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Also by this author: Winter Dark
Series: The Winter Series #2
Also in this series: Winter Dark
Published by Bookouture on 18th May 2020
Genres: Crime, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
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‘Winter,’ he says. ‘You’re going rogue again.’ ‘Desperate times.’ ‘This is like chess and you’re the Queen. The best player on the board doesn’t get into a fight with a pawn.’ ‘The Guardsman is no pawn.’
Winter returns to face the most feared hitman of all time: the nameless, faceless Guardsman.
Secret Service agent Winter knows global crime boss Alek Konstantin’s days are numbered after she seduced him, then revealed his identity to the world. Now, permanently on the run from the authorities, Alek fights to regain control as the brutal criminal organisation he ruled with an iron fist crashes down around him.
When a young woman called Lucy is viciously stabbed and dumped on a mossy grave, a harrowing message for Winter carved on her forehead. Winter follows the trail to the Guardsman – a pitiless contract killer, and Alek’s top hitman. Has the Guardsman gone rogue or is Alek pulling the strings to taunt Winter once more?
In a desperate bid to lure Lucy's killer from the shadows and find a path to Alek, Winter books the Guardsman for a hit on herself. If she succeeds, she’ll have the world’s most dangerous killer at her mercy. But if she fails…
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After finishing Winter Dark I had to read Winter Rising. Alex slowly drew me in with the first book but the second I was in deep and was not coming out. While this is the second book you could read it as a standalone. I would, however, recommend reading both books to really get the background.
This book is set 8 weeks after the first. The world is still hunting for Alek but Winter has a new focus and that is finding Lucy’s killer, The Guardsman. As in the first book Winter is kickass and confident. I think she has a lost a little of her overconfidence and is starting to use the people around her a bit more. But she is still on a solo mission to save the world. There are times when her overconfidence really gets her into trouble. She thinks no one can do it as well as her. I still love her and while she can go, rogue, I think she does it with the best of intentions.
Alex’s writing is perfectly paced. I easily read page after page. I was hooked! We also get to know some of the characters from the first book a bit more. See more of their personalities and their skills as Winter starts to learn to use the help she is offered. I love the new recruits too. I can’t wait to see them develop.
I honestly cannot wait for the next book in this series!
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