Enemy Lover

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Enemy Lover

Despite the somewhat generic name, Enemy Lover turned out to be a fast-paced, well-written, exciting read. I'd suggest that the next cover title have a little more oomph, because I couldn't help but wonder how many people will just gloss over that name because it doesn't grab enough attention right away.

Jax's characterization was one of the high points of this story. I really appreciated how she was strong, smart, and yet still had definite foibles that affected her negatively over the course of the story. Harlow doesn't pull any punches with Jax's mental condition, and I like that. I thought that possibly Jax could have had a few more episodes than she had, but it's frequent enough that it's clear she didn't just wake up one morning and decide to get over her PTSD.

I thought that the entire vampire line was a bit under-defined, however. I would have loved to have had more information regarding Rurik, Aelia, and Lazarus. It wasn't bad enough to be irritating or to significantly detract from the book, but I thought that if there had been a bit more background on what exactly the vampires wanted, how they interacted with the human world, the hinted-at supernatural world and their involvement in human affairs and so on...

Enemy Lover does end on a pretty good note. True love conquers all -- for the moment. I'm anticipating the next book in the series and I hope to see Harlow flesh this world out more.

Book Blurb for Enemy Lover

When you have no alternative, then you call in L.O.S.T. Because with the Last Option Special Team, it’s do or die. . . .
It’s Jax Cassidy’s first mission for L.O.S.T.—one that will give the former cop who went rogue a chance to prove herself. Her assignment: gain the trust of assassin Marcus Cross . . . eliminate him . . . then take down Marcus’s mentor, Joseph Lazarus, a man with a bold eye on the White House. But the woman who’s known by her team for being a femme fatale succumbs to passion, only to discover Cross’s deadly secret. He’s a vampire, and Joseph Lazarus is his creator.
Left for dead by his platoon in the violent hills of Afghanistan, Special Ops sniper Marcus Cross was given a second chance at life. His newly heightened skills make him the perfect killing machine, and as Lazarus’s right-hand man, he’s quickly rising to the top of his dark empire, purging enemies with speed and precision. Only when dangerous beauty Jax Cassidy is sent to bring him in does he begin to question Lazarus’s motives and his own actions. But when Jax’s life is threatened by the one thing that can destroy them both, Marcus must make a bitter choice—her death or his. 

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 3.50