Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

Posted April 23, 2014 | 48 Comments

Killing Sarai by J.A. RedmerskiKilling Sarai
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: In the Company of Killers #1
Publication Date: January 19. 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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…

Cover your eyes, kiddies! This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, violence, and/or subject matter. You know, all the fun stuff.

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.



48 responses to “Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

  1. I love your review! I read the Edge of Always and the Edge of Never and while I loved the first book, I was really disappointed by book 2 so I confess I wasn’t sure about her other books. But I didn’t know this one and it sounds really good! thanks for the review!

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    • Christy

      The drug lord isn’t actually present very much, but the dude is a wack-a-doodle. As drug lords usually are. lol

  2. I think I would really like this one Christy! It sounds like it pushes the envelope a bit and will force me a little outside my comfort zone which is always a good thing. And of course now you have me very curious about this ending. Is it a cliffhanger? I’m hoping not, but even it if it, everything else about this story sounds so well done. Loved your list!

  3. Now this is more in line with the books I am used to you reviewing. Sounds like a gritty dark read, I am not sure if I am up for it right now. I need sunshine and lollipops to get me through these last dreary rainy days.

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  4. PurpleBook

    Yay Christy, you read this!:)
    These are my favorite series from this author. I’ve read all three books so far and loved them, but this one is still my favorite. Agree to all your reasons for loving them and the ending was just right.

    I think you’ll love the 2nd one too 😉

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    • Christy

      This was the first book I’ve read by her, but I’m definitely a fan now. I’m hoping to read the 2nd book very soon.

  5. ” Is it wrong to be turned on by a cold-blooded assassin?” <— Ummm…depends. Is he gorgeous? If so, then nope!

    But seriously, great review! I've read tons for Killing Sarai, but yours is the first that makes me want to read it.

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  6. Ohhh my gawd, you has me “Killing”, lol!! I’m having a total crush over that cover, the blurb, the grittiness you mentioned (I heart darkish things). I’m the girl fangriling over villains in stories, lol, I sooo wanna read this xD

    To-read list just +1(ed) <3

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  7. Great Review Christy! I love the book cover as well, and am a big fan of dark and gritty reads! Sarai and Victor sound like interesting characters! I’m glad there wasn’t insta-chemistry, and am surprised to hear there wasn’t a lot of sex. I’m glad that the sex didn’t overshadow the story. I can tell how much you loved this story, so I’m adding it to my TBR!

  8. This is a new book to me Christy. As much as I love dual POV where it alternates chapter by chapter for the guy and girl, I sometimes do like where it is more focused on one character and just has the other sprinkled throughout sporadically. It adds to the mystery. This looks like a good book. And I can’t wait to see this ending.

    Great review. I really like the top 10 list.


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