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From the author of the New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling novel, THE EDGE OF NEVER, comes a story of passion and survival…

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where s
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Published June 18th 2013 by J.A. Redmerski
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Two people driven by their circumstances.

Two people who are products of their environment.

Brought together by fate, perhaps?

Or, maybe....just a shitty happenstance. feels like a hundred drunk butterflies are having an orgy in my stomach.

Why, yes it does!

Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski will leave you on the edge of your seat, panting and gripping your e-reader with a vice gri
Kristin (KC)
*4.5 Stars*

Now THAT is how to make readers fearlessly fall for the bad-boy!

Killing Sarai is an action-packed, unconventional love story that will undoubtably push your boundaries as a reader. Its bold setting takes place in a twisted world where kidnapping, sex slavery, and cold-blooded murder barely induce so much as a flinch. Its intensity will astound you and its unique character development will have you unashamedly rooting for the bad-guy—who, quite possibly, is not as bad as he seems...


Beautiful but defeated and damaged.

Can he be her savior?

Sarai is a 23 year old girl.She's been held as a captive for 9 years.She cant stand witnessing the rapping and the abusing anymore.She has to escape.Yet her only opportunity for a ticket to freedom is an American.He is a cold blooded murderer but given the circumstances she cant be picky so she sneaks into his car threatening him and she is praying that her plan has worked.However back in the compound she left behind her best fri
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤

Omg it was amazing!!!Killing Sarai kept me on my toes from the first page until the end!!I was captivated by the thrilling story!!!I love it!! :))

This is a story about Sarai....


who at the age of 14 her mother gave her away to a Mexican drug lord named Javier who has developed an obsessive liking towards her...
She was been forced into a sexual relationship with Javier.
Sarai finally caught a chance for freedom when Victor a hired assassin and a dangerous man visits the compound for some special mi

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Wow... just wow. That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about this book. It really ‘wowed’ me. J.A. Redmerski just has a knack for writing my favorite books. This book is so different from the Edge of Never, but just as good. Darker reads, books with a little bit of a twist. Books where the hero is really the ‘bad guy’ too. Those are my absolute favorites. And this book fit right into that category.

Sarai is a girl who has been a prisoner of a Mexican drug l
Aestas Book Blog

OK. Yeah. I fell for the bad guy.

From the first few pages, Killing Sarai had my undivided attention. Unputdownable!

The story here is that of an American girl, Sarai, who was handed off to a Mexican drug dealer at the age of fourteen by her own mother. Her life since then has been one filled with drugs, brutality, murder and slavery. She knows escape is futile - it would be suicide. Out there in the middle of Mexico, there is literally no where she can go. So when an American hit man comes to
Ash Wednesday

Anyone up for some Jeopardy?

I'll take familiar blurbs for 200, Alex.



Okay let's pause for an awkward second and admire the pink, tattooed elephant named Caithness Macbeth in the room.


Everyone good?

Don't get me wrong, this is a totally different story (more along the lines of Leon: The Professional but not as good), but given the distant yet still noticeable similarities with a favorite series and my gripes against this book, I'm having a hard time thinking of what I liked about
Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!*
SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
5++++STARS out of 5
Genre: Romance/Suspense


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This is how you do it. This is how you write and tell a story. J.A. Redmerski just set a bar... And that shit is sky scrapper high. Seriously people I inhaled this book in one day. ADRENALINE PUMPING, OMG THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN, GASPING FOR AIR, HEART POUNDING, PAGE TURNING, DAMN THAT WAS HOT AS HELL CAN I GET A SERVING OF VICTOR PLEASE!

Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Mafia Princess*
5 Fast Paced and Gripping Stars!!!

Sarai has been held captive for nines years, subjected to the whims of a mad man. She has never given up hope of escape, so when she sees an american visitor, something that's never happened before, she takes a chance and risks her life for freedom.

But nothing is always as it seems. Gun in hand, Sarai forces Victor the american visitor to take her to the american border. But Victor isn't the salvation Sarai was looking for, she realises that she may have left he
Jess-i-ca ~The Gif Witch~
So the only complaint I have is I wish there were a little more smuttiness in this book...That's b/c Victor is so effing HOT! But storyline, characters, sexual tension and everything was WOW!! I loved it :)

For some reason while reading this I kept picturing Jason Statham from The Transporter as Victor.
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"I couldn't look a normal person in the eye and tell them what happened without thinking I'd lost my mind, or succumbed to Stockholm syndrome. But Victor could've had his way with me many times
Lkay ❇✾The one-click buy button addict❇✾
5 Completely Enthralling Stars
I don't think that this thing between us is love, or even lust. It's something else, something powerful and unmistakable that neither of us have been able to ignore. But it doesn't have a face. Or a name.

I am discipline. Sarai is rage.

This book was a roller coaster of emotions that I wished would never end.
I still can't exactly put into words everything that I felt about this book.

I went from




and back to

The writing was brilliant. The story was "unable to put
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥



5 and beyond MIND-BLOWING Stars

...such is the life I lead, a dark and lonely path lined only with the solitude of death.


What is a person to do when forced to its limits? What becomes of victims of abuse when they live through it daily for years? Are we a product of our environment, shaped and molded of the circumstances around us, adapted and programmed to survive no matter the cost? And what is the line that differentiates bad and good?

Frankly, there is no black and white. Just
Jennifer Kyle
”I am discipline. Sarai is rage. I am aware of my choices at all times. Sarai’s choices are more aware of her, lying in wait to decide for her based on the severity of her mood with no intention in leaving her any conscious control over it.”

J.A. Redmerski’s Sarai is nothing like her hit novel The Edge of Never which I loved. This story is an entirely different animal. I read the book the first day it was released but sat on my review because I wasn’t sure I could come up with enough adjectives
** A spoiler free review**

** 6 Dangerously Sexy Killer Stars**

A MUST read!


This book really had it all! It was a suspense filled, drama packed, thrilling novel with an edge of hot romance. It had my stomach in knots and I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. Each sentence was so well put together, the words just rolled off the page like silk. I was completely absorbed in the story, the characters and found myself hanging onto each word like it was my lifeline. I deliberately took

"I am not your hero. I am not the other half of your soul who could never let anything bad ever happen to you. Trust your instincts first always, and me, if you choose, last."

This book had all the elements that I LOVED in a romance suspense/thriller book that it was an absolute no-brainer that this would be a winner for me.

Assassins <- BAMF in suits with guns and multilingual (A lot of bonus points here!!)
Michael Fassbender Victor
BAMF heroine

I have to say, I was a little nervous picking up Killing Sarai because I’ve read dark stories and I didn’t know if my heart could take it. It was dark, but thankfully not on the level I was worried over. Sarai was a heroine that took an opportunity and ran, and I was rooting for her the whole way!

Sarai was taken from the US by her mother at age fourteen to go live with a drug lord, Javier, in Mexico. Unfortunately for Sarai, Javier always had his eye out for her:

“I call it a sickening obsessio
Jacqueline's Reads
I LOVE THIS NEW COVER!!!! OH.MY.GOD!!! It's time to order my paperback :D

6 Stars, no 15 Million STARS!!!!

Full review with guest post J.A. Redmerski - > Jacqueline’s Reads

The very first thing I need to say is that I absolutely, with my heart and every fiber in my body LOVED LOVED … did I say LOVE? YES! LOVED Killing Sarai

Yup, Killing Sarai is up there with Hopeless, Beautiful Disaster, Real and Tangled. I don’t have that many spots on my top favorites, but Killing Sarai deserves that spot. H
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
This is a story about two people that were denied a normal childhood and had to change themselves in order to survive. Sarai was given to Javier, a Mexican drug lord, by her drug addict mother (!!), at the age of fourteen and held hostage for nine years. Victor was recruited by The Order at the age of nine and trained to be an assassin, that's assassin. This is their story.

Okay, so let me just start with a couple of things...the first being this book really has a strong Dark Duet vi
A. Bookzilla.
I'm really debating whether or not to post this review because it will probably end up being an unpopular opinion, but eh.

With all the glowing reviews I expected this book to blow me away. So you can understand how this is very awkward.

The story started out good enough and I was hooked from the beginning. Such a promising start, you know, I was 100% sure I will be reading an amazing book.

Sarai is a great, strong female character and she never let anything bring her down.
Victor... I didn't get to
“There is a stark difference between fear and uncertainty, Sarai. You fear nothing but are uncertain of everything.”

Now it's official ! After reading The dark duet , Raw , Monster in his eyes , and now this book ;I've discovered that I'm more than fascinated with dark , twisted stories and have a BIG crush on anti-hero type of guy!

Wow,just wow!! this book definitely deserves more than five stars. I was hanging on to every word. I couldn't stop reading wanting to know what was going to happen ne
“This goes against everything that I am, Sarai,” he says and then kisses me.
“No, it doesn’t,” I whisper and kiss him back.“It’s you becoming more of who you really are.”

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J.A Redmerski ..

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Holy fuckin shit ....


The ending ... Off the charts amazing !

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Killing Sarai is the story of Sarai , who has been living as a slave to a Mexican mafia/druglord named Javier for the past 9 years of her life . Javier has a twisted description of the entire scenario though . See , he believ
This has to be, without a doubt, the best book I have read this year, and then some! Talk about hanging on every word. I literally was sucked in from the very first word and could not devour this book fast enough. I feverishly turned every page of my kindle, hoping the story was not going to end, but desperately wanting to find out more and more, knowing full well that the characters in this magnificent book have become a part of me and it was going to be hard to finish.

I am utterly speechless
Duchess Nicole
Sarai, a woman whose been a captive since the age of fourteen...

Victor (The American), a cold blooded, ruthless man on a mission. A mission that does NOT include rescuing some woman...

When Sarai shocks and amuses The American by stowing away in his car, only two things are for certain: He is a badass, and he's only keeping her as a bartering tool.

Sarai's bravery, compassion, and humanity start to wear down Victor's defenses. He's a man not used to trusting anyone. Never, under any circumstances.
This review was posted at My Secret Romance

To sum it up: Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment f
Amy (Foxy)
If Sempre & Captive in the Dark had a love child this book would be it.


KC and I had in depth conversations about the character's names and their meanings. I won't go into full details so not to give any spoilers away.

Sarai: Princess (she totally was treated as a princess compared to the other girl prisoners)
Victor: to conquer; victory
Faust: fortunate; lucky
Javier: bright
Niklas: victorious people
Fleischer: butcher
Izel: unique; only one (thankfully there was only one of her)
Vonnegut: good h
Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
“I am not your hero. I am not the other half of your soul who could never let anything bad ever happen to you. Trust your instincts first, always and me, if you choose, last.”



Wow!! What a freakin’ read. I haven’t been this surprised and on edge since I read Consequences.

An American slave.
An American assassin.
“It is not my business to interfere.”
“Then what is your business?” I ask with a trace of distaste. “To murder people in cold blood?”

Sarai knows Victor is her only ho

Killing Sarai blew my freaking mind and left me speechless. Don’t expect a fairytale romance with a pretty ending. No, this book is edgy, gritty, dark, violent, thrilling, and deeply emotional. The hero did not come in and save the heroine. No, she saved herself and pulled a gun on him and threatened to blow him away all while he was contemplating his next plan to kill her or send her back to her own personal hell. Intrigued yet? You should be.

For nine years, Sarai has lived her life in seclusio
Nikita meets Captive in the Dark. And I am not talking about new version of show about female assassin, it's all old school Peta Wilson and Roy Dupuis. I was obsessed with that show, so it is not hard to guess how much I enjoyed reading Killing Sarai. (Also, I owe big chocolate to my girl Azra who made me read it.)

There is still hope for J.A. Redmerski. One of the reasons why I avoided this novel for so long is my bad experience with The Edge of Never. I don't remember the last time that I was
Elizabeth (Liz)
There is an indescribable something about many of the characters and stories birthed from the vivid imagination of J.A. Redmerski which I find completely riveting and thoroughly compelling. I wish that I could pinpoint exactly what that something is, but…much as I try to put words to it, I’m just not able to. Maybe it’s story structure. Perhaps it’s depth of character. It could be the author’s ‘voice’. Or, it might just be one of those sort of mysterious, magical things which can happen between ...more
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
December 24th,2013 edit

***5 intense beautiful stars***

“I don’t want to sleep alone,” she says gently.

And I don’t force her to. Sarai falls fast asleep curled up next to me in my bed. Right where I want her.”

First of all here are my emotions towards what I felt while reading this book:








Yes exactly what you saw...I was just shocked the whole time and eager to read what was going to happen. It was a very good book and very well written. The characters were amazing. Each had their own per
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J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and award-winner who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. She has since signed three more deals with GC/Forever for titles THE EDGE OF ALWAYS, SONG OF THE FIRE ...more
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