Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord....
This isn't another "I hate you because I secretly love you" story. Boy really does hate girl. And this isn't just a forbidden love story. This is obsession at its darkest....
James Fenici has been an assassin since he was 16. He's amassed debts and favors from countless Company brothers and participated in hundreds of Company jobs....
They call him a monster. Pale blue eyes as cold as ice that see right through you. He’s hard. He’s damaged. He’s dangerous. He lives in a castle fit for a fairy tale, but he’s no prince....
My name is Melody Greene, and I have a confession to make. I slept with my student, a senior in high school. Multiple times....
Once upon a time, I was an 18-year-old psychology student. Now, I'm a man's property. Stolen and sold, I've been decorated in bruises since the day my world changed....
When my eyes are closed, the monster can't see me. When I sing a song in my head, the monster can't hear me....
In fifth grade my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student Ryen....
He found me, then fostered me, and, in the interim, turned me into a killing machine. Now, I only have one mission. To avenge the death of the man who saved me....
On the outside, Lucas Holt is what nightmares are made of. A man cloaked in darkness, with sin-filled eyes and an enticing grin. A devil so devastatingly beautiful and cruel....
Sloan will go through hell and back for those she loves. And she does, every single day....
Declan O' Connell was the only person Paige could be herself with. The only one she could rely on, until the day she was forced to make a choice that would condemn them both....
His name is Nate and I should hate him, but I don't. I'm not supposed to know his real name, even worse, I'm not supposed to care....
A summer job. That's all it was supposed to be. It never crossed my mind that I was about to collide with a man who would obliterate every plan I ever made....
Taylor Harden is a man on the edge. The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth. The edge of utter humiliation....
Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception - but for all the wrong reasons....
Noelle Charlston lives a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security....
There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and, sometimes, our very souls....
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.
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.
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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
J. A. Redmerski is a new author for me and she is 'kick ass.' In the Company of Killers is in my top 5 crime/suspense/thriller series.
This is NOT a romance series. If you are faint of heart or all chocolate and flowers romance books you need to skip this series.
This second book, Reviving Izabel, starts exactly where Killing Sarai left off. (Izabel is Sarai's new name). Sarai wants to stay with Victor and be a part of the 'Order' but Victor knows that can't happen, especially since he was supposed to kill her and has been lying to the 'Order.' So Victor decides to take Sarai on a contracted assassination to show her that she doesn't want that type of life... but, Victor's intent backfires.
Victor finally talks Sarai into leaving him and leading a normal life for a 23 year old female. Victor sets up Sarai and a childhood neighbor in a house, Sarai starts going to college, she makes friends including a boy friend. But she can't let go of Victor. She thinks about him everyday and especially when having sex with her boyfriend.
Six months goes by with her struggling to maintain some type of normalcy. Remember Sarai went on a job with Victor....well, she see's the target's spouse on TV talking about all the money he's contributing to charities and all the good he's doing. He's actually a sick sex craved scum bag and it angers Sarai that he's pretending to be all good. So Sarai decides that she's going to kill him. Because she's inexperienced her plan backfires but someone comes to her rescue....that's right VICTOR.
IMPORTANT: The only other thing I'm going to tell you is that Fredrik, a good friend and co-worker of Victor's, enters the story. Frederik's specialty is interrogation torture. There are a few very descriptive torture scenes of teeth being pulled out with pliers, needles pushed under the finger nails, and you hear the victims crying, yelling, and begging. My stomach actually got queasy.
A lot happens in this story and It's fast paced. It's a can't stop listening, edge of your seat, heart pounding, thrilling suspense and sometime queasy stomach. As soon as this book finished I went to the 3rd book, Fredrik's story, 'The Swan and the Jackal.'
Stephen Bel Davies and Kate Reinders gave an all consuming performance.
This book is absolutely worth the credit or dollars. Just get it.
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I listened to Reviving Izabel two years ago. I listened to the first 4 novels in the series in order . The Black Wolf, Book 5 of the In the Company of Killers series, was released on June 30 2015, but is not yet available in audiobook format. I wish it were.
For those who have not listened to this series it is a terrific suspense series with elements of psychological thrillers. The author, JA Redmerski, is best known for her romance novels, but this series is definitely not of the romance genre. I really like this series and strongly recommend it. The series does change narrators from novel to novel, but all are excellent.
For those who may wish to follow my reviews, please be aware that my reviews are frequent averaging more than one per day which can cause a lot of emails to you from Audible. Also, my listening crosses several genres as well as non-fiction. I'm a retired 72 years old, married for 47 years, with three married adult children and 6 grandchildren ages 7 to 16. My hobbles are spoiling grandchildren and reading.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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!
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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...
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Would you consider the audio edition of Reviving Izabel to be better than the print version?
didn'read it. only listen to audio book.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I liked Izabel, she knew what she wanted and went for it. Wouldn't take no for an answer.
Which scene was your favorite?
When she took care of the fat man. He deserved it the pig.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No but it keep interested until the end.
Any additional comments?
Can't say much for the narrator Stephen Bel Davies. To much of a lisp, but I liked Kate Reinders cool voice for Izabel.
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Like I said in my first review into this series In The Company of Killers, every single one of the books has kept me on edge, while enjoying the story being told. Again the voice of Victor is the only thing I had to get use to. I believe a better narrator like Zachary Webber, Wen Ross, or even Sebastian York would have sounded more like "Victor". But after getting used to the narrator for Victor, I still enjoyed the story telling. I love how each character in the series has a different voice. It is not duet style but the writing is wonderful. Again the book might not be for everyone, if you don't like dark stories this might not be for you. But if you want give this series a chance you will fall into their lives very easily. In short the book is about the lives of killers.... also sex/baby/young girls/boys slave trade, powerful sadistic people and violence. Like I stated in my original review of Killing Sarai, the series continues, not all are available on audible yet, you can buy the kindle version or the paperback. Check out the author's page she keeps you updated on when the next book will come out. It is a good story very shocking, very realistic, and heart breaking. Though the characters might be fictional, the story feels very real. Which is the scariest part of this whole journey, finding out this could be happening and we wouldn't know. Enjoy!
This is a great series. The second book is even better than the first. Sarai set out for revenge and find herself in need of help, and yes you guess it Victor's to the rescue. It was great seeing Victor and Sarai back together again. On to book 3.
enjoyed that it was about killers but still had a love story intertwined in it
This story is fast paced and action packed. The words are succinct and effective in the way they convey emotions and atmospheres, which is fitting for this genre. The twist near the end took me by surprise but it made a lot of sense once it was revealed and explained.
When I finished the first book I had found Victor and Sarai likeable enough, but it's this book that has made me care about them. Not just them but Fredrik too... Yeah definitely Fredrik too! What an intriguing personality that one is. I will be reading more books from this series cause I'm not ready to part with these characters yet.
I'm giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 because Sarai/Izabel's training was mostly told not shown. Except for the little bit of Krav Maga that she underwent. And I would have liked a bit more interactions between Victor and Sarai/Izabel. But I'm probably just nitpicking here.
As for the narration, Kate Reinders does a wonderful job as both Sarai/Izabel and Victor, but I found Stephen Bel Davis' narration very stiff and inappropriate at times, almost like he's reading from a textbook. He sounds too old for Victor's 37 years and the way he expresses emotions usually feels quite off the mark. While Kate Reinders gives Victor a voice that sounds stoic and manly, Stephen Bel Davis makes him sound like an old man making exclamations where there should be emotions and wooden in other places.
Enjoyed the story, not quiet as good as the killing Sarai, but still a good listen. If you like abit of blood, pain, murder, torture mixed with a bit of sex this book is the one to listen too. cheers
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
"Hell Yes" i would recommend this to a friend. I would because the first series was awesome and reading the second series is even better.
What did you like best about this story?
i am sure a lot of people will agree with me that the story between Sarai/lzabel & Victor.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
when Izabel finally got her revenge in killing the man at the hotel room. that was awesome!! because that shows after all the things she has gone through she finally got her revenge.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listen to the first series in a day. after listening to it knowing it will not be the end of Sarai & Victor. Of course!! this is the audiobook i was going to listen to in one sitting. And I did.
Any additional comments?
I enjoy this series even more. And it was worth the money!!!