Tuesday, July 16, 2013

JESSICA REVIEWS: KILLING SARAI by J.A. REDMERSKI

Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers, #1)Series: Killing Sarai #1
Category/Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 6/19/13
Format: ebook
Pages: 393
Source: Bought

From the author of the New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling novel, THE EDGE OF NEVER, comes a story of passion and survival…

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…



Always paranoid. Always assuming the worst. Always approaching everything with caution and weapons, and rightfully so. Such is the way of life filled with drugs and murder and slavery.

Where do I even start with this review? Holy moly! That was one crazy ass ride.

I absolutely adored J.A. Redmerski’s THE EDGE OF NEVER and I had no worries about loving this book as well. I know that for some, TEoN was a bit slow in the beginning, but for me it was not at all. On the contrary, I loved the buildup from page one. So KILLING SARAI may be slow for those same people. Not to worry though. You are going to want those moments to breathe because once the ride starts, there is no stopping.


I guess now I know what it feels like when a person has spent half of his or her life in prison and is released back out into the world. They don’t know what to do with themselves, they don’t know how to fit back into society. They constantly look over their shoulder. They can’t sleep past five a.m. or believe that they can choose what to eat and when to eat it. Violence and darkness and confinement is so much a part of them that half of them never learn any other way.



This is definitely NOT your typical boy meets girl story. Actually, there is nothing typical about this story. For one, the lead male is definitely NOT a boy. He is a man and ALL man at that, a man on a damn, out-of-control mission to kill. And when I mean kill, I mean in all definition of the word. Victor is out to kill those that are on his hit list. Starting with Javier, the man that has held Sarai captive for the past nine years. With the help of his brother, Niklas, they tag team working for an organization that eliminates those that are a threat to the nation-or to their organization. However, neither Victor nor Sarai were anticipating the wide ride they were getting themselves into, or that Victor’s brother would play a role in this trip of theirs. And I’m not just referring to the physical aspect of their journey.

How can anyone go through life so surreptitious, emotionless, so unattached to anyone or anything? When I look into his eyes I see something there, although dormant and completely indistinct, I know it’s there. And it’s powerful. I want to understand it, to feel it, to taste it on his lips.


Sarai is a survivor. She overcame nine years of being Javier’s sexual partner and captive. She did whatever she could to survive the horror that it was to be in the presence of a demented and horrid man that would traffic women, drug and weapons. His dirty money made sure that Sarai lived better than the other girls but behind the prettier dresses and the perfumed lotions and soaps, hid the knowledge that that money came from blood, tears, rape and murder. Every day Sarai would see this and keep her mouth shut, knowing there was no way out. Until Victor came into the picture. Now, how does Sarai get this American to get her out of Mexico in one piece? And thus, begins the road trip of Sarai and Victor.

She looks defeated. Beautiful and soft and damaged standing there before me partially clothed in the light of the moon beaming through the tall window. Beautiful, but defeated. That look in her eyes, it somehow latches onto my soul and all I want is for her to turn and walk away. Because I know that if she doesn’t, if she presses me further with those soft lips and sad, vulnerable eyes that I’ll succumb to the moment and either fuck her or kill her.


At first meeting Victor, he is a hard ass and set to be a killer with no guilt or conscience. He has his hit list and he is going to go at it just as he does with all this other ones. Nothing changes. Not even this young girl who escaped and hid in his car. He is his typical self of showing no emotion and keeping his cool but really there is only so much a man can take when you have an overeager and chatty woman in your back seat, a woman who hasn’t seen the real world or the United States in nine years. As much he would love to push her away, leave her stranded in the middle of Mexico and forget she ever exist, he just can’t. He can’t seem to let her go. Even with Niklas’ incessant drilling in his ear to get rid of her, Victor can not part with her. He doesn’t want to let her go.


“Sarai, listen to me carefully. If you choose to go with me you need to know that you could be killed. I will do everything in my power to keep you safe, but it’s not a guarantee because no matter how much you trust me, you should never, under any circumstances trust anyone fully. In the end, you can only trust yourself. I am not your hero. I am not the other half of your soul who could never let anything bad ever happen to you. Trust your instincts first always, and me, if you choose, last.”


I won’t kill Sarai and I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that no one else in the mansion does, either, but deep down I know that what my brother said is true. I should kill her for my sake and hers. But I can’t. And I won’t.



As they keep traveling and get deeper and deeper into their journey, so, too, does their need for each other. Victor sees in Sarai the strong, compassionate and brave woman that he has never seen in another woman before. Sarai sees in Victor that he isn’t the malicious and cruel killer she once thought. They are actually very much alike, surviving the world they were both thrown into. They gravitate to each other because they are kindred spirits of wants, needs and existence.


I never want Victor to leave me. I couldn’t bear the thought of it before, but now…now things are so much different. Our souls have become intimate, whether he wants to admit it to himself or not. We are one in the same and I don’t want to imagine being on my own without him. Ever.


“This goes against everything that I am, Sarai.”
“No, it doesn’t. It’s you becoming more of who you are really.”



I absolutely LOVED this book. It was one that kept me thinking even days after I was done reading it. There were times I was so engrossed and immersed in what I was reading that I would forget to highlight quotes in the book. Victor’s hardassness (it’s a real word, I promise you) and Sarai’s survival skills totally blew me away. I even had moments of snickering when she just kept at it with Victor, asking him question after question. (We woman are persistent and naggy sometimes) Ms. Redmerski has a magical talent in her writing. I feel like I am the character and that I am transported right into the world she writes about. And about those pesky cliffhangers we all dislike so much? Well, there is/isn’t one in this one. It’s a good thing the author feels the same way we do.


On Tuesday, July 2nd, Ms. Redmerski wrote on her website what her intentions are with this series of books. How there won’t be cliffhangers but more of a continuation of the story. She has big plans for Sarai and Victor’s story and how it will get ‘darker, grittier and sexier’. And guess what else? She won’t make us wait ages for the book! Fantastic! I am really, REALLY looking forward to the upcoming books in this series.
 


Favorite Quotes:

  My face just gets hotter and hotter, and every time I see him smile or grin, because I’m completely not used to seeing that, it just makes me blush more and it feels like a hundred drunk butterflies are having an orgy in my stomach.


 He’s smiling. Not just his yes, but his lips, too. He’s so beautiful to me. So dangerously beautiful.



  I stand silent and still at the arched entryway leading into the piano room. And I watch her unlike I’ve ever watched her before. She owns me in this moment.
 
 
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About the author:
J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE EDGE OF NEVER lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead.


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18 comments:

  1. Wow! This story sounds crazy, and action packed! I would love to read this story! I'm tired of all of the cookie cutter cliche romances. This book sounds both unique, and memorable. Thanks for sharing Courtney!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  2. I'm glad to see that you thoroughly enjoyed this book Andrea, I have seen some great reviews around. I think this would definitely be a book that I would enjoy too, especially seeing how much you were invested in the story! Gorgeous review! :)

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  3. Whoo - sounds like one unique story! Good to know that the slow start is worth it! I have never heard of this book!!

    -Lauren

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  4. I actually want sure about this book, but your review has sold me. It sounds fantastic and very different. Great review.

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  5. I'm glad to hear this isn't a typical girl meets boy story (I get tired of those after a while!). I'm not sure that this one would work for me though as I didn't have the best luck with this author's Edge of Never, but I'm glad to see you enjoyed it overall. Brilliant review, Andrea! :)

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  6. I loved this one too, Andrea (as you know)! I'm thrilled that you did too. Thanks for the news about the series. I'm so happy she's not going to make us wait too long in between stories. I wonder how many books she has planned. Wonderful review, Andrea! :)

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  7. I love this author so much. I'm sure I'd love this one too. I didn't think TEoN was slow at the beginning so I expect I'll like the beginning of this one. Great review.

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  8. What a great review, Jessica! I am/was one of those people that found TEoN to be a bit slow at times, but I think it's just JA's way of building up a good story. I have this on my tbr list and looking forward to the excitement, especially between Sarai, and those brothers! ;)

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  9. Well, Jessica, this author is really taking the blogging world by storm
    I really wanna read both of her books right now
    Adding this to my TBR
    GREAT review, as always
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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  10. Holy moly, what a review!! I love unexpected in a book and Killing Sarai sounds like it delivers that. Thanks for sharing such a passionate review, Jessica. I can't wait to read this!

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  11. Wow Jessica, I have the Edge of Never and just added Killing Sarai to my list..this sounds fresh, and intense and intense!! LOL Awesome review:)

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  12. I'm reading this one right now so I skimmed but it is sooooo good! Reminds me of a slightly lither version of Captive in the Dark.

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  13. I have been seeing this on Goodreads nonstop for the past weeks. It sounds so intriguing and like a new concept. I am very excited to pick this up! I love books that can keep me thinking even days after I am done reading them too, so hopefully this turns out to be one of those books for me! Glad you enjoyed this! :)

    Brilliant review, Andrea! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

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  14. I definitely want to read this one.

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  15. Andrea,
    I have been so drawn to this cover...FOREVER!!! It will now be on my TBR. I love this author, and I am so excited to have another one of her phenomenal books to read and review!!!

    Thanks for the great review.

    RO
    @A Bookish Escape

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  16. I add this to my TBR, and I also have The Edge of Never waiting patiently on my Kindle. I hope I can get to it soon. Great review Jessica.

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  17. I bought this one and now I can't wait to read it. Great review.

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