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First time reading from the author.
Once I started reading I was tied up into wanting to know their story. So I couldn't stop reading till I got all the info the book was willing to give me. I loved the book, thought it has a nice steady pace to keep me reading.
Miranda is a friend of Devlin's and she doesn't trust Aiden. She keeps handcuffing, ankle cuffing and strapping bombs on his chest. I was like wow she's not taken any chances with Aiden. Had me laughing at them couple of times. Aiden and Devlin's chemistry clicks right off the bat for the two of them. Aiden and Devlin have their hot steamy moment and didn't seem to want to really come up for air. They both had that itch that needed to be scratch for awhile. Love at first sight and hooked for life. Will want to read more books from the author. Loved their writing.
Thank you for letting me read the first part of the series of Protekt.
I had a problem with Aiden. His character was someone who used his looks to his advantage. I didn't see that. I don't feel his character was developed enough. When he was upset that someone looked at Devlin with lust in their eyes, he treated them rudely and held on to it like a dog with a bone.
"She laughed. “I didn’t have many good times back then, but I
remember those with fondness……
“Oh, sweetie.” Mick reached across the table and patted her
Oh Jesus. Aiden tried hard not to let his annoyance show. “Ahem. You
know, I was telling Miranda that I don’t really recall any Sub Current
tunes. I definitely remember The Cure, Joy Division and Echo & the
Bunnymen. Actually Depeche Mode was my favorite.”
Paul tilted his head and narrowed his eyes in Aiden’s direction.
“Is that so?”
I liked the character of Devlin right from the start. Even while being dumped he was a "proper gentleman". Assassins are usually cold in personality and they never get too close to anyone. I would not say that about Devlin. He tried to maintain a relationship prior to getting the new assignment, and the conflict within him about turning Aiden over to Ora added depth to his character.
The interaction between the main characters and the sub characters was something I did not expect to read. Dev’s relationship with his brash friend, Miranda is a great example of this. I found sweet moments that he had with her with no words needed.
Miranda is a kick-ass and don't bother with taking names kinda woman. I loved how she protected Devlin and did not apologize for it. She had Aiden handcuffed, ankle cuffed, strapped with a bomb and when he was tired and wanted rest she knocked him out. I almost wish she was into having a same sex relationship, I would love to see her get together with the U.S. Marshall.
I didn't feel as though I was invested in any of the characters but it was definitely a good read. I wouldn't mind reading it a few more times.
I received this book for an honest review.
In Michael Mandrake’s On the Run, the first book in the Protekt series, Devlin is hired by a mob boss. His job—to kidnap Aiden. Aiden, an herbalist, was to administer a performance drug to upcoming athletes.
Regrettably, a baseball player gets himself caught. A mafia boss, Augustine Ora, starts to feel threatened and doesn’t want to be ousted. Ora is Devlin’s boss. The man who eventually wants Aiden dead.
This can’t be good.
Ora hires Devlin, thinking he would soon have Aiden in his murderous grasp. Like in Pretty Woman, this is a mistake, a big mistake! First off, Ora didn’t even know his hired gun was gay. Ora hates anyone who is not straight, so Dev has always been careful.
But Dev never imagined he would fall in lust by looking at a photo either. Nor did he believe he would ever go against Ora’s orders. The money was simply too good—and men too easy to buy.
Once he meets Aiden, Dev makes his decision: he’s going to kidnap him alright—but for himself!
Though I love action and adventure books, On the Run was a bit different. It’s hard to describe, but Mandrake writes in a very distinctive way. It’s so unlike other authors I have read. He writes more like a newspaper journalist rather than a fiction writer—there was a large emphasis on facts.
At first I was afraid the character of Devlin wouldn’t be easy to like as a love interest. It took me a while, but I finally saw a different side to the killer he portrays. Assassins are a different breed in their own way; cold in personality and never getting too close to anyone.
His character was much like how this book was written. On the Run was somewhat cold at first and bare facts are meant to just move it along. But like Devlin, it starts showing more emotion—both good and bad.
On the Run portrays how close certain characters can be. How their very lives depend on each other. For example, Dev’s relationship with his brazen friend, Miranda.
Yet the book also shows the somewhat stereotypical assassin. How they constantly try to distance themselves from outsiders. In this case, outsiders like Aiden.
But with Devlin’s growing feelings for Aiden, his distance only lasts so long.
Forgive me, but Miranda should have been born a man! (I don’t mean that in a bad way.) She could bottle that attitude and easily sell it! She has more balls than half the men in the book. She is one spunky woman!
There is a lot of jealousy in the book. On Aiden’s part to a point – but with Miranda? She has always loved and wanted Devlin. It would never have happened anyway. Even without Aiden and Dev falling in love.
Devlin was born to love men. Miranda was born a woman—pure and simple. It doesn’t keep her from trying to keep the two apart.
Word of advice in regards to this gal: Never piss her off. She has “mad bomb-making” skills! Though I tried to dislike Miranda, I couldn’t. Even Aiden took to her and she wanted to blow him up!
Though I wasn’t completely absorbed by this book, I did like it. It just took me a bit of time to warm up to it.
I am giving On the Run a 4-star rating. It was a bit slow at first but the humor made up for that. I recommend this book for action lovers. Ones who appreciate a bit of passion between two hot men on the side.
I hope to read book two in this series, especially now that I have experienced and somewhat understood Michael Mandrake’s writing style. I know of at least one person who couldn’t finish this book, however.
Though his books seem different from other books that I have read, it makes me more intrigued than anything. Will his other books be the same? Is it because of his depictions of assassin personas that On the Run read like it did? Or will they all be more journalistic, rather than reading like pure fiction? Like that old commercial says, sometimes you have to be open to new things; whether you like them is another thing altogether.