September 27, 2015

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

Title: Killing Sarai
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: In the Company of Killers #1
Genre: romantic suspense, abuse, crime, thriller, new adult, contemporary romance
From New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author J.A. Redmerski, comes a dangerous and boundary-pushing new crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers. ---

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Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

This is their story…

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Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 **kick-ass** STARS

“Despite my growing fear, I still want to be right where I am, trapped in the merciless arms of a killer.”

My kind of book. I can't even begin to tell you how right this read was for me. Killing Sarai is one of those stories that just clicked with me from the first page. Angst, action, edge of the seat suspense and a subtly developed romance story. None of that insta-lust nonsense.

First and foremost I have to thank my dear friend Jasmine for recommending me this series. J.A. Redmerski is a completely new author for me and I'm pretty confident to say I'm a fan after only reading one book.

Let's talk story...

Sarai has been living a life of captivity since she was fourteen years old. Nine years ago her mother took her to Mexico and ever since she was a drug lord's "favourite". With no way to escape she resigned herself to the life she was given, accepted her fate and played along. That is until one day an American arrives at the compound. The dormant fight rises in her and she uses her chance to flee.

Victor Faust is an assassin. Cool, collected and very much in control of his world. Until the chatty girl hides in the back of his car after a meeting with a client. He starts to make decisions that threaten his life, his work and the armor around his person.

“I don’t think this thing between us is love, or even lust. It’s something else, something powerful and unmistakable that neither of us have been able to ignore. But it doesn’t have a face.”

This is not a book about redemption or saving each other from a bad faith. In fact once Victor and Sarai meet their journey leads them even deeper down the rabbit hole. Both have lead lives commonly described as ‘not normal’. Victor joined ‘the Order’ when he was nine years old and was subsequently trained to become who he is now. Sarai grew up in a trailer park with a drug addict mother. After that, nine years of seeing violence, rape and crime desensitised her.

For all intents and purposes both main characters are damaged in their own way. Together they create a loveable mix of dysfunction and ruthlessness. I was so fascinated by the way the author managed to fit them together like a puzzle. Step by step Sarai puts cracks in Victor’s hardened exterior and Victor is just unable to pull the trigger on the girl and the connection they developed.

They are by far the most captivating couple I have met in a long time. Even though the book is written in both their POVs we learn very little about Victor and he stays an enigma for the most part. Stoic and very silent. Well, and Sarai constantly managed to surprise me with her strength and astounding ability to cope.

Of course they have to deal with a lot of trouble. Drug lords, employers, their own stubbornness, reckless behaviour and family members. Don't get me started on the somewhat open ending...luckily the next four books are already published. ;D

Killing Sarai is the first book In the Company of Killers Series and is not a standalone read. Victor and Sarai's story continues with Reviving Izabel. I can only recommend picking up this book for the excellent writing and the spellbinding, action packed story alone. But if you also love a kick-ass heroine and a merciless assassin then I really don’t know what you are waiting for. READ THE BOOK!

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