Kill Without Shame by Alexandra Ivy
Series: ARES Security #2
Also in this series: Kill Without Mercy
Published by Zebra on December 27, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Sigh. That was my reaction to finishing Kill Without Shame. The first book in the ARES Security series earned a solid 4 stars from me so I was looking forward to this one but it just didn’t grab me.
My first issue was this is a second chance at love story. Mia and Logan were high school sweethearts until he walked away from her. She’s never forgiven him. This trope drives me up the freaking wall. We are talking high school, people! Get over it, most people are naïve relationship wise in high school. Give them a break. The good news is they seem to get past this fairly quickly since lucky for Logan someone’s out to kill Mia so she needs him to keep her alive.
The action and pace of the book were decent and I did enjoy time spent with Teagan and Max, a couple of Logan’s “brothers”. I really wish I hadn’t figured out who the killer was the minute their name first appeared on the page, as this would have been a much more interesting read, but alas, I did.
Even though I knew who did it, I didn’t have the why’s quite worked out, so there was at least a little bit of mystery to keep me going.
Speaking of Teagan, Max and the rest of the team, when do these guys actually work? Between Rafe being on his honeymoon, Hauk trying to figure out who’s sending him death threats (which is a mystery that needs tying up since it’s run through two books now), and Max and Teagan working on Logan’s problems, I’m just not seeing any ARES Security billable hours type work going on.
I did not like the big confession at the end where the killer gives away all their secrets. It had a bit of a murder mystery from the 80’s rerun feel to it that had me rolling my eyes. ARES investigation wasn’t amateurish at all, but the killers swan song had me waiting for them to say “I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for those meddling kids!.”
Kill Without Shame wasn’t bad, and it had some entertaining parts to it, but overall it was just an okay book. I’m holding out hope for the series, though. Unlike some who can hold grudges from High School, I’m willing to give a few hot former military security specialists a break or two.
Rating: 3 Decent Stars
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