Hidden Hitman series by Jay Blair

Undercover (Hidden Hitman #1)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: This book is the first book in the Hidden Hitman Series. This book can be read as a stand-alone.

Emmett Hume is an FBI agent newly assigned to Juarez, Mexico. After the death of some of his state-side team members due to a trap set by the cartel, Emmett finds himself working with an unlikely ally: a hitman for hire who works both for and against the cartel, a sicario named Alejandro.

Emmett, when working undercover, also goes by Emme. When dressed as a woman he can overhear important conversations, and he can also be used as bait. When Alejandro asks for a date with Emme, Agent Hume doesn’t know if it was just a set-up, or if Alejandro’s motivations run deeper. Before he can find out the truth, Alejandro runs into the local jefe, and whatever happened between them, in the end the jefe is missing, and so is Alejandro’s memory. Emmett is assigned to take Alejandro into witness protection as his wife Emme, and when he starts to fall in love he’s got nothing but unanswered questions: is it real that he loves a man? Is it wise? And when Alejandro’s memory comes back, will it still be mutual?

This book is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. This book does not end in a cliffhanger and has a happy ending.

MY REVIEW: Three words: Give. Me. More! This has thrills and nerves and smexy-ness. I want to continue the story. I want to gobble it up in great big gulps.
I can relate to the character who feels that clothing basically feels like a role to play and feeling most true to himself at home in the shower. I like how the boss is a jerk, but human. So he has redeeming qualities, too. I know there’s going to be major upset and anger later at the deception, but I still need to see it through.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

Unforgettable (HH 2)-JB

Unforgettable (Hidden Hitman #2)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: This book is the second book in the Hidden Hitman Series. This book can be read as a stand-alone.

Emmett and Alejandro know that ignorance is bliss.

Since suffering a blow to the head and getting amnesia, Alejandro has forgotten his past life of suffering by the hands of the Mexican cartel, and his vigilante life as a sicario, a hitman for hire.

Agent Emmett Hume has been guarding Alejandro while they await his memory to return, but he’s also been falling in love with him. Undercover as his wife, Emme, Agent Hume starts hoping that Alejandro’s memories will never return, leaving them both so happy.

When Alejandro’s memories do come back, there’s more to worry about than just the cartel. Emmett finds trouble with his career in the FBI, Alejandro is back to his life of secret agendas and hunting for justice, and on top of all that, they both can’t seem to forget one another.

This book is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. This book does not end in a cliffhanger and has a happy ending.

MY REVIEW: Heart-wrenching in the best possible way. A really good follow-up.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

Unbelievable (HH 3)-JB

Unbelievable (Hidden Hitman #3)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: This book is the third book in the Hidden Hitman Series. This book can be read as a stand-alone.

Emmett and Alejandro are changed men, or so they like to live. No longer in the FBI, and no longer working as a hitman for hire among the world of drug cartels, these two live in domestic bliss in Argentina. New names, new occupations, and a house of their own they only leave for the joy of coming home to.

Their idyllic new life doesn’t last, however; a survivor of their old world has come to them for help. The niece of Commander Digger, the man who unknowingly put this couple together, is being hunted by the cartel because of her uncle’s job, and needs help getting back home to her parents, if they’re even still alive.

You can take a hero out of the fight, but you can’t take the fight out of a hero. Emmett and Alejandro know they can’t turn away an innocent girl who is dying for their help, no matter how much danger it brings back into their lives. They’ve survived and come back together before … can they do it again?

This book is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. This book does not end in a cliffhanger and has a happy ending.

MY REVIEW: The author kept good pacing. When the couple was living a laid-back life, the narrative meandered through the details. When the danger arrived, the pace changed to shorter, blocky highlights. Nowhere did the story stop feeling like a love story, though. Even if it did feel a little repetitive, adulation-wise, it still came across as being more of a result of the character whose head you’re in, rather than a mistake on the author’s part.
I really feel this was a good continuation of the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

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