Alexandra Ivy: Kill Without Shame ARES Security #2



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ARC eceived for eview 45 stars Lucas and Mia were high school sweethearts until he left her behind to join the military Now years later Mia owns a successful business and is in danger Lucas comes back to save her and finally admit he made a huge mistake in leaving I love how Mia didn t let him un all over her Great little side omance with the detective and her best friend Loved seeing the est of the ARES boys again Now who s next Teagan or Ma Rich kid and a heir to St Clair legacy Lucas fell hard for the maid s daughter Mia His family would never approve but that didn t matter to Lucas So why did he break her heart and disappear out of her life forever only to show back up years laterMia never forgave Lucas for breaking her heart When a man dies near Lucas s ARES office with Mia s name in his pocket Lucas will stop at nothing to protect Mia Even if means bring his entire ARES Security team in to do itI m a sucker for stories that eunite lost lovers Lucas must worm his way back into Mia s heart but what I enjoyed most was Lucas staying true to himself and just showed Mia that he has been there all alongGreat story with amazing action and a sweltering omance you can t go wrong with an Alexandra Ivy omantic suspense unless its an Alexandra Ivy omantic fantasylets face it anything by Alexandra Ivy is my kind of eadI eceived this ARC copy of Kill Without Shame from Kensington Books in exchange for a honest and voluntary eview This book is set for publication Dec 27 2016My Rating 4 starsWritten by Alexandra IvySeries Ares Security Book 2Mass Market Paperback 352 pagesPublisher Zebra Publication Date December 27 2016ISBN 10 1420137573ISBN 13 978 1420137576Genre Romantic SuspenseBarnes Noble for This was very lackluster Maybe it is just me I have now ead three books in a ow in which the hero basically bowls over the heroine with his alpha protectiveness That is it The hero did not have to try too much beyond that I wanted to the elationship The solution to omantic suspense is also a little too easy I am able to deduce the villain too early in the story Alexandra Ivy writing is fluid but this story us just a little too bland I like the premise of this series and will continue but I hope the next book will give us a little of everything 45 The one that got away StarsThe second book in Alexandra Ivy s ARES Security Series offers up as much second chance omance suspense twists and turns as it s predecessor did I eally enjoyed Lucas and Mia s ollercoaster ide of a econnectionOne thing that I am eally liking about this series is the fact that although there is a small story unning though the books that incl The next ARES Security book KILL WITHOUT SHAME by Alexandra Ivy Love these alpha friends who survived and escaped a Taliban prison and eading the omantic suspense each is featured in Yes there are a lot of these types of books out there ight now but Ms Ivy gives you a fast paced ead entertaining mystery and a heroine who can stand up to and hold her own against her hero as they work out their elationship Oh yeah and hot sexLucas St Clair was born into a prestigious Shreveport family and was expected to excel and follow his father into a successful political career His family had everything planned but that future did not include Lucas girlfriend the family s gardener s daughter Mia Rather than have his family mold Mia into their version of acceptable he drove away and left her behindMia Ramon has never forgiven Lucas for leaving without a word and breaking her heart but in the intervening 15 years she has built her father s lawn care business into a thriving high end landscaping business Lucas has kept track of her but doesn t believe he deserves a second chance with her until a detective interviews him in Houston about their mutual high school friend found dead outside the ARES office building clutching Mia s picture Lucas eturns home to protect Mia at any cost and hopefully get her back into his lifeThe men of ARES Security are all hot and sexy in their own way Lucas being a born diplomat but also well aware of his place in society and he will use it to his advantage He can seem overbearing or arrogant at times but Mia stands ight up to him and goes toe to toe for what she wants This is the difference between their elationship now and Mia trying to change for his parents before I eally enjoyed Ms Ivy bringing Matt and Teagan in to help with this case I can t wait for their stories and Hauk s mystery stalker continues from the first book Thanks very much to Kensington Books Zebra and Net Galley for the free eARC in exchange for an honest. Five brave military heroes have survived the hell of a Taliban prison to eturn home and take on civilian missions no one else can They e 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

Review Love this series They survived the depths of Hell in a Taliban prison Five men closer than brothers eady to stand by each other no matter what Together they formed ARES Security and took on the jobs no one else could handle they are brave loyal skilled and if necessary will KILL WITHOUT SHAME Once again Alexandra Ivy gives us azor sharp tension hot and steamy omance and brings these unsung heroes to life in all their human gloryA dead body on the street with his name and business address as well as a picture of the woman he let get away pulls Lucas St Clair and the men of ARES into the world of Lucas past a past colored with love pain and the pressures of a family who controlled his life with uthless calculation Mia was broken hearted when Lucas left her behind for bigger and better things appropriate to his standing in life but now he is back a changed man on a mission to save the only woman he would ever love So much anguish so many secrets so many feelings of betrayal now a successful business owner how can Mia trust in Lucas as he takes a step outside of the law to keep her safeOne again Alexandra Ivy captures the force of true love pitches it into a tale of dark secrets and murder and attempts to bring two strong people back together again Will her characters allow her to create a well earned happy ending or will the ghosts of the past haunt the love that still exists Definitely another of Ms Ivy s intriguing and captivating tale for lovers of loyalty over the top alpha males that sizzle and strong women who value their independence and guard their heartsI eceived an ARC edition from Zebra in exchange for my honest eviewSeries ARES Security Book 2Publisher Zebra December 27 2016Publication Date December 27 2016Genre Romantic Suspense MilitaryPrint Length 352 pagesAvailable from Barnes NobleFor Reviews More Well the guys from Ares security are back and yes I know it s a formula that appears to be exploited uite a lot with ugged ex military heroes banding together and unning their own buisness but it s a format that for omance works The slight twist here is these five guys all met when they were prisoners of the Taliban and together worked to escape the atrocities inflicted on them but even now in their civilian lives the past is never uite far away enoughThis book focuses on Lucas the one who had the world laid out on a plate at his feet Son of a wealthy political family and yet the one thing that eally mattered to him he walked away from Fast forward to present day and an old school chum is found dead near Lucas s office but he carries the photo of Mia the woman Lucas has spent fifteen years thinking ofMia is shocked when Lucas walk You know these dumb horror movies with a blond girl going alone to the basement to check out this creepy sound in the dark This book is like one of those moviesIt made me oll my eyes time after time and annoyed me a lot This story has some potential I won t say it could be made into a great book definitely not into the one truly memorable but it could be one of those nice entertaining eads Unfortunately there are too many issuesLet s start with the minor things before we go big The characters Lucas and Mia Mia is one of those irritating heroines with no preservation instinct who always know better and have to have the last word in every conversation As an owner of a company in the gardening industry she feels competent to investigate the murder case of her friend Because why not And two attempts on her life do little to stop her or at least slow her down As opposite Lucas is totally dull He is seriously lacking personality The only thing that describes him is his love for Mia He has no other traits or flaws And stubborn as a mule Mia does with him what she wants As a professional he could lead the investigation though he is a military negotiator so I m not eally sure about his competence but Alexandra Ivy writes omantic suspense like Christina Dodd in my opinion Lots of ed herrings lots of suspects lots of danger It all makes for a very compelling story I didn t love this one as much as Kill with Mercy but its still an enjoyable ead I ve given this a C at AAR so 25 starsKill Without Shame is the second book in Alexandra Ivy s ARES Security series and while mention is made of a plot thread concerning one of the team who has been eceiving threats which I assume was begun in the previous book that plotline is not eally advanced here so this one can be ead as a standalone That said I can t eally ecommend it as the whole thing is incredibly unexciting the omance is seriously underdeveloped and not at. Ressure 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 cle.

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All believable given the context and the suspense is pretty much non existent the fact that it took me over four days to ead shows how easy it was to put the book asideARES Security is a high tech high end firm set up by five men brothers in arms who bonded when they were held prisoner by the Taliban during a tour in Afghanistan The hero of Kill Without Shame is Lucas St Clair the son of a senator who is estranged from his wealthy but coldly aloof parents but whose name still opens doors He is not above using that name and family connections when needed but mostly he wants to leave his old life behind him and concentrate on the new one he is building That becomes difficult however when he is informed that an old acuaintance from his school and college days Tony Hughes has been shot and killed in the street and that he was clutching a picture of Mia Ramon an old flame of Lucas when he died Worse the picture had the words Kill her or else scrawled across it Lucas didn t know Tony well they were from completely opposite backgrounds but Mia is important to him even though they haven t seen each other for fifteen years he still carries a torch for her and can t bear the thought of her being in dangerMia is a successful businesswoman in her hometown of Shreveport unning a landscaping and garden design business that she has built up from her father s much smaller operation The last person she wants or expects to see in her office is Lucas St Clair and their eunion is frosty Lucas walked out on her with no explanation fifteen years earlier and she hasn t seen him since he broke her heart and she is not about to put herself through it again She can t deny that he s become a devastatingly attractive man or that she still feels the same pull towards him as before but she is determined to keep him at arm s length no matter what Mia looked on Tony as a friend and used to employ him from time to time so she s naturally upset to hear of his death but she has no idea of why anyone would want him dead and even less as to why she would be a target herselfLucas naturally wants to investigate Tony s murder and the threat against Mia and keep her safe It s not long before their enforced proximity is ekindling the old feelings between them or long before they e giving in to them but even then Mia is determined to keep things on a casual footing as a means of self protectionThe stakes are aised however when an attempt is made on Mia s life With help from his team Lucas gradually uncovers a series of misdeeds that dates back decades implicating people Mia cares about in a morass of embezzlement blackmail and murder Lucas and Mia have to work together to uncover the truth even as the killer is closing in on themFrom that description you d be forgiven for thinking this is a fast moving thriller with a sexy omance on the side but it s nothing of the sort The pacing is pedestrian and the omance is perfunctory and frankly unbelievable Lucas and Mia haven t seen each other in FIFTEEN YEARS and they e hopping into bed together the day after their eunion They split up when Lucas was eighteen I m assuming Mia was around the same age and there is a massive difference between what someone is like at eighteen and what they e like in their early thirties They are or should be very different people now yet there s no sense of them getting to know each other again In fact there s no omantic development at all although I do give the author credit for having Lucas be open about his feelings for Mia and prepared to put himself out there even when it s clear to him that she is still not sure about him There is a cute secondary omance in the story between Mia s assistant Taylor and the local detective assigned to the case which is actually interesting than the non omance between Lucas and MiaThe mystery plot is easonably well put together but there s only one possible villain which takes away any element of suspense pretty early on and the storyline is fairly predictable The characterisation overall is paper thin and I never connected with either of the principals and not only is the main omantic elationship a disappointment there is no eal sense of the emotional bond we e told exists between Lucas and the other ARES team membersAll in all Kill Without Shame which makes absolutely no sense as a title is a lacklustre book that proved a big disappointment I m not invested enough in any of the characters to want to pick up another book in the series and uite honestly not suitably impressed with any facet of this one writing plotting or characterisation to be inclined to ead this author agai. Ar 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 econstruct the murder victim s last days and follow a lethal trail that leads ight back to the fate of the woman he still loves A fantastic blend of omance and suspense thrilling to the end Mary Burton USA Today bestselling author on Kill Without Mercy.

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