on December 27th 2016
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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
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Lucas St. Clair was tortured and escaped from a Taliban prison with 4 friends, and they formed ARES security, and Lucas’ family’s political aspirations for him faded away. The same family who had made him break it off with the love of his life, Mia Ramon. When Lucas learns that Mia’s life is in danger, he runs to help her, she needs protection, but it’s been fifteen years, and Mia is not too happy to see Lucas again.
Lucas, in breaking Mia’s heart, really did her a favour, but it didn’t look good. Mia has tried to forget Lucas, she has a good life, but Lucas never stopped loving her, and how refreshing to have a hero who did not supposedly cure his broken heart by sleeping around! Alexandra Ivy really nailed the second chance at love with KILL WITHOUT SHAME! Lucas has a really hard time convincing Mia that what he did was for the best, and that he never stopped loving her, and that he wants a future with her; Mia is recalcitrant, but in a very realistic way, and it was wonderful to believe in both of them, to identify with them, and to root for them. Mia finds it difficult to resist him, Lucas is seriously charming, but she is no fool and he will have to prove himself, and this is where Ms. Ivy’s impeccable sense of pacing makes it work so beautifully: nothing happened too quickly, there were no silly misunderstandings, no ridiculous push-and-pull; Lucas and Mia’s reunion is flawlessly realistic, and it made this reader very happy!
I’ve always enjoyed Alexandra Ivy’s writing, and she’s better than ever: her prose is more beautiful, more nuanced, flowed more smoothly; what a delight! The dialogues are impeccable, and every character so well-drawn, I saw them all, I loved Mia, and I just love those guys! Lucas is bossy, it’s in his nature, but he is so very sweet, and tender; and the sex scenes, and the love scenes – yes, there is a big difference in KILL WITHOUT SHAME – are fabulous: Lucas is affectionate, attentive, giving. And Mia is a terrific heroine: she is an independent woman, proud, but not stubborn for stubbornness’ sake; she is strong, at least as strong as Lucas; what a perfect couple they are.
KILL WITHOUT SHAME is fast-paced throughout, the plot solid and captivating, and I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. What more can I say: KILL WITHOUT SHAME is an excellent romantic suspense that should not be missed!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.