Kill Without Mercy (ARES Security #1)
by Alexandra Ivy
Coming December 29, 2015
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've never read an Alexandra Ivy book that I didn't love and Kill Without Mercy was no exception. I knew the woman could write, there's no doubt about that, and while I love her PNR, I'm so glad she decided to venture into romantic suspense... Seriously, she killed it! And I cannot wait for the rest of the books in this series!
After leaving the military, Rafe and his buddies stayed in touch and have been working on setting up their own security business. Unfortunately Rafe has to take a time out to travel to Newton to clear out his late grandfather's house so that he can sell it. It's in Newton that Rafe meets Annie and his priorities shift.
Annie is haunted by her past and when she starts getting visions that she long thought buried, she knows that she has to travel back to her hometown. Women are missing, just like in Annie's visions from fifteen years ago, except the Newton Slayer, aka Annie's father, has been dead since he was arrested and killed fifteen years prior. Annie always thought her father was innocent and now she needs to find these women and prove whether the new killer is a copycat or if they got the wrong guy in the first place.
I love the immediate connection between Annie and Rafe! Even though Annie's not in a place to be starting a relationship she can't help but feel safe around Rafe. And Rafe... Sigh! He feels protective of Annie from the get-go and is determined to help keep her safe. I love that although he wanted to protect her, he also knew that he couldn't stop Annie from trying to find the missing women, he just stuck with her every step of the way.
There's a whole lot of suspense in this one that kept me on the edge of my seat... And some twists and turns that I did not see coming! Just when I thought things were going to go one way, Ms. Ivy up and changed the game on me and I couldn't believe some of the things I was reading!
While I absolutely loved this book I was really hoping for a little more at the end. Yes, Rafe and Annie got their HEA but I was really looking forward to some heartfelt confessions of love once the suspense was over. Overall though, I really can't complain over how everything worked out and I can't wait to see whose book is next!
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Kill Without Mercy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.