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Jace Kaiser is a man without a country, without connection. His only loyalty is to the group who saved him, and the man who leads them. Until her...

The assignment should have been easy. Capture a deadly assassin and take her to HQ. But flawed intel leads to disaster, and Jace abducts a beautiful art appraiser instead. Intrigued by her courage, he's drawn to her in ways he can't explain. Dr. Madeline Cole stood up to him, fought for her identity, and never backed down. She's the kind of woman he could fall for if it wasn't so dangerous - for her.

Then Maddy is targeted for elimination because she's the sole person who can identify the mysterious female assassin - and the only thing standing between her and certain death is the sexy mercenary who swears he'll die before he lets anything happen to her. As the passion between them ignites, it seems clear that keeping Maddy safe has become the most important assignment of Jace's life.

Even then, protecting her might not be enough - because Jace has secrets that could destroy them both. And someone is determined to unmask them all...

©2019 Lynn Raye Harris (P)2020 Lynn Raye Harris

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Great new series!

What an exciting start to a new series!! I am a huge fan of Lynn Raye Harris's HOT books and Black List is the first of the greatly anticipated Black Bandits, following Ian Black (a HOT regular and reader favourite) and his team.

This is Jase and Maddy's story and I loved it.
Joe Arden and Emma Wilder really brought these two characters to life. Although their relationship doesn't get off to the best of starts, thanks to a case of mistaken identity. Soon the two of them are getting closer and sexy, alpha Jase is in full protective mode. Not that Maddy is a retiring wallflower, she has plenty of spirit and is not afraid of speaking her mind, even to the formidable Mr Black himself!!
Full of action, romance and suspense, Maddy and Jase's story definitely did not disappoint. I cannot wait to get my hands on more of Black's Bandits, and I can never have too much Ian Black in my life. This is another hit series from the author!

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  • ❤️ 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧 ❤️ Audiobook Addicts ❤️ 🎧
  • 24-11-20

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I love to finding a new to me author that I enjoy. I really liked this Romantic Suspense story with a strong female lead and a hot but dangerous spy/mercenary. Their love story started out a little angry and very suspicious in the beginning but they still had that immediate attraction and chemistry that I love in any romance book. I also enjoyed the process of them getting to know each other and falling in love. It was a little quick but I feel like that is ok when tensions are high and lives are in danger. This story wasn't very steamy but I think we just get more story that way and I also felt like it was a little light on suspense and excitement until the very end but that didn't affect my enjoyment of the story line. I also really enjoyed the ending and the surprise reveal that I never saw coming. While I did find this story to be a little I will definitely be looking for the next audiobook in this series, I can't wait to see who's book it is!

The narration was great, Joe Arden and Emma Wilder mesh very well together in my opinion.

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  • whatcha.listening.to
  • 25-11-20

Black List

I always struggle with book 1 from a series. Usually because there is a lot of world and character building and the storyline can get a little lost. But I have to say I didn’t with this book at all.
The characters were sharp and the world building easy to get right into. I really enjoyed getting to know the men and the women. I was on the edge of my seat for parts of it.
Jace is intriguing I like that he wasn’t the leader. I think that made me like him a little more. Ian just seems like the right fit for the leader role.
Maddy is fierce! I love when the heroine is just as witty and strong as the men maybe even more so. She doesn’t break and she has ample opportunity to but she is a strong one.
The chemistry was perfect. The love story being told along with the suspense I just thoroughly enjoyed myself.
The narration was perfection I am a huge fan of Joe Arden. But I think who stole the show was Emma Wilder she gave such depth to her voice it was awesome to listen to.

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  • Jenn Avery
  • 22-12-20

Great first book of a series

Black List is the best beginning of a series I've read in a long time. As a fan of Lynn's other Hot series, there was no question I was going to read this book, yet it still exceeded all expectations. Jace and Maddy's story has the exact right mix of sizzle, adventure, and mystery, however, Ian Black is the scene-stealer and what will keep me coming back to this series. I read this book before I listened to it and I have to say that the audio really added to the story. Joe Arden and Emma Wilder are great choices as narrators for this story. I recommend it to anyone who loves a great Action/Adventure romance.

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  • HoudinisAngel
  • 12-11-20

Mercenaries, spies, mistaken identity and love!

This is a good story and kept my interest. This was my first Lynn Rae book and it intrigued me enough to go in search of more of her work. I was able to predict the villain but it didn’t ruin the storyline for me. I wanted to learn more about secondary characters so I plan to continue the series.

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Emma and Joe did a great job bringing life to these characters. I enjoyed listening to them and hearing the different voices they give each character. Emma had a vulnerability to her voice for Maddy. Joe’s snark for secondary character voices is always fun to hear!

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  • jd
  • 10-03-21

Love and spies

This was such a great entertaining story that was easy to imagine watching it play out as a show or movie with mysterious mercenaries and a heroine that was so relatable! I enjoyed every twist and turn of this spicy spy story. This is my first book by this author and it will not be my last! The narrator's performance was fantastic and brought the characters to life.

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  • Vida._.Loca
  • 30-01-21

Great Romantic Suspense Story With A Twist

Black List is a great romantic suspense story with an exciting plot twist.
Jace is an undercover operative when he mistakes Maddy for his mark. There's action, danger, and a great love story.
I esp. loved the chemistry between the two and how they were strong together to help the other move forward through tragedies that had been holding them back. I look forward to reading more in this series. Narration by Joe Arden and Emma Wilder is great.

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  • charlligirl
  • 17-12-20

Masterful

All I can say is I was not expecting that turn in the storyline. Maybe I should have, but it came as a surprise. And let me say, Ian has his hands full if he thinks he can contain Calypso.

Black's Bandits are going to make for an interesting series. Everyone has a story to tell and rules are meant to be broken. I can't wait for the next book in this series. Will it pick up right where Black List left off, or will it wait to resurrect some of the ghosts from this story?

Ms. Harris is a master storyteller and only time will tell where this series will go. I'm hoping to see glimpses of the HOT guys in this series periodically similar to the way we see the Bandits in the HOT books. Until the next book ...

Joe Arden and Emma Wilder are such a great pairing for this book. I truly enjoyed how well they worked together.

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  • Christine M
  • 17-12-20

Action packed, great romantic suspense!

This first book in the Black Bandits series had me riveted throughout the whole book. I love romantic suspense and Ms. Harris did a great job with this story and introducing us to this band of brothers.

Jace and Maddie had great chemistry and a love/hate thing going on. I loved watching Jace's barriers fall as he fell for Maddie.

The story kept me very interested and I didn't want to put it down! I know each one of these stories are going to be a wild ride and I can't wait to get through the series! Great read!

The narrators kept me captivated throughout the whole story. They did a great job with the accents and the pace of the story.

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  • Lisa
  • 15-12-20

Perfect Romance with a Twist of Suspense

What an exciting ride made even better by wonderful narration. Jace was on a mission...to find the ever elusive Calypso, not meet a beautiful woman who immediately makes him feel and think about life differently. Dr. Madeline Cole was in Russia to do a job appraising artwork then all of a sudden she is captured and taken into custody by an extremely sexy stranger. She knows she should be terrified but there is something about her captor that while unnerving also alluring.

These two are brought together due to a common threat...Calypso. Jace doesn't want to leave Maddy unattended just in case Calypso returns and tries to cause harm to Maddy. Jace leave her in the capable hands of two of the company's most reliable men while he goes on the hunt for Calypso.

But Calypso is smarter than any of them give her credit for. Pretty soon secrets come to light as the danger lurks around the corner.

This book was so good and definitely left me wanting more. I will absolutely be watching for the rest of this series to become available on audio. Joe Arden and Emma Wilder do a fantastic job of narrating this book...but they always do. These two are favorites of mine.

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  • lclarke1
  • 05-12-20

Great story!!

This first book of this new series is not what I was expecting but I loved it from the start. In a case of mistaken identity Jace and Maddy's story was one full of twists that I did not see coming. I enjoyed seeing more into Ian Black than what one sees in the HOT books and this book was so much different than the HOT books too!! Jace and Maddy were a couple with off the charts chemistry and had some bad cards of life dealt to them but were eventually able to get their HEA with some twists. The narration by Joe Arden and Emma Wilder was performed well as the pair did a great job brining this story to life. I loved this book from the start and can not wait to see where this series will go next!!