My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Before The Morning is a romantic suspense and is #2 in the Corpus Brides series set in Europe. It’s actually a prequel to #1 Walking The Edge giving plenty of background into the Corpus group of secret agents. The first book introduces us to a break away rogue group within the agency and this book gives up the deeper story as to how links to the rogue group are found.
Ash Gilfoy is a paramedic and called to a house in London to attend an assault victim. While he’s there is tries to stop dangerous criminal Nikolai Grigorievskiy from assaulting his wife. Dashing to her rescue he is shocked at how much Irina resembles childhood friend Rayne Cheltenham, yet this woman is Russian. Ash is enraged when the woman won’t ask for help and he is forced to leave the scene by the police who would love to put the criminals behind bars but never have enough evidence.
Shocked by the confrontation with Ash, Irina needs to finish the job and head home. A trained assassin she deals with the Russians where others fear to tread. In Prague at the headquarters of The Corpus group agent Kali wants out. Seventeen years on the job and meeting Ash face to face were too much, he’s all she can think about.
Getting a job in London in the office of the Aid Agency which fronts the Corpus agents, Rayne forces a reunion with Ash. It’s high passion after so many years but the web of lies that Rayne lives by has its affects on their relationship, especially when she’s targeted and threatened by people who have access to top secret details which can only mean there’s a rogue agent on her trail.
Rayne is desperate for a normal life of marriage and a family with Ash, her first and only love. The trouble is he swore he’s never get married and their relationship is based on a sexual relationship at the moment. What does he really know about this woman?
This is an intense read and kept me engaged through-out, it is a romance too so there is plenty for those who like a HEA, but the suspense keeps it edgy and I love the female assassin characters who are The Corpus Brides.
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