Kill Without Mercy: Review

Posted January 1, 2016 in review Tags: ,

Kill Without Mercy: ReviewKill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy
Pages: 352

Series: ARES Security #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also by this author: Rage/Killian, Kayden/Simon, Blade, Pretend You're Safe
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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.

Kill Without Mercy
Alexandra Ivy

what i think

Kill Without Mercy is a perfect example of great romantic suspense. The story is full of twists and layers, the characters are dynamic, and the pace is perfect. The story unfolds like putting together pieces of a puzzle, so that even when you figure out 1 piece, you still have so many questions! Rafe and Annie were great characters that I totally adored! The author addresses the hesitation in the romance which was great because I was able to enjoy it knowing that these characters admitted the slight insanity of feeling so strongly after such a short time. Rafe is described as having “a full-blown case of savior complex” so you can understand Annie’s hesitation. She genuinely questions if he likes her or likes being the hero. Overall, Kill Without Mercy was near perfect in my opinion! Its incredibly well planned and executed and I can’t wait to get more ARES books!


  • POV: 3rd
  • Tears: No
  • Trope: Mortal Peril, Alpha Male
  • Triggers: No
  • Cliffhanger: No, but you are left wondering a few things about another character!
  • HEA: View Spoiler »


if you liked

The Deadly OPS series by Katie Reus, The SWAT Series by Paige Tyler, The LOST series by Cynthia Eden…then you will probably like Kill Without Mercy!

where to get it

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I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.

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