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Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers, #1) by J.A. Redmerski

My Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Now THAT is how to make readers fearlessly fall for the bad-boy!
Killing Sarai is an action-packed, unconventional love story that will undoubtably push your boundaries as a reader. Its bold setting takes place in a twisted world where kidnapping, sex slavery, and cold-blooded murder barely induce so much as a flinch. Its intensity will astound you and its unique character development will have you unashamedly rooting for the bad-guy—who, quite possibly, is not as bad as he seems…

 

Sarai has been living in seclusion for years. Kidnapped at the tender age of fourteen and forced to witness rape, abuse, and murder, she has successfully grown numb to the effects of all things grotesque. Sarai, although also abused, remains her captor’s favorite—oddly obtaining a sort of twisted ‘princess’ status amongst the slaves. When she finally garners enough courage to run, it is straight into the frigid arms of a cold-blooded hit man…

 

Victor lives for one thing: murder for money. He’s cold, calculated and precise—but he does display a conscience. He exudes a sexy confidence and has no room in his ‘killing’ schedule for a relationship, of any sort. Sarai is a distraction, as well as a threat. He’ll use her presence only to gain the upper hand, and then she’s a goner.

 

He can’t feel for her.
He won’t fall for her.
But this may be the one thing over which the competent Victor has no control…

 

“What have you done to me?” He says.
“I was going to ask you the same question.”

 

The way these horrific events unfold is ingenious. The author uses such an eloquent demeanor in delivering these blows; it almost feels like a contradiction. This is not a pretty love story by any means, but its execution is beautiful.

 

This story is told through dual perspectives. To be honest, I’ve become a bit wary of dual POV’s; sometimes I enjoy deciphering a character’s thoughts solely through their actions. I also find that some heroes lose their edge once the perspectives switch. But this author handled the transition seamlessly, and successfully added more vigor into an already intense story. Victor retained the same mystery and allure when revealed to us through his own perspective, and I appreciated the consistency.

 

The final 30% of this book truly took my breath away. It took an unexpected turn, slightly twisting the tone into something darker, and it is precisely what made this a five-star read for me. The ending is not complete, although there is enough finality to keep you from pulling your hair out. That said, the open ending suggests a killer follow-up, and I honestly cannot wait! AMAZING read!


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Book Stats:

▪ Genre/Category: Contemporary Romance/Dark
▪ Steam Caliber: Mild amount/Maximum Steam
▪ Romance: Unconventional, complicated, intense.
▪ Characters: Sexy, bad-boy killer with a conscience. Damaged but willful heroine. Brilliantly portrayed.
▪ Plot: Centered on an untraditional relationship formed within an intense and sinister lifestyle.
▪ Writing: Experienced and captivating. Well-planned out execution.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Dual perspectives
▪ Cliffhanger: Mild/doable. Sets stage for more story.
▪ Next Installment: Follow up

 

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