry between Olivia and Collin is explosive. The suspense and fast pace made this a page turner and by the end of the book I couldn't put it down, staying up way too late to finish it. The only reason it wasn't five stars, I wanted a tad more in-depth knowledge of what made these two tick. I can't wait to read the other books in the series.
Foxanayn
I can't even tell others how much I loved this book! I don't read spy stuff, but this storyline works and is probably the HOTTEST set up I've ever read. I'm going to devour the next book in record time.
Efmprof
This book grabs you in the first pages and keeps your attention through out.

Olivia is the type of herione I like, sassy, tough and takes no crap. I love the way she grows as the book goes along. She learns to trust and to love and neither of those are something she has exprience with.

Collin is hot. He has his own issues but can't help falling in love for Olivia.

Hot! Hot! Hot!
Xtreem
Very different, don't get me wrong I loved it and will definitely read more but it at times left me confused , angry and then picking my kindle back up because I had to know what was coming next!!
Rocky Basilisk
Not enough back story as my review for Circle of Deception indicates. And I didn't like everyone thinking/calling Olivia a b*tch. She lacked empathy and controlled her emotions. That didn't make her a b*tch, only heartless and ruthless. She is a pretty cool heroine. Definitely read this!
CopamHuk
This series is interesting and the author has a lot of potential but there is no depth to the stories. There is a lot of detail and emotional connection missing.

The "heroine"'s (if one can call her that considering she is a murderer) back story is told in short incoherent bursts. Her childhood was tragically abusive but it is told in such a way that loses a lot of the emotional impact. Her connection to the hero is ludicrous and an excuse to detail sex scenes. Now don't get me wrong I love sex scenes but I like there to be a coherent story surrounding the sex.

It is frustrating because I wanted to like the characters and I wanted to like the stories but it was difficult to finish the first one. I ended up skipping whole chapters to cut out some of the frustration. Then I bought the second and third thinking the author would get better with experience. Unfortunately, I'm still confused and frustrated.
OMG!! Love, love, loved it!! Not usually my type of story to read, usually prefer sexy cowboys in such but this did not dissapoint!! I couldn't put it down! This story is full of sexy alpha men but they also have sweet side. Has the right amount sexual tension, steamy love scenes, tenderness and danger! I was reading nonstop! Couldnt wait until I finished so I could start 2nd book! I got this one for $1.99 but it is totally worth the full price!! What are you waiting for and go start reading already!!