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…
Kill Without Shame focuses on Lucas, the one who had the world laid out on a plate at his feet. The son of a wealthy political family and yet the one thing that really mattered to him he walked away from. Fast forward to present day and an old-school chum is found dead near Lucas's office but he carries the photo of Mia, the woman Lucas has spent fifteen years thinking of.
Mia is shocked when Lucas walks through her door and actually who am I kidding? Lucas crashes back into her life and pretty much starts to take over! To say he's protective and hard-headed is putting it mildly but he has his work cut out for him if he really wants to make up for lost time. I do understand this couple have chemistry and long buried feelings but it does seem as if they can barely keep their hands off each other and I would have preferred to see Mia make Lucas work for it. After all, he did just up and leave with no explanation although in his head his reasons were sound, but to an adult they seemed very juvenile.
What I liked was the mystery surrounding the murder and just why it places Mia in danger. I do enjoy suspense and wading through red herrings and there's a huge one here that had me doubting someone's intentions. So much connects to the past and there's plenty of opportunity for the reader to come up with ideas of their own with a grand reveal that shakes Mia's world. A huge plus is we get to see more of the other guys Lucas works with and I liked that they called him on his mistakes.
This is a romance so I'm allowed to just go with the flow but certain things niggled away at me. First, the supposed escape from imprisonment which okay is just referred to but what really irritated was the lack of Lucas's family. In a story were everything that went wrong started with them shouldn't we at least meet at least one relative? Rant over, as I did enjoy Kill Without Shame and the writing made it easy to fall into. I'm not sure that I personally would enjoy Lucas' high handed ways, but in romance anything goes.
This voluntary opinion is of an advance reader copy.