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Stylo FantomeBest Laid Plans (The Mercenaries Book 1)
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Erschienen am 07.09.2015
Stylo FantomeOut of Plans (The Mercenaries Book 2)
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Rezension zu "Out of Plans (The Mercenaries Book 2)" von Stylo Fantome

much better than book 1
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3- 3,25 Stars

First of- You have to read book one (Best Laid Plans) before you read book two. Read this review after you read book one. Otherwise this review might spoiler some things for you.

This book continues where it stopped in Best Laid Plans.

Lily and Marc parted ways. But while Lily is waiting for him, she gets some news that leaves her being mad, angry, disappointed and sad.  Instead of letting it get her down she chose to act on her feelings. She still needs to revenge her sister. But she needs to get better first. She needs to train and she needs to show and prove that she is good enough. So who else is better to train her than Kingsley? 

Marc thought leaving Lily would be easy. Fighting her fight and killing the man who is responsible for Lily´s sisters death is now his top priority. He just wants her save. The problem is: She is haunting him day and night. And the villain isn´t easy to find.   

When both meet again, it is almost like they never were away from each other. Though, Lily tries to bury her feelings for him and just lets anger and hate rule her. The night they met again, was bringing them together again. Because, like in old times, they had an enemy and had to fight, kill, run and hide to stay alive. 

Together with Kingsley they work on getting her revenge. And with their newfound friend/ally they have enough weapons and other stuff to get them through. 

But will they be successful?  Who is this friend/ally? How many secrets will be revealed? Will Lily and Marc finally find to each other? Who will die?



My opinion: 

I wrote in my review to book one that I didn´t like the writing style but that it got better till the end and that I was hoping that it will continue that way in book two. I´m so, so happy that it did continue. It was so much easier to connect with the characters. I really started to like them all. Especially Kingley who is still my favourite. 

I was a bit disappointed that Lily wasn´t pregnant. I wrote in my review to book one that she had unprotected Sex and that I was hoping for her to have a baby (I love pregnancies and babies in stories)... The same applies to book two. Both had sex , but nothing. She couldn´t even take the pill because they were always running with not much money or without much luggage.  Hmm...

The action scenes were still good. I was able to imagine everything. I still had movie scenes in my mind. 

At times I was annoyed by Lily. She´s so stubborn. It took so long till she questioned Marc why he left her. Couldn´t she just do it and get it over with at the beginning? They are both grown up but acted at times like children. Well... mainly Lily did. Also- She was so obsessed with her revenge that she didn´t really care what happened to Marc and Kingsley.  SPOILER START What if any of them would have died? Could she have forgiven herself? It was her revenge, her plan. She wanted to keep going. It´s just so stupid. SPOILER END

The showdown itself was great. It kept me on my toes. 

There are things that weren´t really logical to me. When the showdown at the barn happened... SPOILER START Lily was shot, Marc was shot. Kingley was shot. They were all bleeding and not only for 5 minutes. But Lily was fighting to get to Marc and Kingley and to kill the Russian. They were all hurt so bad and still after everything they just sat in the snow smoking and laughing?! Yeah. right. People who lose a lot of blood will faint after a while and won´t be able to stand up or even walk and fight. And there are so many arteries in the body. Marc was shot 3 times in his left shoulder. Left is even worse as it´s closer to the heart.  How could he survive and fight with it? Really. To me it just didn´t make sense. It was so weird. SPOILER END

I loved their friendship and connection. I loved how Kingsley did everything to help and protect Lily. How  he cared for her. I also still love the humour and banter of all three. Even the bitching by Lily had my grinning at times.

I didn´t like the end /epilogue of the book.  It was just blah. SPOILER START I´m happy that they are together but having a house in the middle of the desert.... I don´t know.  The book said they are /the house is one DAY! away from the city. I´m a practical thinker. So what happens in case of an emergency? What happens if they have a child someday? This child needs to go to school? I guess this end is just not to my linking as I´m more family orientated and wanted it to be more romantic. There wasn´t even a proposal, although Marc said to Kingley that he´s going to marry Lily after they went through everything. There wasn´t really a- I love you- up until the end. I love romance. I need it. This series didn´t give it to me. It was more about action and the surroundings. :( SPOILER END

Well. All in all- this series was ok :)  I can´t wait for Kingleys book and hope it will be released soon :D 

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Rezension zu "Best Laid Plans (The Mercenaries Book 1)" von Stylo Fantome

Good but I expected more :/
pieggyvor einem Jahr

2,5- 2,75 Stars

Hmm... How do I start?

Somehow to me this book seemed like a mix of the movies Blood Diamond, Mr. & Mr. Smith and Bonnie & Clyde. Of course it had its individual touch, but some scenes... I could swear I´ve seen them in movies and therefore I suppose Stylo Fantome was inspired by at least one of them.

This book is about 2 strangers (Lily & Marc) who were hired by a man to do different jobs. Jobs that aren´t legal and are definitely dangerous. Although they aren´t working together, they´ve had a few chances to meet and see each other. Instant attraction led to them spending one passionate and hot night together. So who would have thought that they both would be in trouble the next day? Who would have thought that attraction would turn to hate and to both wanting to kill each other? And everything is based on a few rare diamonds, one misunderstanding, and one man who set them both up.

Lily is a woman who spent the last 5 years planning her revenge. She´s now a transporter and wants to get close to her No. 1 enemy with the help of the diamonds she was supposed to give him.

Marc is a mercenary who is one of the best in the business and who is rough and ruthless. And he doesn´t stop until he´s gotten what he wanted and needed.

When both find themselves in the situation of needing the diamonds to not getting killed, they both were forced to make a plan that would help both of them.

But in a place like they are in, nothing is easy. Both are constantly in danger. Both have to fight. Both have to kill. But the most dangerous thing of all is of them both falling in love, right?

Will they be able to fulfil their jobs? Will Lily get her revenge? Will they be free? And will they fall for each other or will they push each other away? Is it even possible to love someone when they´re still doing those kinds of jobs? Will they live or die?


My opinion:

I already mentioned that many scenes reminded me of scenes I´ve seen in movies. That´s not a bad thing though.

I didn´t like the writing style (sorry). It got better till the end when they were mainly just talking but the rest... I don´t know. It was weird somehow? It was like someone was reading a story to someone out loud or like someone is talking to themselves or like someone on the outside is watching those characters and commenting on what they were doing, thinking, feeling, saying. I don´t know how to describe it. It just wasn´t to my liking :( It made it hard to connect to/with the characters. I´m kinda sad about it. But as I said- it got better till the end and I hope book 2 will continue that way.

I liked Marc and Lily. The way they were talking and interacting with each other was great. I liked how feisty Lily is and that she´s strong and stubborn and that she won´t let anyone talk her down. Loved how she was fighting. Marc is a typical Alpha Male. Strong, sexy, rough, capable, dangerous and protective if he wants and needs to be.

Kingsley was my favourite character, though. He was smart, funny, charming, sexy and dangerous. And he wasn´t as cold as Marc. He was more real. I already read that there will be a book about him one day and I can´t wait to read it.

All the action scenes were good. There´s nothing to complain about. They weren´t too short and not too long.

What annoyed me a bit was that they went to so many places. The book mentioned so many names of towns, cities, whatever. But... honestly... I was in school. I had geography and also had to work once on a presentation about the African Deserts. The problem is, I don´t remember anything of it. I know almost nothing about Africa. I had no idea where everything is. It would have helped if the book had a map of their routes to look at in the front or back.

I´ll start reading book two after I finished writing this review and I´ll see how everything is working out. As someone who loves pregnancies, I hope Lily is pregnant :P They didn´t use protection so there´s a chance ;) Also- I want a happy End. I want them to figure out their feelings. I just hope book two is better. I had such high expectations for this series but right now it´s, unfortunately, just ok. As I said- I hope book two will be better.

p.s. Don´t let my review keep you from reading this book. Tastes are different 

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