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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 pressure, 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 clear 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
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Ivys second Ares Security romantic thriller (after Kill Without Mercy) hits the sweet spot for readers who like their alpha males extremely but not preternaturally competent and driven to protect the women they love, and their heroines strong and independent but willing to accept that protection when it comes in a caring, sexy package. Lucas St. Claire is appalled when an old acquaintance from his hometown of Shreveport, La., is discovered shot a few blocks from Lucass Houston apartment. The dead man is clutching a photo of Mia Ramon, the girlfriend Lucas dumped for family reasons but never quite got over; the photo is marked Kill her or else. Lucas rushes to Mias side to investigate, watch over her, and try to restart the relationship he rejected. Mia and Lucass renewed and mutually desired connection provides an appealing mix of emotional warmth and erotic heat. The involvement of the men of Ares Security is key in moving the investigation forward, but their brotherly camaraderie feels blander and less essential than in the first book, and the mysterys solution is ultimately presented as a monologue by the villain. (Jan.)