Violence has been Lochlann O’Connor’s companion since he was born into a family of old-school Irish terrorists. From there he is recruited into Alpha, a secret government agency dedicated to fighting terrorism—with extreme prejudice. Lochlann’s bravery, efficiency, ruthlessness, and the natural dead eye that lets him hit anything that moves, quickly make him one of the shadowy organization’s most valued operatives.
Cas Vega joins Alpha because it’s marginally better than a prison sentence. He’s a former drug cartel assassin—or at least that’s his story. But Lochlann is suspicious. Despite an irrational and overwhelming attraction to Cas, Lochlann has questions, and they soon lead to a deeper and deadlier mystery. What is Alpha’s true purpose, and why does it seem they want to eliminate Lochlann?
Lochlann and Cas must work together to get to the bottom of Alpha’s scheme and escape it—and all while Cas keeps secrets that could cost him his life if they’re revealed. But it’s not an alliance that can last. Duty turns the men into enemies, even while fate compels them into each other’s arms. Before they can contemplate which will prevail, they must figure out how to survive.
This is the first book from the series Order of the Black Knight that I’ve read. The premise of the shared universe has a paranormal bend to it, but the actual story itself is contemporary throughout. Lochlann is stuck in a reincarnation loop that with each reincarnation it is harder for him to be redeemed and basically he needs to forgive the one person who can save him without killing him. Lochlann was a hard and scary person to his peers, coming off cold and deadly, but everybody knew if they were selected for his team they would never be left behind. I enjoyed his hidden compassion and intelligence. He had been following Alpha for a long time, believing he was working for the good guys, but he still followed his gut and allowed himself to be suspicious.
I enjoyed Cas’s character very much. He might not have been as deadly as Lochlann but he could hold his own in different ways. It was easy to see how Cass complemented him. And even though I enjoyed Lochlann’s character, Cass was easier to connect with. I believed his love for Lochlann and really liked how he was the one who could see past the mask Lochlann put up. I enjoyed the chemistry between the two and wished that there had been something a little more at the end. I felt the ending was too quick and would have loved to see them interact outside the confines of Alpha.
The action was great, and the pacing of the story was excellent, but the plot moved a bit too fast for me. I wanted a little bit more of the story and wasn’t ready to stop reading about Lochlann and Cas when the story ended. I really loved Inga and her “wild card” craziness. Even so, it is a story that I would read again and recommend to others.