Jaeger (Order of the Black Knights Book 4)
By Evelise Archer
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Order of the Black Knights
US Marshal Jaeger Tripp is assigned to the Federal Witness Protection Program. The hurt and destruction he’s seen—along with protecting criminals who are only cooperating with the authorities to keep themselves out of jail—have left him with a bleak and jaded view of both life and people. His current assignment is Wren O’Riley, a computer wizard who witnessed a high-profile cartel hit.
To Jaeger, Wren is the same as any other job. He must protect him long enough to get him to testify at trial, and his personal feelings have no place in his work and must be set aside. But that’s easier said than done. On the run and fighting for their lives, Jaeger and Wren can’t help but grow closer. And Jaeger can’t help seeing beyond Wren’s nerdy exterior to a man who might be just what Jaeger needs to settle his soul and capture his heart—if they survive long enough to get that chance.
This story started out by hitting the ground running at full-force. There was really very little time to question what happened before Jaeger and Wren met (in this book/lifetime), how the prologue came into play, whether Wren was a good person, bad person, or somewhere in-between, or whether the reader was going to discover a decent cell in Jaeger’s body. Cold, sterile, and hostile (Jaeger), versus human, warm, and honorable (Wren).
I’ll admit it took me a bit to connect the dots between the initial flashbacks in the prologue – the historical replay of the origins of the Black Knights, the swift segue into killing the drug lord’s son who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and subsequent death through being double-crossed, the transition into current day (especially with the repeat of such a unique name – Wren), and the reappearance of the wizard. The link finally made complete sense in the final scenes pre-trial when the wizard made his next to final appearance to Jaeger. Could some type of word/scene play been built or expanded upon in the beginning to equip me, the reader, with a clearer understanding/expectation? Perhaps. In the end, it all circled back around with the clarity I needed, and the disruption/distraction in the beginning (confusion for me) didn’t detract me from forging on to find out what happened next.
What did strike me most about this book, though, was the creatively descriptive writing style. The chemistry and bond that simply existed from the beginning between Jaeger and Wren – and that they intuitively continued grooming and were unable to escape – wrung out the emotions. The sex scenes were erotic, tantalizingly drawn out, and cut to the core of one’s senses. Even though Jaeger attempted to convey nonchalance and convince himself that he’d simply move on once he delivered his charge to court to testify, the reader knows innately that it won’t be possible.
The surprising spin with Wren’s former lover Javi was brilliantly played, and the multi-layered and contrived plot was detailed and jaggedly cold. Javier had no soul.
The reunion between Jaeger and Wren after he testified in exchange for a new identity seemed to be a bit rushed, and perhaps would have benefitted from playing out and transpiring at the more evenly paced rate of the earlier ones, when these two were getting to know one another during the month Wren was under the U.S. Marshal’s protection.
Jaeger is, though, a gripping, emotionally hungry-type read that touches the reader’s soul: true love is meant to be, and time cannot stand in its way or destroy it.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book, and am now interested in reading the first three books of the Black Knights series.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on May 15, 2017.