A satisfying end to this series from Davidson King

57175074._SY475_Taste of Fear by Davidson King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Haven Hart spin-off comes to a close with Ciro’s romance, and it’s an interesting one.

What I’ve really loved about all of this author’s books is that her characters aren’t ambiguous about the fact they’ve done bad things.

Whether that’s as a crime boss, an assassin, or, like Ciro, whose past involves dodgy contracts while serving his country.

When he gets caught up in a threat, through mutual friendship with local chef Xander Vayne, he’s not expecting to find a man he’s willing to die – or kill – for.

The suspense element of this one was a lot less involved in ‘mystery’ than others in the series. The likely perpetrator isn’t a secret.

Here the tension is built by a slow dragging of time as he picks off other chefs from Xander’s past.

Because of that, I didn’t have the same racing heart as the conclusion approached.

That’s not to say it wasn’t still an adrenaline packed race to rescue Xander from the clutches of the madman and I think it was handled perfectly.

I definitely had zero issues with quite how Ciro brought the situation to a Close and I was very happy to see Riordan on hand to help out.

I’m sad this is the end of this wee series and I’m very much looking forward to Davidson King’s next book, which all about Manos crime boss Christopher’s nephew Simon.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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