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.
©2013 J.A. Redmerski (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
The tale picks up eight months after the final scenes from book one and Sarai is attempting a normal life. The problem; she is not normal. Sarai sets out to even the score and despite all her planning things go seriously wrong. She ends up back with Victor and ooh-la-la these two are on fire together. It is like looking at the sun. Of course, these two cannot just ride off into the sunset and the tale Redmerski takes us on will test them all.The tale shares both Sarai and Victor’s perspectives. Although more chapters are devoted to Sarai, we get inside both of their heads We get to know Victor more and see the incredible impact Sarai has had on him. Sarai is stronger, colder, and more determined than ever to lead the life she wants. These two and the circle they travel in are dark. At times, this is violent, and gritty. Other characters are present such as Victors partner, Fredrik Gustavsson. The man is smexy and unsettling. Victor’s brother while absent most of the tale plays a large roll towards the end. Redmerski holds nothing back as the plots twists and turns. There is drama, secrets and confessions. It was riveting, and I quickly consumed this.I listened to the audio version of Reviving Izabel and Kate Reinders nails the voice of Sarai. She brought Sarai’s thoughts and stone cold attitude to life. She even did an excellent job for Victor. Now comes the not so good part; Stephen Bel Davies did the voice for Victor, and it failed for me on some many levels. I know Victor is cold, has learned to suppress his emotions but the monotone delivery brought none of the Victor I experienced while reading. His voice for Sarai and other characters offered no real distinction. Sadly I am unsure if my rating might have been higher if I had read this or Reinders did the reading solo.The series has won a place for Redmerski among my favorite authors list, and I cannot wait for the release of The Swan & the Jackal, which will share Fredrik Gustavsson story. It is currently availabe in kindle/paper editions but will release on audio June 6th. Narrated By Luke Daniels, Andi Arndt, and Kate Reinders.Fans of dark, intense, action-packed suspense wrapped up with a romance and fleshed out characters need to read this series, STAT. Copy received in exchange for unbiased review.
didn'read it. only listen to audio book.
I liked Izabel, she knew what she wanted and went for it. Wouldn't take no for an answer.
When she took care of the fat man. He deserved it the pig.
No but it keep interested until the end.
Can't say much for the narrator Stephen Bel Davies. To much of a lisp, but I liked Kate Reinders cool voice for Izabel.
The characters in this novel are shallow and two-dimensional. The author uses scenes of passion to try to develop the main characters, but this seems more like softcore porn than something that adds to the plot which itself is pretty thin and formulaic. The performance was substandard. Either the author used inappropriate words or the performers misread them. I found the male performer particularly irritating and not fit for the character he was portraying. My most disappointing download to date.
I liked the twists in this book. I think I liked the first book better but I did like how this book brought everything together. I really love all the characters
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
This is book 2 of In the Company of Killers, it was better than the first and #1 was very good. These characters are assassins and along with murder comes romance and intrigue.
The writing is wonderful, one of those stories that you can picture in your mind. The narration is good and will grow on you, I kind of like them now. #3 looks great and ready to download now!
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Now that's how you do a book 2! This was awesome... Ok... so this has to be classified as a romance book...because the smexy time was so good!
So we see Sarai living a normal life after Victor took her home at the end of book 1... Which I was not happy about at all... But what was great about this book is how it shows the change in Sarai... she is kinda doing her own little growing up in this book... her childhood was taken from her... so now she is growing into her own, but as a killer, instead of a regular adult..
Sarai, using the name Izabel now, goes to kill the fat pig (her first hit) from book 1. But guess what...she sucks! Well... she is pretty good, but she is just not trained...because Victor left her...So she goes to kill the piggy, but he totally turns the tables on her, and she just barely escapes...then she almost gets everyone she has come to know in her normal life, almost killed... and Victor swoops in to save her... Only that Victor has gone rouge because he didn't kill her!
What a mess, but Victor and Izabel really do some soul searching and realize they are better together...plus Victor is still a bad-ass-assassin...so of course he is gonna start his own organization...but there is just one little problem... Izabel was not really trained by his old organization...and she has to go through it, in order to really become a killer...
The ending was the bomb! I was so freaked out.. and the torture Izabel endures...and Victor's brother...I still want to just kill him.. from book 1 to book 2...he is such a douche, and I really hope Izabel shoots him back!
Narration is the same format as book 1, not really bad, just dual narration is not needed I think.. both the narrators are really good, but simultaneous narration would have been better...
Great credit, buy or sale...
J.A. Redmerski wonderful writing made my listening experience the most enjoyable. She knows how to write a story that consumes you, pulls you in and twist your gut. It’s a heart wrenching, yet joyful experience everyone should go through reading a book.
See the different side of Victor Faust was the best part of the book. There is nothing better than seeing a Hero with mega issues slightly vulnerable because of a girl. If that doesn’t make you sigh then your heart is made of stone.
I love audio re-reading. I did the audio version of Killing Sarai so I am experienced to Kate and Stephen’s voices. I’m a fan of Kate. I love her sweet, young and youthful sounding voice. She sounds like the Sarai I envisioned in my head and she did a standup job.
Stephen’s voice is older than I expected. I know Victor is suppose to be older, let’s just say I had to get use to Stephen’s voice. I love Victor as a character so much, eventually it got better.
I hate this question because I can never think of anything witty or cool to say, so I’ll just say this.
Fantastic read, another instant hit by Redmerski. The continuing story of a tortured lover’s tale … (I tried my best!)
Full Book review:
5 I’m in Love with Victor Faust Stars
I’m doing an audio re-read because it’s the best way to re-read. I love In The Company of Killers series. It’s so raw, gritty, dramatic, gut wrenching and twisted. J.A. Redmerski knows how to write a good story and I love the emotions she makes me feel as I read.
I felt a lot of things when I was listening to Reviving Izabel. I knew what was going to happen, but listening to books just makes you feel everything for the first time again. I felt for Sarai and her issues, I felt for her need to find acceptance and be okay with Victor gone. I felt her pain and her need to put other people before her and I felt Victor’s indifference.
Reviving Izabel picks up a little after where Killing Sarai left off. Sarai is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. She understands why Victor left her, but it doesn’t make it any easier on her heart. To my surprise, she found a boyfriend (hey a girl gots needs), this hurt my heart a little, because I’ll be honest, Victor is my book boyfriend and it felt like a betrayal, but a girl is got to do what a girl got to do.
She’s trying to live the “normal” life, but she is nothing but normal. She realizes she won’t be at peace until she gets revenge and even though she has little training, she tries to do it.
“I’m not just sleeping with an assassin. I’ve grown very attached to one.”
“When he touches me I know what he's thinking, how he truly feels beneath that mask he wears in the face of others.”
I love how much Sarai has changed. She’s always been strong, confident and caring, but she’s like this fierce warrior in Reviving Izabel. It’s so refreshing, talk about girl power. The dynamics between Victor and Sarai is VERY intense. I love that Sarai doesn’t throw herself at Victor, but she still has feelings for him. I love Victor. I love how aloof he is and I love that Redmerski made him somewhat vulnerable (just a touch, but it’s enough). Yes, you will see a different side of Victor and it’s great, fantastic, you will get your panties wet.
“all I want to do is pull her against me and hold her until we both die.”
Redmerski incorporates more of the characters you will see in the future books and she provides some backstory. I love that because it really builds the characters and ties everyone together.
One of the reasons why I love these kinds of books is because the author doesn’t tell me how to feel, she just makes me feel it. There’s nothing worse than reading a book explaining to me my emotions. I love that Redmerski can write scenes and a story that just pulls me. It’s very addictive.
Avid reader since age of five. I also review books on Amazon and Goodreads, but decided to finally put some of my reviews here too.
It's as good as others book purchased here.
This book actually reminds me to TV series Nikita I used to watch, because of similar theme.
Izabel, I loved the character development.
I love the last line: I feel perfectly safe in the company of killers. Sounds like a great tag line.
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