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Sacrifice the Wicked: A Dark Mission Novel Mass Market Paperback – September 25, 2012
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Parker Adams has always done what’s expected of her . . . until a double agent with nothing to lose ignites a passion she doesn’t dare give in to.
Mission Agent Simon Wells is everything Parker Adams has been trained to fight: manipulator, murderer, spy . . . witch. But for her, what makes Simon most dangerous is his mesmerizing sexual magnetism, powerful enough to tempt even the famed ice queen of the Mission. Though she knows better, each encounter with the deceptive agent leaves her craving more.
Simon isn’t a man to let go of what’s his, and his pursuit forces Parker, a woman he can’t get out from under his skin, to make a stand that could destroy her. If they can work together, they might survive the politics that has enslaved their devastated world—or fall victim to the pitfalls of desperation, bone-deep mistrust, and a hunger that threatens to consume them.
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This book draws heavily on the events of the previous installment and while there is a little bit of recap, there is not much. So I spent a little too much time, straining my brain to remember who, for instance, Nadia Parrish was, and where the hero fit in to the Eve project. The book assumes a working knowledge of the world-building and of past events.
All that being said, I think this is my favorite book in the series. The romance was smoking hot. Phenomenal sexual tension and sweltering bedroom action. (*fans self*)
Simon Wells is an agent for the mission, but he is also a genetically engineered witch. He's been placed in the mission as a spy for another sector of the Order. There are, in fact, other witches who have been placed in similar positions. But their DNA is degenerating. And it's Simon's job to take them out cleanly, before they die an ugly death and expose the program.
Parker is the Mission's director and she takes her job seriously. She knows there is something amiss with Simon and Sector Three, but she has no idea how deep it goes. The fact that she is wildly attracted to Simon only makes matters worse.
When Parker's name appears on Simon's hit list, he decides enough is enough. He won't kill this loyal, amazing and dedicated woman, just because she is getting too close to the truth. So the two of them go on the run... trying to get one step ahead of Sector Three and the timebomb of Simon's faulty DNA that's ready to blow at any moment.
Parker is this amazingly put together woman, who maintains absolute control at all times. Except with Simon. There is a sinful dominating quality about him that simply makes her melt. (And me too!!) He reduces her to her most feminine and pliant... and he is so sexy and growly and... It's just really hot. She fights it and fights it, which makes it all the more satisfying when they finally get together. Rraw!
I'm not going to say too much more except to warn you that there is a big, wet, sticky cliffhanger. None of the other books ended this way, so when I got to the last page, I was unprepared for the story to end without resolution. Boo!!!! Clearly, I will be reading book 5 to see what the hell happens next.
This book centers around Director Parker Adams who leads Sector Five is the unit that mainly hunts down the witches. Her unit has been infiltrated by Sector Three and the agents are witches. Simon Wells is a witch who works for Sector Three but is assigned to Director Parker. She knows that he is a witch and has no choice but to accept his working in her unit but she doesn't like it and knows there is more going on then she is being told. She is running her own investigation to figure out what Sector Three is up to and SImon is trying to dissuade her from that since he knows it will put her in grave danger and he is very attracted to her.
Sector Three has been running human experiments and Simon is one of those, unfortunately something went wrong and all the witches that were experimented on are dying. Simon doesn't have long to live and he knows it. In fact, he has been assigned to kill the witches before they degenerate completely and the experiments come to light. Simon has his own agenda but everything changes when he find Director Adams name on the hit list.
I'm not sure why I don't love this series. The world is intriguing and very different. However, it seems I constantly find myself taking forever to get through the books. Maybe if I read them closer together I would like them more since I seem to forget a lot between the books. The characters in this book are just okay for me. Director Adams is a very strong female who wants to know what is going on and wants to take care of her people. She has a very strong since of responsibility and I enjoyed her being in lust with Simon but still making the decisions that would be best for her division. The part I didn't get was how she went from lust to love. They end up on the run together since several agents are trying to kill her and within two days they are in love.
Simon falling in love with Parker was easier to believe. Maybe because throughout the book he is always trying to protect her and you know he has feelings for her. Or maybe because you know he is dying and so it is easier for him to admit that he is falling for her. He is a strong hero but not completely black and white. He has a selfish streak and doesn't always make the best decisions but I think that just makes him more believalble and well rounded.
There is a lot of action in the book until about the middle of it and then it just bogs down. The characters in previous book are brought back in and I had trouble remembering exactly what had happened with all of them (Again because it was a long time in between books). Instead of big action scene at the end that closed this part of the story it ended in a big cliffhanger.
I still think there issome good in the Dark Mission series. Cooper has created an interesting world of witches & hunters in an intense Seattle setting.
I really want to love this series, I just don't. There is one more to finish it up and although I'm curious to see how it all ends I'm not in a hurry to buy it. I guess that's the bottom line, it's a decent read but doesn't leave me wanting more.
I would not recommend reading this series out of order. The world building was done in previous books. In Sacrifice the Wicked I was dropped into the world with no explanation. It was the same with back-story. Side characters appeared with no explanation of who and what they were. While I read I got the impression I should recognize the world, know the back-story, and remember the characters.
Having said all of that I liked the story enough that I will go back and find the previous books and will read the next book when it comes out.
This is a fast paced book filled with tension. The two main characters, Parker Adams and Simon Wells, are front and center for most of the story. Parker is the Mission Director and Simon is suppose to be one of her Missionaries. (This is where you really need to know the world building and the back-story.) Parker is on the up and up, a really good director concerned for her people. Simon is on a plant but is playing for more than one side. When things start to go really wrong the two are thrown together.
The story is built on things that happened in previous books. The action moves the plot forward putting characters where they need to be for the next book. Then it just quits. That is what made me compare it to the old movie serials. There is exciting action, some story movement but it leaves you wanting to know what happens next.