Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: Kill Without Shame by Alexandra Ivy

Kill Without Shame (ARES Security #2) by Alexandra Ivy
Published: December 27th 2016 
Publisher:  Zebra

I received a copy in exchange of an honest review

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…

“A fantastic blend of romance and suspense…thrilling to the end.” --Mary Burton, USA Today bestselling author on Kill Without Mercy

I really like stories about second chances and military men in security, Kill Without Shame has both aspects and is everything you could possibly want.

Lucas St. Clair had his life planned out for him. His powerfull family expected him to follow in line and get the white house one day, but Lucas' heart is somewhere else. After his time in the military and joining ARES security, he left the St. Claires and their expectations behind. 
When a man from his past is killed near his office and carries a picture of the one woman he ever loved, Lucas will do everything in his power to keep Mia safe.

Mia Ramon has made a life for herself from the ground. She managed to take her father's bussiness to another level and make a name in a man's world. Even more, she repaired her broken heart after Lucas decided to leave her behind. But out of nowhere, he's back in town, in her life and in her personal space.

I loved the chemestry between the two of them. How devoted Lucas was to Mia, even when he wasn't present in her life. Watching Mia strugle with her atraction and her fears was great. Alexandra made a fantastic job portraying her emotons for the reader.

Kill Without Shame will keep you at the edge of your seat trying to figure out who is involved in the mysterious death, who's hidding something and who wants to help. The men of ARES are all something to behold. Reading their interactions and how well they work together is amazing. I loved watching this tough guys go all soft with worry about one of their own or the woman Lucas loves. 

The ARES security series books can be read as a standalone (this is the first book i read) but I'm sure are more enjoyable to read all of them and get to know each member of the team separate.


I'm not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother's knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on. 

Years later (no, I'm not admitting how many) I'm still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.

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