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T a serious and long conversation about feelings and the future of their relationship than the dilapidated shed in the middle of nowhere that looks like straight out of a horror movie as described in a book And of course neither Lucas nor Mia can multitask To have this conversation Lucas has to put his phone somewhere on a nearby table tuck his gun to have his both hands free to caress Mia s face while sending her long looks And God forbid they will have this conversation after they grab the letters from the shed or in the meantime And by the way what is a better place to read the letters than abovementioned shed lighted with phone application Taking them to your secured penthouse is so much trouble And this Teagan s phone call to Max in one of the last chapters Teagan says Lucas may be in danger and neither Max nor Teagan can contact him but rather than trying to check up on the couple they have a lengthy chat And Teagan ust can t simply tell what is going on oh no he has to build up the drama and reveal every morsel of information unhurriedly when asked directly After all drama is all that matters With friends like these you don t need enemies hide spoiler Alexandra Ivy writes romantic suspense like Christina Dodd in my opinion Lots of red herrings lots of suspects lots of danger It all makes for a very compelling story I didn t love this one as much as Kill with Mercy but its still an enjoyable read I ve given this a C at AAR so 25 starsKill Without Shame is the second book in Alexandra Ivy s ARES Security series and while mention is made of a plot thread concerning one of the team who has been receiving threats which I assume was begun in the previous book that plotline is not really advanced here so this one can be read as a standalone That said I can t really recommend it as the whole thing is incredibly unexciting the romance is seriously underdeveloped and not at all believable given the context and the suspense is pretty much non existent the fact that it took me over four days to read shows how easy it was to put the book asideARES Security is a high tech high end firm set up by five men brothers in arms who bonded when they were held prisoner by the Taliban during a tour in Afghanistan The hero of Kill Without Shame is Lucas St Clair the son of a senator who is estranged from his wealthy but coldly aloof parents but whose name still opens doors He is not above using that name and family connections when needed but mostly he wants to leave his old life behind him and concentrate on the new one he is building That becomes difficult however when he is informed that an old acuaintance from his school and college days Tony Hughes has been shot and killed in the street and that he was clutching a picture of Mia Ramon an old flame of Lucas when he died Worse the picture had the words Kill her or else scrawled across it Lucas didn t know Tony well they were from completely opposite backgrounds but Mia is important to him even though they haven t seen each other for fifteen years he still carries a torch for her and can t bear the thought of her being in dangerMia is a successful businesswoman in her hometown of Shreveport running a landscaping and garden design business that she has built up from her father s much smaller operation The last person she wants or expects to see in her office is Lucas St Clair and their reunion is frosty Lucas walked out on her with no explanation fifteen years earlier and she hasn t seen him since he broke her heart and she is not about to put herself through it again She can t deny that he s become a devastatingly attractive man or that she still feels t deny that he s become a devastatingly attractive man or that she still feels same pull towards him as before but she is determined to keep him at arm s length no matter what Mia looked on Tony as a friend and used to employ him from time to time so she s naturally upset to hear of his death but she has no idea of why
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would want dead and even less as to why she would be a target herselfLucas naturally wants to investigate Tony s murder and the threat against Mia and keep her safe It s not long before their enforced proximity is rekindling the old feelings between them or long before they re giving in to them but even then Mia is determined to keep things on a casual footing as a means of self protectionThe stakes are raised however when an attempt is made on Mia s life With help from his team Lucas gradually uncovers a series of misdeeds that dates back decades implicating people Mia cares about in a morass of embezzlement blackmail and murder Lucas and Mia have to work together to uncover the truth even as the killer is closing in on themFrom that description you d be forgiven for thinking this is a fast moving thriller with a sexy romance on the side but it s nothing of the sort The pacing is pedestrian and the romance is perfunctory and frankly unbelievable Lucas and Mia haven t seen each other in FIFTEEN YEARS and they re hopping into bed together the day after their reunion They split up when Lucas was eighteen I m assuming Mia was around the same age and there is a massive difference between what someone is like at eighteen and what they re like in their early thirties They are or should "be very different people now yet there s "very different people now yet there s sense of them getting to know each other again In fact there s no romantic development at all although I do give the author credit for having Lucas be open about his feelings for Mia and prepared to put himself out there even when it s clear to him that she is still not sure about him There is a cute secondary romance in the story between Mia s assistant Taylor and the local detective assigned to the case which is actually interesting than the non romance between Lucas and MiaThe mystery plot is reasonably well put together but there s only one possible villain which takes away any element of suspense pretty early on and the storyline is fairly predictable The characterisation overall is paper thin and I never connected with either of the principals and not only is the main romantic relationship a disappointment there is no real sense of the emotional bond we re told exists between Lucas and the other ARES team membersAll in all Kill Without Shame which makes absolutely no sense as a title is a lacklustre book that proved a big disappointment I m not invested enough in any of the characters to want to pick up another book in the series and uite honestly not suitably impressed with any facet of this one writing plotting or characterisation to be inclined to read this author again. Ar 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 A fantastic blend of romance and suspense thrilling to the end Mary Burton USA Today bestselling author on Kill Without Mercy. Now and Mia trying to change for his parents before I really enjoyed Ms Ivy bringing Matt and Teagan in to help with this case I can t wait for their stories and Hauk s mystery stalker continues from the first book Thanks very much to Kensington Books Zebra and Net Galley for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review Love this series They survived the depths of Hell in a Taliban prison Five men closer than brothers ready to stand by each other no matter what Together they formed ARES Security and took on the obs no one else could handle they are brave loyal skilled and if necessary will KILL WITHOUT SHAME Once again Alexandra Ivy gives us razor sharp tension hot and steamy romance and brings these unsung heroes to life in all their human gloryA dead body on the street with his name and business address as well as a picture of the woman he let get away pulls Lucas St Clair and the men of ARES into the world of Lucas past a past colored with love pain and the pressures of a family who controlled his life with ruthless calculation Mia was broken hearted when Lucas left her behind for bigger and better things appropriate to his standing in life but now he is back a changed man on a mission to save the only woman he would ever love So much anguish so many secrets so many feelings of betrayal now a successful business owner how can Mia trust in Lucas as he takes a step outside of the law to keep her safeOne again Alexandra Ivy captures the force of true love pitches it into a tale of dark secrets and murder and attempts to bring two strong people back together again Will her characters allow her to create a well earned happy ending or will the ghosts of the past haunt the love that still exists Definitely another of Ms Ivy s intriguing and captivating tale for lovers of loyalty over the top alpha males that sizzle and strong women who value their independence and guard their heartsI received an ARC edition from Zebra in exchange for my honest reviewSeries ARES Security Book 2Publisher Zebra December 27 2016Publication Date December 27 2016Genre Romantic Suspense MilitaryPrint Length 352 pagesAvailable from Barnes NobleFor Reviews More Well the guys from Ares security are back and yes I know it s a formula that appears to be exploited uite a lot with rugged ex military heroes banding together and running their own buisness but it s a format that for romance works The slight twist here is these five guys all met when they were prisoners of the Taliban and together worked to escape the atrocities inflicted on them but even now in their civilian lives the past is never uite far away enoughThis book focuses on Lucas the one who had the world laid out on a plate at his feet Son of a wealthy political family and yet the one thing that really mattered to him he walked away from Fast forward to present day and an old school chum is found dead near Lucas s office but he carries the photo of Mia the woman Lucas has spent fifteen years thinking ofMia is shocked when Lucas walks through her door and actually who am I kidding Lucas crashes back into her life and pretty much starts to take over To say he s protective and hard headed is putting it mildly but he has his work cut out for him if he really wants to make up for lost time I do understand that this couple have chemistry and long buried feelings but it does seem as if they can barely keep their hands off each other and I would have preferred to see Mia make Lucas work for it After all he did ust up and leave with no explanation although in his head his reasons were sound but to an adult they seemed very uvenile What I liked was the mystery surrounding the murder and they seemed very uvenile What I liked was the mystery surrounding the murder and why it places Mia in danger I do enjoy suspense and wading through red herrings and there s a huge one here that had me doubting someone s intentions So much connects to the past and there s plenty of opportunity for the reader to come up with ideas of their own with a grand reveal that shakes Mia s world A huge plus is we get to see of the other guys Lucas works with and I liked that they called him on his mistakes This is a romance so I m allowed to The Book of Shaine just go with the flow but certain things niggled away at me First the supposed escape from imprisonment which ok isust referred to but "WHAT REALLY IRRITATED WAS THE LACK OF LUCAS S "really irritated was the lack of Lucas s In a story were everything that went wrong started with them shouldn t we at least meet at least one relative Rant over as I did enjoy this book and the writing made it easy to fall into I m not sure that I personally would enjoy Lucas s high handed ways but in romance anything goes This voluntary opinion is of an advance reader copy You know these dumb horror movies with a blond girl going alone to the basement to check out this creepy sound in the dark This book is like one of those moviesIt made me roll my eyes time after time and annoyed me a lot This story has some potential I won t say it could be made into a great book definitely not into the one truly memorable but it could be one of those nice entertaining reads Unfortunately there are too many issuesLet s start with the minor things before we go big The characters Lucas and Mia Mia is one of those irritating heroines with no preservation instinct who always know better and have to have the last word in every conversation As an owner of a company in the gardening industry she feels competent to investigate the murder case of her friend Because why not And two attempts on her life do little to stop her or at least slow her down As opposite Lucas is totally dull He Is Seriously Lacking Personality The seriously lacking personality The thing that describes him is his love for Mia He has no other traits or flaws And stubborn as a mule Mia does with him what she wants As a professional he could lead the investigation though he is a military negotiator so I m not really sure about his competence but anyway he is definitely capable than Mia but instead he is leaded by Mia And if truth be told even Taylor and detective Cooper make interesting couple than Mia and Lucas They love is as paper thin as their personalitiesThen comes the plot Huh The suspense is not as bad as it could be if you disregard the fact that the villain is the most obvious person and the motives are also pretty clear from the beginning But it s the case with many other books It s the futility of some scenes that ruins the whole experience They are ust out of those horror movies or some cheese romantic comedies you are embarrassed you are watching view spoilerLike what is a better place to star. Ressure 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 cle. .
ARC received for review 45 stars Lucas and Mia were high school sweethearts until he left her behind to oin the military Now years later Mia owns a successful business and is in danger Lucas comes back to save her and finally admit he made a huge mistake in leaving I love how Mia didn t let him run all over her Great little side romance with the detective and her best friend Loved seeing the rest of the ARES boys again Now who s next Teagan or Max cause we all know Hauk is going to have to wait till last Rich kid and a heir to St Clair legacy Lucas fell hard for the maid s daughter Mia His family would never approve but that didn t matter to Lucas So why did he break her heart and disappear out of her life forever only to show back up years laterMia never forgave Lucas for breaking her heart When a man dies near Lucas s ARES office with Mia s name in his pocket Lucas will stop at nothing to protect Mia Even if means bring his entire ARES Security team in to do itI m a sucker for stories that reunite lost lovers Lucas must worm his way back into Mia s heart but what I enjoyed most was Lucas staying true to himself and Constipation just showed Mia that he has been there all a This was very lackluster Maybe it isust me I have now read three books in a row in which the hero basically bowls over the heroine with his alpha protectiveness That is it The hero did not have to try too much beyond that I wanted to the relationship The solution to romantic suspense is also a little too easy I am able to deduce the villain too early in the story Alexandra Ivy writing is fluid but this story us ust a little too bland I like the premise of this series and will continue but I hope the next book will give us a little of everything 45 The one that got away StarsThe second book in Alexandra Ivy s ARES Security Series offers up as much second chance romance suspense twists and turns as it s predecessor did I really enjoyed Lucas and Mia s rollercoaster ride of a reconnectionOne thing that I am really liking about this series is the fact that although there is a small story running though the books that includes all the ARES guys to some level each of the books so far has really concentrated on one particular guy and the woman he falls for The author does a really good ob of bringing you up to speed on things very uickly which for me is a good thing when there is a big gap between releases It had been fifteen years since she d last seen him in the flesh but nothing had changed Lucas St Clair and his family are classed as town royalty so back in his teens falling in love with the gardener s daughter was very much something that his family were un supportive of As their love deepened he also saw that it was starting to have an effect on Mia in her dress and actions so to prevent her trying to change herself any further to please his family and therefore lose herself in the process he ups and leaves thinking he was doing the best thing for them both Not so much in Mia s opinion so when he strolls back into her life fifteen years on after a picture of her is found on the body of a mutual friend she is less than happy to see him He wanted her bothered And hot And aching And willing But it doesn t take long for them both to come to the conclusion that the time apart and years between them have done absolutely nothing to uell the feelings and chemistry between them Problem is that someone is out to kill Mia and Lucas and his brothers from ARES are determined to get to the bottom of the reasons why and the who is behind the threat Which let s face it isn t the most conducive situation for a man to try and woo back the woman he let down so badly previously If you get yourself hurt I m not going to be happyI love you tooI really liked these two Mia is no shy retiring wall flower and she stood with Lucas when it came to investigating everything that was going on around her The fireworks that inevitably crackle when an Uber Alpha male and a sassy independent WOMAN COLLIDE WERE VERY MUCH APPARENT collide were very much apparent I loved the softer center you get to see from Lucas as he tries to repair the damage his leaving did to their relationship I need to protect youI ve been taking care of myself for a long time Too long I want it to be my turnAnother great addition to the series everything is tied off for Lucas and Mia s story The situation with Hauk and his stalker is still very much unresolved and we still have several other guys in ARES also looking for their HEA s bearing in mind there is a twelve month gap between the first two books releasing I am guessing we may be looking at the same break between two and three because I cannot find any information on it as yet I hope that we get the third book before December 2017 but it doesn t look too promising at the momentARC generously provided via Netgalley and it was a pleasure to provide the above honest review The next ARES Security book KILL WITHOUT SHAME by Alexandra Ivy Love these alpha friends who survived and escaped a Taliban prison and reading the romantic suspense each is featured in Yes there are a lot of these types of books out there right now but Ms Ivy gives you a fast paced read entertaining mystery and a heroine who can stand up to and hold her own against her hero as they work out their relationship Oh yeah and hot sexLucas St Clair was born into a prestigious Shreveport family and was expected to excel and follow his father into a successful political career His family had everything planned but that future did not include Lucas girlfriend the family s gardener s daughter Mia Rather than have his family mold Mia into their version of acceptable he drove away and left her behindMia Ramon has never forgiven Lucas for leaving without a word and breaking her heart but in the intervening 15 years she has built her father s lawn care business into a thriving high end landscaping business Lucas has kept track of her but doesn t believe he deserves a second chance with her until a detective interviews him in Houston about their mutual high school friend found dead outside the ARES office building clutching Mia s picture Lucas returns home to protect Mia at any cost and hopefully get her back into his lifeThe men of ARES Security are all hot and sexy in their own way Lucas being a born diplomat but also well "Aware Of His Place "of his place society and he will use it to his advantage He can seem overbearing or arrogant at times but Mia stands right up to him and goes toe to toe for what she wants This is the difference between their relationship. 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 ,
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