Rafe Vargas is only in Newton, Iowa, to clear out his late grandfather’s small house. As the covert ops specialist for ARES Security, he's eager to get back to his new life in Texas. But when he crosses paths with Annie White, a haunted beauty with skeletons in her closet, he can't just walk away—not when she’s clearly in danger…
There’s a mysterious serial killer on the loose with a link to Annie’s dark past. And the closer he gets, the deeper Rafe’s instinct to protect kicks in. But even with his considerable skill, Annie’s courage, and his ARES buddies behind him, the slaying won’t stop. Now it’s only a matter of time before Annie’s next—unless they can unravel a history of deadly lies that won’t be buried.
If you are already a fan of this Ms Ivy's paranormal books then you will be very keen to read Kill Without Mercy, that ties up action, suspense, and of course, romance. A very strong alpha male type hero in Rafe, who never for one minute doubts himself or those he loves. Yes, I said loves because there is no doubt in my mind that these seemingly different war veterans are a tightly woven group who would go to the wall to support each other. When he meets Annie, not only is he attracted to her, but she brings out all his protective urges. It's a small town, full of prejudice, but Rafe quickly discovers Annie is in danger!
Annie is haunted by the events that took place when she was just a child but lately the dreams are back with a vengeance. Going back to Newton is hard but maybe she could finally get some closure? Well, that's unlikely as when Annie arrives, it's to discover there's a copycat killer on the loose and someone is sending Annie strange notes that clearly mark her as a target. Who can Annie trust? The sheriff who rescued her all those years ago or sexy Rafe who just won't take no for an answer?
I absolutely loved this! Ms Ivy has done a fabulous job of mixing action with passion and an intriguing mystery for readers to solve. Wonderful supporting characters who we still have lots more to learn about. The guys who form ARES have secrets and it will be a joy discovering more about them.
For now though, it's all about Rafe and Annie. He is without doubt a charmer and he sees in Annie a future but first, he has to not only save her but also convince her she belongs with him! Poor Annie just cannot believe she has a future with anyone really and her self defence and need for preservation sees her putting up all kinds to of walls but luckily Rafe isn't the sort to run from a fight. Annie may start out in a dark place but with Rafe and his friends (who are like a family really) there's definitely light at the end of the tunnel.
Bottom line is I loved the twists and turns as the mystery unfolded and whole heartedly recommend this book.