Review & Guest Post: Bullet to the Heart (No Mercy #1) by Lea Griffith

November 8, 2013 Review 0

Review & Guest Post: Bullet to the Heart (No Mercy #1) by Lea Griffith

She was born to love then taught to kill. She has become everything but is no one.

Known only as Bullet she was long ago forced to shed the name her parents gave her. Changed, molded and trained to kill with sharp-shooting efficiency she is one of The Collective’s most valuable assets. In a cadre of killers, Bullet is death waiting but her time for vengeance has come.

He was loved and then he lost. He has become a hunter in search of revenge.

Everything was taken from Rand the day a bullet ended the lives of his beloved wife and daughter. He has searched for their killer seven long years and may have her in his hands. Rand has suffered but now the time has come to make The Collective pay or die trying.

Joy and sorrow are two sides of the same coin. Vengeance draws them together but before all is said and done they will learn love can either break you or make you stronger.

Title: Bulle to the Heart
Author: Lea Griffith
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: , Fistful of Roses, Retribution, Starry Night
Series: No Mercy
Source: Author
Published: October 2nd 2013
Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 205
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Bullet is a trained assassin. Kidnapped at a very young age and conditioned to kill without thought or remorse she has had enough. Going rogue and leaving everything she knows behind her to take down the very people that destroyed her innocence she turns to her ex employer’s biggest enemy to help her take them down. Rand doesn’t know quite what to do with this girl. She worked for the very people that stole his life. She might even be the gun behind the brutal murder of his family but he has this attraction to her that is impossible to fight. Through fighting for her own freedom and arguing over names can the two overcome their differences to work together and come together?

This was an absolutely fantastic book. An amazing amount of research put together with what must be quite the imagination from the author this created a world so complex, so colourful that I was absorbed from start to finish. Honestly I picked it up and did not put it down until it was finished.

Bullet (or Remi as I have come to know her) is an amazing character. She isn’t quite as remorseless as you would believe and has a yearning in her for being normal that she herself doesn’t understand. Her sense of justice combined with Rand’s need for revenge makes for an action packed read that will satisfy even the most criticizing reader.

This was a good start to a very promising series and the hint at the other 3 main characters (Arrow, Bone and Blade) was just enough to have me yearning to read the next 3 books.

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Lea Griffith

Kickin’ butt and takin’ names

 

First, thanks so much to Vanessa and all the ladies at The Jeep Diva for having me. As usual, because I’m such a slacker blogger, I struggled with what to write about today until it hit me that I have a book out about a group of female assassins. Yes. Female assassins. And every last one of them could be you or me and they all kick ass.

 

When I first started itching to begin this series I mentioned to some of my writer friends that I wanted to write female assassins and was told they were overdone. I’m a pretty prolific reader and couldn’t remember any so I went searching for books with female assassin leads. Most of them ended up in the fantasy genre. Some romance but overall nothing much I could find in the romantic suspense or even romance genre. You may know of some and if you do, I’d love to hear about them. Because quite honestly, girls run the world in my humble opinion and I could never read enough about ones who kick behind as good as or better than men.

 

And because I couldn’t find any that piqued my interest I knew I had to write my own. Bullet to the Heart was the beginning of that for me. Immediately Bullet began whispering her story in my ear and at first I could not believe the things this woman had been through. As her story began to unfold and take shape and color, I realized she was perhaps the strongest female character I had ever written and I began to understand why you won’t find many female assassins in romance—they are tough creatures, hard creatures who do not bend to stereotypes or classifications. How do you mix the inherent vulnerability of being a woman with the cold nature of a killer? Is there even a way to do that and make it believable?

 

I think…yes. Women do things every single day that break a mold and reform it. Why can a killer not be redeemed or at the very least find something she never realized she had to begin with?

 

So I gave Bullet her rein and let her lead me where I needed to go. By the time her story finished I came to both fear and love her—she’s definitely not someone I would want to meet in a dark alley. But I was also rooting for her like a mofo because inside of Bullet aka Remi aka Gretchen is the same thing that beats in all of our chests: a heart filled with desire and love and yes, sometimes a need for revenge.

 

Bullet’s story was a journey for me. I learned there are no restrictions on the strength of a character. Whether male or female they will be who they are. Bullet to the Heart happens to be a romantic suspense—these women of No Mercy series are unbroken and struggling to stay that way. Or maybe they are broken and trying to redeem themselves? Whatever the case, they each have a story and they will be told. I can do no less for these characters who have already taught me so much about myself as an author.

Fist Full of RosesLea Griffith Bio:

Lea Griffith began sneaking to read her mother’s romance novels at a young age. She cut her teeth on the greats: McNaught, Woodiwiss, and Garwood. She still consumes every romance book she can put her hands on, but now she writes her own.

Lea lives in rural Georgia with her husband, three teenage daughters, two dogs, a cat, and a Betta fish named Coddy George. When not working at the EDJ, she’s usually at her keyboard writing. She loves romance and nothing is off-limits when it comes to her muse. www.leagriffith.com

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