Author: Alexandra Ivy
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Suspense, Intrigue, Action, Thriller
Series, if any: ARES Security, Book 2
Publisher: Kensington Books
Date of publication: 27 December 2016
No. Of pages: 263
Being heir to a prestigious family, Lucas St. Clair was always aware of the political aspirations that has been neatly planned for his future, the one that discounted his high school sweetheart Mia Ramon. But after his captivity in the Taliban prison, he is a changed man, who is also a crucial member of ARES Sexurity. And when the threat hits those he loves and cares about, his fiercest protective instinct kicks in. He has a hell of fight on his hand – one to protect the woman he love and one to convince her to give him one more chance to build a future together.
Having already read the first book of this brand new series, I was definitely holding a certain level of expectation both in terms of the plot and the characters, as well as the flair of writing.
The book definitely doesn’t disappoint when it comes to build of drama and suspense, considering the profession of the lead character Luke. The characterisation of a strong, dependable and yet vulnerable alpha male is definitely appealing to a female reader. Thankfully, Mia balances the character appeal with her fierce and vulnerable personality. The natrative style smooth and strong and doesn’t give any indication to the fact that this is the second book in a series, except for the secondary characters maybe; thankfully their introduction ramps up the thrill factor instead of being a distraction from the plot.
One thing I realised, the naming of the books by the author has a certain hidden depth behind it. There is no obvious evidence of why it has been named as “kill without shame”, but the fact that I am interpreting my own meaning can be something to ponder about. The cover image is definitely better than the last book, though there is certain level of similarity. Maybe the lack of blatant male objectification helps in pacifying me this time.
My opinion: Still entertaining. Still recommending it.
My rating: 4 out of 5