When You Least Expect It…
They call him the Shadow. Andrei Solace delivers death on silent feet as an assassin for the Phantom Corps. The perfect weapon in the fight against the Imperium, he’s sent to the same ’Verse he left behind as a youth.
Piper Roundtree is a mercenary prepared for anything—except for being rescued from Imperial lackeys by the man she hasn’t laid eyes on in eleven years. While she remembers every mesmerizing sensation he gave her, she thought they were through. And against the backdrop of an impending war, their passion is reignited.
The girl Andrei once loved is now a fierce woman who can pilot a ship through canyons at high speeds, and drive him wild with equal abandon. As much as Andrei tries to protect her from the darkness inside him, Piper admires his skills and the code he lives by. Now the lovers must join forces—in more ways than one—to save the Known Universe before the enemy hurls it into irreversible chaos…
This is the second book of Lauren’s that I have read and I have to say that I am officially hooked on her writing.
Andrei has got to be one of the sexiest heros I have read in awhile. When Andrei returns home after more than ten years away working in the Phantom Corps he knew it was going to rough. What he didn’t expect was the easy acceptance of the people that he had been closest to and left without a word. He also wasn’t expecting Piper to want to have anything to do with him, or to want to resume the relationship that they had had as kids.
Piper never expected to see Andrei again. She knew he was alive by the package that he sends every year. So when he walks out of the dust after having just helped to kill the people that had just ambushed her, all she feels is relief.
This is one of those books where you know what is going to happen, at least it was for me it was. Andrei and Piper were teenage sweethearts, one of those couples that would have made it last to a lifetime if they had been given that opportunity, but who were not ready for that. They needed to be apart to discover who they were on their own and to become who they were meant to be.
Having never read a book in this series I was a little lost on the relationship dynamics of those in Andrei’s group but not enough that I couldn’t enjoy the book. In fact it made me want to find the other books in this series and read them.
The book did end with a relationship cliff hanger that Lauren has already confirmed will be the next book in the series. It is one that I will be wanting to get in my hands as soon as I can.
This book is the second in the Phantom Corps series but also a part of the Federation Chronicles. Also I have to say that the covers of these books are AMAZING!!