The Kite by N.R. Walker _ Book Review

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Ex-Australian Specialist Response Group, Tim “Harry” Harrigan, has been running covert ops for almost a decade. A lone wolf, he’s single-handedly taken down terrorists and national security threats, or so he thinks. He’s been in the game far too long, and when he sees a familiar threat, he knows his time is up.

Asher Garin is a dangerous man. A man without loyalty, a man without a nationality, without a country, or a home. He’s also a mercenary for hire to the highest bidder. His next job is a face he recognizes, and after a tip-off, he learns he too is a marked man.

It’s a different game now, and Harry and Asher have a better chance at surviving if they stick together. But it’s not just the game or the rules that have changed. The stakes have too.

Because on their own, they had nothing to lose. Together, they do.

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#EnemiesToLovers #GayAssassins #UsAgainstThem
Caution: on-page physical and gun violence. Reader discretion advised.

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

The Kite is a romantic suspense by author N.R.Walker. Two assassins with a bounty on their heads and trying to take down the man who put it there. I think this is a contender for one of my favorite N.R. Walker books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. It will take a whole lot to beat out my love for Tallowwood, but this one came close.

Harry and Asher are the best in their field. They have opposite approaches with Harry favoring close contact over Asher’s long range firepower, but both have a 100% success rate. When Asher is tasked with taking out Harry, he realizes something might be off and before he knows it, his name is right alongside Harry’s to be taken out. The two have to ignore their instincts to kill each other and find a way to work together in order to stay alive.

“No touching,” Harry said, his voice low.
Asher hummed in reply. “Threatening bodily violence turns me on.”
“I didn’t threaten you.”
Asher’s gaze went to Harry’s hand, still gripping his wrist. “I never said you did. I was just letting you know for your future reference.”

I loved so much about this book! Harry, Harry, Harry, grumpy and deadly, was just a fantastic character. He did everything for his country and had his life thrown off axis to have them betray him. Asher was the sunshine to his grumpy, but that didn’t make him any less deadly. He was high energy, full of endless sexual innuendos, and craved the sting of pain with his sex. Their first intercourse was painful to read, and it might be part of the reason I can’t give it a straight five stars (no matter how rough you like sex, dry anal is not a joy to read). I lived for their banter and the overly charged sexual encounters between them. Even when the banter continues but their intimacy turned sweet and caring, I was just as invested in these two.

It was the kind of hug that fed his soul. He could feel parts of himself long thought broken starting to come back to life, to knit back together. Healing. Soothing.

I wasn’t expecting to have my heart melted by two top assassins, but that’s exactly what happened. When Harry accepts his feelings for Asher and starts with the terms of endearment and the way he cares for Asher when he’s hurt. Also, I was not prepared for Asher’s heart crushing backstory, damn it! It made me want to smoother Asher in love, and I am so glad that Harry was a secret teddy bear who could fill that void in Asher’s life. The two turned into the precious couple I look forward to when I read an N.R. Walker book, with a sweet and adorable epilogue that I was so happy with.

Overall , The Kite by N.R. Walker was a winner and I highly expected to reread it in the future and really look forward to hearing it in audio. A suspenseful hate to love romance between two assassins filled with dual POV, action, danger, violence, sexual innuendos, admiring the scenery, dirty talk, and entertaining banter.


 

—Written by Amanda–

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