CROSSED by Karin Tabke

Brutally assaulted and then heartlessly betrayed, L.O.S.T. operative Jax Cassidy lives life on her terms.  No friends, no family, no love. But when she comes face to face with assassin, Marcus Cross, the man she has been ordered to eliminate, she discovers his deadly secret.  A secret that draws her into his dark world, jeopardizing not only her heart but her soul. 
  
Marcus Cross sold his soul to the devil for a second chance at life. When dangerous beauty, Jax Cassidy’s life is threatened by the one thing that can destroy them both, Marcus must make a bitter choice–her death or his.

It’s Jax Cassidy’s first mission for L.O.S.T.—one that will give the former cop who went rogue a chance to prove herself. Her assignment: gain the trust of assassin Marcus Cross . . . eliminate him . . . then take down Marcus’s mentor, Joseph Lazarus, a man with a bold eye on the White House. But the woman who’s known by her team for being a femme fatale succumbs to passion, only to discover Cross’s deadly secret. He’s a vampire, and Joseph Lazarus is his creator.  
  
Left for dead by his platoon in the violent hills of Afghanistan, Special Ops sniper Marcus Cross was given a second chance at life. His newly heightened skills make him the perfect killing machine, and as Lazarus’s right-hand man, he’s quickly rising to the top of his dark empire, purging enemies with speed and precision. Only when Jax Cassidy is sent to bring him in does he begin to question Lazarus’s motives and his own actions. But when Jax’s life is threatened by the one thing that can destroy them both, Marcus must make a bitter choice—her death or his

Titles in the L.O.S.T. (Last Option Special Team) series includes:  Crossed –  Double-Crossed –

(Enemy Lover – now titled Crossed & Enemy Mine – now titled Double-Crossed were previously released under the Karin Harlow name)

Title:  Crossed
Series:  (Last Option Special Team) L.O.S.T. #1
Author:  Karin Tabke
Genre:  Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Published:  May 1, 2018
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My Rating:  4 stars

Before I get into my reaction to Crossed, I do want to make this comment:  Enemy Lover – now titled Crossed & Enemy Mine – now titled Double-Crossed were previously released under the Karin Harlow name, so it is possible that you have read this before.

Crossed is intense, there are things that might make you uncomfortable which are actually quite necessary for the story that is being told.  Marcus’ background story will grab you and not let go, not even as he moves into a new world for him.  Jax is a fascinating woman, where she comes from defines who she is when she first encounters Marcus.  They both are products of events that changed them… and meeting is going to change them each far more than they could have ever realized.  It’s also best for you to discover their story firsthand and not through any other reader’s words.

Crossed combines several genre, Paranormal, Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Mystery and especially politics into a story that has many layers, each more involved and intriguing than the previous.  It’s also a story that would be very easy to give away spoilers as well.  So if you enjoy any of those genre, if you love Paranormal, enjoy a good Mystery, or Romantic suspense gives you a special thrill, then you’ll enjoy Crossed.

I enjoyed Jax and Marcus, not only their interactions but how they also affected those around them and in getting deeper into the final truth of this story.  It’s quite an intense and intriguing ride.  I’ll be picking up Double-Crossed for now that I’ve had a taste of the L.O.S.T. crew I want to know more and that’s perhaps the best compliment I can give… to want to know what’s next.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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