Author: Stylo Fantôme
Series: The Mercenaries #2
Release date: December 13, 2015
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance, Military
Buy: Amazon US
THE NEW PLAN:
* Find Marc
* DON'T find Marc
* Take down a Russian Bratva boss
* Don't have sex with Kingsley
* Find Marc
* Take down a Colombian drug lord
* Don't fall for Marc again
* DON'T FIND MARC
* Kill every ..
*SCREW THE PLAN AND JUST WING IT
This is the story of what happens when best laid plans fail, and a vengeful woman is forced to find her own way once again. A bond broken, trust shattered, and too many lies to keep track of find Marc and Lily all out of plans and running out of time. Can they find their way back to each other before trouble finds them first, or is it really the end of their journey?
Early October I’ve read a great book, Best Laid Plans by Stylo Fantôme. It’s not your conventional love story – boy and girl meet, love, some trouble, happily ever after – but an absolutely great read I adore. The story ends in a cliffhanger, and Out of Plans is the sequel I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. The story starts where book one left off, and it is another action-packed ride all through the end. Out of Plans is well worth the wait and I love it!
“Do you see any of this, De Sant? Wherever you are, have you heard about me yet? You’re a coward, you’re spineless, you’re weak willed, and I’m going to prove who is the stronger one, once and for all.”
It has been six months since Marc has left Lily in an African resort, leaving her a ‘Dear John’ letter, telling her to go home and get back to her live. Instead of doing what she’s been told, an understandably very angry and upset Lily does the complete opposite thing. She tracks down Kingsley and with his help Lily starts training to get better skills to accomplish her ultimate goal: the killing of her sisters murderer, Stankovski. Trying to get leads to find the whereabouts of Stankovski, Lily and Marc meet unexpectedly at a party of notorious drug lord Damiano. From here on out all the action unfolds, forcing Lily and Marc to work together again, despite the unsolved feelings they both have for each other.
“Lily had to do this, it simply wasn’t up for debate. And not just for her sister, and not just to prove something to Marc. She had to do it to get herself back. To prove it to herself that she was good enough to accomplish any goddamn thing she set her mind to.”
Although Lily is still angry with Marc for seeing her as a weak woman, and Marc still tells himself Lilly is too good for him and deserves a nice life, there’s a lot of chemistry between the two. When Marc finds out Lily has spent months with Kingsley he learns he can be a very jealous man, even though he’s claiming he can’t have her himself. Lily has changed over the course of the past six months, the constant training has changed her physical, making her an even more formidable fighter who can stand her own ground. She doesn’t need Marc for protection, but she does want him for love and companionship, despite from what happened. Between all the chaos, shooting, car chases and meeting up with bad guys Marc and Lily manage to find time to work on them, to see if they have a chance at a real relationship.
“He didn’t know this woman, this raven haired, cold hearted beauty. Hear words were filled with a venom that actually surprised him, and they stung. A bad memory? Almost getting killed for her were some of his best memories.”
As already told, Out of Plans starts where the previous book left off. I’m glad that despite her sadness about the loss of Marc, Lily is still a very badass though woman, very capable to handle equal bad guys. Kingsley gives her the supports she needs, and trains her to get herself ready for her revenge, killing Stankovski. Combine the two of them with Marc, and the help of a thankful drug lord you have a team of bad asses, ready to take on the world. I love that Marc, the ruthless mercenary he is, is jealous of the friendship and bond Lily and Kingsley share, and that he was ready to stand down and let them work as a team to get the job done. But most of all, I love the relationship Marc and Lily are building, to love and trust each other and be there for one another.
“I just … I kept thinking, what if this is it? What if tonight is our last night?” she whispered. He frowned and turned his head, burying his face in her hair. “It’s not,” he assured her. “You don’t know that.” “No. But I believe in you. I believe in us. We’ll get through this.” “Thank you, Marc.” “You’re very welcome, Lily.”
I love the conclusion to the story of Marc and Lily. And to be very honest, I really want to read more about Kingsley! I give this story 4.5 stars.