Fox writes her morally gray characters so well that I wasn’t surprised to learn she’d been invited to take part in this multi-author series. This novella was easy to read in a single sitting, featuring plenty of the author’s patented “murder swoon.” On the surface, Wilhelm and Nigel are stereotypical hitman types, even if they prioritize taking out the worse of society. The way they initially partner up, connected by their respective handlers, is one of the best “meet cutes” ever. Then, their fantastic charisma and chemistry make the rest of this short work a whirlwind of a fun ride.
Wilhelm doesn’t share all the pertinent information about their mission with Nigel, and I looked forward to finding out what the twist would be. The way the story unfolds is a delight, featuring Fox’s excellent characterization for both our heroes and a relevant side character, despite the shorter length of the text. Outside of the external plot, this story also packs plenty of hot sex but even sweeter accidental romance. And though this book stands alone, observant readers will note subtle references that tie it into the larger shared universe of Fox’s other book series.
As Fox requests in her author note at the beginning of the novella, I won’t be spoiling this story’s epic twist. It’s a clever bit of puzzle that I had a blast figuring out, even beyond the main events of the external plot. For any fans of Fox’s writing who are wondering whether they should give this novella a shot, I promise that the answer is a resounding YES.
Disclaimer: I received a digital review copy of this book from the author.