Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: Killing Sarai by J. A. Redmerski

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From the author of the New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling novel, THE EDGE OF NEVER, comes a story of passion and survival…

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…


(Romantic Suspense | 94,000 words | 400 pages)

Alexis says:

Wow, that was one hell of a ride!  I absolutely loved J.A. Redmerski’s other book, “The Edge of Never” so I was excited to read this book.  I must warn you, this book is nothing like her other book, it is dark, gritty, captivating, and just utterly fantastic!  This is not a book to devour, you need to savor it.  
“I’m afraid of Victor walking out that door and never seeing him again.”
Sarai has spent the last nine years held captivity by a drug lord, Javier, in Mexico.  The nine years in captivity has taught her to become numb to killing, rape, and drugs. Her way out comes in the form of Victor, a hitman who has come to the compound to meet with Javier.  I completely admired Sarai and her strength and drive for survival.  She has held in so much for way too long so when she finally breaks down it is heartbreaking.  I loved the girl that Sarai became by the end of the book.  She is definitely kick-ass!
“We sit in stillness, both looking out ahead, both married to our thoughts.  I wonder if hers are about me.  I can’t help but for mine to be about her.”
Victor was intriguing right from the get-go.  He is a sexy, very alpha-male, filthy rich, and a mysterious hitman.  He had been recruited to be part of The Order from an early age.  The lifestyle as a hitman does not allow for any sort of friendship or relationship.   He doesn’t trust anyone AND IS always questioning people’s motives. He risked his life by keeping Sarai with him which also goes against everything that he believes.  Sarai was able to get close to him unlike anyone else has besides his brother.  
“This goes against everything that I am, Sarai,” he says and then kisses me.  “No, it doesn’t,” I whisper and kiss him back.  “It’s you becoming more of who you really are.”
This book is not your typical romance novel, it is more of a slow burn.  This book has so much intensity and twists and turns I did not see coming.  I also loved that the book was told in dual POVs, which I am a huge fan of.  On a side note, there is a cliffhanger at the end, but it is not bad.  
5++ stars!

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J.A. Redmerski, New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE EDGE OF NEVER lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead.

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