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The Financier (Hudson Kings) Paperback – November 21, 2017
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Liz Maverick is a bestselling and award-winning author and adventurer whose projects have taken her from driving trucks in Antarctica to working behind the scenes on reality-TV shows in Hollywood. Known for her smart, funny, and emotional romance novels with fast-paced plots, Liz has written more than fifteen books. Her bestselling book Wired was a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year, and Liz also created the USA Today bestselling Crimson City series.
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I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my review, however, this review is my unbiased, honest opinion. I highly recommend this book.
Nick Dawes, New York stock market genius is known as The Financier for expertise in moving money. He works with the Hudson Kings organization, a group of mercenaries for hire that are currently working for the United States government to identify Russian moles that are spies in our country. Nick take a side job with a Russian mob leader to get intelligence and it all goes wrong when he transfers twenty million dollars and it goes missing.
This sets the plot for the novel The Financier and he hires Jane MacGregor to become his fish sitter and live at his apartment and keep his fish healthy. The danger escalates, romance develops and the tension builds to an exciting climax. I love a good mystery with lots of hot romance and The Financier delivers just that.
Wow! When I picked up The Transporter this summer, I knew I was reading the beginning of a great series. I loved the characters; I loved the world; I loved the high-octane action; I loved the tenderness. But I had no idea The Financier was going to absolutely blow me away. Because I don't care how amazing Shane is; Nick has him beat by miles and miles.
Nick is like an onion. He has all these layers you have to peel away to get to the heart of him, and you are going to cry while doing it. Or Nick is like an opal. Every time you turn him a little, he's a little different. Either way, he's my kind of catnip - in every way. If Shane could transport me any time, then I'll feed Nick's fish any time. And that's a large part of why Nick is one of those super special characters.
But before we get into how extra special these characters are, let's talk a little bit about the action. The Transporter was a lot of high octane, wildness. That's in keeping with Shane's occupation and who he is. The Financier does have some wild and crazy moments (I'm looking at you, Law, and at you, Roth, and at you, Maks.) but in keeping with Nick's very different personality, they aren't the wild car chases with guns featured in The Transporter. There is an underlying tension in everything that mutes the violence to some degree.
That's no bad thing. That tension is inherent in absolutely everything that happens, in every conversation, in every glance and every touch. It pervades everything to such a degree that absolutely everything is racheted up a notch, sexual tension included. And when things do explode, literally and figuratively, those explosions are exponentially hotter and more destructive because of the tension.
But, back to Nick and Jane. Nick is like an onion: layers upon layers. He's a rough and tumble bad boy, a vulnerable unloved child, a smooth operator, a basket case, a tender poet, an animal lover, a high roller, a fraud, a lone wolf, a shadow, an insecure man who doubts his worth. And that's just a start. How do you not love all of that?!
And then he is paired with Jane. Jane, who is friends with Ally and Cecily; Jane who has her own issues; Jane who is larger than life and who lives out loud and who is infectiously happy even when life has got her down. Jane with her big heart and her Grandmother and her art. A Jane who takes explosions and fish and dogsitting and clandestine missions in stride, like they are no big deal. That Jane who steals away the heart of a shadow and makes him whole. And how can you not melt to see it?!
One of the beauties of The Transporter is the introduction of a mystery for a later book. And that mystery got pushed a bit more in The Financier much to my delight. I'm utterly fascinated by this mystery and the tiny dribble of clues here only made this book hotter - and I do mean hotter.
With an absolutely amazing set of main characters, an impressively strong set of secondary characters, and a tension that just won't quit, The Financier will set you ablaze. It's got all the feels plus all the action you could want. There's a very intimate and personal feeling to The Financier. The only thing I can't decide is whose book I want next because OMG! the Hudson Kings are something else. Please give me more, and soon!