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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review: The Mission by L.J. Wilson / @LJWilsonBooks



Title: The Mission
Series: Clairmont Series Novel, Book 2
Author: L.J. Wilson
Publisher: AB Edge
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: L.J. Wilson


Legacies aren’t meant to rise from such incredible odds. This is the saga of Sebastian and Evie, a harrowing, thrill-ride of a love story that neither of them will foresee, and the Tribe of Five will be stunned to discover. Sebastian Christos is expected to live his father’s life, working for the seedy underbelly of the Greek mafia. Evie Neal’s future couldn’t be more different—raised in a cloistered sect, promised to Ezra Kane, the future leader of the Fathers of the Right.

When Sebastian is accused of swindling his mob ties, the only safe haven is the chaste community. It’s a temporary reprieve from his unsavory existence and the sight of Evie Neal is a startling bright light in his bleak world. For the first time, the two find love. But with a price on his head, a debt to organized crime, and Evie destined to marry another man, Sebastian has a few challenges to face—a mission to complete—all before the patriarch of a legacy can come into his own.

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This is an intense story. I thought Ruby Ink was a roller coaster but it has absolutely nothing on this one.

This story covers different time periods. The flipping back between past and present isn't for everyone, so please be aware of that point as you consider purchasing this story. The past gives Sebastian and Evie's full story: how they met, what happened after, the choices they made, the effect those choices had, the life they led that was nearly void of everything they'd once been a part of. The present is a shuttle of sorts. Sebastian and Evie's eldest son takes up the mantle of discovering what happened to their parents, flying to South America to investigate the place their plane crashed. It's there the connections were made, where the past meets the present with devastating results.

I have to say, the title is clever. It isn't just about the Clairmont kids' quest to finding out the truth behind their parents' deaths. It's what their father, Sebastian, was referred to. The Mission.

I skimmed through a lot of this story at first. My mistake so don't make it. *smiles* The backstory is important, especially to the ending of this story. Without knowing Sebastian and Evie's respective pasts and how it was they came to be together, the end made no sense. So I went back and started it again, taking the time to read each page and absorb what was going on.

Totally worth it because this story's insane. It deals with more than lust and love and opposites attract. It touches on organized crime, religious sect life, sex, drugs, and adultery. (Note: For those who don't read adultery, you may want to bypass this one although I'm really hoping you don't. Adultery doesn't sit well with me at all. It was a sore point while I was reading. But Ms. Wilson included all of the emotions that, I would hope, would come with the committing of the act.) And despite the darkness that shadows a good chunk of this book, there is this quiet churning of hope that everything, whether in the past or in the present, will turn out as it should be.

The ending... I didn't see that coming. That was a brilliant twist, Ms. Wilson. I almost threw my ereader when I read it, lol. It wasn't what I expected, not how I thought it'd all end. But kudos to you for knowing how to keep this reader interested. I'll be waiting for the next book in this series.




L. J. Wilson is the pen name of award-winning author Laura Spinella. The Clairmont series novels are her foray into steamier romance, a facet of her mainstream fiction. She is the author of the newly released, #1 bestselling novel, Ghost Gifts, as well as the award winning novels Beautiful Disaster and Perfect Timing.

The Clairmont Series Novels are sensual reads for discerning book lovers—stories that delve even deeper into her characters’ relationships and romances. The Mission, Book Two in the series will be released May 17th.

Laura describes herself as an “East Coast kind of girl,” growing up on Long Island, graduating from the University of Georgia, and having lived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She now resides outside Boston with her family. Readers are also invited to visit LauraSpinella.net.

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