Title: Killing Sarai
Series: In The Company of Killers #1
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Publication Date: January 9th 2014
Genre: Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
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…
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I don't know why I left this book for so long and not read it. Ever since it released, I've heard nothing but amazing things about it, and after reading Redmerski's The Edge of Never, I fell in love with her writing. But then I still have no idea why I didn't jump on Killing Sarai straight away then, but here I am now.
I loved every single moment of this book. Ever since I started on chapter one, I was hooked. It was just like *click*, and then I can't seem to tear my eyes away from the words. I was addicted with the mystery of it all starting with chapter one ever since Sarai called Victor "The American". Seriously.
“Despite my growing fear, I still want to be right where I am, trapped in the merciless arms of a killer.” ~ Sarai
The first, and main, character we get introduced to is Sarai, and I loved her. Although she has this particular contrast between her and Victor, as in she doesn't actually physically hurt people, her character still comes out very strong. She is very likeable, and I was intrigued from the first few moments I've read of her. From every single action that she takes, to every single emotions that she feels, I was addicted to it because of her. And despite all of the tough years she'd been through, she doesn't let it drag her down and she immediately stands up for herself and her thoughts. And I seriously loved her sassiness and strong will when she stood up to Victor.
Talking about Victor. Uhm........that man is just..hot hot HOT. Seriously, I don't wanna judge but why are killers always so hot? Victor Faust is one of a damn hot assassin, and I seriously wouldn't mind it if he put a gun to my throat (*cough*, I'm kidding). When we first meet Victor, he is described as being very tense, closed-off, inhumane, lethal and extremely deadly. And that was all proven when we see him literally murder someone in under 3 seconds. And that is why I fell in love with him.
The relationship build-up of Victor and Sarai, I have to say, was absolutely perfect. It wasn't rushed at all, and I actually felt like it was at the most perfect pace that all realistic relationship is at. Quite often in books, the characters are rushed into a "I love you" relationship quite easily, almost too easy to make it seem realistic. But in KS, J.A. Redmerski explored all of the factors that goes way before love, such as patience and trust. And to smother that with murder and cold-blood assassinations, I believe you've just got a perfect romance dish handled with care on a plate ready to be devoured and snorted like pure cocaine. It was addictive and hypnotic, and I loved every single moment of it.
The thriller in the book overall, was also very gripping. I really like all of the privacy of the Order, and I really want to know more about it and Victor's employers. The murder taking place wasn't described too much in order to disgust, but it was just part of the action that compelled me to keep reading. I loved the mission that Victor put Sarai through with him near the end, because seriously that just made me create a Mr & Mrs Smith scene in my head. There's nothing more sexier than that mission, I can tell you that ;D
“I said we’ll leave when I’m ready. And stop talking or you can sit on your knees underneath the table between mine.” ~ Victor
Tell me that is not hot. Because it goddamn is freaking boiling over that I'm squirming in that sexual tension they have going on. Seriously.
Overall, this book was just absolutely irresistible and enthralling. I loved every single moment of it, of Sarai and Victor, and goddamn J.A. Redmerski, I am falling in love with you too.
I'm moving straight onto reading book two because I can't wait any longer. If I could, I would give this book ten thousand million stars :D
J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and award winner who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. She has since signed three more deals with GC/Forever for titles THE EDGE OF ALWAYS, SONG OF THE FIREFLIES and THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO. Her works have so far been translated into twenty languages. THE EDGE OF NEVER made it to #2 on the New York Times bestseller eBook list, and remained on the #1 spot on Amazon for two straight weeks. THE EDGE OF ALWAYS also made the New York Times bestseller list.
Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. The Portuguese rights to her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, have already been picked up by one of Brazil's largest publishers.
Jessica is a lover of film, television and books that push boundaries; and she's a sucker for long, sweeping, epic love stories. Things on Jessica's wish list are to conquer her long list of ridiculous fears, find a shirt she actually likes, and travel the world with a backpack and a partner-in-crime.