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Former assassin Vlad Aristov traded his gun for a wrench and now works as a mechanic. Wanted by the U.S. government and Russian Mafia, he dreams of not only being an American citizen, but a free man—which is a dream he knows will never be a reality. 

Paranoid recluse and daughter of cult leaders, schoolteacher Lucy Spencer longs for a normal life. Instead, she lives in fear, waiting for the day her parents will finally come for her. And when they do, she knows they’ll have one thing on their mind—murder.

After a repair job brings Vlad and Lucy together, the chemistry between them is undeniable. As their relationship grows, strange things begin to happen to Lucy. Believing Vlad was once a bodyguard she turns to him for help. But that help comes with a price—especially when secrets are revealed and love is betrayed. Can a killer and a paranoid recluse find true love? Or will the past tear them apart?

*This book was originally titled VLAD

September 27
Kristine Mason
Kristine Thompson

Customer Reviews

TommyDi ,

Let the Mayhem Begin...

Kristine Mason has done it again, and this time it’s a special treat for C.O.R.E. fans. VLAD, a beloved character from earlier stories, is not the stereotypical millionaire bad boy that so many contemporary heroes are modeled after. Sure, he has a dark past and plenty of misfortune but also a childlike appeal and eternal optimism that makes you instantly admire him.

Lucille Jean Spencer is a beautiful, strong reclusive character whose paranoia is keeping her from living life to its fullest. The elementary school teacher is definitely not the type of woman VLAD goes for - or is she?

Both VLAD and Lucy are trying to stay one step ahead of a past that is constantly threatening to catch up with them. This story has it all... attraction, love, murder betrayal and maybe even something for you animal lovers out there.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a Kristine Mason book without a side of sick and twisted thrown in for good measure. Let the Mayhem begin...

straighttalker198 ,


Really weird characters, with unheard of backgrounds. The weirdness and peculiar nature of their backgrounds really sunk the book. The characters backgrounds weren’t even somewhat fathomable, making this book feel just like a made up story.

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