Monday, 22 July 2013

Review: J A Redmerski "Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers)"

5 Hearts Review of J.A Redmerski's "Killing Sarai."
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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…

My Review: Jo

After finishing this book I have one word to say...WOW!

This story takes you on a kick-ass and nail biting adventure. It has everything you need in a great book, awesome writing, brilliant plot, a sexy hero, a life changing love and a cliff-hanger that makes you scream with frustration. I loved it!

To begin with we learn about Sarai. Sarai lives a tragic and cruel life, sold by her Mother to Javier a drug lord in Mexico, he also runs a sex slave business. Sarai becomes his favourite girl so she's never sold on and spends her young life imprisoned and kept for his personal use. Sarai dreams of escaping and when a man comes to visit Javier on business, Sarai grasps the opportunity to run. She runs straight into the visitor's car and hides. The visitor is "Victor".

Victor is an assassin who has spent all of his life killing people for money, learning to have no emotions. Living his life like a robot. Having emotions are dangerous in his line of work. When Victor finds Sarai in his car he decides to allow her to stay with him and help her get over the border to the US.

Sarai knows staying with Victor in the car is her only chance of survival.

           "Like it or not Victor is my only protection until I get over that border and I am going
                                                   to stick with him as long as I can"

Javier sends his men to track Victor and Sarai down, he want's Sarai back. The couples attempt to escape becomes more complicated. Victor could easily just return Sarai back to Javier but for some reason he wants to help her. The couple become a team working together to kill Javier. Sarai is a perfect partner for Victor, she is strong and unafraid of the risks , wanting revenge for the life that she was forced to live.

When the mission is complete, Victor knows that he should let Sarai go and give her the chance of a normal life. Sarai has other ideas. She wants to stay with Victor and become his partner, helping him with his assignations. Over time her feelings for this man have grown stronger. No One has ever really cared for her and she wants Victor to care:
When I look into his eyes I see something there, although dominant and completely indistinct, I
    know it's there. And  it's powerful. I want to understand it, to feel it, to taste it on my lips.

Victor doesn't want to let Sarai go. He knows  the feelings that are growing between them  could endanger either of their lives he's willing to take that risk and he agrees to let Sarai assist him on his next mission.

Sarai rocks at being a bad-ass, easily becoming the character  that Victor want's her to be. The couple carry out the assignation successfully but Sarai is later shot and they both realise that the time has come for them to go their separate ways. The longer they stay together the more their lives are in danger. They have no choice:
"If I were to leave my order the next hit would be on me. And on you"

I really wanted a happy ending for these two, especially after everything they had been through. Their lives had been so awful, so dark and I was willing for them to just drive off together and live a happy normal life. But that just was not meant to be. When Victor left, I sobbed!

Sarai's attempts to live a normal life without Victor. Victor does not return which made me sad for Sarai, I wanted him to burst back into her life saying he couldn't live without her! Hopeless romantic that I am.

Sarai misses Victor, she misses their life together. A normal life is not enough for Sarai.
 "He changed the colours on the palette from primary to rainbow-as dark as the colours 
of that rainbow may be-and not a day goes by that I don't think about him or about the 
life I could've had with him. Although dangerous and ultimately short, 
it's what I want. Because it would've been a life"      
When Sarai see's someone on the news connected to her last mission with Victor, she knows what she has to do,  to return to carry out another assignation by herself. This is where the story ends. OMG what a cliff-hanger!! I need to read the next book now, J A Redmerski you have me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book!!!!
I give "Killing Sarai" an ass-kicking 5 Hearts!

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