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The Intended Victim

(The Agency #4)

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ONCE, SHE GOT AWAY
The body lying on a cold steel slab bears all the hallmarks of the Chicago Butcher. There’s a cruel slash across her throat, deep enough to sever the carotid artery, and a small crescent carved into her right breast. Her delicate features are painfully familiar to Ash Marcel, once a rising star in the Chicago PD. But though the victim resembles his former
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Published December 31st 2019 by Zebra
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Luvtoread
Suspense, Romance And Mystery!

The Chicago Butcher has never been caught but the grisly murders stopped five years ago. Suddenly, the murders have started again but the killer has changed his M.O.. The recent victims are now look-alikes for Remi who was the only one to survive five years ago but unfortunately Remi has lost all memories of that fateful night where the butcher also murdered her father (a homicide detective on the case) although his body was never found. Why are murders beginning
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Tammie
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The Intended Victim, a mystery/thriller book, was a solid 4 stars.
The book centers around main character Remi-a woman who managed to escape a serial killer dubbed The Butcher 5 years earlier. Remi is desperately trying to get her life back on track after the horrific ordeal five years earlier that ended with her detective father dead and a destroyed relationship with Ash (her father’s former partner). When a woman who looks eerily like Remi is found murdered in present day, it seems like The
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Kate
First, I absolutely love the cover. Secondly when I pick up a romantic suspense book by Ms. Ivy, I always know that I am going to get something good. A great plot, great characters although the author does tend to go with second chance romances a lot but hey why fix it when it ain’t broke?

5 years ago, Remi Walsh was nearly the next victim of the Chicago serial killer The Butcher, but her father sacrificed himself to save her. The guilt weighed her down and, in the end, she ended up pushing
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Anita
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-supense, arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

This second chance romance is wrapped in the pursuit of a serial killer. The romance is wonderful and the mystery/suspense keeps the plot moving, even though I spotted the baddie early on.

When Ash's brother, Jax, shows up in his office, he knows that something is terribly wrong. Ash refuses to believe what Jax tells him: his ex-fiancée is dead. When he views the body, it turns
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Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Fantastic, I was blowen away wuth this creepy thriler, the author has such a way to draw you into her stories. I loved that this is a second chance romance, and i was here for it. The Butcher is back! who could it be, why are they doing this... Read it to find out.
Marta Cox
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
I've really enjoyed previous stories in this series as the author who I usually associate with paranormal stories really pushes the boundaries. This time it's a second chance romance set amidst what appears to be the reappearance of a Chicago serial killer. When Remi was attacked five years ago her father was apparently also the killers victim but as Remi has no memory of that night she cannot say exactly what happened or indeed where her father's body is ! The stress, strain and sheer grief ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Although it’s fourth in a series, I hadn’t read any of the others and felt this worked OK as a standalone. Hero Ash is a former police detective now teaching criminal law, brought back to Chicago in a big hurry when the body of his ex-girlfriend is found slain. Only it’s not Remi, but a girl who looks just like her. Uncannily, artificially unlike her, and the case has all the hallmarks of The Butcher, the serial killer who killed Remi’s father and caused Ash to retire from his job.

With Ash’s
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Dísir
I’ve not read the rest of the books that preceded ‘The Intended Victim’ by Alexandra Ivy, but this is easy enough to get into as a standalone. The premise is undoubtedly quite an intriguing one: a serial murderer—a.k.a. The Butcher—who’s apparently back after five years and is now strangely obsessed with altering his victims’ faces to resemble Remi Walsh before killing them.

The suspense plot itself is sort of unique, with a twist that I sort of saw coming but was left skeptical in the end. It
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Dawn
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you love mysteries this book is for you. And wow I didn't see the ending.

When a serial killer has returned and he has to tell his brother that his ex-fiance is in the morgue Jax Marcel isn't prepared for what's to come, and neither is Ash. So when Ash looks and takes a good look and realizes it isn't Remi they are both equally relieved and petrified at the same time. The Butcher tore their lives apart once and it looks like he's back to try and finish the job.

I received this ARC in exchange
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Donna Hines
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Time to Unmask the Butcher!! But who can it be and is he/she targeting women?
It's the classic: The one that got away!!
Or is it?
Now the thing with this is we honestly don't know if Remi is dead or alive till mid way through.
Ash is broken-hearted and sick over even the idea his 'former' fiancee might have perished.
Now there's a body that looks just like her with a horrific slash across her throat.
The Chicago killer might still be out there and yet nobody understands the situation about this
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Hannah
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC REVIEW

The Agency #4, A standalone, the main characters in this one is brother to the main character in the previous book but that is where the connection ends. Ash Marcel was a Chicago PD Detective until his partner mysteriously disappeared, with the amount of blood left at the scene they all assumed he was dead, and his relationship to his partner's daughter/fiancee ended, now he's a professor. Five years ago Chicago was plagued by a serial killer the press named The Butcher, but after an
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Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)

This is the fourth book of the series but could be read as a stand alone. Previous characters pop up in this one but the relationship is easy to follow. I am a self proclaimed wuss for romantic suspense. They drive me bananas mostly because I can't read them at the speed I would like to. Too much information and brain bending to go quickly. That said, this author is a go to recommendation if you love romantic suspense.



This story has all the thrilling elements of the genre: twist and turns, a
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Sue
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book of the Agency series but was able to read it without having read the previous books. There is plenty of romance, suspense and mystery to keep me very engaged in this book, I really enjoyed it and look forward to going back and reading the others.
Avid Reader
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Intended Victim (The Agency #4) by Alexandra Ivy
4 stars
M/F Thriller Romance
Triggers: Stalking, Murder, Kidnapping
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This is the 4th book in the series, but I have not read the previous books. I never felt that I was missing anything in the story.

Remi survived the Chicago Butcher. But what she lost in the process was her lover, father and sense of security. Now that she is doing something she loves, seeing Ash back, Remi knows that it
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Sandy S
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

About the book: Release Date December 31, 2019

ONCE, SHE GOT AWAY
The body lying on a cold steel slab bears all the hallmarks of the Chicago Butcher. There’s a cruel slash across her throat, deep enough to sever the carotid artery, and a small crescent carved into her right breast. Her delicate features are painfully familiar to Ash Marcel, once a rising star in the Chicago PD. But though the victim resembles his former fiancée, Remi Walsh, he knows it’s not her.

BUT THIS TIME
Though Remi
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Les Romantiques
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Reviewed by Fabiola
Review Copy from the Publisher
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Intended Victim is the fourth volume in the romantic suspense series by Alexandra Ivy titled The Agency. The previous volumes are Pretend you’re safe (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ), What are you afraid of? (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ) and You will suffer (
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Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

The Intended Victim is the fourth title in The Agency series, and although it could be read as a standalone I do wish that I had started this series from the beginning. (there’s that pesky habit of mine kicking me for not following my own suggestions) I don’t know that I “should” have read the earlier books first yet I have a strong sense of things I should have been aware of throughout Reni’s and Ash’s race to finally reveal the serial killer who has played a part in
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Jennie Seaman
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Solid 4 stars for this volume in this amazing series! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing another Marcel brother in this book!

Five years ago, Remi escaped a serial killer with her life and a bunch of mental scars. She also lost her father to the same serial killer. She lost her relationship with her fiance because of her guilt in losing her father. Ash is back in town after hearing the news that a woman that looks exactly like his ex-fiance is found dead in the same manner as the serial killer who he
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Traann
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exciting 4th book in the Agency series. I never saw it coming. You can read this book without reading the others. It stands on it's own merits.
Christina Rodrigues
This book was freaking awesome. It checked off all my boxes. Law enforcement suspense . Fantastic storyline. Great, well developed characters. Action-packed.

The Intended Victim is the fourth book in Alexandra Ivy’s The Agency Series. This is a second chance, romantic suspense novella.

Five years ago, Remi Walsh and Ash Marcel were engaged to be married. All that ended the night she was attacked by a serial killer and her father died trying to save her life. Grief and guilt caused her to pull away
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Christina Rodrigues
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was freaking awesome. It checked off all my boxes. Law enforcement suspense . Fantastic storyline. Great, well developed characters. Action-packed.

The Intended Victim is the fourth book in Alexandra Ivy’s The Agency Series. This is a second chance, romantic suspense novella.

Five years ago, Remi Walsh and Ash Marcel were engaged to be married. All that ended the night she was attacked by a serial killer and her father died trying to save her life. Grief and guilt caused her to pull away
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Teo
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Lillian Cummings
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ash had a good career as a cop with a loving girlfriend but that all changed when his partner went missing presumed killed and Remi was attacked. They never caught the serial killer and Ash left everything behind to start over. But he has just been told by his brother Jax that they have found Remi and it looks like the serial killer is back. Ash can't believe that she is dead and he will do whatever it takes to find the killer. Things take a turn as the dead woman isn't Remi but someone that has ...more
Lady Heather
"I'm voluntarily reading an ARC of this book which has been provided by the publisher via Netgalley."
buzy_reading
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Someone is targeting women who look like Remi. Remi was Ash’s fiancé five years ago until the Chicago Butcher destroyed both of their lives. The return of the Butcher not only reminded her that she was in constant danger, it had ripped open the wounds of her father’s death.

The Marcel brothers return in book 4 with Ash and Jax investigating a cold case from five years ago on the Chicago Butcher. Ash was once a Chicago police officer until the Chicago Butcher destroyed what was left of his career.
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Jeannie Zelos
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Intended Victim, Alexandra Ivy

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance, Mystery and thrillers

I've read a few of Alexandra's fantasy reads, couldn't recall reading a romantic suspense by her before though. I really enjoy her writing style and the way she weaves a story together.
This starts in the classic detective story way with a body. However what results from investigation is that this body has had surgery, to make her resemble an escapee of the serial killer known as The
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Colour Me Purple
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
The Intended Victim, is Book 4 in Alexandra Ivy’s The Agency series. Although this “second-chance” romantic suspense centres around Remi Walsh and Dr. Ash Marcel, their immediate families play a significant role. Ash is an ex-Chicago Police detective who worked alongside his brother, Detective Jax Marcel, and was partner to Remi’s father, Detective Gage Walsh.
Five years in the past, Remi escaped the clutches of a serial killer dubbed “The Chicago Butcher” but her father, Gage, dies at the hands
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Roxann
From the cover: ONCE, SHE GOT AWAY: The body lying on a cold steel slab bears all the hallmarks of the Chicago Butcher. There’s a cruel slash across her throat, deep enough to sever the carotid artery, and a small crescent carved into her right breast. Her delicate features are painfully familiar to Ash Marcel, once a rising star in the Chicago PD. But though the victim resembles his former fiancée, Remi Walsh, he knows it’s not her.
BUT THIS TIME: Though Remi escaped a serial killer five years
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Kristine
This is apparently the 4th book in a series that I've not yet started, so I wasn't sure how much that would affect my enjoyment of this book. While it was apparent that there was lots of information that I really did not really understand (why did Ash leave his job, his fiance and his home in the first place?) , I think this book did a good enough job as a stand alone. I'm not sure how tied together books 1-4 were, or if they all were self contained mysteries as this one was, but either way, it ...more
Sandy Kelly
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book 4 in the Agency series and it can absolutely be read as a stand alone! In it we meet Remi and Ash. Ash is a former police officer who has been drawn back to Chicago when his brother comes to tell him that his former fiance's body is in the morgue. But when he gets there, he realizes that this woman looks like her but it isn't her. And that a serial killer is back at work again. Remi escaped from a serial killer years ago but when she did, she lost everything that ever meant anything ...more
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