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'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.

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.

©2013 Kerrigan Byrne LC (P)2013 Kerrigan Byrne LC

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  • LKM
  • Indianapolis, Indiana United States
  • 01-12-14

Choose narrator wisely!

Where does A Righteous Kill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first book I have listened to by this author. I did enjoy the story and will continue with the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Righteous Kill?

I enjoyed the interventions with Hero's family.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator has a British accent, but the main character is Hispanic. It is very unbelievable to listen to his thoughts and narration with a British accent. Unfortunately in my case, it detracted from the story. Besides that you have other characters with an Irish accent and a Russian accent. Makes things muddled for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Book Cover Says it All

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I don't think this book or this author have any hope of earning 4 or 5 stars. The story is so trite and predictable that one doesn't even really have to listen to the whole thing to know exactly what happens. The protagonist is the stereotypical grizzled diamond-in-the-rough crime fighter guy who is won over by a sweet little victim with a heart of gold. The victim is, of course, gorgeous and virtuous, with long, long legs and the ability to orgasm several times. Hooray!! And she manages to be in peril and helpless at very convenient times - so our hero can swoop in and SAVE her. I think there was a kitten in danger of being run over by a car at some point, but I can't be bothered to listen any more. And the sex scenes...sheesh. I listen to mysteries because I like intrigue and sciency facts about solving said intrigues, but there is a LOT of pap about our hero, grizzled beard and all, amazing our sweet little victim with his hot throbbing dong. That's just fabulous, but I don't attend this genre for the bodice-ripping, thankyouverymuch - give me mystery, give me puzzles that are solved by smart people, give me odd scientific facts that crop up in the never-ending endeavors of criminals to commit crimes and not be found out, but for the love of dog, keep it in your pants!! This book is so obviously written by a man, with its weenie worship. I mean, look at the cover for goodness sake - you have your story right there. You know those paint by number paintings? This book is that. It's a write-by-number book. And it reads like an ice-pick of ennui to the brain.

Has A Righteous Kill turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I will avoid this author like the plague.

What aspect of Derek Perkins’s performance would you have changed?

I would advise Mr. Perkins to stray very far away from his formula for story-making. The characters are straight from script, the story utterly predictable, the plot reads like a paint-by-number...that was painted by a sloth on heroin.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Ennui. And regret that this is one book credit and several hours that I will never, ever get back.

Any additional comments?

In case I didn't state this with more clarity - this book stinks. It stinks. It stinks. It stinks.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • M
  • 01-07-14

Dharma and Greg catch a serial killer

Kerrigan Byrne is quickly becoming a favorite romance audible author! I really enjoy her highland historical novellas (I've probably listened to each of them 3-4 times each by now) so while I was pleased that she had a full length novel available on Audible, I was a bit hesitant to download it because I thought without the berserkers and banshees and historical context, the bloom might quickly come off the rose, so to speak. I am here to tell you - I was wrong! Totally loved this story, and really hoping the next installment comes out soon.

The story is VERY Dharma meets Greg, if Greg was an FBI agent and Dharma was the lucky survivor of an attack by a serial killer. Seriously - she's a vegan (Bacon doesn't count) who teaches the un-copywrighted (un-trademarked?) version of Bikram yoga and he's a classic meat and grease and tv dude, and never the two shall meet blah, blah, blah. At first I was concerned the readers were going to get a lecture on organic living (read: Byrne did not harp on about it like Diane Duvall did in Darkness Dawns, in case you read/ listened to that one) but it quickly becomes clear this is the fodder on which these star-crossed lovers must base their "we could never work" assumptions.

But of course lust has a way of pushing all of that to the side, and over the course of the investigation and hunt for John The Baptist, the two can't keep their hands to themselves, and hotness ensues. And of course by the end they realize how much they looove each other and can't live without each other. Cue the HEA!

Byrne did a great job of keeping the story and the romance moving along without falling short on either count. Derek Perkins is an excellent narrator - my only criticism is that his American accents are just a bit off, and don't sound quite as genuine as I'd hoped. But that being said, I'll take a British male narrator with less-than-perfect American over most of the female romance narrators out there if for no other reason than I like my men to sound very manly, and most lady narrators out there simply can't or don't get the job done for me.

When I checked the author's website, it looks like there are several more lined of for this series....which is AWESOME! I just hope they get turned into audiobooks, and anything else this wonderful author has published already!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Carole
  • LUTON, United Kingdom
  • 12-23-13

Listen, you won't regret it..............

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this was a very good audio book which drew me from the first page.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I was unable to work out how things would progress, would feel that I had worked it out who the suspect was but then an event would happen and the story would take another twist and I would be confused again.

What does Derek Perkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Derek Perkins really helps to round out the book and emphasise the dark and brooding personality of the main male character, Luca, as well as providing all the other characters in the story with personality. I was slightly perturbed by his voicing of Hero who seemed a little high pitched and breathy to me. As I found her to be quite a strong female character and thankfully not weak or insipid. However this could just be me, as having previously listened to all the other audiobooks editions of this author read by Derek Perkins, I probably subconsciously was waiting for a female voice with a Scots accent, which he does really well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was particularly moved in several places in the book. However most memorably to some tension relieving laughter by the portrayal of Luca losing his temper with Hero within the confines of a church and his ensuing tirade liberally peppered with curses that he kept apologising whilst continuing to proceed with the same behaviour.

Any additional comments?

This book was entirely different to Kerrigan's previous books and as I had enjoyed them so thoroughly in written and audio book versions, I was worried I might not enjoy this as much. I loved it and was hooked from start to finish. I now eagerly await her next offering.

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A Must Read

Would you consider the audio edition of A Righteous Kill to be better than the print version?

I personally prefer reading the books to listening to the audio. When the characters are properly developed, as they are in this story, their voices come alive when I read. I felt the audio was great changing between characters but I sometimes got lost between what was actually being said out loud or what was being thought by the character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Righteous Kill?

The most memorable point in the book is at Hero's art show. At this point, several characters are possible suspects, Hero is surrounded by them and as a reader I realized how scared she must be at that moment. Because of the story line, probably also in Hero's mind, even those possible suspects standing around her may not be the only suspects. In actuality at that very point anyone could be the killer and it was awesome as a reader to not even have a clue at that point. I had a suspicion but that kept changing also.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed Mr. Perkins' voice. It was rhythmical, fluctuated when necessary and had several different accents to use with characters. The women's voices, which I can't imagine being easy for men to do, were a bit breathy but still good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book was just outstanding. Never really having a firm suspect in my mind made this even better suspense. The clues keep you guessing the entire time. Not to mention the head strong hero and heroine. Constantly at each other and trying to keep each other on their toes. The dialogue was great between all the characters. So many of them intertwining in this book was great to see. Possible second, third and forth books to come I hope....

Any additional comments?

I purchased a copy of this ebook on my own. I was given a copy of the audio book on audible.com from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Couldn't stop reading

Loved it!!! I couldn't put it down. I hope Kerrigan Byrne adds more books to this series.
Derek Perkins did an outstanding job narrating.

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  • Annette
  • Waterford, ME United States
  • 04-10-16

More please!!! $

I rarely listen to or read books more than once, but this was worth it.

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  • Beetah
  • Virginia Beach
  • 03-06-16

If I could rate in the Negative

Would you try another book from Kerrigan Byrne and/or Derek Perkins?

This story was terrible. Almost pornographic. I had to quit listening. I won't buy anything from this author again

Has A Righteous Kill turned you off from other books in this genre?

ABSOLUTELY - I expected a nice murder mystery not porn

Did Derek Perkins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

mostly - by changing his accent or the pitch of his voice

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

annoyance and disgust

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Great story, gimmicky format, poor narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Time well-spent in that I became intrigued with the story and wanted to see how it all ended and was moderately entertained. But I found the narration annoyingly stilted, with frequent odd phrasing and poor attempts at ethnic accents. Also, the use of the quotes from Shakespeare at the beginning of each chapter seemed like little more than a gimmick, and out of place in a romance novel.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

In all fairness, I did not realize I was purchasing a romance novel, and this is not my favorite genre, so anyone reading my review should keep that in mind.<br/>

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  • Sue
  • Valery, Australia
  • 06-14-15

Too raunchy.

Interesting plot ruined by too many sexual references and coarse language.
Not my cuppa tea.