Behind the Hands that Kill by J.A. Redmerski

BTHTKPages: 200

Goodreads Rating: 4.48 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Romantic Suspense, New Adult

Publication Date: May 7, 2016

Publisher: Self-Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Even professional killers need vacations, but for Victor Faust, his vacation in Venezuela is about more than relaxation and time alone with Izabel Seyfried. It is a chance for him to come clean to Izabel: to tell her the truth about why he sent her to Italy with his brother, the truth behind his interest in Nora Kessler, and about his knowledge of Izabel’s child with her former captor. But before Victor can spill his soul, reality proves that for some killers, vacations are just pipe-dreams.

Attacked and kidnapped, Izabel finds herself stuffed in a suitcase, while Victor later wakes up imprisoned in a cage. In any other situation, Victor would find a way out and save himself and the woman he loves—but not this time. When the identities of their kidnappers are revealed, Victor loses all hope, and begins the mental process of accepting his and Izabel’s last moments together. And Izabel’s final moments of life.

As if his circumstances are not complicated enough, members of Vonnegut’s Order are finally closing in on Victor. And when they do, he comes face-to-face with someone else he once knew and loved, who could either help him, or make a grave situation much worse. Victor’s past has finally caught up with him: the women he has cared for, loved, and killed; the families he has destroyed; the unforgivable crimes he has committed. And now he must face the consequences, and pay the ultimate price for absolution.

But when it is all over, Victor may not have the strength to pick up what is left and move on. Because the event changes him. Because love changed him. And because, unlike before when he thought it is was for the best, he cannot imagine a life without Izabel in it.

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The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

TMoLG.jpgPages: 432

Goodreads Rating: 3.80 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 11, 2015

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Summary (Goodreads):

You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart…

THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO

Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved-until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .

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The Black Wolf by J.A. Redmerski

TBWPages: 302

Goodreads Rating: 4.55 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Romance, Romantic Suspense, New Adult, Dark

Publishing Date: June 29, 2015

Publisher: Self-Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Since devastating secrets were uncovered by Nora Kessler, Niklas Fleischer and Victor Faust have been divided as business partners and brothers. But ultimately Niklas is persuaded to lead a mission to Italy, and he sees it as an opportunity to set in motion forgiveness–or retribution–for his brother’s betrayal.

The mission: play the role of a wealthy German investor and kidnap a beautiful, notorious madam named Francesca Moretti. No stranger to these types of roles, Niklas is the best man for the job, but this time the risks will be much greater as he will not be doing it alone. Izabel Seyfried, still fresh out of a life of imprisonment and sex slavery, could be negatively affected by the things she will see in Moretti’s mansion, and Niklas must keep her in line so she does not blow their cover and get them killed.

But Niklas isn’t the only one who must play a role–Nora takes on the humiliating task of playing Niklas’s slave, and Izabel must play the role of his lover.

On one hand, Niklas couldn’t be enjoying himself more. On the other hand, the emotions that continue to rage inside of him may be too much for him to control, and it may be Niklas–not Izabel–who needs to be kept in line. He cannot forget what Victor has done, and this mission may just be the beginning of his downward spiral.

Can the blood bond that Niklas and Victor share as brothers be stronger than resentment? Or will vengeance dig the blade so deep that their bond be eternally severed?

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Seeds of Iniquity by J.A. Redmerski

SI.jpgPages: 315

Goodreads rating: 4.40 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Dark

Publishing Date: September 29, 2014

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services/Self-Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Victor Faust’s new Order is growing. Business is good as there is no rest for the wicked in an underground world of hardcore criminals and contract killing. Relationships among the operatives have changed little over the past year—but things are about to change now, and all six high-ranking members of the new Order will be blindsided by an unlikely enemy.

Loved ones whose only ties to Victor’s organization are their relationships with its members, are abducted. The price to get them back safely—the six must confess their deepest, darkest secret to this mysterious young woman named Nora, who is as deadly as she is beautiful, and who seems to know more about each of them than they know about each other. And although no one has any clue about who Nora really is, it becomes clear that she also isn’t who she appears to be.

So much more is at stake than secrets and the lives of innocent loved ones; with each member that Nora forces to confess, the truth about their dark pasts and their present objectives will cast suspicion, pit some against each other, and may tear others apart.

Before the game is over everyone will know who this woman is and why she is here, but the damage she will leave in her wake could be the beginning of the new Order’s destruction.

Whose dark secret will be the darkest of all? And can Victor’s Order survive any of them?

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The Swan and The Jackal by J.A. Redmerski

TSTJPages: 261

Goodreads Rating: 4.21/5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Romance, Suspense, Dark, Thriller, Adult, Crime

Publishing Date: March 5, 2014

Publisher: Self Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share.

And then Seraphina was gone.

It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead.

But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die.

Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?

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Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski

RIPages: 373

Goodreads Rating: 4.27 / 5 Stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Romance, New Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Dark

Publishing Date: December 4, 2013

Publisher: Self-Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Determined to live a dark life in the company of the assassin who freed her from bondage, Sarai sets out on her own to settle a score with an evil sadist. Unskilled and untrained in the art of killing, the events that unfold leave her hanging precariously on the edge of death when nothing goes as planned.

Sarai’s reckless choices send her on a path she knows she can never turn back from and so she presents Victor with an ultimatum: help her become more like him and give her a fighting chance, or she’ll do it alone no matter the consequences. Knowing that Sarai cannot become what she wants to be overnight, Victor begins to train her and inevitably their complicated relationship heats up.

As Arthur Hamburg’s right-hand man, Willem Stephens, closes in on his crusade to destroy Sarai, she is left with the crushing realization that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. But Sarai, taking on the new and improved role of Izabel Seyfried, still has a set of deadly skills of her own that will prove to be all she needs to secure her place beside Victor.

But there is one test that Izabel must face that has the potential to destroy everything she is working so hard to achieve. One final test that will not only make her question her decision to want this dangerous life, but will make her question everything she has come to trust about Victor Faust.

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Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

KSPages: 393

Goodreads Rating: 4.21 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Contemporary

Publishing Date: June 19, 2013 (1st Edition)

Publisher: Self-Published

Summary [Goodreads]:

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.

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TOP 5 Wednesday: Series I Want to Read on 2016

This tag is created by Lainey of gingerreadslainey. For the Goodreads Group: Top 5 Wednesday to check for every week’s topic. For this week’s topic: Series I Want to Read Next Year (2016). I’ve been putting a lot of series on hold for various reasons. Hopefully, I will be able to read these 5 series on my list.

ICOK

In the Company of Killers by J.A. Redmerski

  • It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by J.A. Redmerski and she’s definitely one of my favorite New Adult authors after reading The Edge of Never and The Edge of Always. This series is on my TBR shelf for a while and I’m intrigued as Ms. Redmerski takes a darker twist in this story. I heard nothing but amazing things on it. This is on top of my list.

TID

The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

  • You might be screaming at me right now. “Really, Bea? YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS YET? Unbelievable.” Yes my dear friends. I haven’t because I’m SPOILED on City of Lost Souls and on City of Heavenly Fire when SOMEONE posted a picture of one dialogue of it which involves one of the characters in this series. It’s forever etched on my mind. That’s the reason why I couldn’t continue CoHF and I have to read this FIRST. 😦

LUX

The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • I’m always up to books with bad boys in it and this series, again is on my TBR for a while but I’m a bit skeptical on it. Books with aliens kinda ruined me. Maybe because I’ve read this one series a long time ago and it was so BORING. I’m going to catch up on this one because I like JLA’s writing style. (I’ve read Don’t Look Back and I enjoyed it)

LUNAR

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

  • Most people I knew are reading Winter and loving this series. I decided not to join the bandwagon this year. I’m gonna binge read it next year. I’m gonna read it when I’m in the mood. 🙂

REAL

Real series by Katy Evans

  • This is Katy Evans’ most popular series and I haven’t read any of these. My Book GFs have read and recommended this. I shall catch up! I bet it will be one sexy and steamy read. Look at those covers. haha!

Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts on the comments section and What are the series you want to read next year? 

PS. Let me know as well if you want to buddy read with any of these series with me. 🙂 

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