~William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.
He’s no stranger to sin…
A prolific serial killer is crucifying and ‘baptizing’ the working girls of Portland, and FBI Special Agent Luca Ramirez is locked in a desperate race to prevent the next casualty. The game changes when the latest victim is pulled out of the Willamette River alive, and Luca knows this witness may be his key to breaking the case. When the fanatical killer threatens her life a second time, Luca is assigned to protect the most unique and captivating woman he’s ever met by going undercover as her lover. He finds himself locked in a relentless game of cat and mouse with an elusive and violent psychopath, while battling his temptation for the alluring woman he’s charged to protect with his life. As the fatalities continue to mount, so does the intensity of his desire for a woman who should be forbidden, but is determined to dial up the heat.
Bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne laces dangerous, edgy content with palette-cleansing humor in this sexy, character-driven series debut that will leave you wondering… Is there such a thing as A Righteous Kill?
What I liked: Ms Byrne is one of those authors that paints a wonderful picture for her readers. I felt and saw everything she wrote about in A Righteous Kill. Her characters weren't cardboard cutouts and they seemed as real as someone I might know. The flow of the story was wonderfully done and the worldbuilding was believable.
The driving force for me in A Righteous Kill was the characters. I love them all. The way Ms Byrne wrote them made them alive and believable. Hero and Luca are too sides of a coin and compliment each other. Hero is light and airy (not to say a ditz) but she just feels joyful. Luca is brooding, gruff and driven but extremely dedicated. Hero has a huge, loving family and Luca feels completely alone. All those characteristics were more than aptly written. (I absolutely cannot wait for each member of Hero's family to have their own story)
The suspense part of this novel was good, not great, but good. I was able to figure out the bad guy but it took a little effort.
What I didn't like: The ending came a bit abruptly for me and didn't feel fully developed. I like a big lead in to the finale.
I actually started reading A Righteous Kill with no expectations and found myself fully engaged and drawn into the story.
Recommended for Romantic Suspense lovers!