Scratch (book review)

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Scratch was written by Olivia Linden and Leteisha Newton. It is the second book in the Corporate Hitman series.  The author provided me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

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Inzio Vikhrov was nursed and raised on criminal intent. Born of an Italian mother and Russian father, he learned early how to operate on the 'not so right' side of the law as the family bookkeeper. Too bad that can't help him when he's betrayed by his own blood. Faced with hard time, he eagerly accepts Pierce Eaglemohr's offer to 'clean' the books as Treasurer of International Accounts at Hawk Global.

Smarter than his roguish mouth lets on, his superior mathematical mind mixed with his ever ready boxing skills make him a dangerous asset. The books come in dirty, and he makes them clean. Working for Hawk Global is a messy business that involves more than just cooking the books. Nothing can come between him and the task at hand, direct orders from the boss, and any threat to the completion of a goal must be eliminated. It helps that he has the aid of a hotshot hacker to help cover his tracks, and the deadly tactics of the companies Security Specialist to make all other problems go away.

He's also a born ladies man. Adept at charming the pants off of any woman he sets his sights on. So when FBI agent Monica Tidwell walks into his office, he's up for the challenge. But this one could mean losing his heart. Once again, betrayal stares him in the eyes when Eagle tries to pin him as the fall guy of a federal investigation into Hawk Global's shady accounting practices. History may repeat itself, but this time he's not alone. The Hitmen have his back.

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My review:

Scratch is the second book in the Corporate Hitman series... and it is absolutely not read alone material.  In Glitch (the 1st book) you meet Glitch, Scratch, and Jack (focusing on Glitch/Liam).  You learn how they've come to be working for Eagle... and you get the beginnings of how their setup is in the process of being dismantled/sabotaged.  Scratch continues right were Glitch left off and puts you quickly into what could very well be the end of their work as "corporate hitmen", and possibly their lives.  This time we focus on Scratch/Zio and get a closer look at the money guy... while Glitch (the hacker) and Jack (the muscle/fixer) are more in the background as support.

I found Scratch to be a really fast paced story.  Each chapter seems either filled with suspense, action, or lust.  No down time.  One hot scene leads right into another exciting scene.  I found myself rushing through the story... and I'm not really sure if that was me rushing, or if the book actually had a rushed feeling.  I honestly don't think I could have slowed down if I wanted to.  Now I'm kind of wishing the story had taken a little more time in it's telling.  In the end... it really just left me wanting more.  I suppose that's a good thing.  :) I mean... look at that pic below... could you ever get enough of him?

I missed Glitch (I do have a think for the sexy geeks) but I have to say Scratch did win me over.  Scratch/Zio was the player of the trio.  He used sex as stress relief... and was a love her and leave her kind of guy.  It's always fun to read as the ladies' man falls hard for that one amazing girl.  Add in that we've got the bad boy falling for the FBI agent and you can't help but fall right into the story.

I can not wait for Jack's story.  Like I said in my last review... I’m having a feeling like when we get to Jack’s book, he might win me over (strong silent loyal type).  The end of Scratch already has me falling for Jack.

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About the authors:

OLIVIA LINDEN

Head shotOlivia Linden, a native New Yorker, was raised between Queens and San Antonio, TX. Currently living in Florida with her tween aged son, she decided it was time to follow her dreams of becoming a full time author. Her creative itch began when her elementary school principal posted one of her stories in the halls of her school. She was only seven at the time, but old enough to understand how integral writing would be to her future. From that moment on, reading and writing became her two greatest passions.It is her philosophy that laughter is essential to making it through even the toughest situations.Find your passion with Olivia Linden.

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LETEISH NEWTON

CL_DSC4067emailLeTeisha Newton is the author of a plethora of novels ranging from hot Interracial Erotica, Paranormal biters, Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy genres. She’s known for her extensive knowledge of shifter cultures, even outside of the generic werewolves and vampires, crazy world-building, and making shape shifters feel like they are living right next door. That has led to her being dubbed the Shifter Queen. Some of her series include the best-selling Claimed and Taken Series.

Website - http://leteishanewton.com