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When someone close to Viktor Baran becomes a target of an assassin, he vows a hellfire of a payback. But the enemy is cunning and avoids the trappings of the digital web, preferring to strike out from the shadows. Drawing on old-fashioned cloak and dagger methods to investigate the enemy’s hatred for the Guardians, he uncovers a link to a past he is reluctant to revisit.EiWhen someone close to Viktor Baran becomes a target of an assassin, he vows a hellfire of a payback. But the enemy is cunning and avoids the trappings of the digital web, preferring to strike out from the shadows. Drawing on old-fashioned cloak and dagger methods to investigate the enemy’s hatred for the Guardians, he uncovers a link to a past he is reluctant to revisit.Eight years ago, Marissa Cole walked away from the man she loved. New to CIA black ops then, she was overwhelmed by the intensity of the man who would stop at nothing, no matter how ruthless, to get the job done. "Don’t get involved with the person you work with" has become her motto ever since—until a series of events throws her back into Viktor Baran’s world.Danger and mayhem are the perfect formula to reignite their passion, and Viktor has decided he's done fighting his attraction to Marissa. He is determined to make her his. However, their road to a happily ever after is a bumpy one. Years on the job have stripped Viktor of his humanity, and unless he can break down his walls enough to let Marissa into his heart, he could lose her again.Friendships will be broken. Beliefs will be shaken, and their relationship will be tested. For the stakes are too high, and there is a growing threat, not only to AGS, but also to every government agency critical to the country's safety. Is targeting the Guardians merely a distraction or is it the first step to a terrorist attack on the nation's capital? * Strong sexual content and language. Some disturbing situations. Recommended 18-years old and above....

Title : Smoke and Shadows
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ISBN : 9780989133760
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Number of Pages : 586 Pages
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Smoke and Shadows Reviews

  • Deb Dee (autumn delaney)
    2019-04-22 19:44

    5 HOLD-YOUR-BREATH-AND-SURRENDER-TO-BARAN STARS!!!When Victoria emailed me if I would want to review an advance copy of the book what else could I say but a resounding I've been waiting for Marissa and Viktor's story for quite some time and I was not disappointed. Not one bit. This read is full of action, spice and a whole lot of alpha male badassery!This read took me on a roller coaster ride and it felt like I was watching a movie!Chapter 1: I was like, "Ohmi! Ohmi! Ohmi! That can't happen! Nooooo!"Chapter 5: I was like, "Okay, that's interesting..."Chapter 6: Funny shit happened to one of the couples!Chapter 10: I was like, "OMFG! Noooo! Why?" My gosh my heart was racin'Chapter 12: Finally! ;)Rest of the chapters: Was like the best ending in a movie ever!MARISSAShe's one tough, strong-willed, hot chick! I loved her character. She's definitely "it" for Viktor. She knows how to speak her mind yet she still does it for him in terms of being "submissive".VIKTORYou are one badass, alpha, hawt male, Mr. Baran. There's enough of his badassery to go around the world--twice! I loved every minute of it! This is one of my favorite series.

  • maggieandteddy
    2019-05-05 23:44

    I love the Guardian Series! I've had S&S on my kindle for a year!I have no excuse/reason. I was intrigued with Viktor's smoldering self in the other Guardian books. I got distracted with other books, now I've remedied that. This book starts off with Viktor as a major asshole. He doesn't even attempt to deny it. I love having Jack and Maia in this book. They have a major supporting role (contradiction in terms?) No. I love those two! Marissa is right to admire Maia's skills as a Guardian. They really show up the CIA, and cross the line to do it. There are a lot of twist and turns. Eventually, there's a show down with the BIG bad guy and exacting revenge. I liked Jack's part in this too. Viktor does improve his disposition (thanks to his relationship with Marissa) and his colleagues and friends are very happy about that. Then it's Marissa's turn to be the jerk in the last section of the story. (see my friend Ambrosia's review-ditto from me).I really like Ms Paige's writing. It's rare to read a contemporary suspense novel with such beautiful language (minus the F words, ha ha- thanks to Viktor).There were some confusing villains and how they were related. It's explained but I did get a little lost from time to time.I liked the ending-especially after Marissa got over her wtf reaction to having her life saved. 4.25 stars.... I hope that there's more Guardians!! Please Vee !

  • Dyndyn
    2019-05-02 22:59

    Wow! This book is intense, action packed, fast paced, suspenseful, & HOT. And boy, was it filled with domineering ALPHAS who are made of steel but lose it when it comes to their women.Viktor Baran, the ultimate alpha, was jaw dropping awesome! He would seem callous, cold, calculating & unfeeling... mainly because his job calls for it, his training, the decisions he has to make & his history. But he fell hard when Marissa came back into his life. It was funny seeing him come to terms with his feelings. At first, he seemed confused, stunned and then very persistent & dominant in his claiming. To say their chemistry was hot is an understatement! It was sizzling!“I don’t think I’ve made myself clear enough. So I’m spelling it out for you.” He ignored her squinting eyes and continued. “What we have is not a temporary hook up. You’re my woman. I take care of what’s mine. The roof over your head. What you eat. Hell, I’ll buy you all your fancy clothes and soap. I don’t want you to have too many options, like a row house you can retreat to when you’ve got something up your ass." She sputtered at this, but he continued speaking over her. “When you’re horny and need some fucking—my tongue and my dick are your one and only option. I want to be your one and final option for everything you need.”.... WOWZA!!!Marissa was perfection for Viktor. Any other woman would probably bore him to death. She's feisty, stubborn & very headstrong! She's her own person & can sure take care of herself. Enough to keep Viktor in line. It was fun watching them butt heads. Woohoo to strong women!The intensity of Viktor's love for Marissa was tried & tested a few times. And he certainly delivered. “I would damn the whole world for you.”And he really would.“I want permanence. These past months with you, you gave me back my humanity. I don’t want to become a soulless bastard again, and I have a feeling without you in my life, I’m going to revert back to it.”“You’re my weakness and my strength. You believed in me, when I’d lost faith in myself. I need you to believe in me now—enough that I could make you happy forever and make this permanent between us.” ***sigh***Such a tough guy yet vulnerable. Very endearing.Needless to say, I loved this book. The story line's gripping & my heart stopped a few beats a couple of times. So thrilling!I enjoyed seeing the other characters in the previous books whom I've grown to love, too. Hope Jack & Maia will see more happier times after their loss. *hint hint* A MUST read. Enjoy!

  • Kristan
    2019-05-01 21:51

    I've been slow in reviewing Smoke and Shadows. That was a disservice to readers, because this book was great. Unlike many other readers/reviewers, this was my first book to read by Ms Paige. For that reason, my review is different. People who get to the third book in a series know the characters, have expectations, understand the voices in other characters' mouths. They make assumptions. I could not. I started with book three and was not spoon fed books one and two as a quick recap to catch me up with the action. I was thrown into the deep end. And I loved it. The shocker at the end of chapter one may have meant less to me than someone immeshed in previous books' characters, but it was still a surprise, still piqued my curiosity, and led me create questions around characters, relationships, and loyalties. This is one example of why Ms. Paige is not a one-hit wonder but a very talented author. Having the ability to continue a story line that is fresh to a current reader, but doesn't preclude a new reader is skill that should not be overlooked. I now need to go back and read the previous books as well as her other writings. I want more of these characters and this authors writing style. I may change my rating up once I see the fabric of the three books and how they are woven. For now, grab this series!!

  • Peggy
    2019-05-07 23:41

    I was privileged to beta read this book prior to publication in exchange for a fair and honest review. Wow! Just Wow! I love this book. It is a mind-blowing romantic mystery filled with hot-hot-hot badass special ops guys and gals. The intrigue is off the scale in suspense; my heart was racing and my mind spinning trying to guess what was going to happen next. The passion, oh my, the passion…how these men love their women. The women are not your normal, girl next-door types; they are seriously tough, feisty government secret agents or private sector secret agents who can kick booty as well as their male counterparts. The villains in this book are vengeful sociopaths who will stop at nothing to achieve their evil goals. Ms. Paige has weaved a spellbinding story of intrigue, betrayal, and love that knows no bounds. I highly recommend this book to all adults 18+ years due to the mature theme containing sexual scenes and violence. I have rated this book 5 stars and wish I could give it more. I will most definitely be reading more books by this author.

  • Books are my Pyrocant
    2019-04-27 18:47

    This is not the type of book I generally read. Government and covert operations are not something with which I am familiar. I'll admit it, chaos and danger in a book make me exceedingly tense. Romance, however is right up my alley. This book reminded me of the action movie that is pleasing as a date night movie. Lots of action that keeps you on the edge of your seat and romance so you can swoon along the way. The constant twists and turns kept me reading to see what was to become of the characters. The romance factor made me smile and satisfied my need for a love story amidst the chaos. My knowledge of government activities is limited so there were areas where I was confused. That was directly related to my own inexperience in this arena. My only issue was Marissa's choices toward the end of the book. Other than that, good read that kept me on the edge of my seat.

  • Ana karen
    2019-05-08 22:53

    *ARC was kindly provided by the author for an honest review*I loved this book! I was hooked from start to finish. WOW! I love it. Viktor and Marissa history was amazing !!!! I want more I cannot get enough from this series, I want to know more about those hot badass Guardians.I am looking forward for more books from this series. If you love a story that has a strong heroine and a super hot possessive alpha male, this book is definitely for you.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK, WELL NOT ONLY THIS BOOK THE WHOLE SERIES ARE AMAZING.I consider myself a huge fan of Ms. Paige, I am looking forward to read more books from Ms. Paige.

  • Sabah
    2019-05-08 22:35

    I RECEIVED THIS ARC FOR HONEST REVIEW This is going to be a spoiler free review.Victoria is my auto buy author. I love her books. She write heroines that are not damsels in distress, they can take care of themselves. I loved Marissa she was everything that I wanted her to be. She is perfect for Victor. She doesn't take an crap from but also know when listening to him can help her. Victor and Marissa had a lot chemistry. Sex is off the charts in this book. Laugh out loud when he told Marissa that he loves her so matter of factlyLoved meeting couples from last books. the are still crazy and in love.CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE GUADIANSEVERYBODY DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK

  • Dallison
    2019-05-07 19:01

    FINALLY!!! Badass, Alpha Hotness Viktor and Classy Marissa. I truly enjoyed this action packed thrilling love story. I am sure I am not the only reader who wishes this series could be made into a movie, that would be epic. I loved seeing the other couples from previous books. SUPER FANTASTIC...... Keep them coming Miss Paige.

  • Liz
    2019-04-22 17:40

    I have no words...that's how awesome this book is. Viktor Baran is now the ultimate alpha man and makes these other dudes look like little boys playing alpha man. Bravo Victoria this was the best of the series so far. I can't wait for the next book.

  • Malinda
    2019-05-10 18:48

    **This was an ARC copy given by the author for a honest review**4 starsThis was a very good story. I liked Marissa and Viktor together and am happy that Viktor decided not to let his woman get away from him (again).Marissa is a CIA agent that works in black ops. She's the daughter of a shipping tycoon that tried to control her life so she grew up having to be strong. She's never let anyone run her life and is very protective of her autonomy. Marissa had been involved with Viktor 8 years before but things happened on a mission that tore them apart. Since then, she's immersed herself in her job and doesn't date much.Viktor is the leader of a private security/secret operations firm named AGS (Artemis Guardian Services, aka the Guardians). Viktor had a troubling childhood and still has some guilt and issues left over from that. He entered the military and that helped him get his life on track. Viktor's company, AGS, now works closely with many government agents on cases and Viktor is known as a very cold, emotionless and dangerous man. He's never been able to get over his time with Marissa (although he doesn't like to show it) and when a case (from the previous book, Silver Fire) brings Marissa back in to his life he decides he wont let her walk out of it again.The story starts out with a bang! There is plenty of interactions with the characters from previous books and this is shown in the beginning as the first scenes are concerning an attack that caused issues for both Maia and Jack. Things get worked out but it starts a case that brings Marissa and Viktor in close contact again. They've had some interaction over the last few months and Marissa isn't pleased that Viktor seems to be flirting with her. After their relationship 8 years ago Marissa isn't prepared to get involved with Viktor again. She's even more reluctant to even consider it when he tries to order her in to the relationship (basically telling her "it's with it") instead of asking or coaxing her into it. Viktor does manage to push his way in to her life as some bad guys seems to have a vendetta on AGS and the CIA for some old Ops. Marissa becomes a possible target and Viktor convinces her to (aka pushes her in to) staying with him for safety reasons while they search down for clues on the whereabouts of the bad guys. Although Marissa is a pretty strong woman in general, she's not so strong when it comes to Viktor and he uses his sexual mojo to get past some of her objections. While they have a lot of heat in the bedroom, they have a lot of heat outside of it too as they fight over relationship control issues. Marissa doesn't mind giving up control in the bedroom but fights him when Viktor tries to push in the way of her job and such. This causes much strife between them as they try to work their way through the through the obstacles in their way. As the case progresses there are a number of times when Marissa is in danger and Viktor has to confront the changes in him as he discovers he has feelings for Marissa. He tries not to show it but Marissa isn't willing to just let him make her a convenient sex buddy that has no emotional ties. There are a few times when Viktor messes up and says stuff that hurts Marissa but he is smart and figures out his mistakes. Viktor is rough and kind of messed up but he does show the capability of being sweet and a good partner if he can just keep a leash on his controlling nature when it comes to Marissa outside of the bedroom. He does make an effort though and I was pleasantly surprised with how Viktor made himself share intimacies with her he normally wouldn't allow (knowing that she needed that from him and trying to give her what she needs). They have to deal with issues from all sides, even her brother and dad decide to cause issues in their relationship (I liked the way she reacted to her families interference). I liked Marissa through the majority of the story, she came across as smart...someone who knows herself pretty well. She stuck up for herself, even to Viktor, and wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted. There was one point that Marissa had a serious bout of relationship dumbassedness though and just about threw away her relationship with Viktor over pure stupidity. Fortunately Viktor is willing to fight anyone needed to keep Marissa in his life, even Marissa. I'm happy things worked out in the end and liked Marissa and Viktor's HEA.This was a very enjoyable read. I liked both Marissa and Viktor and was happy they worked things out. The story had a good balance between the relationship story line and the action/suspense story line. It did pretty good at keeping me engaged and interested throughout the story. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)* note - While I did get this as an ARC I liked it enough that I went ahead and bought it from Amazon since it's on special for $.99 right now. :D

  • Ms. D. Reader
    2019-05-14 17:00

    Smoke and Shadows is an exciting addition to the Guardians Series!The Guardians series continues with Viktor and Marissa's story. Viktor is head of the Guardians Agency (AGI) and Marissa works for a CIA black ops team. They have an unresolved past where they parted unhappily on a mission. Terrorist attacks draw them back together to hunt down those who are killing government agents and AGI members as well as attacking the U.S. government. Despite misunderstandings between them and being overprotective of their hearts, Viktor and Marissa can't stay away from each other. Now if they can learn to trust their feelings and share secrets from the past, they might find something extraordinary together.This couple is definitely hot with great interactions and amusing dialogue. Marissa is strong, smart, and sassy, but has moments of vulnerability. She is not afraid to stand up to Viktor and give as good as she gets in the bedroom or when making choices on the job. Viktor is an alpha male that is possessive, jealous and dominant. During the story, he evolves into a man who is learning to handle and accept his strong feelings and chooses to become vulnerable when he shares his past with Marissa. Despite having to always make the hard decisions in his work, he comes to realize that he will always put Marissa first, and that is a scary realization. He proves that at a pivotal point in the story. Some of my favorite parts of the book were when Marissa disappears a couple of times and Viktor can't find her. It drives him crazy. He is ruthless when Marissa is threatened.The story is action packed and very current on issues of national security. There was more than one suspense plot interwoven in the story that you have to follow carefully. There is a helpful glossary at the beginning of the book that gives the acronyms of different government agencies and the characters' roles. The author wrote some chilling moments where you are not sure of the outcome for some major characters that kept me on the edge. I liked the other characters from the first books playing parts in the story and each couple had an emotional scene that reaffirmed their strong commitment that touched me. I was given an ARC for an honest review, but I would have read this series regardless. It has great characters (especially alpha males), romance, hot love scenes, and fast paced suspense. There is always a happily ever after for each couple and the author provides free extended epilogues from the series on her website. I hope Victoria Paige will write another book for this series in the future. I look forward to reading her new series.

  • Steph
    2019-04-21 22:56

    5 amazingly awesome starsVictor has been surrounded by danger for decades as a result of his career but when someone very close to him is targeted, he is forced to once again work with the one woman who makes him feel different than any other. The woman that got away 8 years ago. The woman that is the ultimate game changer for him.Marissa is a CIA agent who walked away from Victor 8 years ago after learning things about him she couldn't deal with having in her life. Now, threats have forced them to work together again but working together isn't all Victor wants. He wants Marissa back in his life and will stop at nothing to get her there.As things go from bad to worse Marissa and Victor are forced to decide what is most important to them and what sacrifices they are willing to make.I LOVED this book!! After reading the first two books in this series I couldn't wait to get to Victors story and this did not disappoint. We see Victor at his full alpha male dom best that was only hinted at in the first two books and we learn more about his background and why he has made some of the choices he has made. I don't want to give away anything because this book is so good I want everyone to experience it fully for themselves. This is the 3rd in the series. It could be read alone but it is helpful to have read the first two...the characters will mean so much more to you that way. It is an intense, emotional and at sometimes violent ride...not for the faint of heart. This is not a light romantic is full of action from start to finish but you will love the ride!My thoughts:Quick hook or slow starter? 5 (I was hooked...oh those first few emotional!!)Character development: 5Level of Romance between characters: 5Passion/Heat level: 5(the sex scenes in this book are intense and crazy hot)Angst/Heartbreak: 5(so much going on from start to finish)Cliffhanger?:No, although part of a series it does have a clear ending. I hope there will be more in this series and we will see more of these two.Overall, this was amazing! If you have not read this series yet, don't wait....start reading it right will not be disappointed. I received a free copy of this book for the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • ℸℎℯrℯᏕα
    2019-04-30 22:38

    Another great addition to the Guardian Series. The action scenes are similar to Jason Bourne and Evelyn Salts’ stunts. Add the steamy scenes between Viktor Baran and Marissa Cole and you have a story which captures your imagination until the final pages of the book.We met Viktor in the first book about Jack and Maia in Fire and Ice. He is Maia Pierce’s rescuer, mentor and boss. He is an ex-Special Force ranger. The leader of a covert, highly-skilled group of men and women called AGS. He is extremely good looking with a cold, make you squirm gaze and a do not f*** with me attitude. He’s possessive, self-assured and he goes after it or "her" without any hesitation.Marissa Cole is a CIA officer who comes from a wealthy family with quite an American pedigree. She could have lived a party girl, privileged lifestyle whose major dilemma for the day is to go to spin class or have her hair done. But not Iz, she is gorgeous, driven, fierce, tough and quite intelligent. Their relationship was quite volatile several years ago. They broke up due to a misunderstanding on her part and Viktor’s attitude. However, once Viktor saw Marissa again, it was checkmate for him. She is it for him and that was that. But Iz can definitely hold her own even with Viktor’s dominating Alpha personality. Although, her family background somewhat brings out his insecurities. The Antagonists are evil. You never know who they’re going to torture or kill next. You keep hoping none of the characters you have grown to love will get hurt next.So, if you enjoy reading romantic suspense stories, you are in for a wild and exciting ride with Smoke and Shadows. Actually, I can say that for all the books in the Guardian Series. Arc received from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

  • JJH--Judy
    2019-05-09 21:46

    This was such a great addition to the series! I found it to be much more "emotional" than the others--not just with the main H and h, but with the other characters too. I found myself shocked, and tearing up more than once. I really loved the main characters--Viktor is a great possessive, alpha male, who even though claims the h as his early on in the story, really goes through a period of growth as a character to realize exactly what she is to him. Marissa, the heroine, is strong, but she is not portrayed as the "invincible super woman" some other strong female leads are. She has her limits, and vulnerabilities, and seems to realize that. The couple have known each other for years, but I did find there to be a real growth of the relationship, even though the characters, especially Viktor, doesn't really seem to know the right way to handle it. I love to see a strong alpha male, who is so sure of himself in all aspects of his life, treading new and uncertain waters. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a well written romantic suspense, with lots of action, enjoyable characters, and super steamy love scenes that I felt were very well done. Looking forward to the next installment!I did receive an ARC copy of the book from the author, which I can honestly say did not influence me one bit on leaving this review--a solid 5 stars for me!

  • Charlie
    2019-04-28 18:01

    Receive an ARC for reviewLOVE this series. Sorry to see it end but loved how different and similar each book was for the top guardians. As Viktor is the bad ass boss in the other books who is considered cold hearted and able to make the hard decisions. Marissa gives Viktor a run for his money as he cannot control her and keep her safe since she works for black ops for the CIA. Of course she learns that what Viktor did make her leave him 8 years prior comes to light that she made a decision without all the facts. She wonders why Viktor did not tell her his clearance was higher up than hers, this whole time she loving him from afar because she could not love a cold blooded killer, to find out it was not a cold blooded kill sends her into a tailspin. Then further into a dark whole when Viktor chooses to save her instead of himself. Viktor is an Asshole you love. You feel for him since he has to make the hard decisions and does it without showing his feelings, so everyone thinks he has no heart. However even in book 1 you know he has a heart but compartmentalizes so he can make the hard decision and deal with the fall out later. One hard decision he decides he may not be able to make is if it was Marissa’s life on the line.

  • Mary Mooney
    2019-04-25 23:59

    I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review, so here it is. I love this Guardian series. Each story is of a different guardian and their fierce loyalty and protection of their country and those they love. AGS lead is Viktor Baran and he is a take no prisoners kind of person. He will do anything to protect other guardians. While working on cases his contact at the CIA is Marissa Cole and the sparks fly between them each time they are close. He wants more and she doesn't want to get her heart broken like she did eight years ago. Viktor wants her back in his bed, since they split eight years ago, he has not found anyone to give him what he needs. There has been others but none of them were Marissa. While they are working together to find who is targeting the U.S. with nerve gas and killing agents from the FBI, CIA and AGS, they succumb to the feelings between them. This story will have you want more to find out who the bad guys are and what or who they want. If you haven't read this series yet, you show pick it up. Victoria Paige had a great writing style and these stories are well worth the time to get lost in and enjoy them. Can't wait for the next one!

  • Amelyn Randall
    2019-04-21 22:02

    Second chance for the hot alpha male and the very-rare alpha female makes sparks!This is my second read of this second-chance romantic suspense novel, and this time I read it out loud to my hubby. This book is by far my favorite of the Guardians series because, well...VIKTOR. He is tall, stubborn, insanely good looking, stubborn, set in his ways, stubborn, and a blond hero, which isn't found much these days. Marissa is equally stubborn and still hurting from her first chance with Viktor eight years ago. Mix these two with explosive action, other favorite Guardians series characters, and steamy, hot sex, and you get a fantastic, thrilling suspense story with a healthy, heaping serving of romantica.I'm so sad hubby and I are nearing the end of our adventure through the Guardians series. There's an extended epilogue for Smoke and Shadows which is up next for us, but is only four chapters. Sigh. I'm going to miss these characters HARD. After that, we'll be diving into the other three books in the Victoria Paige library, and we'll come back again when she writes something new. :) Keep writing, Vee, and we'll keep on reading!

  • Stacey is Sassy
    2019-05-02 20:53

    Another brilliant read by this author.I am a huge fan of this author and think she has a talent that could one day make her famous. Victoria Paige writes with intelligence and depth that makes me feel like she is an ex-agent who worked for the government and knows how to kick butt.The first part to this story just about killed me and I was glad to see that things were not as they seemed.I can honestly say that my first instinct was to not like Viktor because he had a coldness that showed emotional detachment. By the end I liked him more....not as much as Jack, but he grew on me. A couple of times I wanted to smack Marissa, but of course she had her reasons.This was a very hot and steamy read which is exactly what I expect when I read a Victoria Paige book. I cannot wait to read more from this author.

  • Ambrosia
    2019-04-29 19:40

    3.5 stars. The writing continues to improve. There were things I enjoyed about this book - particularly the last 33%. (Except for the h's freak out. I thought the whole (view spoiler)[ leave him at the hospital and then leave for six months (hide spoiler)] was weird, cowardly, and unforgivable.)THe relationship in the first 33% happened a little too fast. Maybe because they had been involved YEARS before. But I just didn't get a good sense of why they wanted each other or an emotional convection. Also the first 66% of the book seemed really focused on the suspense/action part of the story, and the romance/relationship building felt like background. It was fun to catch up with the main characters from the other books, though I had actually hoped that something Jack did would have been done by Marissa. Ha'

  • Kitten ~♥️ MM series ~
    2019-05-11 00:03

    4.75 StarsWhen you look up slightly crazy possessive alpha male its Viktor dangling handcuffs. Ive read the previous 2 books of this series so this tension btw Marissa and Viktor was no surprise. Every time she was within arms length of him the tension and the hunger in Viktor was palpable through the pages. Yeah, I said it the book had a pulse. It was a movie in a book. MIssion Impossible w/lots of hot scenes. PS: To author, Bravo for a cinematic opener. That was a female Daniel Craig in the last Bond opener. Beautiful. Hindsight, I wish I hadn't read the spoiler reviews. It takes away from the action and suspense. You worked hard on it and it showed on every page. I think Maia story slipped to number 2 spot.

  • Olivia
    2019-04-27 18:00

    I was privileged to receive this book by the author for a honest review.*No Spoilers*This series is FREAKING awesome! I waited for Viktor's book ever since Fire and Ice and I can honestly say, "I was not disappointed"! In Smoke and Shadows we got everything we've come to expect from Ms. Paige. Checklist: alpha male, kickass female (Marissa), excitement, action, heartbreak, love, steamy sex, and justice. Plus, we got to see our beloved characters from the previous Guardian books! There is not one single thing that I did not love about this book! Outstanding read....don't pass this book up! P.S. Once I settled down and of course reread Smoke and Shadows....I'll add more details to this review!

  • ❤️☘D♡K☘❤️
    2019-04-25 01:03

    I have received this ARC in exchange for an honest review and here it is..5 be-still-my-heart-it's-Victor's-story stars, baby!!Dear Lord, I missed those guys!The book of Victor.. dare I say, the best.. nope, can't say that, 'cause I'm still so attached to Jack and Maia's story ;) but still.. really, really close second.This one had the brilliant plot, the breath-taking twists, and more action to keep you panting than having to run a mile. The whole gang is there and they're working to help bring peace into this world <3Loved (a LOT) the banter between Victor and Marissa! Loved his so sooo much!! Okay, I'm in a swooning mood, so yes. He was AWESOME!!A great work by the lovely Victoria Paige!!Can't wait to read more :D

  • Karen ~ Divhine
    2019-05-18 19:02

    Wonderful story! This is an amazing addition to the series. We get to know more about Viktor and in one word, he is “intense.” He and Marissa have more than one disagreement over his dominate nature. It was wonderful getting re-acquainted with the characters from previous books. There was lots of action, intrigue, suspense and twists and turns. Absolutely wonderful book with vivid characters. The romance between Viktor and Marissa was intense, just like Viktor, and the sex was hot. I recommend this series to anyone that likes action and suspense with great romances. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I received this book from the author for an honest review.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-10 16:44

    I received this book for a complimentary copy.I'm going to try to make this short, sweet, and to the point.PHENOMENAL job on wrapping up this AMAZING series.....this book was HOTTTT!I absolutely loved seeing a different side of Viktor. This is one book I plan on revisiting....the writing level was amazing, the scenes vivid, the action; was jam packed! I also loved how Jack and Maia, and Derek and Sophie continued their stories in this book also; this takes pure skill to incorporate so many characters, and tell the story with perfection!I cannot give you enough stairs, nor truly explain the vividness, and flawless of this book, and the whole series!Sad to see this series end, but happy with the results!

  • Laurie
    2019-05-04 22:47

    This book was hot!!!!! I cuddled up by the fire and read the entire book in one sitting. I liked the first 2 books enough to give them four stars. This one got one of my extremely hard to earn 5 stars. Victoria Paige really pulled out all the stops. This was a fast paced, roller coaster ride but with a sizzling hot romance between the Alpha of the Alphas, Viktor who is head of AGS and Marissa a CIA Black ops agent who is an alpha female who won't take to caveman tactics. In the first pages of the book, I literally caught myself yelling at the screen which is not something I ever do. I can't wait to see what Victoria Paige has in store for us next.

  • Angarad
    2019-04-29 20:51

    I was sooo looking forward to Viktor's story. Not disappointed at all. He is even more dominant and badass than I could ever imagine. I honestly take my hat at Marissa and how she handles him. Need a iron spine, steeled nerves and a lot of attitude. However his vulnerable side, when it shows, balances the rest and let you see the man behind the commando.In this 3rd book, all characters are in danger and trying to protect their loved ones and country. A lot of actions, some moments that nearly leave you in tears and again a very beautiful and very intense love story.

  • Teen
    2019-05-06 17:37

    The political intrigue in this story was really well-written. Totally an action-packed story from page one. Love me some well-written, uncontrived dialogue in my stories and this one did not disappoint. I loved Marissa and that she did not put up with Viktor's crap but forced him to be least with her. This was one of those stories that I wanted to read the ending first just to make sure everything and everyone comes out alive and happy.....but I restrained myself like a good little reader...

  • Moon Reviews
    2019-05-04 19:52

    Must read alert!!! Smoke and shadows score on all levels! Well written, with characters that are so scorching hot and sexy, but wounded in so many senses that you can't help to get attached! Fully packed with action, twists and plots, this book would make a wonderful hollywood production!! High on alpha males the story is still completely owned by Viktor!!! Ha! Viktor, Viktor... Just amazing!!! What can i say more than I loved every minute of this story, i didn't want it to end! I just hope to read more of Marissa and Viktor soon! Simply Two thumbs up!!!

  • Marilicious
    2019-05-12 16:50

    This an action packed romance with great sex. Marissa walked away from Viktor eight years ago and he is ready to get her back. He will let nothing get in his way of claiming her including Marissa. He is an alpha to the core and can be a tad overprotective. Marissa is willing to be submissive in the bedroom but not in their everyday lives. These two clash but Viktor is not giving up. Add bad guys bent on revenge and you have a great book.