Sunday, February 5, 2017

Book Review: Killing Sarai by JA Redmerski

Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers #1)
By JA Redmerski
Release Date: January 19, 2014
Source: Amazon
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…

I have heard so much hype surrounding this book and so many people have recommended it to me. It was described as a Mr. and Mrs. Smith action romance and, seeing as I love that movie, I finally bought the ebook from Amazon and dug in. 

Sarai has been living in Mexico as the prisoner of a drug lord since she was thirteen. Having forgotten what it was like to be normal, being a prisoner is all Sarai knows. When an American stops by to do business, Sarai finally sees her chance of escape and sneaks into his car in hopes of being saved. Little does she know, Victor is neither American nor a savior. Victor is an assassin hired by her owner to kill an enemy. There's something about Sarai, though, that makes Victor hesitate to continue on in his cold, emotionless life and actually try to save the girl who knows death almost as much as he does. 

I've got to say, this book starts out slow. Sooooooo slow. And the action is not the action I know and love in my action romances. The action in this book was so anticlimactic and our characters always get out of the bad situations way too easily. There just wasn't enough suspense when the bad guys would catch up with Sarai and Victor and they were able to take them down in an instant. 

Going onto the romance, this was NOTHING like Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I did not get any chemistry between Sarai and Victor in the beginning of the book so, when they finally got together, I wasn't feeling it at all. I thought they were kind of weird together and didn't buy that either of them really had those feelings for one another. I get that Victor started to question his assassin upbringing and started to have a conscious when it came to another human being, but I didn't believe his romantic feelings for Sarai. 

Sadly, this did not live up to the hype for me. I think it's because I've read so many good romantic suspense novels that this one just didn't live up to them. I've heard the story gets better as the series continues, so I may have to pick those up and see if the chemistry actually clicks with these two characters.


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