October 24, 2021

Review * Shades by Jaime Reese


I don’t think I have ever read a book by Jaime Reese that I didn’t enjoy and that same thought goes for this one.  The first line in the blurb is perfect “Life made him dangerous.  Love made him lethal.”

The theme of this story is how a cold blooded hitman can change when confronted with love.  Jaime wrote this spectacularly, the transformation of Killian was the best that I have read in this trope.  It felt real, unrushed and genuine, the emotional change in Killian came off of the pages beautifully.

Then we have Nick, he’s cool and collected and quite a mystery as well.  There are many things from Nick’s past that were a slow burn in getting the information to the reader, loved it, loved the mystery of Nick.  I loved how I was given the appropriate amount of information when I needed it.  

This book has an amazing quality to it.  Jaime is very much the professional author and it really comes through on the pages of her books.  This book combines the right amount of violence, mystery and romance that kept me on the edge of my seat as I turned the pages of my Kindle.

You can go here to the Jaime Reese author page or here for the Amazon link to the book.


Life made him dangerous. Love made him lethal.

Killian Marks is a third-generation hitman. After hunting monsters for over twenty years, he lives under no illusions of happily ever afters and fairy tales. Until he meets a man who threatens to disarm him, by giving him hope for a future and showing him there’s more to life than just death.

For Nick, living in shadows is second nature. He’s all too familiar with the dark side of humanity and knows how delicate life can be. Each new day is a gift, even though it means doing it alone. But he’ll risk his survival for the one man who awakens something deep within and leaves him yearning for more.

Nick wants to solve the mystery behind the dark, brooding man, while Killian craves the life and light emanating from Nick. They soon discover they have more in common than either could have anticipated. With both their lives and hearts at stake, they must confront the ghost from Nick’s past intent on tying up a loose end. Only then will they truly find peace, and discover the shades of life in between.

Shades is a stand-alone novel, gritty in parts and romantic in others. There’s an assassin with a moral code, a snarky sidekick, a hint of suspense, a bit of violence…and a few surprises. Behind it all, there’s a love story that will thaw a killer’s heart.

Book Details:

  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

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