Driven by the need to avenge his family's murder, billionaire Slade Cross has become a deadly assassin who kills with his kiss. He lives in the shadows and trusts no one…until a hit gone wrong thrusts him directly into a role he can't afford: to protect instead of kill.
Desperate for help saving her kidnapped sister, Anya Diaz refuses to allow her personal assassin-turned-guardian to retreat behind his cold mask. Her irreverent determination drags Slade out of his self-imposed isolation, forcing him to engage.
Raw, explosive passion ignites between the two guarded souls as they race to save those they love, but a brilliant and ruthless enemy is closing fast, determined to finish what he began so long ago.
- Original Title:Leopard's Kiss (Shadow Guardians #1)
- Author:Stephanie Rowe
- Rating:8.28 / 10
T he night smelled of a damp spring rain.
It would soon smell of nothing but death.
Like all of his nights.
Slade Cross moved silently down the darkened sidewalk. Each streetlight went dark as he strode beneath it, falling into veiled shadows that cast the upscale Boston residential neighborhood into an ominous haven of doom. He didn't need to turn his head to know that the residents were instinctively closing their windows as he passed by their brownstone townhouses. They didn't understand their sudden impulse to protect themselves from what lurked outside their windows, a threat so subtle they couldn't even grasp it consciously. Slade, however, was aware of every nuance of life near him. He could feel their withdrawal, and he could hear the sudden hiss of fear in their breath. He could taste their quickened pulse, and the sudden shift of oxygen into their arms and legs, subcons...