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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Review: Kill Without Shame by Alexandra Ivy

Well I liked the first book well enough to read the second and I’m certainly glad I did because this one is better than the first!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: December 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…

Lucas St. Clair’s family had his life all planned out for him and those plans cost him his high school sweetheart Mia Ramos but since he and his friends escaped the prison where they were tortured, he’s decided to do things his way. When he finds out that an old acquaintance was gunned down close to his workplace and that the dead man was holding a picture of Mia, Lucas doesn’t think twice about finding Mia and protecting her. Mia on the other hand isn’t thrilled to see Lucas again. He broke her heart and while she’s trying to convince herself that her feelings for Lucas are in the past, she can’t with him around all the time trying protect her from someone who wants her dead.

One of the biggest things that stood out to me about Kill Without Shame was that the hero and heroine were in their thirties! I’m kind of getting tired of the early twenties age bracket and need older characters that are mature.

Mia was thirty-two years old and that really made my day! Aside from her age, Mia was just an all around cool character. She came from humble beginnings, her dad was the St. Clair family’s gardener but Mia took what she learned from her father and created a strong landscaping business. I loved her drive to succeed and her independence but she wasn’t so independent that she was stupid about her safety; she knew she needed Lucas and his friends’ skills when it came to finding out who wanted her dead and why. She was spunky, smart, and while she still had feelings for Lucas, she didn’t give in to him easily.

As an adult Lucas’ charm was addictive so I can easily see why Mia fell for him when they were teens. He had this way of making people feel one of two things: Comfortable or uncomfortable depending on the situation. The moments were Lucas wasn’t in full fight mode were some of the best because that’s when his true personality came out and those scenes had the most humor and helped build the broken relationship between him and Mia. For an alpha male Lucas wasn’t an overbearing jerk, he was reasonable and fair which gave him points in his favor.

Kill Without Shame is part murder mystery, part romantic suspense and Alexandra Ivy blended both with the romance between Lucas and Mia. The pace was steady but didn’t drag on and there was always something interesting going on so I never got bored or lost interest. In addition to Lucas and Mia there was some help in the form of Lucas’ two friends, Max and Teagan who also help run ARES security. There wasn’t too much info on either one of them but I really liked what I saw of Max. He had a sense of humor that I could get behind but there was also this kindness about him in the few scenes he had with Mia that I really liked.

Final Verdict: Kill Without Shame is its own story but at the same time it connects each member of ARES security and reminds readers of the lingering threat to one of their own. I’ll be very interested in the answers to who is threatening Hauk and why. In the meantime, this book was a lot of fun and I enjoyed both Lucas and Mia.

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