Enemy Lover grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the last page. Part of it is due to the dark and gritty characters. Part due to the high concept and fast-moving plot. Jax Cassidy, a former cop betrayed by her squad members and ex-fiance, is saved from a life in jail by the head of L.O.S.T. (Last Option Special Team). It's Jax's last option, and the L.O.S.T. team is after an enemy that has infiltrated the highest echelon of the U.S. government. Marcus Cross is the key, and Jax's orders are to seduce him, then eliminate him. But she finds out Marcus is more than a match for her. In fact, he's more than human.
Marcus Cross was abandoned as a baby by his society mother. Years later, his platoon left him for dead in Afghanistan. Like Jax, he's given a second chance at life - as a vampire. His creator sends him on killing missions to further his cause, but Marcus finds a primal connection to Jax that's stronger than the ties to his creator. Stronger than anything he's felt before in his life.
As I read this book, I kept thinking WOW! WOW! WOW! Harlow takes vamps to new levels, controlling members of the government and the military. And Jax and Marc are raw, with every nerve exposed. They've been defeated, betrayed and broken, then super-glued back together, coming out stronger and harder, the pieces that don't fit their new identities left behind. Enemy Lover is heart-pumping, lump-in-the-throat exciting and kept me whipping through the pages way into the morning hours.