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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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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 ag
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Tammie
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Bu
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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 every
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Anita
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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☕️Kimberly
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-2020
The Chicago Butcher

Five years ago the serial killer dubbed the “Chicago Butcher” terrorized the city until the murders abruptly stopped.
Now it appears the butcher is back but he has changed his M.O. All the victims appear to resemble Remi Walsh, the victim who got away!
The Characters

Ash, a former police detective remembers the murders all to well. They cost him everything including the girl. He’s determined to keep her safe and stop the killer. If he is lucky he just might win back the girl.
Remi
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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.
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 d
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Marta Cox
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 dro ...more
Kat Dietrich

The Intended Victim by Alexandra Ivy
is a mystery/romance novel.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Kensington- Zebra Books and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

The Butcher is back in Chicago.  Five years ago, this serial killer preyed on young women, slashing their throat and leaving a crescent shaped cut on their breast.

The Bu
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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 bro
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Aly
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was drawn to this book by the cover. I thought this book was just as I hopes it would be. The story made me want to keep reading more. I have not read the other books in the series but I did not feel left out. I was on the edge of my seat and I loved every minute of it. I am so glad I got to try this book and this author. I will look into the other books in the series. "This book was given to me for free at my request from NetGalley and I provided this voluntary review."
Dawn
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 f
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Hannah
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Donna Hines
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 'Butch
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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 se
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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  ·  review of another edition
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 c
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Sandy S
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 e
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Les Romantiques
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Posted on Les Romantiques - Le forum du site
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 (https://www.goodrea
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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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Danielle  Gypsy Soul
3.5 Stars. This was a well written romantic suspense with quite a bit of suspense and a nice romance but for me the chemistry between Remi and Ash was just a bit lacking. I understood how Remi could be devastated by the murder of her father but I never really got a good grasp on why Ash quit his job and moved away. 5 years later he's back and things with Remi just went a bit quickly without really ever discussing the past 5 years or why they broke up. I guessed the identity of the killer and whi ...more
Jennie Seaman
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wa
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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
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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
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Traann
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Teo
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Beth
I have to say up front, I’m a huge fan of Alexandra Ivy’s paranormal series, so when I saw she was branching out into the mystery/thriller genre, I jumped on the chance to read them.

This story follows Remi, who survived an attack by a serial killer five years earlier. Her father did not survive the encounter, but Remi is blank on what happened, her memory is gone. The aftermath of her inability to recall what happened and the stress of it all drove her and Ash apart.

Now we are five years later a
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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
Alexa Spagnoli
Alexandra Ivy's "The Intended Victim" immerses the reader in a slightly-disorienting world of guesses and smokescreens from it's first page. The journey continues, as it careens from revelation to revelation, in a non-stop, action-packed plot line, fraught with strong characters, dead-ends and red-herrings, until it's shocking ending.

The funny-under-pressure dialog and central love story were refreshing and realistic.

Rarely does an author come along with such a command of the perfect balance of
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Lady Heather
"I'm voluntarily reading an ARC of this book which has been provided by the publisher via Netgalley."
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