Hit Man by Michele Mannon

Posted December 31, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hit Man by Michele Mannon
Hit Man

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Series: #3 Deadliest Lies
Published by Swerve
Released on December 6, 2016
Pages: 297
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Deadliest Lies series has been one adrenaline-fueled rush since the beginning.  I was beyond excited to get Diego’s book since I encountered him in earlier books

Hit Man is book three in the series and works best in order, but can be read standalone the way the story is on a slightly different story arc from the others though the series arc is continued from previous books.

Diego is on the hunt for the missing pieces from TORC’s ongoing mission and he needs to locate one man.  His mission is turned on its ear from the moment Audrey trips her naive way into the middle of the situation and breaks everything wide open.  He finds it hard to believe that all the coincidences that connect her to the situation are merely that, coincidences.  She’s a siren to him and he can’t resist the attraction even while she constantly blunders and screws everything up nearly getting herself and him killed many times.

Aubrey came to Mexico City to do something good and worthwhile with her architectural degree and her investment in a housing project for the poor only the company goes broke taking her investment with it and she is forced to help raise funds to get the project back on its feet.  This is why she is teaching English at a private school and ends up near a bombing that almost takes out the school and results in one of her little students swiping her passport.  Aubrey is stuck in town, but learns of a wealthy man who might be willing to fund her housing project and that is how she ends up crossing paths with the sexy Diego and landing in a boatload of trouble she doesn’t even understand.

Alright, this was a book that- sigh… I liked it, but I also was nearly driven up the wall by it.  I wanted to take it seriously like the past two, but it was a struggle.  In one word, Aubrey.  She has so many TSTL moments in this story that I swear she wore out a plethora of guardian angels.  It got to the point where it descended into slapstick.  Maybe I missed something and it was meant to be suspense mashed with comedy.  If so, then I suppose that alters things.  Watching Aubrey stumble and bumble her way around and land on her feet each time provided entertainment.

The thing is she has a good heart and seemed to be highly intelligent in her field.  She’s a sexy woman who lets go and embraces her sexuality and Diego.  She takes that tom cat by storm and it was fun to see.  Diego is wild and has been since his youth because losing his parents and living on the streets and in a gang leave him something more than normal.  He’s a deadly operator, but also a person who relishes his work.  Aubrey knocks him on his butt.  Attraction turns into want and he struggles with putting her aside for her own good though it takes all his skill and ingenuity to keep her out of harm’s way.

On a side note, the mysterious Hayden who has intrigued me all along had a facet of his past revealed in this one.  And it was fun to see where the series seems to be headed next.

In summary, I’m on the fence about this one, but I suppose if taken as amusing and fun instead of intense then it was quite the entertaining, exciting, sizzling hot read.  I can heartily recommend the series to romantic suspense lovers who like it fast and exciting.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

On the fence is better than a DNF so that’s good. But it does sound interesting. I would have liked the cover more had they not cut off his head.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, exactly, Mary. I did consider setting it aside because it got silly the way she was just too naive to be real, but it was entertaining for that reason and more so I stuck with it and had a good time in the end.

The headless torso thing isn’t my favorite either.

Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

I hate it when a character drives me nuts in a book. I understand why this one wasn’t as enjoyable as you had hoped. It does sound like it wasn’t a total loss anyway. Happy New Year!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I really couldn’t figure out if it was meant to be comedy or if I was supposed to take her seriously and then be appalled by her idiot moves. No, it wasn’t a total loss and I had fun with it when I chose to see it as a rom suspense comedy.

You have a Happy New Year, too, Carole!

Alyssa Susanna
4 years ago

Heehee. I like the cover. 😀 So this one sounds like it was a bit of a struggle? I think I might struggle with the female protagonist. Onward!

Happy New Year, Sophia!

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

And that is not half as sizzling as Diego was described in the story. Whew, it got scorchy. 🙂 But yes, heroine was a tough sell with me. Onward, indeed.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh goodness. The heroine. TSTL heroines almost always have me rolling my eyes. Come on, ladies! lol I’ll have to check out the other ones though 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yeah, she was something else. I would say they don’t make them this flaky for real, but I’ve known a few folks who are just this oblivious and Mr. Magoo their way through life. The earlier books are intense adrenaline rushes with hot black ops guys and tough women. 🙂

AngieElle @ Ba_BAMB
4 years ago

Sometimes I think mediocre reads are worse than terrible reads. At least a terrible read leaves an impression. I’m sorry this was a bust for you.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

That is true about the mediocre stories. Not sure this one is exactly mediocre since it was pretty exciting and had some good twists, but the heroine did drive me batty.

Thanks, Angie!

Lampshade Reader~Aleen

Ugh sorry about that. I dislike heroines like that. I do like romantic suspense though, so I’ll keep this series in mind. 🙂 ~Aleen

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yeah, fortunately I encountered her in book three so I will stick to the series. Plus I read her other series and loved it, too.

4 years ago

Glad to hear this was a good one mostly, but it sounds like it also frustrated you a lot with these two. That sounds almost comical how many issues Aubrey runs into, but I am sure that wasn’t the feel the author was going for. It’s good she had a good heart, at least that part of her sounds more likeable.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola

It’s a solid and steady series for me when it comes to liking it. I’ve enjoyed all the excitement and danger, also the characters so this one blip with the heroine isn’t a huge deal in the scheme of things. She annoyed me, but I also liked her in equal parts.