Title: Kill Without Mercy
Author: Alexandra Ivy
My Rating: B+
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: ARES #1
Main Characters: Rafe and Annie
Release Date: December 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Rafe Vargas is only in Newton, Iowa, to clear out his late grandfather’s small house. As the covert ops specialist for ARES Security, he's eager to get back to his new life in Texas. But when he crosses paths with Annie White, a haunted beauty with skeletons in her closet, he can't just walk away—not when she’s clearly in danger…
There’s a mysterious serial killer on the loose with a link to Annie’s dark past. And the closer he gets, the deeper Rafe’s instinct to protect kicks in. But even with his considerable skill, Annie’s courage, and his ARES buddies behind him, the slaying won’t stop. Now it’s only a matter of time before Annie’s next—unless they can unravel a history of deadly lies that won’t be buried.My Review:
I love it when I come into a series on the very first book. That's what this book is. This is the first in the ARES Security series. What is ARES security? It's a private security company that is just getting started by 5 soldiers who were all held captive for weeks in Afghanistan. That created a really strong bond between these men. They each have their very distinct talents after their years in Spec Ops that they bring to the new security company. Because the company is just getting started also, this book is a great place to get to know these men.
The main character from ARES Security in this book is Rafe. Rate has had to go back home to take care of his estranged Grandfather's estate and there he runs into Annie, who is also visiting the town. But she's there for very different reasons. When she was 10 her father was arrested as a serial killer. He was murdered in his jail cell hours later. When the killings originally happened, Annie had visions about them. Well, now with the 15th anniversary, the visions are back. Annie is in town to make sure that the murders haven't begun again.
This book was equal parts psychological suspense and romance and it was really, very good...although I will admit to figuring out a lot of the mystery fairly early in the book. There were a couple of tiny details that I missed along the way, but overall it was a fantastic read and I'm excited with what the author has set up here for the series. I love the guys and how committed they are to one another. It's a great team and I love how different they all are.
Rate feels an immediate connection to Annie that was a bit off-putting for me personally just because it was so incredibly fast. And once he's in, he's all in...150%. And it should be noted that the author stated that this was very much his personality, but I still had a strange little niggle about just how fast he was completely committed to her. Other than that, the book was amazing. I loved how the author showed Annie's empathy. She's been through this incredible horror in her life, but still can see how the "bad guy" got to where he was and feel sad about that. I loved that glimpse of humanity.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.