Ian and Braden Thomas made a promise to their fallen teammate to protect his sister Katie. In order to do so the men will have to return to the U.S. to extract her and they'll soon discover that what they thought would be an easy mission is anything but...
Gabe's sister, Katie Buchanan, is no shrinking violet. She's been taking care of herself for a long time and she's facing her own share of problems - which have nothing to do with Gabe or the two men claiming to be sent by him. If there's one thing Gabe taught her it's `trust nobody' and she's taken that lesson to heart.
The simple fact that Gabe has missed their designated check-in phone call time is a horrifying dose of reality as Katie's forced to admit that there's a very real possibility that he's dead. That knowledge along sends her into a panic. She's been hiding from her own problem - namely Ricardo de la Cruz and can't risk him catching up to her. As she prepares to go on the run yet again she receives a phone call on her and Gabe's special line - only it's not Gabe, it's someone calling himself Ian Thomas.
Panicked she flees her apartment only to encounter a black SUV and men intent on taking her with them. Katie assumes these men are Ricardo de la Cruz's goons. He's intent on making her pay for murdering his brother - even though he has no proof that she killed anyone. Once Ian and Braden manage to successfully capture Katie she escapes and lands herself into Ricardo's sadistic hands. Ian and Braden don't give up easily. In fact something about playing chase with Katie arouses their feral instincts. Their attempts to keep their predators safely locked beneath their skin are futile.
Once Katie's back in Ian and Brandon's capable hands she struggles with her desire for them as well as her need to run. Trust doesn't come easily for her and so far Ian and Brandon's actions have proven them to be dangerous to her... and she doesn't even know about their shape-shifting abilities yet. Can Katie, a woman who's never felt safe anywhere, find safety and acceptance in the arms of two unstable shifters?
I've been anxiously awaiting the next book in the FALCON MERCENARY GROUP ever since I read INTO THE MIST. INTO THE LAIR is a thrillingly intense story full of all the passion, wonder, and paranormal elements that I've come to love about this series. Maya Banks pulls out all the stops with this book. Emotionally this plot fulfills every one of my expectations and then some. I laughed, I cried, and I cheered these characters through each and every scene. Katie, Brandon and Ian complement each other beautifully. They're all strong individuals but together they're a force to be reckoned with and the sex is intense and unforgettable.
While it's certainly not necessary to read INTO THE MIST first, I'd highly recommend doing so. The characters and what they've already experienced are far more `real' if you understand what happened in the first book before delving into this one. Now I'll be on the lookout for future books in this series. Damiano, a.k.a. `D' especially broke my heart and I really want to know what happens to him in future stories.
Chrissy Dionne (courtesy of Romance Junkies)