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Tuesday, December 29, 2015


BOOK REVIEW- KILL WITHOUT MERCY-  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.  AMAZON

Wow, this one was so good, I don't even know where to start. The many twists and turns, the surprises, the romance and the closeness of the men who formed the ARES team, all came together to make an awesome story.  I read it in one day. Because I couldn't bear to put it down. I guess I was also lucky to be able to have a freer calendar so that I didn't have to. What a life Annie has had, a lot of her memories are fuzzy from her earlier childhood.  Good thing too, it helped save her sanity. Of course the nightmares/the visions (whichever you want to call it) were seriously messing up her life, again.  Her sanity was being challenged too. Annie and Rafe were so good together.  They both just deserved to be happy together.  They developed a strong foundation on which to build a life even though it might not have looked like it at first.  Each one of Rafe's friends who were part of their new business ARES, they were more like brothers because of the bonds formed during their brutal captivity.  They survived and they still had each others backs now that they were back home.  They were family, each one of them wildly different in personalities and skills.  I liked each one of them and how they interacted together.  
I almost feel like I haven't talked enough about Annie, who was such a great character.  She forced herself to go to Newton, Iowa the place where the nightmares started and where she was rescued from.  Others tried to talk her out of going, especially her foster parents.   But she just knew she had to go to the one place she dreaded.   She felt that just maybe she could make sense of what was going on and make it stop.   I liked Rafe's observation of Annie, "that beneath Annie's sweet, rather shy exterior was a spine of steel."   She's going to need help.  A lot of it.  Good thing Rafe is willing and able to give it. 

I can't wait to read more by this author about this team. Seems like the other team members could have some interesting stories to tell.

I received an advance copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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