Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: Kill Without Shame

Author Alexandra Ivy
Format e-ARC
Print Length 352 pages
Publisher Zebra
Published Dec. 27, 2016

Five brave military heroes have survived the hell of a Taliban prison to return home—and take on civilian missions no one else can. They’re the men of ARES Security. Highly skilled, intimidating, invincible, and one by one, tested again and again…

Lucas St. Clair’s prestigious family had a political future neatly planned out for him—one that didn’t include his high school sweetheart, Mia Ramon. Under their pressure, Lucas gave her up. But since surviving captivity, he’s a changed man—and a crucial member of ARES Security. When he discovers a dead man clutching a picture of Mia that bears a threatening message, his fiercest protective instincts kick in, and he knows he must go to her.

Mia has never forgiven Lucas for breaking her heart, and she’s convinced her feelings for him are in the past. But it’s soon clear that isn’t true for either of them. Now, determined to solve the crime and keep Mia safe, with his ARES buddies backing him up, Lucas will have to reconstruct the murder victim’s last days—and follow a lethal trail that leads right back to the fate of the woman he still loves…

My Opinion

They were teenagers when Lucas broke Mia’s heart. His reasons were sound, although he did not share them with her. She was shattered and then learned to bounce back. Mia runs a successful lawn care business and yet she be being threatened. Although, she doesn’t know it yet. Lucas only found out because an old school friend died in his neck of the woods with Lucas’ address in his pocket and Mia’s picture in his hands. The police of course are going to question him, and when he finds out that Mia is in danger he runs straight back to his home town. His only thoughts are to protect her, she can’t help but think that he is the biggest threat.

Mia is a bit feisty, and a bit sweet kinda like any southern gal. As long as you don’t make her madder than a wet hen, she will be kind to you. Lucas on the other hand broke her heart, so she is on guard whenever he is around. It is great to watch them interact. There is really no bickering, or anger just silent resolve that the past is in the past. Lucas however, is not taking the cold shoulder as frozen more like he just has to warm her up. To do that though he will have to let go of control, call in back up and trust that Mia can also be a part of the investigation.

The big baddie in this one is pretty much a given. The how to catch them and the why the heck they are doing what they are doing is the mystery. That is what will keep you up reading way past your bed time. That and the cute interactions between a certain best friend and a dedicated cop. Oh who am I kidding- Mia and Lucas will keep you up late, the side love story is icing on the cake. The interactions between the four friends of ARES Security will make you appreciate all that they have gone through. It will also leave you wanting the rest of the guys’ stories like now.

Kill Without Shame is an adorable romantic suspense that keeps you guessing up until the last minute. Even though this is the second book in the series, you could read it out of order if you want. 

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “You look like reject from a Vin Diesel movie.”

Other People

Taylor- Mia’s bestie
Cooper- cop looking into Tony’s murder

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