Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: Book One in the Company of Killers Series
Published: June 18, 2013
Genre: New Adult Thriller
My Rating: 4 Stars!
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…
So Christy at Christy's Love of Books and I decided since we are both horrible at adding to each other's TBR pile (like truly, we are BOTH evil) each month we would make the other read one of those books. Yes I said make, because how else are we ever going to choose and ever actually get to read them? What better way than having someone demand you read it, right? :P
It has taken me a couple of days to be able to compose this review, to be able to gather my thoughts and feelings and truly understand them.
I am not even sure, now, days later, if I will be able to convey all that I felt while reading this.
This is a read that takes you by surprise with the depth of it. The emotion inside that runs deep within the pages and within the very story itself.
We are placed in a world that is harsh and rough. Dangerous and brutal and very much a part of the real world today. Into situations that are questionable and horrible and unthinkable. Into places that no one should ever read about, let along experience. A place Sarai grew up and was held captive in for 9 very long years.
This isn't your typical story. There are no happily ever afters and the moments that take your breath away? Those are not because of huge grand romantic gestures but instead because of the horrors that surround you. The thoughts that we try not to imagine that must have happened to her, must have occurred on a daily basis, those are the moments that take your breath away and make your heart pound, get your blood boiling and leave you breathless.
This was an extraordinary read that was both raw and beautiful.
It won't be what you expect, instead it will be so much more. So much more feeling and depth. It will make you cringe and it will make you think. It has moments that will make you smile but those are few and far in between but come just when you need them too to give you relief and make you go on.
This has just enough hint of a romance that will leave you turning the pages wanting more and the best part is, it isn't your typical romance, not at all.
In short, just read this one, you won't be disappointed and you will get one heck of a ride along the way.
I am so glad Christy made me pick this one up. I don't regret it at all and will definitely be continuing on with the series.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*