Merciless (Option Zero, #1)
She hunts serial killers. He brings the wicked to justice. Together they'll be unstoppable--unless he finds out who she really is.Somewhere between the darkness and the dawn lies a truth that could get them killed.Years ago, Asher Drake lost everything he loved. He had followed the rules, done the right thing, and was repaid with betrayal. Now, as leader of Option Zero, he plays by his own rules and handles things a different way. Ash knows he might not live to see another day, but one thing is certain, he will fight till his last breath for what’s right. Out of dark desperation, Jules Stone became someone else. Having experienced the worst of humanity, she battles her demons by fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves. But the shadows linger. When an opportunity arises to repay a debt, Jules accepts the offer, hopeful that the shadows will disappear forever. An enemy watches and waits for the perfect moment to strike, secure in the knowledge that power is the ultimate weapon and truth is only a matter of perception. Ash and Jules must join forces and fight their demons together before the darkness becomes permanent and destroys them both.

Merciless (Option Zero, #1) Details

TitleMerciless (Option Zero, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 25th, 2020
PublisherChristy Reece
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Military Fiction, Military Romance

Merciless (Option Zero, #1) Review

  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARS Meeting Asher Drake was one of the most surreal moments of her life. Working with him was even more so. It's been a hot minute since I read a Christy Reece novel, and honestly, I don't know why it's been so long. I fell in love with her romantic suspense long ago and this book just reminded me of all the reasons why. The author knows how to weave an action packed and twisty story to suck the reader in and keep you at the edge of your seat from beginning to end.The prologue immediately 4 STARS Meeting Asher Drake was one of the most surreal moments of her life. Working with him was even more so. It's been a hot minute since I read a Christy Reece novel, and honestly, I don't know why it's been so long. I fell in love with her romantic suspense long ago and this book just reminded me of all the reasons why. The author knows how to weave an action packed and twisty story to suck the reader in and keep you at the edge of your seat from beginning to end.The prologue immediately grabbed me by the throat and kept my heart pounding with every page turn. You're anxious to finally put all the puzzle pieces together, but they're expertly spread throughout the story.Asher Drake formed Option Zero after a mission that cost him everything. Now he wants to be the person that those without any other option can come to for help. He has a team of experts that play to their own set of rules now.Jules Stone hunts serial killers. She goes after those that have alluded authorities for too long and she brings them down. But then a secret mission that allows her to repay a debt puts her on Asher's radar, and nothing goes quite to plan. The one thing that I find in some romantic suspense lately is the steam can sometimes get in the way of the actual plot for me. The romance here was certainly much tamer than what I've come to be used to from Reece, but nowhere less good. The story kept me riveted to the pages and turning the pages well into the night. I loved that the suspense was prime and center and the romance was the slow burning cinder in the middle. It was the perfect balance and one unputdownable read.ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • Anne OK
    January 1, 1970
    After spending the last decade in a love affair with the books and characters Christy Reece has created, its so exciting to begin a new decade with the launch of the first book in her explosive new Option Zero series that will be released on February 25, 2020.My review is spoiler-free, and I wont say much regarding the complex and twisting plot. Theres a tempting book blurb provided, so I certainly dont want to spoil the thrill of experiencing each piece while unraveling this puzzler for After spending the last decade in a love affair with the books and characters Christy Reece has created, it’s so exciting to begin a new decade with the launch of the first book in her explosive new Option Zero series that will be released on February 25, 2020.My review is spoiler-free, and I won’t say much regarding the complex and twisting plot. There’s a tempting book blurb provided, so I certainly don’t want to spoil the thrill of experiencing each piece while unraveling this puzzler for yourself. Romance and suspense go hand-in-hand to make a perfect match. And once again, one of my very favorite authors doesn’t disappoint in bringing readers action-packed storytelling that is driven equally and simultaneously by the threat of danger and the promise of romance. With Merciless, she masterfully adds another of her distracting addictions to the long list of well-written, pulse-pounding, gritty, and edge-of-your-seat stories that will shock and fulfill any romantic suspense junkie’s needs.From an elite group of dedicated and determined men and women who fight for justice to the cold-stone bad and evil, criminal geniuses, rogue felons and serial killers, readers are introduced to a new batch of diverse and complicated characters. Option Zero (OZ), a highly secretive organization, works under-the-radar all over the world taking on jobs where no other options are available, and the lives of these operatives are embroiled in life and death situations and unexpected passion. Each carries their own bag filled with pain and devastating losses of their own, while their passion and undercover missions are a lethal mix keeping the senses alert and the pages turning while piquing interest with hints of future stories. Kudos to Christy Reece for expertly balancing multiple plot and character arcs in a network of evocative characters that readers can rally behind, and especially for giving a voice to the well-trained female ops who play an equal role in each mission. Asher Drake is a Titan among men -- passionate and driven. As the leader of OZ, Ash packs a punch while earning respect from his peers, as well as his place in the swoon-worthy hero category. And a man Jules finds irresistible.Jules Stone is not only beautiful, but determined, strong and intelligent. When she finds herself in dire straits, she proves her strength as a kick-ass heroine while making it look easy. And a temptation that Ash finds himself unable to deny.What these two don't bargain for is the undeniable attraction that ignites between them or the extent of the sinister plot that threatens to rip apart any chance of happiness they might have together. Neither the romance or the suspense significantly overwhelms the other. With sparks flying, there’s chemistry, heat and sizzle aplenty without being overly graphic – and not only between Ash and Jules. Initial attractions build and escalate, teases of a touch, the seductive looks of desire are all there to be explored.Blood, bedlam, bullets, bombs and bad guys. Oh-- what fun it is getting inside the heads of Reece’s bad guys! Her villains are always so evil and maniacal. To make it a great story, the villain(s) should be more than just a caricature. They need to be as strong and multi-dimensional as the good guys. And nobody writes five-star villains, female and male, better than Reece. Whenever those black-hearted scoundrels show-up bringing their cruel, evil and wicked plots with them, who can really hate them though? It’s more of a love-to-hate relationship. We all expect that they will get their just rewards. And after all, they’re really just doing what their character roles require!Readers will find one heck of a ride with the new group of undercover operatives working for OZ. Danger and desire are successfully merged into one irresistible and edgy storyline. And when the battle ends, good conquers, love prevails, evil is punished and this group of superheroes come out on top. And all is right with the world -- until their next mission.Merciless is sure to set your pulse racing in a fast-paced story where a kick-butt heroine and her superhero might find the healing power of love – and maybe a happily-ever-after of their own.Don’t take my word for it though – you’ll want to grab a copy for yourself and begin to experience the world of Option Zero and all the other operatives begging to have their stories told.
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  • Dora Koutsoukou
    January 1, 1970
    4,5 🤩🤩🤩❤⚡⚡💥⚡⚡✨✨✨✨s❣❣❣❣What a great suspenseful romance read!!!!! I was astonished with the great characters and the amazing plot! It was intense and so full of action, undercover, danger, mystery, secrets, betrayal, villains and romance!!! Jules was such a strong and badass character, Asher was a complete alpha male! Exceptionally written, fast paced, clever plot twists and dual pov. Although it is a standalone story, the plot continues in the next books. I highly anticipate for the next!!! 😲 4,5 🤩🤩🤩❤️⚡️⚡️💥⚡️⚡️✨✨✨✨s❣️❣️❣️❣️What a great suspenseful romance read!!!!! I was astonished with the great characters and the amazing plot! It was intense and so full of action, undercover, danger, mystery, secrets, betrayal, villains and romance!!! Jules was such a strong and badass character, Asher was a complete alpha male! Exceptionally written, fast paced, clever plot twists and dual pov. Although it is a standalone story, the plot continues in the next books. I highly anticipate for the next!!! 😲
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  • Rebecca Woolley
    January 1, 1970
    Christy Reece is back with another hit series, I didnt think you could beat the start of the LCR series but seriously this does. Asher Drake is set in finding out the truth about the involvement of Nora Turner, she left his colleagues to die following an incident and then she released a serial killer who murdered his wife.Jules Stone survived the serial killers attack but her family was not that fortunate, Jules starts to learn she has skills and starts to become an independent serial killer Christy Reece is back with another hit series, I didn’t think you could beat the start of the LCR series but seriously this does. Asher Drake is set in finding out the truth about the involvement of Nora Turner, she left his colleagues to die following an incident and then she released a serial killer who murdered his wife.Jules Stone survived the serial killers attack but her family was not that fortunate, Jules starts to learn she has skills and starts to become an independent serial killer chaser. Jules and Ash are brought together to work within the Oz team, this is where the storyline gets exciting with all the twists and turns.I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to read this as an ARC, this is an honest review and can only recommend you download this book, has to be one of the best books I’ve read for a long time.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    Option Zero is a new series that delivers thrills, some chills along with suspense and romance. Christy Reese is back giving us another great series with her signature characters who have heartbreaking, tragic pasts which should have broken them but instead they rise up from the ashes to become lethal fighters for the underdogs and have made it their missions to bring down the evil monsters of the world. I'm already loving this cast of characters and can't wait for their books. If you've been a Option Zero is a new series that delivers thrills, some chills along with suspense and romance. Christy Reese is back giving us another great series with her signature characters who have heartbreaking, tragic pasts which should have broken them but instead they rise up from the ashes to become lethal fighters for the underdogs and have made it their missions to bring down the evil monsters of the world. I'm already loving this cast of characters and can't wait for their books. If you've been a fan of this authors others series you will surely love this one..
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  • KK
    January 1, 1970
    Ten stars?? Is that allowed? I just loved this book! Ash and Jules are everything!!Im a longtime fan of this authors work but after many books, and even more rereads of those books, I have found a new favorite. This story has drama and suspense and humor and of course romance. While the story is absolutely Ash and Jules, Christy Reece introduces other members of this new team, and I cannot wait to read more about them! What-ifs are bullsh**. Its the whats next that matters. ❤❤❤There is no doubt Ten stars?? Is that allowed? I just loved this book! Ash and Jules are everything!!I’m a longtime fan of this author’s work but after many books, and even more rereads of those books, I have found a new favorite. This story has drama and suspense and humor and of course romance. While the story is absolutely Ash and Jules’, Christy Reece introduces other members of this new team, and I cannot wait to read more about them! “What-ifs are bullsh**. It’s the what’s next that matters.” ❤️❤️❤️There is no doubt what’s next in this series will be amazing. And Merciless is the perfect start.
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  • Alima Livzletlivz
    January 1, 1970
    Bad things happen. And the human brain is especially adept at making sure that we keep track of these events. This is an adaptive mechanism important for survival. ~ David PerlmutterAnd survival is important to having a purpose in life. A lucky chance that gives birth to a crusade against evil living amongst humanity. Fear is Merciless. But with courage, determination and motivation, one can laugh at the very face of fear. Who better is privileged to this fact than Asher Drake and Juliet Stone. “Bad things happen. And the human brain is especially adept at making sure that we keep track of these events. This is an adaptive mechanism important for survival. ~ David PerlmutterAnd survival is important to having a purpose in life. A lucky chance that gives birth to a crusade against evil living amongst humanity. Fear is “Merciless”. But with courage, determination and motivation, one can laugh at the very face of fear. Who better is privileged to this fact than Asher Drake and Juliet Stone. Asher Drake: The man was a demon in some people’s eyes, but in others he was a hero.Juliet Stone: She was no neophyte. She was a professional and knew how to play the game. She had secrets.And both would go beyond their endurance to mete out justice and protect their own.Christy Reece’s new series, Option Zero, introduces the “Merciless” players, bonded over death, bravery and survival. A life of pain and loss, betrayal and treachery, brotherly bond, love and loyalty created these warriors. As they put their lives between the innocent and evil, fighting for justice fo the innocent with zero option, they still get lucky in love as they tread a merciless path to justice.A resounding start to a new series, Christy Reece shows her mastery of plotting a story that keeps the readers spellbinding. Unlike her other series with so much action (which totally is enthralling), I love the fact that she had paced her story so very well as she draws the characters out of their shell. There is sublime action in the background, with emotions and characterization taking precedence, yet none of it taking away the intensity of the plot. As she introduces the players, the story still revolves around Asher Drake and Jules Stone. As she sets the stage for the main plot to continue into future stories, she never loses sight of the significant flow of events surrounding Ash and Jules. Even her choice of names has a subtle symbolism adding an element of aura to the story.Having read every single book of hers published thus far, there are so many subtle nuances that only made her narration so much more intriguing, the twists and surprises added flavor and spice to the plot, and the characterization and depth of the plot added layers of masterful imagination!I cannot wait to follow these “Merciless” warriors into their trials and tribulations.Received an ARC from the author for an honest review.
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  • Lyndi W.
    January 1, 1970
    I don't believe any of these eerily similar and vague 5 star reviews, so maybe I'll wait a month before deciding.
  • Hope Frost
    January 1, 1970
    My first 5 star read of 2020. This book was a little different the the CR we have come to know and love. Don't get me wrong, there is still classic Christy writing, but this has a different kind of grit to it and quite a bit of spice. With this being the start of a new series (YAY) we meet quite a few characters, and trust me, you will be craving more by the end of the story. I had several LOL moments, several moments where I am staring dumbfounded at my Nook and one very WTF moment.Asher and My first 5 star read of 2020. This book was a little different the the CR we have come to know and love. Don't get me wrong, there is still classic Christy writing, but this has a different kind of grit to it and quite a bit of spice. With this being the start of a new series (YAY) we meet quite a few characters, and trust me, you will be craving more by the end of the story. I had several LOL moments, several moments where I am staring dumbfounded at my Nook and one very WTF moment.Asher and Jules...while on paper, shouldn't work...they just do. There are many twists and turns and lots of obstacles, but one of the things I loved was that Jules was a badass but also a woman, through and through. Not gonna lie...I have a bit of a crush on Jazz and can't wait to read more about her.
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  • Sheri Morell
    January 1, 1970
    Looks like we are in for another excellent series. I took my time reading this book but that was not an easy task. I was drawn in from the very first page and I did not want to put it down.Merciless is a edge of your seat romance suspense that will have you laughing and crying sometimes at the same time. I loved Jules and Ash from the start and look forward to getting to know all the OZ players. If you want an addictive story with lots of drama and action this book is definitely for you.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Merciless is the initial offering in Ms. Reeces new Option Zero series & what a start! This story had romance, danger & plenty of thrills. Asher & Jukes seem perfect for each other. Their personalities merge with their weaknesses & strengths offsetting the others. From the first page you are drawn into the tale of survival, recovery & triumph. This book laid the path for following stories with a continuing storyline! I cant wait for the next one in the series. Merciless is the initial offering in Ms. Reece’s new Option Zero series & what a start! This story had romance, danger & plenty of thrills. Asher & Jukes seem perfect for each other. Their personalities merge with their weaknesses & strengths offsetting the other’s. From the first page you are drawn into the tale of survival, recovery & triumph. This book laid the path for following stories with a continuing storyline! I can’t wait for the next one in the series.
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  • Mary Lawson
    January 1, 1970
    Merciless An Option Zero NovelChristy ReeceNail biting action packed from the start. Lies, loyalty, and love all intermingled with very strong characters who want you knowing more about them. Couldnt put it down. Cant wait to read the next one.You wont regret reading it, but could cause some missed sleep. Merciless An Option Zero NovelChristy ReeceNail biting action packed from the start. Lies, loyalty, and love all intermingled with very strong characters who want you knowing more about them. Couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait to read the next one.You won’t regret reading it, but could cause some missed sleep.
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book to a brand new series from Christy Reese. I'll admit it's been a little while since I've read her books but this is a great book to get back into her suspenseful writing. Option Zero like LCR rescues those in need or takes out the criminals that law enforcement can't quite get enough information on. Jules had a tragic past, a past that only the strong can survive mentally intact. She has rebuilt her life, changed who she was, and started hunting serial killers. She was This is the first book to a brand new series from Christy Reese. I'll admit it's been a little while since I've read her books but this is a great book to get back into her suspenseful writing. Option Zero like LCR rescues those in need or takes out the criminals that law enforcement can't quite get enough information on. Jules had a tragic past, a past that only the strong can survive mentally intact. She has rebuilt her life, changed who she was, and started hunting serial killers. She was hired to do a job that she wasn't ok with and decided to go to Ash Drake under untruthful circumstances in order to keep him and his team safe.Ash is an honest, emotionally stable, determined man. He will do whatever is necessary to protect those he cares about. Jules walks into his life, he knows there is something about her, she's hiding something, but he just can't seem to fully care. Will he find out the truth?Both Ash and Jules are characters we are able to get on board with from the beginning and connect with. Merciless for me took a few chapters to really get into, but once I did it was entertaining, intriguing, and you don't know which emotion you want to feel whether it be you are on the edge of your seat or you are grabbing for tissues. The beginning of the Option Zero series does not disappoint and it is highly recommended. I cannot wait to get to know the rest of the characters they are such a diverse group.Received ARC in exchange for voluntary honest review.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in a brand new series by the very talented Christy Reece and it was such a satisfying read! This book will have you laughing, crying, angry, sad, and everything in between. Since it is the first book of a new series, the scope of it is broader than books that usually follow because you meet most of the original group of characters and get the background operating storyline. This series has great promise and Im looking forward to getting to know the rest of these characters This is the first book in a brand new series by the very talented Christy Reece and it was such a satisfying read! This book will have you laughing, crying, angry, sad, and everything in between. Since it is the first book of a new series, the scope of it is broader than books that usually follow because you meet most of the original group of characters and get the background operating storyline. This series has great promise and I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of these characters as well as Asher and Jules!ONE LAST COMMENT : for those who love romantic suspense but not graphic sex, this book is for you! Sex is referenced without a whole lot of detail. This is romantic suspense at its finest!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.Merciless is the start of a new series by Christie Reece. The series is called An Option Zero Novel, and, WOW is it a winner!Christy Reece has created a book with lots of suspense and intrigue. The plot is exceedingly complex. There are many twists and turns that may easily push the reader in the wrong direction. Happily for the reader, the action starts immediately in the first chapter and doesnt conclude I received a complimentary copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.Merciless is the start of a new series by Christie Reece. The series is called “An Option Zero Novel,” and, WOW is it a winner!Christy Reece has created a book with lots of suspense and intrigue. The plot is exceedingly complex. There are many twists and turns that may easily push the reader in the wrong direction. Happily for the reader, the action starts immediately in the first chapter and doesn’t conclude until the very end. Ms. Reece’s characters are complex and fascinating with a lot of different sides to their personalities. I especially love that the main characters. Jules and Ash, the main characters, had traumatic events years ago. In spite of that they are strong, confident and independent. Yet they are still able to show their feelings and emotions. Ash meets Jules when she goes undercover and joins Ash’s organization. She keeps her reasons a secret even to the reader. The chemistry between the two of them is off-the-wall. There is no doubt that Ash and Jules are soul mates! Of course, Jules’ hidden agenda presents an obstacle for their relationship.The center of this series is an organization called, Option Zero. Ash creates this organization to investigate issues around the world. He “plays by his own rules,” and solves the assignment in his own way. This is a page-turner with an unusual plot and lots of intrigue!
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Merciless is the first book in Christy Reeces new Option Zero series. It is fabulous. Although I found myself only reading a few chapters at a time, (for me it was sometimes overwhelming), I couldnt put it down for long. If you like seeing people who have been destroyed come back with a purpose, this book is for you. If you like lots of action, this book is for you. If you enjoy a mystery, putting the pieces together, this books for you. If you enjoy a steamy romance, this book is for you. If Merciless is the first book in Christy Reece’s new Option Zero series. It is fabulous. Although I found myself only reading a few chapters at a time, (for me it was sometimes overwhelming), I couldn’t put it down for long. If you like seeing people who have been destroyed come back with a purpose, this book is for you. If you like lots of action, this book is for you. If you enjoy a mystery, putting the pieces together, this books for you. If you enjoy a steamy romance, this book is for you. If you like perceived betrayal turning into something else, this book is for you. If you enjoy seeing a group of smart, talented, hard-nosed men and women work together to right some wrongs and turn themselves into family, this book is for you. From jungles to sunny beaches, from DC to the wilds of Montana, Merciless is a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, page turner. The only drawback – both the characters and you as the reader come to realize the endgame isn’t what it seems, and the bad guy is still out there. I can’t recommend this one enough!!
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome, awesome and awesome.. This makes a great opening book into a new series. I loved Ash and Jules. Both had horrible experiences turn them into amazing people. I loved the action, suspense and romance. I look forward to reading the stories of all the OZ operators.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story. Jules is a great character, easy to like and to empathise with. Piecing together her backstory as you read through the book just makes you like her more. I loved Ash, too. I especially loved how he acted after the betrayal, even when he was still really angry (trying not to give spoilers, here). The other characters are intriguing and the whole Option Zero organisation is simply awesome. Jump aboard for a breathtaking ride, but have the tissues nearby as well. It's a fabulous I loved this story. Jules is a great character, easy to like and to empathise with. Piecing together her backstory as you read through the book just makes you like her more. I loved Ash, too. I especially loved how he acted after the betrayal, even when he was still really angry (trying not to give spoilers, here). The other characters are intriguing and the whole Option Zero organisation is simply awesome. Jump aboard for a breathtaking ride, but have the tissues nearby as well. It's a fabulous read.
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  • Susan Jordens
    January 1, 1970
    If you want non stop action, thrilling drama, and an absolutely stunning and addictive story then you have to read this latest from Christy Reece. She has excelled with this tremendously entertaining and brilliant book. The characters are so likeable and the storyline is incredible. I can not recommend it highly enough. It is just amazing and one I loved.
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  • Emily Turbiak
    January 1, 1970
    Merciless is the first book in Christy Reeces newest series Option Zero. We got a sneak preview in the LCR seriesand ever since that sneak peak, Ive been (im)patiently waiting for the Option Zero to come out! Let me just say, it was 100% worth the wait! The writing and the story line was spot on! What I liked most is the twists and surprises. Usually I am very good about picking up on an upcoming twistbut in Merciless, I couldnt see them coming, even though there were hints along the way! Her Merciless is the first book in Christy Reece’s newest series Option Zero. We got a sneak preview in the LCR series—and ever since that sneak peak, I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for the Option Zero to come out! Let me just say, it was 100% worth the wait! The writing and the story line was spot on! What I liked most is the twists and surprises. Usually I am very good about picking up on an upcoming twist—but in Merciless, I couldn’t see them coming, even though there were hints along the way! Her writing is just THAT good!I don’t want to give too much about the plot, but I will say this about the hero and heroine (because I know that’s what can make a break a story for people): the Ash is all alpha while allowing Julie to forge her own path. Julie is a quiet, strong female, but she is not afraid to push back. And the chemistry is off the charts!The series starts off with a bang! Now I have to (im)patiently wait for the rest.... goodness!
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  • Kristen Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Merciless is book one in the new Option Zero series and it kicked off the series magnificently. This book sucked me in from page one and kept me on the edge as I got to know our cast of characters and wove myself through the suspenseful Situations. Ash and Jules deliver equally on the thrills and chills while things heat up between them. I enjoyed every aspect of these two as they worked together in each element of the story. Reece does an amazing job of weaving the elements and characters Merciless is book one in the new Option Zero series and it kicked off the series magnificently. This book sucked me in from page one and kept me on the edge as I got to know our cast of characters and wove myself through the suspenseful Situations. Ash and Jules deliver equally on the thrills and chills while things heat up between them. I enjoyed every aspect of these two as they worked together in each element of the story. Reece does an amazing job of weaving the elements and characters together creating a compelling story that held me in its grasp and characters I want to see more from.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Once again Christy Reece has written a book I couldn't put down. This first book in her new series, starts off in typical Reece style, and had me holding my breath with what would happen next. We are introduced to all new characters, although we did get a glimpse of Ash in her last LCR book This new team work together just as well as the LCR operatives do and are very much a family. The story itself has lots of twists and turns, and you're left wondering if everyone is really who they seem to be Once again Christy Reece has written a book I couldn't put down. This first book in her new series, starts off in typical Reece style, and had me holding my breath with what would happen next. We are introduced to all new characters, although we did get a glimpse of Ash in her last LCR book This new team work together just as well as the LCR operatives do and are very much a family. The story itself has lots of twists and turns, and you're left wondering if everyone is really who they seem to be (I already have a few theories about some of the characters and can't wait to see if they pan out). There is certainly more going on behind the scenes than what we know at the moment. If you love romantic suspense (heavy on the suspense) and a slightly darker read, then this book needs to be at the top of your TBR list.
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  • Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start off...I love this author!This is a new series and let me say...BOOM 💥 What a ride, I tried so hard to read this slow because I didnt want it to end...plus I was stressed out 😰 Every time I thought I knew where the author was taking me...BOOM!Another twist, another turn. Like a roller coaster I had to hold on to my hat. Phew.Another absolute winner from one of the Queens of Romantic Suspense. So much action, so much drama and multiple plot lines that are epic, edge of your seat! Two Let me start off...I love this author!This is a new series and let me say...BOOM 💥 What a ride, I tried so hard to read this slow because I didn’t want it to end...plus I was stressed out 😰 Every time I thought I knew where the author was taking me...BOOM!Another twist, another turn. Like a roller coaster I had to hold on to my hat. Phew.Another absolute winner from one of the Queens of Romantic Suspense. So much action, so much drama and multiple plot lines that are epic, edge of your seat! Two damaged people who help save others because of their past come together and hot diggity...it’s combustible.This book has it all...action, drama, dark plot lines and a HEA to make your heart melt. And I love that the one plot was not rushed and will be a thread in next book. I sense that Ash & Jules have more adventures as well as the other agents working at OZ. And I say BRING IT ON!!!
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  • Diane Saul
    January 1, 1970
    Years ago Asher Drake lost everything. He has been trying to find the people responsible since. He is getting close but very powerful people want to stop him. This book grabbed me from the beginning. It as everything a reader would want, suspense, danger and romance.
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  • Minerva Brenner
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished this book and loved every minute of it. Very emotional romantic suspense that keeps you looking for more. This is the first book in this series and I can hardly wait to read the next five stories. Christy Reece has a way of telling a story that keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat waiting to find answers. Highly recommend.
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  • Vicki Spanske
    January 1, 1970
    Merciless, the first book in the Option Zero series has set the bar high for this new series. Christy Reece knows people and she uses her knowledge to create believable characters. Her wounded warriors and survivors of tragedy come together to take us on an exciting journey through the world of the bottom feeders. Asher Drake, the leader of Option Zero is the best of the best. You will like him from the beginning of the story, but you will love him by the end. Pain and betrayal have tainted his Merciless, the first book in the Option Zero series has set the bar high for this new series. Christy Reece knows people and she uses her knowledge to create believable characters. Her wounded warriors and survivors of tragedy come together to take us on an exciting journey through the world of the bottom feeders. Asher Drake, the leader of Option Zero is the best of the best. You will like him from the beginning of the story, but you will love him by the end. Pain and betrayal have tainted his life but it doesn't stop him from trusting his team and getting the job done. Jules Stone is a tough but likable character and new to the team. She's suffered and persevered and fights the good fight. She's willing to take on the worst of the worst which makes her a good fit for Asher's team. Trust doesn't come easy for these two. You will love how they overcome the complications of their partnership. As the story unfolds we meet many others in the Option Zero team and it pumps up the anticipation of their stories. By the end, you will be anxious for the next book and picking your favorite team members. I devoured this book and then went back and read it again. Get ready for another blockbuster series by our wonderful Christy Reece.
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  • Kelly Mcclure
    January 1, 1970
    Brand new kickoff for Christy Reece. Option Zero. When there is no one else. Asher Drake is the one. He and his team of operatives are often the last resort. Jules Stone owes him and he doesnt even know it. Her past may be a mystery but their future isnt.So, I am a Christy Reece junky. I stalk her. I email her. I ask her random questions and she tolerates me. Grey Justice, her previous series, was my ever-loving favorite, all time. When LCR Elite finished, I cried. Option Zero is going to be no Brand new kickoff for Christy Reece. Option Zero. When there is no one else. Asher Drake is the one. He and his team of operatives are often the last resort. Jules Stone owes him and he doesn’t even know it. Her past may be a mystery but their future isn’t.So, I am a Christy Reece junky. I stalk her. I email her. I ask her random questions and she tolerates me. Grey Justice, her previous series, was my ever-loving favorite, all time. When LCR Elite finished, I cried. Option Zero is going to be no different. Ms. Reece always creates worlds where you want to live. Her heroes are strong, alpha men and her heroines are just as strong. They aren’t wilting flowers, waiting to be saved. Usually they have as strong personalities and character flaws as the heroes they fall in love with. Asher Drake and Jules Stone hit the mark. This is an awesome start and I can’t wait to see what and who comes next….
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  • Debbie Tinder
    January 1, 1970
    If you like romantic suspense, don't miss this book. Merciless is book one in what I am sure will be another awesome series from Christy Reece - Option Zero. This excellent story line will take you on a thrilling journey with a wide range of emotions and will pull you in from page one. Perfect blend of suspense, romance and sizzle. Great book!
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  • Connie Bigelow
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing start for the new Operation Zero(OZ) series. Christy Reece continues to write absorbing, detailed novels, with a cast of characters you cant help but root for.Asher & Jules are my new favorite couple. I loved their connection, and how they were able to overcome tragedies in their pasts to emerge even stronger. Oh my Asher Drake! So many things to admire about this character. Strong, compassionate, intelligent...where can I find him IRL? Jules is the epitome of a survivor. The things Amazing start for the new Operation Zero(OZ) series. Christy Reece continues to write absorbing, detailed novels, with a cast of characters you can’t help but root for.Asher & Jules are my new favorite couple. I loved their connection, and how they were able to overcome tragedies in their pasts to emerge even stronger. Oh my Asher Drake! So many things to admire about this character. Strong, compassionate, intelligent...where can I find him IRL? Jules is the epitome of a survivor. The things that she had to overcome, would have destroyed most people I would think. I would 100% recommend this book, and look forward to reading more in the series!
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  • Randi Simpson
    January 1, 1970
    Merciless is the first book of the new series Option Zero. I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it. The book grabbed me from the very first page and didn't let go until the very end. Asher and Jules' story is a rollercoaster ride with all the thrills and scares that come with it. I can't wait to read more about them and learn the stories of the rest of my new friends in this series. If you are new to Christy Reece this is an great series to read and follow and if you are an Merciless is the first book of the new series Option Zero. I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it. The book grabbed me from the very first page and didn't let go until the very end. Asher and Jules' story is a rollercoaster ride with all the thrills and scares that come with it. I can't wait to read more about them and learn the stories of the rest of my new friends in this series. If you are new to Christy Reece this is an great series to read and follow and if you are an old friend of her books this is like coming home to meet new friends.
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