Sunday, January 3, 2016

Book Review: Kill Without Mercy (ARES Security #1) by Alexandra Ivy

From the hellhole of a Taliban prison to sweet freedom, five brave military heroes have made it home—and they’re ready to take on the civilian missions no one else can. Individually they’re intimidating. Together they’re invincible. They’re the men of ARES Security.
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.

I'm glad that I waited until the first of 2016 to read this one because it started my reading year off with a bang! Romantic suspense is my new "go to" genre these days and I've found another amazing author that I'll be following from here on out. Man. I'm a little irritated that I didn't find Alexandra Ivy before now but it's better than never! 

Kill Without Mercy is a fast paced read with lots of action. From the very beginning, you're thrown into the lives of Annie and Rafe and I just couldn't get enough of either of them from that first page. I found myself quickly falling in love with Rafe (and his team ... where everyone sounds amazingly yummy) and then also with Annie. The thing that I found with Ivy is that she's going to make you feel something for her characters ... you're either going to love them or hate them (I never found an in-between) and you'll respect the author even more because of this. She designed some awesomely full and complete characters that you'll be wanting more of even after you finish that last sentence.

The story itself was engrossing. Even with all of my family Christmas holiday activities, I found myself counting down the minutes for when I would be able to pick this one back up and delve in even deeper. I didn't find anything unbelievable or useless in the story ... everything that was included on the pages was completely necessary and vital to what was going on or what would go on in the following pages. I appreciated the fact that the author kept things moving so swiftly. Because of this, the book really read as if it were a movie, playing in my mind as I read along. 

Great book, great author and definitely one I'll read again and follow forever. Fabulous start to the year. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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