Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: The Swan and the Jackal, by J.A. Redmerski

Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share. 

And then Seraphina was gone. 

It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead. 

But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die. 

Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?

4.75 out of 5 stars

OMG!  This book is not for the faint of heart or complete and total wimps.  I have read and loved Killing Sarai and Reviving Izabel, books 1 and 2 of In The Company of Killers series by J.A. Redmerski.  In fact, I have read all of her books.  She is an amazingly  talented author who always seems to take my breath away. 
I am not going to lie though, I had a hard time reading about the graphic violence.  I know that Fredrik is in the killing business.  But, I still want him to have a HEA and not deal with that part of life.  It is just the romantic in me.  That being said, I am kind of a baby when it comes to blood and guts.  For most it will probably not bother you at all and even though I want a nice and simple feel good read sometimes, it doesn’t work with the story and you need the other stuff to be realistic.  I realize that all that romance and feel good would not have worked with this story and pushed through my queasiness and read away. 
J.A.  has an uncanny ability to make me want to beat her and hug her at the same time.  The suspense and twists and turns made me feel like I was gonna throw up!  This story is full of surprises and I think that everyone should read it.  Especially if you enjoyed the first 2 books in the series.  It's hard to describe all the emotions you feel when reading this book.

I love that we still get to see Izabel and Victor in this book as well. I love their characters and don't think it would have made me happy if they dropped off the scene.  However, Fredrik is the most dark and suspenseful character I have ever read about.  He is trying to work his way through a horrible situation involving his crazy, pyscho wife who I thought was dead.  Nope still alive and killing people.  Seraphina is a total nut job.  Fredrik determines that the key to finding Seraphina and stopping her evil game is Cassia, suffering from amnesia and kept prisoner by Fredrik until her figures out what she knows. 

Will Fredrik be able to stop Seraphina or will Cassia get to Fredrik through her innocence?  Total opposites yet both impact Fredrik immensely.  This book is crazy suspenseful and insanely good.  If you love this type of book, get to reading NOW.  JA Redmerski will not disappoint.  

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