"hot, exciting, emotional and impossible to put down"

Eli Chance is a Hostage Recovery Specialist who has done work with a mercenary group in the past, The Falcon Mercenary Group. While on a mission things went terribly wrong and the team containing a member of Falcon is exposed to a hideous chemical. For Eli though, things are different, his response to the chemical is different, because he's different. Eli Chance is a shifter. He's also drop dead sexy as all get out and one very dominant, in charge man, in charge of everything. In control is the way Eli likes it. That is, he was in control until he meets a beauty that takes his control and his breath away, too bad she takes a lot more from him as well. Eli is stunned by how badly he wants her in his bed, but soon he finds his mystery woman is not what she appeared at all. Why is she looking for him, what does she want and when he finds out, will he be able to refuse her anything she desires of him? Eli isn't too sure about much at the moment, but he knows one thing for sure, things are getting deadly, and he is going to find out all he can about his beautiful mystery woman. Question is, how deep will it get him and his team into something they can't risk, and can he risk the possibility that his shifting abilities will be revealed to the world?

Tyana Berezovsky's brother Damiano is her life, she would do anything it takes to help him, help he needs ever since he returned from a terrible mission gone wrong. Damiano was exposed to a chemical that is now changing him, changing him in horrible and uncontrollable ways. Tyana fears for him with everything in her, so much so she is even willing to give her body for a chance to find a cure for his worsening condition. She gets a chance all right, Eli Chance to be exact, and the effect he has on her is equally as devastating as the chemical is on D. Now she has no idea what to believe as she is completely mystified by her reaction to the intense, sexually electrifying, very dominate and very dangerous Mr. Chance. However, if he can help her brother in any way Ty knows she must use Eli, being pulled towards Eli is becoming unavoidable. The problem for Ty is that she isn't reacting to Eli as just an assignment, and getting close is an impossible task in trust for people like them. Trust is something she has very little of in this world. For her, trusting this man with her life, her heart and her secrets is terrifying and could be deadly. Besides, it's impossible, she's a woman who's damaged goods, right?

When Eli and Tyana come together sparks doesn't even begin to describe their chemistry. Explosions and rapid gun fire does describe their heat and attraction. Together they must unravel the mystery of this chemical and the reactions it's created on those attacked. It's one twist and turn after another, a high end adrenaline rush against time. Running a gauntlet, because that's all they can do when time is running out for all of them. However, there's a little matter of trust at hand, can they trust each other enough to get the job done, can they trust enough to confront their intense reactions to each other? The biggest question of all is whether or not D has the time left. Can they save him before he falls to the horrible shifting destroying him?

Maya Banks never disappoints and this is just another example, she is fantastic. Into the Mist is hot, exciting, emotional and impossible to put down right from page one! Seriously, page one! Ms. Banks always brings excellent action, excitement and fantastic humor to her work, but she also brings electrifying sexual attraction and melds it with such emotion and depth that you can't help but get involved with the characters. Eli is incredible, so very honorable, protective and so very alpha, he's simply delicious! Tyana is beautiful, talented in the art of being a mercenary in her own right, yet with so many layers of vulnerabilities it breaks your heart at times. Their emotional responses to each other are touching as well as breathtakingly sexy. Each character has me dying for their story to be told. Into the Mist is a must read and I highly recommend it to everyone, you can't go wrong with a shape shifter in my mind, but Maya is over the top fantastic! I can't wait for the next book in The Falcon Mercenary Group series, it's going to be a huge success. I don't think there will be a story I won't have to have the second it comes out.

Reviewed by Stephanie Q. McGrath
Posted February 5, 2008


One woman’s mission to bring down a sexy elemental shifter turns into a battle of wills…and hearts.

Falcon Mercenary Group, Book 1

Hostage recovery specialist Eli Chance has a secret. He was born a shifter. A freak of nature.

While on a mission, Eli’s men and their mercenary guide are exposed to a powerful chemical agent, and suddenly his secret has become easier to hide. Now he’s not the only one with the gift. But for his men, this “gift” is becoming more and more of a curse.

Tyana Berezovsky’s brother Damiano was the guide for Eli’s team and was the worst affected by the chemical. As he grows increasingly unstable, Tyana fears she’s going to lose him to the beast he is becoming.

Tyana will do whatever it takes to help him, even if it means using her body to go after the one man she thinks holds all the blame—and possibly the cure. Eli Chance.

Warning: Violence, blood, guns, knives, ass kicking, people who do mean things, bad people dying, explicit sex and smart mouths.

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Into the Mist
(Falcon Mercenary Group: Book 1)
by Maya Banks

Samhain Publishing
February 1, 2008
Available: February 5, 2008
ISBN #159998069X
EAN #9781599980690
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