Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: In the Company of Killers #1
Publication Date: January 19. 2014
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…
Killing Sarai was a damn good book! I loved so much about it, so I’m just going to give you ten reasons why I did.
10 Reasons I Love Killing Sarai
1. Sarai – She’s been the prisoner of a drug lord since the age of 14 and has obviously been affected by that life. I know I shouldn’t like what she’s become, but for the story’s sake I do. She isn’t bad, just changed. I really like her! A lot.
2. Victor – I love the subtleties in his demeanor. The author kept him true to what he is and does, instead of him suddenly becoming some bleeding heart who gets all swoony and gushy over Sarai. He was aware of what Sarai was feeling and doing, but he always kept his cool. Is it wrong to be turned on by a cold-blooded assassin?
3. Perspectives – This is told mostly from Sarai’s POV, but we get Victor’s sprinkled throughout at just the right moments. We get enough to understand him and his take on Sarai, yet he’s still a bit mysterious. It was perfect that his POV didn’t come in until chapter 8, because not knowing what Victor is thinking is part of the thrill.
4. Chemistry – This isn’t an inta-attraction thing, these two are brought together under screwed up circumstances. You’re not going to get two people swept away in a sweet romance with this book. The attraction is … different for them and is formed over understanding and trust in the midst of the craziness. I loved it.
5. Sex – Okay, there actually isn’t much sex in this book, but I liked that. The author didn’t turn this into a story that focuses on sex between Victor and Sarai, it wasn’t the priority. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a “clean read”. There are a couple of incidences, but it’s a far cry from being considered anything close to erotica. Hell, most chick-lit and contemporaries I’ve read are more explicit than this book.
6. Assassins – I love me some hired killers (haha – don’t judge!). The entire set-up of the organization Victor works for is intriguing. We don’t delve very deep into the organization itself, only what Victor deals with. When there are assassins and drug lords involved, there is obviously going to be plenty of violence.
7. Fredrick – We meet him briefly in this book, but I know the 3rd book focuses on him. Their meeting at the restaurant was very … titillating. I can’t wait to get more of him.
8. Cover – C’mon, you know the cover is sick! In a good way. I prefer it much more over the original. The black and white, showing Sarai with blood on her hands … very fitting.
9. Grittiness – No sunshine and lollipops here. This is a dark, effed up world Victor and Sarai are involved in.
10. Ending – I am very pleased with it. Very. It makes me extremely anxious to read the second book.
I hope you decide to read this book, because it was all kinds of awesome.