Review: Best Laid Plans by Stylo Fantome

January 02, 2017

Best Laid Plans by Stylo Fantome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Mercenaries #1
Release: September 7, 2015
Length: 322 pages


* Smuggle diamonds from Liberia to Morocco
* Make the trip in three days
* Don't get caught
* Don't kill each other
* Don't have sex with each other
* Don't fall for each other
* Stick to the plan

This is the story of what happens when an unlikely bond is formed between enemies, causing tensions to rise, and igniting a chemistry that threatens to burn them both. Together, they'll learn that sometimes even the best laid plans can fail.

If this NOVEL were a MOVIE, it would have an R rating from the MPAA. Contains: Violence, Grisly Images, Strong Language, Nudity, and Graphic Sexual Content

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My Review

Bloody Fantastic!! I've always been strangely fascinated by Stylo Fantome's writing and this story was exceptional. She has a knack for making an anti-hero, or unlikely hero (i.e. Jameson from Degradation), into someone I not only want to meet, but someone I'd like to know, to root for, and to eventually love. And I most definitely loved Marc.

"Never be scared. I never want you to be scared, ever again,"

He was one of the best mercenaries in the world. He did jobs for the the Russian Bratva, the Irish Mob, the Italian Mafia, etc. Although he sometimes worked with others in the field (i.e. Kingsley Law, whom I would love to see in his own book), he preferred to work alone as an independent contractor. Unfortunately he had no choice when, due to unforeseen circumstances, he was forced to work with Lily.

Now Lily was a badass herself and my preferred type of heroine. She had made herself into one of the world's most sought after transporters. And she could definitely hold her own against men. My favourite scene with her was when she kicked the car in reverse and shot a flare into the pursuer's vehicle. Badass!

I was intrigued with these two characters by the end of the first page. Their story had them traipsing through the deserts of Africa and as consumed as I was, at times even my throat felt dry from the dust, the sand and the overwhelming heat. I guess it didn't help that here in Toronto we had a mini-heat wave lol. The author was successful in making this book read like an action movie because every scene was thrilling and I can't wait for the sequel!

"... we don't have to be these people anymore ..."

This story was suspenseful, sexy and intense and I recommend it to all lovers of romantic suspense/thriller. I'm off to read part 2 in Out of Plans.


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