Lily Mansfield was a hired assassin for the CIA who decided to take revenge on the family who killed her closest friends and their daughter. She succeeds by killing one of the people she set out to but knows it will take a lot of work to finish with the rest and not get caught. She did this without orders from the CIA therefore they send over someone to stop her. Lucas Swain, the CIA opperative sent to find her, helps to keep Lily safe from the people searching to kill her, helps her to sort out her plan for getting back at the rest of the family and sort of falls in love with her along the way.
This report prepared by Wendy Brown
Ballantine, July 2004, 25.95, 337 pp.
At eighteen, the Feds recruited Lilly Mansfield to make her first hit and now nineteen years later she is a hired assassin working as a contract killer for the CIA. She gets through the days by telling herself the people she kills deserve it and she is doing a patriotic duty for her country that not many people can. Gradually she isolates herself from everyone feeling burnt out except for Averill, Tina, and their thirteen-year-old daughter Zia.
When Salvatore, the head of a worldwide crime cartel kills those who Lilly regards as her family, she turns rogue because Salvatore was a CIA asset. She knows that the agency will send someone to take care of her but she never thought Lucas Swain was that man. On his part, Lucas never expects to fall for Lilly or become the instrument that would take over the assignment with Lilly that Averill and Tina never completed. Swain knows that when Lilly discovers who he really is she will want nothing to do with him.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner