Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Kill Without Shame (Ares Security) by [Ivy, Alexandra] 
Five brave military heroes have survived the hell of a Taliban prison to return home—and take on civilian missions no one else can. They’re 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 pressure, 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 clear 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 reconstruct the murder victim’s last days—and follow a lethal trail that leads right back to the fate of the woman he still loves . .AMAZON 5 STARS

I loved this story and couldn't put the book down.  I was so glad to be able to have the time to read this book because I read it in one day. That should show how much I liked it and how much I really didn't want to put it down.  Why did I like it so much?  Well, for one thing the closeness of the ARES team, who were more like brothers to each other. I liked that closeness and how most of them were involved in this story.  Because they had each others back, it added a richness to the story. Both Mia and Lucas were people who were easy for me to begin to care about.   It was pretty early in the story when I got to understand the sincerity  of Lucas when it came to not only protecting Mia but also to make the most of a second chance.   He was in it to win it and not in any temporary way either.  He had his hands full trying to get Mia to risk trusting him again.  The way Lucas distanced himself from his toxic family (his words) was pretty well explained and important because he was fed up with his cold family trying to control him. He'd already lost so much and wasn't going there unless they changed.  Now usually I'm all for people reconciling with family, even in the stories I read but in this case, it was a wise choice.  I liked that Mia was not only beautiful but a smart woman, in business and in life. That she had a successful business, no matter how life tried to keep her down, she came up on top with flying colors.  Mia's best friend Taylor made me smile, as I could see her value, her staunch protectiveness and loyalty to her friend.  And no man, was going to ever run over Taylor ever again.  Which made the introduction of Detective Brian Cooper another interesting element.  Not only because of his being a part of the investigations but also because of his gentle interest in Taylor.  It was sweet on his part and resistant and spunky on her part, at least at first.  He may have been gentle and kind to Taylor but he considered Lucas and his ARES team a pain in his butt.   And he wasn't afraid to say so.  Although Lucas and his team have resources that the detective doesn't, they switch back and forth from adversarial and helpful to each other.  And they are going to need all hands on board to find out what is going on now and what has happened in the past.  And to keep Mia alive and well in the meantime.  Lots of great action, twists and turns and tender romance too. Yes, there is also sex depicted in the book too.  Although I am happy to say that it isn't the main theme wrapped around a thin story.   I also look forward to the rest of the team having their stories told.  Hauk in particular, since the danger he was in was mentioned in this book. Can you imagine someone is stalking the sniper in the group and is so clever that they haven't discovered the who or why of that enemy?  Yep, sounds like another good book in the series.  

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

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