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Black Heart (Black's Bandits) Paperback – January 17, 2022
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He’s untouchable. Unbreakable. She plans to destroy him.
Former CIA agent Ian Black has done terrible deeds. Sacrificed his honor and reputation for God and country. He’s a fighter and a survivor. His mission is to rid the world of scumbags who prey on innocent people.
No price is too high, and no one crosses him. Not for long, anyway.
But then Natasha Oliver walks in, threatening to expose the one thing Ian thought dead and buried: his heart.
Natasha’s innocence was ripped away years ago when she was thrown into prison for crimes her parents committed. Now, as the assassin Calypso, she intends to hunt down those responsible for what happened to her.
Including Ian Black. Getting involved with him is madness, but she made a vow - and she will do whatever it takes to keep it.
Until she discovers that the line between hate and love often stands on a razor’s edge...
**Start reading the Black’s Bandits Series today and enjoy an action-packed, seriously romantic and steamy-good-fun military romantic suspense. Each book can be read as a standalone. No cliffhangers or cheating and a guaranteed happily-ever-after ending!
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- Publisher : H.O.T. Publishing, LLC. (January 17, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 370 pages
- ISBN-10 : 194100265X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941002650
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.93 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #608,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I absolutely love Ian’s back story which comes out bit by bit so we understand his reasoning and motivation to do and be who he is. Ian is a very complex man, but also has a heart of gold underneath the intense, arrogant exterior. You feel sad for the young boy he was and proud of the man he has become, despite the enemies he has made. He has come a long way in his journey and fought his entire way up the ladder to his present state. I enjoy Ian’s mental transformation while he figures his head out and eventually, what his heart is telling him about Natasha. For such an intelligent and ruthless man, it took him a good long while and a vicious threat for him to finally see the light.
I love how Ian is a man of action, who gets things done. He always goes into a mission with a Plan A and B, but sometimes a Plan C (winging it) is needed if things go sideways. He has a team he trusts and takes care of his own. He’s not afraid to call in favors to make things happen the way he needs them to.
I was entranced with Calypso’s transformation into a scared, hesitant, young woman. The author did this character proud when she created the back story and present situation for Calypso/Natasha. We have learned throughout the previous stories to hate her. She is an evil assassin. This new Calypso has turned into a vulnerable Natasha who has many secrets and loves hard.
Ian’s obsession with Natasha is compounded and constant. Her obsession with Ian is confused. She needs him dead. This dynamic between the two keeps the reader devouring the pages. Their dancing around each other is as old as time with a intricate and interesting twist.
This story is intense, exciting and suspenseful throughout and lures the reader along, demanding patience to learn the outcome of Natasha’s betrayal. It leaves you craving more and needing the next fix! I love it!
Natasha has made a vow to kill all of those she feels responsible for the 2 years she spent in the Russian prison. And Ian is the last on the list. There's just one problem. She's attracted to him. After a passionate night spent in his bed, Natasha isn't sure she can carry through with it. And Ian gets more than 1 surprise when Natasha shows up to warn him that there are new threats against him from the evil crime syndicate she works for. (Enslaved to, more like.) Natasha is sure she can't kill Ian - for more than just her attraction for him. Being with Natasha makes Ian think of home, family. Things he never imagined. But its not an easy road to HEA. I particularly appreciate that while there is a thirteen year gap between Ian & Natasha, age is not made an issue in this romance. Ian & Natasha are two broken warriors with similar tragic pasts who heal each other through their love.
If you've followed the four previous Black's Bandits stories, you know about the assassin Calypso who's been a thorn in Ian's side. (Like Ian has been the guy the HOT teams led by General Mendez love to hate.) Far from being a cold-blooded killer, Natasha emerges as a surprisingly sympathetic character in Lynn's skilled hands. And we finally get Ian's backstory And get a glimpse of what has been driving him all these years. (Better get the tissues with that reveal.) And we learn his real eye color!
Ian Black has grown through all his appearance from a terrorist to a valued valued comrade but he is always his snarky, irreverent self. (I loved Mendez's moment of payback for all of Ian's snide remarks over the years.) Natasha is perfect for him, tough, smart, and sexy - if a bit prickly. You will laugh, worry, and cheer.
You don't have to have read any of the previous Hostile Operations or Blacks Bandits stories. Lynn does a good job of catching up to date. But her Hostile Operation Teams series is consistently terrific and I highly recommend them. If you want to at least read more about Ian Black & are unfamiliar with the HOT world however, I'd recommend HOT Rebel, HOT Ice, HOT & BOTHERED, HOT Valor, HOT SEAL Target, & Black List for key Ian Black moments.
5 big stars!!!!
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That Ian would end up with Natasha was given from the first Black's Bandit book and I still think it is the wrong desicion.
The book has a decent amount of really slow periods, too slow for a story where one wants to kill the other and fears about someone being hold hostage. While Natasha's struggle with her pregnancy was written well, I think putting the whole focus of turning an assassin into a love-upped woman isn't just my style anymore. Telling everyone that she is a trained operative and then happy to let the big strong men do their job just doesn't sit well for me.
There is hardly any background on Ian, we know hardly anything more than the reason to hunt trafickers but still nothing about the CIA and his cover or not cover. A shame, as I find him a lot more interesting than Natasha.
Sorry Ms Harris, I think that was it for me. I. already stopped reading the HOT books as it is too much Damsel in Distress for me, the earlier books are far better when it comes to the female characters. It seems to be the new way to write romantic suspense and one reason I move more and more to MM instead.
This was one of those books that I just needed to read the next chapter and then the next, didn't want to put it down until I'd finished it.
IMO you would need to read the previous books to get the most enjoyment from this brilliant series
But OMG what a story. Amaaazing . Literally could not put this down. The ups and downs and the emotion was just arhhh ( as you can tell I don't have words) lol
Ian and Natasha. This is going to definitely be a non-spoiler.
Just buy it and read it already. Haha. You'll love it? Adore, wanna re- read it asap again.
Thanks you Lynn Raye Harris for your Brilliantness!
Can't wait for more x