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review 2017-07-03 17:08
ARC Review: Kill Without Shame (ARES Security #2) by Alexandra Ivy
Kill Without Shame (Ares Security) - Alexandra Ivy

Review originally featured at Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Kill Without Shame

ARES Security #2
Alexandra Ivy
Romantic Suspense
Zebra
December 27th 2016
Paperback
352
Won Advance Uncorrected Proof

 

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…

 

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The ARES men are back.

 

I’m finding that I enjoying the ex-military heroes who band together, like brothers, to form their own business. It is such a fantastic and enjoyable concept to read.

 

Kill Without Shame is full of mystery, suspense, a second chance romance, and so much more. It was a non-stop page turner, entertaining, and satisfying. I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the murder and Mia. All the characters where easy to like. The second chance love story was captivating and adorable. Lucas and Mia worked together and made a great couple. And, last it was nice to see more of the other guys Lucas works with. They each have their own unique abilities and backgrounds and to see how they stand up for one of their own, it’s touching.

 

I had a delightful time read Kill Without Shame. I LOVE the men of ARES Security and can’t wait for the next installment.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-05-21 21:54
Three Sweet Quick Stories
Here Comes the Bride - Alexandra Ivy

This is a trilogy about three friends who return home to England after fighting in the war. Along the way, they save a gypsy from a mob. She “curses” each of them with the promise of finding true love before the next year.

This was a quick book even though the author did a great job of having three complete stories. Each story had it’s own different twist so it wasn’t like reading three of the same story. I really enjoyed each of them. It actually reminded me that I can still enjoy sweet stories when I take the time to read them. I highly recommend this book.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-05-09 22:55
Book Review For: Here Comes the Bride by Alexandra Ivy
Here Comes the Bride - Alexandra Ivy

'Here Comes the Bride' by Alexandra Ivy. This is a set of three books totaling about 495 pages.
I so love Ms. Ivy writing and her historical romances are my favorite. So I was so happy to see this book set. It is also nice that each story is a Novella so if you need a quick story while waiting somewhere or if you like a short story for your night reading this is a good book for that.
In addition if you haven't read any of Ms. Ivy books than with this three selection book you can get a feel for her writing. Sometimes for me I need to read one or two books by the author to see if I like their style in writing...if so then I am hooked on their books to come.
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review 2017-04-07 21:20
Good Story and Characters
When You Wish - Alexandra Ivy When You Wish - Alexandra Ivy

The Christmas Wish: Solomon Cresswell was trying to right the wrong he did to his girls. He was a jewel thief. Sarah is the oldest and taken care of her two younger sisters since her mother had died. Sarah had opened a school for children who had it rough . Sarah  meets Lord Oliver Chance when his brother had come to him and told him the Chance Jewels had  been stolen, then Oliver went to Sarah  as he had been told Sarah is the one to help retrieve the jewels. Sarah and Oliver are attracted to each other and neither can ignore it and they don’t know what to do.

The Valentine Wish: Emma is the middle sister and only seeks a calm life with a calm family to work for. She never wants to see her father - Solomon- again. Emma thinks she has a chance being the companion of Lady Hartshorne who has a nephew Lord Hartshorne then Emma meets Lord Hartshorne who is determined to find out what Emma is running from. Lord Hartshorne is spending a lot of time with Emma and is finding it hard to fulfill his duty as was Emma.

The Wedding wish: Rachel is the youngest sister and also the most like her father. Rachel meets Mr. Anthony Clarke at the Opera. Then Lady Boswell decides to put Rachel in her place in public. All Rachel wants is revenge and follows the Boswells to Surrey. Anthony follows Rachel. Solomon goes with Rachel as her uncle. Anthony and Rachel spend more and more time together. Rachel is different from her two older sisters and loves her father deeply and doesn’t want to marry. But she does want Anthony. Then Anthony and Rachel find a handicapped young girl hidden in the Boswell's Dover house.

I enjoyed these three stories of the sisters who all took the scandal put on them and did the best they could to find happiness in their world. All three women felt they would never have love but in each case the sisters find someone for themselves. All the stories were interesting and very enjoyable and I had no problem with my attention fading in anyway. I liked all the characters and the ins and outs of all three stories and I recommend.

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review 2017-03-11 07:06
Blood Assassin by Alexandra Ivy
Blood Assassin - Alexandra Ivy

Serra Vetrov, still bruised from the latest (and according to her last) broken heart event caused by the man she's loved for the past twenty years, is suddenly helpless to resist the compulsion (n: you might read the book, blurb-writer!) to travel to Saint Louis without telling anybody. But Fane isn't anybody, and he doesn't have to be told anything. He knows Serra is in danger, and he promptly follows.

Only for the two of them to discover, Serra must find a kidnapped child. If she doesn't, she'll die.


The premise didn't make any sense. Why force Serra to do something she always does without coercion? Why blackmail a psychic specializing in finding missing kids into finding a missing kid? Serra put it best, he could've simply picked up the phone, told her a version of the truth, that no one, not even Valhalla must be aware or the kid dies, and done.
But no, the villain had to be all obscure and witch-y about it, and I hated it.
And since I hated the idiotic premise (without which there wouldn't be a story, which made me hate it all even more), I didn't enjoy the book as much as I could've. As much as I should've.

Serra and Fane were lovely together, but there was this strange, slightly bitter aftertaste after their scenes together. First, they were brought together because of the danger they were in which, second, didn't exactly scream eternal love and devotion because she's who she is for me on Fane's part. It was more one last f*** before you die kind of vibe, the way Serra suspected it was. Why did it take him so long to decide he did want her no matter what? Why did it take a life-or-death situation to make him pull his head out of his ass?
This sudden pivot didn't make it genuine, and even at the end, left doubts about this "romance" and where it was going.

Now to the anti-hero, who was more of a villain to me than the real one, Bastard Cavrilo. I hated him. Hated him with a passion, no matter how much he seemed to care about his daughter. Not all ends justify the means, and I just wanted Fane to kill the SOB. He kept appearing, intruding, stealing the spotlight from Serra and Fane and their (yes, iffy, but still) romance, until, in the end, I just skimmed his scenes, simply because I didn't care. And since he's the hero of the next (last?) book in this series I guess I'll wait a while to forget a little what a bastard he is.

The suspense could've been a little better, less convoluted, and a tad more "scary". As it was, I knew they were getting the kid back alive, it might've worked better if that outcome had not been so obvious. Keep us guessing, keep us at the edge of our seats.

The best this book had to offer was the Mave/Tagos side-plot. Boy, would I love so read their book. Which is, apparently, not possible due to their roles in Valhalla. Damn.

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