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Deadly Lover

(Exit Strategy #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  781 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Justin Mallory has years of bad decisions to make up for, starting with agreeing to join the CIA after being recruited out of the Marines. Now he chooses the jobs and he works alone. It’s safer that way, and he can make sure the good guy always wins.

But this job…he can’t do alone. Two pharmaceutical researchers are dead and a dangerous drug is on the cusp of winning FDA a
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published October 26th 2018
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~Mindy Lynn~
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-challenge
This would have been a 5 star read but unfortunately it needs a bit of a clean-up with the editing. Still, I look forward to reading the next one.
Lorraine Lesar
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m feeling really disloyal here, but I found it overall lacking in the storyline itself - at one stage, I was considering exiting myself. If it wasn’t for that tantalising sneek view of the next book, it would be been a passable 3*.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ku
**** 3.75 Stars ****

Dammit! That sneak peek just did it!!
Everything happened so fast, with the story spanning around 3 weeks or so. That got me worried, as the counting for the end was fast approaching and I didn't want to be disappointed by an insta-love story with the "L" word being carelessly used.

Therefore, I absolutely loved the way the author ended it. And the sneak peek was cleverly done, at least it was crucial to me to make the story deserve a rounding up 4 stars.

The story-line was eng
4.25 stars!

Man, I would have given this one 5 stars, I really would have, if it hadn't been for the typos. It was bad in this, and I have no idea why. This author with Rinda Elliot doesn't really have these typos or these many typos, but in this they were everywhere, so much so that it got really annoying and distracting. It was a lot. Maybe every couple of pages or so, on average - sometimes even less- there was a typo, and more often then not there were several typos on a page. When there is s
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Deadly Lover was an entertaining read, falling into "good but not great" territory.

Let’s get what made it "not great" (for me) out of the way:
*The poor editing. Since multiple other reviewers already addressed it, I won’t belabor the point. I rarely comment on editing errors because mistakes are inevitable. But this went beyond a typo here and there. It was legitimately distracting.
*The relationship trajectory. I liked the premise of Justin and Gabriel’s burgeoning relationship, but it sometime
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Is it just me or does nothing really happen in this book?! 🤔
***update 6/11/18. A very kind soul has informed me that an edited version of this story has now been released - thank goodness. Thanks Jenni Lea***

Please employ an editor for the sequel. Typos galore and some weird sentence structure errors...which is a real shame cos I liked the two MC's. Methinks it has been rushed out.... 3.5 stars rounded up.
Shin Mon Thway
When is the audio of the second book coming out because Mama needs it like now! 😁 What a gloriously thrilling and exciting audio it is! ❤ I loved this fast-paced, action-packed, antiheroes romance. It was refreshing, exciting and simply enthralling! 😍

Justin Mallory is really good at what he does, otherwise he wouldn’t survive more than a decade in this espionage world. But now he has a new job, a job with the pay that could possibly lead to his retirement but comes with equally greater risks. An
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
5 stars for the chemistry between the MCS.
3 stars for the story.

I really loved Justin and Gabriel in this story of mercenaries with morals. The chemistry was just scorching! I wanted their backstories to be more flushed out though. Also, this ends in a relationship cliffhanger, so buyer beware. Tbh, there were more editing errors than I would've liked. The wrong name used,words that should've been plural, etc. It surprised me because the co-authored series had no such problems, so I wonder if th
David Alexander
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drake
~4.5 Stars
3.4 Stars.....

The fact that Kenneth Obi narrated this meant I enjoyed it a lot more than I would have reading it on its own. Why? It’s a bit thin on the mercenary procedural angle and highish on the OTT scale.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, but this could have been much more. Take out some of the sex, some OTT phrases, add in more mystery, more edge, then we would have had a winner. Alas, that was not to be had.

Two mercenaries—assassins for hire, ex-Special forces, CIA, KGB, you get the idea—a
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, military-crime
Well that was way better than I expected... this was gritty, clever and humorous with a sarcastic twist. A strong plot and two damaged assassins who find some element of peace with each other. Very much looking forward to book 2
Michelle Young
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Severe grammatical errors and multitude of typos takes away from the fluid reading of the awesome plot in the book.

I'm a huge fan of the Unbreakable Bonds and Ward Security series. Those books were meticulously written, no typos, grammatical errors,or little if I can remember. In this book, you at times wrote Jason instead of Justin and you inaccurately used Justin's name when it should be Gabriel 's name and vice versa. In other words, I was expecting much more and was very disappointed with th

This could have been a solid 4* read, but it is in dire need of a thorough grammar check!

3.5 stars. Thanks again to elf hermazo on spree for the wonderful gift!


Somebody must have told elf hermazo on spree a big ol' lie that I've been awfully good, because they were insanely generous in gifting me this book and others. Thank you so SO much! xxx PS - this may or may not have been another one of those books that made me make that noise again! *squee*
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I loved the romantic suspense series the author co-wrote so I was excited to see her solo style. I enjoyed this quite a lot, anyone that knows me knows assassins are my crack. Justin is more of a hacker but has extra skills to use when he needs to. The job he’s offered requires two people though, so his handler introduces Gabriel and it’s irritation, annoyance and lust at first sight.

There’s plenty of action sequences that kept me in anticipation, although I kind of expected more excit
Joyfully Jay
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Overall, this is a quick, fun read. It’s chock full of drama in the form of enemies-to-lovers Gabriel and Justin. On the one hand, there are some strong elements of instalove, but Drake does a respectable job establishing that both characters are physically into one another. There are also plenty of sex scenes between Gabriel and Justin to boot. The actual mystery of who would want a pair of doctors dead—and by extension, Justin and Gabriel themselves—seems nigh uns
I devoured this book in 1 sitting, and it is awesome!! This is an exciting, fun, fast paced, suspenseful read. I fell in love with Justin and Gabriel. Two loner assassins forced to work together not realizing how much they need each other, until they do. The dialogue and snark, as one has come to expect from Jocelynn, is excellent, not to mention smoking hot!! Bullets?? Did I mention there are flying bullets?? LOL I need more of Justin and Gabriel like now! BTW I admit I am #TEAMJUSTIN!! Congrat ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Audiobook review

3,5 stars

Reading the blurb (something that I missed with the previous book I listened to and it caused some confusion on my part), and looking at the cover, I expected something a bit different from this book. I expected murder and mayhem, something on the grittier side, and most definitely more mystery and suspense. I mean look at that cover - doesn't that scream darkness and danger to you? Alas, expectations...

Justin Mallory and Gabriel Prescott, alike yet so different. They r
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, steamy
This was good. Assassins falling in love... What's not to love!!
The typos were annoying and surprising from this author but I could go past them.

The cliffhanger though... I hate that! A warning would have been nice because, my patience being non-existent, when I know a book end in a cliff I prefer to wait a few books to start...
The story was good. the end of the crime aspect a bit disappointing but the chemistry between Justin and Gabriel was so good that it didn't bothered me that much.

So Just
Nov 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get into this one. I started skimming at about the 50% mark. The editing is terrible and the story seems like it should be sophisticated but the plot just isn't. I have so many questions and then we come to the end that isn't an end. Not even a HFN.

Justin and Gabriel could have been so much more than all the cliches they ended up.

ETA: When I went to return the KU book, I noticed an update listed as "newly edited" which I infer to mean it wasn't properly edited to begin with ...k
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This barely made it over the line to the two star rating.

The main characters are cardboard cut-outs. One likes to wear jeans and t-shirts and makes stupid jokes all the time! The other is super mysterious, wears suits and has a stick up his butt! Tell me if you haven't read that pairing a bajillion times.

When done right this can be fun. In this case it does not work AT ALL. The funny guy is painfully unfunny. Mysterious suit hottie whines like a 14 year old girl if it was written by a man who ab
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Explosive start to new series. Justin & Gabriel both have major trust issues and things in their past that still haunt them. The banter between them is great, plus it’s a book written by the queen of destruction & havco.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars..

It was an okay book, it took me a long time to finish because I just wasn't that invested in the story... I wanted more action, a little bit more mystery but it was all clean and resolved fast.

Another issue this book has and lost most of the stars from me is the editing of this book. It really frustated me at times. I had to go back and read sentences again and again. I usually forgive mistakes, but when they are so many it puts me off.

I was more interested in Gabriel than Justin. To
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
This book deserves 4 stars but I can’t give it. There are too many typos in words or actually confusing the names (one or two times ok, but this was a lot!) and normally I don’t really give a fuck, but this was just plain annoying. It’s like nobody read the last version with full attention before the book was published. It could really use one final round of editing.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this!! Gabriel and Justin were both killers with a conscious. I will fully review after the next book but this was a great start to a series!!
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, it was almost perfect for me and I’m deeply invested in the relationship of the MM leads.
*Suzy (ereaderuser)*
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was so good, which makes the grammar and spelling errors so frustrating!
Tina LoveBooksDK
I can NOT say enough good things about this book. I'm in book heaven right now!!
You seriously need to read it, It’s crazy good!!!
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Horrible, horrible editing (or lack thereof). Glaring grammar mistakes, misspelled words, missing words in sentences, mixed tenses in the same phrase (i.e. mixing present and past tense) and many more. It really gets you out of the book. I finished the book in the end because I liked the Unbreakable series and I wanted to see how Jocelynn's writing is when she's not writing as part of a duo, but I'm not sure I will read the second book if there is no editing. A pity, the book could've been very ...more
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A former Cincinnati native, Jocelynn briefly lived in the wintery wonderland of Wisconsin before mounds of snow had her running for the sun-kissed beaches of South Florida. She started writing when she was 12, spending one summer re-writing the story of Robin Hood because it really needed a kick butt female character. Since those early days, she’s written fantasy, romance, horror, science-fiction, ...more