Published by Kayne Publishing on January 22, 2019
Series: Kill Code #1
Genres: adult, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PROTECT THE ONES YOU LOVE?
THENTen years ago, a covert government operation gone wrong separated Jack from Jessa, the girl he promised he would never leave.
NOWJack's special forces team receives a tip, leading them to a remote farmhouse in search of a group of hackers led by the elusive Zane who work for the same person he holds responsible for Jessa’s death, ten years earlier.
Past and present collide as what was once lost is now standing in front of him and appears to be working for the very evil he is trying to end.
But is everything as it seems as secrets begin to unravel and pieces are put back in their proper places?
And will the last missing piece, the answer to all of their problems, be found in time?
*** Due to some dark and explicit themes in this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only. ***
* Kill Code is the first book in a trilogy.
Kill Code is a romantic suspense novel by author Luna Kayne. It is the first book in a trilogy. I enjoyed Kill Code. I thought some parts of the beginning were a bit slow, but overall this book was a good foundation for what is going to be an eventful trilogy. And Kill Code definitely was a novel that built as it went on. The ending was more than I expected. It certainly set us up for an interesting second novel. Kill Code follows a special forces team in search of a group of hackers. I love anything involving hackers, so I was excited to learn more about what was going on.
I liked the characters, and the romance was certainly pretty steamy in parts. I liked the balance of the romantic elements with the obvious suspenseful atmosphere throughout the story. I really liked that this was a reunion of sorts for our main characters. It was cool that Jessa and jack knew each other from several years back. They were both great main characters, especially Jessa. She really came into her own by the end. I can’t wait to see even more character growth from her in the next installment of the trilogy.
Romantic suspense is not a genre that I read of a ton of, but Kill Code was a well done example of the genre. I enjoyed it, and I think I will enjoy the next book even more now that I know a lot of the backstory. There are some darker elements of the story that may not be for everyone, but they are intentional because of the background to the story. Just be aware of that. If you are a fan of dark romantic suspense novels, I think the Kill Code series will be a good one for you to check out.
The delayed response from inside suddenly makes me apprehensive about the situation as I look around the yard for any signs of the manpower behind those front doors. There doesn’t seem to be many people here.
I take the break to step behind Logan to hide myself from the person who is going to answer. It’s a tactical maneuver to give our opponent a false sense of security. Once in place I shift to examine the house in front of me.
If you weren’t in our business, the front door wouldn’t draw too much attention, but I can tell this house is locked down like Fort Knox. The glass door on the front is reinforced and there is an intercom to the side of the door. Odd set up for a quaint farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.
Just as I am about to call in a head check, I hear the lock on the front door click and the door swings back, revealing a woman in her late twenties. Crouching further, I peak over Logan’s shoulder. The medium length of his hair hides my face and gives me an advantage.
She looks way more confident than we do at this moment which sets me off even more.
“Good morning, ma’am. This your place?” Logan drops his voice to a polite tone and waits for her answer.
She takes a half step back and I see a little more of her. Her dark blonde hair is pulled back into a ponytail and her frame is small next to the burliness of my team members. A familiarity hits me and I shift further behind Logan as I try to remember if I know her from somewhere, but nothing registers.
My adult life has been a long string of jobs, one after another, most of them undercover. With the amount of people I’ve crossed paths with, remembering her is going to be next to impossible and I hope that, until we have our hands on everyone inside, she can’t place me either.
“No, I’m just staying here for a few days. It belongs to a friend.” Her answer is careful and I can see her eyes from my spot and they are locked on Logan.
She’s not looking around.
She’s not one bit curious about who is here with him.
The people inside already know.
I hear Logan exhale an annoyed breath in front of me. “What’s your name, sweetie?” he asks condescendingly.
She stands tall and defiantly crosses her arms over her chest. “Well, I can tell you it isn’t sweetie.” She bites out her last word.
I can’t help but roll my eyes.
I know her defiance is amusing Logan as he leans in to taunt her further. Punctuating each word and speaking as though English isn’t her first language he narrows his eyes on her. “Then why don’t you tell me what it is, so we don’t have any more… awkward first impressions…sweet tits.” He impatiently counters and her expression drops momentarily before twisting into a defiant sneer.
“It’s Dee,” she answers through gritted teeth and I roll my eyes again.
We’re already off to a great start.
My skin instantly prickles at the sound of my property alarm going off on my phone. Someone is within our perimeter.
How did they find us so quickly?
This was supposed to be our vacation. I worked for months to set up a solid trail that would lead anyone trying to find us far away from here on a wild goose chase so we could have a few weeks of down time. Not the two days we’re at now.
Judging by the distance of the dust kicking up from the road, I’d say we only have a couple of minutes to get out of here and Dana is upstairs. Too far away for me to yell for her without being heard.
Looking out the window, I see movement out front, just past our cars. If it was remotely possible to make it to them, our backup supplies would hold us over for a few days while we disappear again.
That’s been our life for as long as I can remember. Jumping around, covering our tracks, and working under everyone’s radar.
I just wanted to give Dana a break. Time to hang out away from our work with Zane. A chance to watch movies and eat all the junk food I stocked the place with.
I even bought us a little boat to take out on the lake behind the property.
The boat. That’s it.
Maybe we can make it to the boat. It’s through the trees out back. Maybe they aren’t aware of it.
“What’s going on?” Dana’s voice snaps me out of planning our escape as she appears from upstairs.
“Ssshh,” I hush and she instantly freezes. “No time to explain. Perimeter is breached. We only have minutes before they’re here. I’ve alerted Zane.” I move to the side window and count three men crossing the field toward the back and sides of the house. “Dammit. I’m going to try to take one out. That might open up an escape.”
“Who are they?” Dana asks as she moves away from the windows, panic appearing to set in.
“Don’t know. But there’s no reason for anyone to be here. So it’s not good. Just see what they want. Maybe it’s local law enforcement, then you can ask them to leave the property. If it isn’t, you’ll need to get out of here. If you can get away, head straight out back and run through the trees. I have a boat on the lake. It was going to be a surprise. Just get in and go. Keys are in a holder beside the wheel.” I grab a metal statue of an elephant and weigh it in my hands. This’ll do.
“But what about you?” Her eyes are wide now. She’s never come this close to being captured before and I know she’s worried.
“You know if I can make it, I’ll be there before you. If I’m not, just go. You know what to do when you get in cell range.” She nods at my words and I turn to jog across the living room towards the steps. “Just stay cool. Buy some time. I’ll be right back.”
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