The Intended Victim (The Agency #4)

The Intended Victim (The Agency #4) 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 everyone away The Butcher was never caught and 5 years later he she is back to finish what he she started.Ash Marcel lost his fianc e to the Butcher, but he has loved her all this time But new victims keep on turning up that look extremely like Remi The countdown is on and it is for the police and Ash to find out who it is Ms Ivy knows how to write suspense and I enjoy her books a lot I can t give it the full 5 stars though because I called it and well, I found that to be disappointing to say the least I would love for Jax Marcel to get a book, just saying. 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. 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 drove her and Ash apart but when a body is found that s been surgically altered to look like Remi there s no way Ash won t be by her side.For this reader second chance romance is never really a trope I enjoy and sadly this lacked that special something in the romance department I think I just didn t understand exactly why Ash left town, changed career and just gave up on the woman he apparently loves so much I actually could understand how devastated Remi was although when Ash comes back to Chicago there was sadly a lack of tension between the couple which I would expect The killer was unfortunately not that believable although I do applaud the author for her originality and I hope when we get Jax s book that I can rate it much higher.This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair 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 did lack a bit of forward momentum even as the process of getting to know about the strange spate of murders was ongoing, getting even disconcerting at times with different POVs belonging to secondary characters popping up from time to time There s a second chance romance in here as well, but this was probably the weakest part of the story for me Ash Remi s history was sort of glossed over we weren t told much, only that Remi had pushed Ash away after tragedy touched their lives and that he was only back because she seemed to be in the sights of the same killer again I was obviously hoping for harder soul searching on Remi s part, but most of it dealt with her determination to try to just look at the future and not the past and that she only looked at Ash with regret In this way, Ash Remi s second chance romance didn t quite feel like a justified or a convincing one at all a pairing brought back together incidentally and not because both wanted it enough to look for each other Five years on, all we really had of Remi was her weak excuse of wanting to protect others by pushing them away and internalising her own mental mess that she d never bothered to sort out Through it all, I never quite got the idea that she wanted them as much as Ash pursued her, merely caving to Ash s insistent pressure and going along with it The uptick in the narrative happened at the last quarter, after which, it got engrossing, though everything was wrapped up quite neatly too neatly perhaps in the last chapter Would I recommend this Maybe It s a decent read if you like the usual red herrings and the clues that come with solving a murder mystery, though romance wise, it s not quite a satisfying one ARC by the publisher via Netgalley 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 for an honest review. 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 serial killer back from the dead, a gorgeous cop looking to protect a woman who refuses to be a victim any longer, a creepy setting and weird secondary characters who seem to all be possible suspects Wrap yourself up tight and hold on This one is intense Loved the connection with Remi and Ash So happy to see him take things at her speed and make sure their relationship was strong first Lovely twisted ending Broke my heart but it seemed the right choice for the story Great read Complimentary copy provided via Netgalley for an honest review. Advanced Reader Copy ARC provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. 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 Fianc E, Remi Walsh, He Knows It S Not Her BUT THIS TIME Though Remi Escaped A Serial Killer Five Years Ago, Her Father Died Trying To Save Her Grief And Guilt Caused Her To Pull Away From The Man She Loved Now Ash Is Back In Her Life, Insisting That Remi Is Still In Danger IT S A DEAD END Someone Is Targeting Women Who Look Just Like Remi With Or Without A Badge, Ash Intends To Unmask The Butcher But The Killer Isn T Playing Games Any Longer He S Moving In, Ready To Finish What He Started, And Prove There S Nothing Terrifying Than A Killer S Obsession Praise For Pretend You Re Safe Alexandra Ivy Gives Readers A Nice Balance Of Romance And Suspense In Her Fast Paced, Well Plotted Novel Kat Martin, New York Times Bestselling Author A Satisfying Mystery Ivy S Clever Foreshadowing Keeps The Tension High Throughout This Fast Moving Tale, And The Romance SizzlesPublishers Weekly A Pulse Raising Romantic Thriller BookPage Posted on Les Romantiques Le forum du siteReviewed by FabiolaReview Copy from the PublisherI 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 , What are you afraid of and You will suffer The story features Ashland Ash Marcel brother of Nate, hero in the third volume and Remi Walsh Totally personally, because I m French, let s say I had trouble with Remi s name for two reasons in the book she s a woman, and my husband s name is Remi Lol Apart from this little inconvenience, I really liked the book and the suspense once again well done Ash and Remi were in love and betrothed But five years ago, Remi was the victim of a serial killer nicknamed The Butcher and she was saved by her father, who she knows is dead but his body was never found Racked with guilt, she withdrew on herself and that destroyed her couple with Ash He left Chicago and his job as a policeman to become professor in the town of Normal The book opens on a girl who s going to buy drugs and is killed by a mysterious person Then Jackson Jax Marcel comes and tells his brother his ex fianc Remi was found dead, her throat slit In spite of their break up, Ash still has strong feelings for Remi so let s say he takes the news very badly But when he comes to the morgue to see the body, he realizes it s not Remi What s , the coroner tells them the victim had a surgery to her face a little time before The two brothers understand The Butcher is back Ash goes back to Chicago to protect Remi.She s a volunteer in an educational support center for young persons with social and school difficulties She still has not recovered from what happened a few years ago and knowing a girl looking like her was killed makes matters worse She s not really thrilled by Ash s return but she also has feelings for him and little by little she understands her behavior wasn t really the better one I really liked the two heroes together My only problem is that 5 years, it s too long for such a simple reunion, even if we feel the deep feeling Remi and Ash have for each other That makes sense especially as they didn t break with pain and shouts but I was frustrated all the same by it However, the suspense is really well done The plot turns around the serial killer but also the fact the new victim looks like Remi, which is different from the previous ones Knowing a little Alexandra Ivy s style, I began suspecting the bad guy at one point and my hunch turned out being right That didn t prevent me to be very stupefied by the plot resolution that will surprise a lot of readers As for the secondary characters, we have the heroine s circle as the hero s circle, especially his brother Jax who has a great importance in the book as he s the cop charged with the case and we follow his thoughts Nate and Ellie, heroes of You Will Suffer, are mentioned and we see them at the end of the book during their wedding If Alexandra goes on with this series, I bet on Jax for the next hero But for now, I don t know if she s intending Case to follow especially as I said at the end of my two previous reviews that there shouldn t be other books and yet there are LOL In the meantime, you ll have a very good time with The Intended Victim and fans of romantic suspense who want to discover Alexandra Ivy will be able to appreciate it, knowing it can be read totally independently. 4 starsAbout the book Release Date December 31, 2019 ONCE, SHE GOT AWAYThe 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 fianc e, Remi Walsh, he knows it s not her BUT THIS TIMEThough Remi escaped a serial killer five years ago, her father died trying to save her Grief and guilt caused her to pull away from the man she loved Now Ash is back in her life, insisting that Remi is still in danger IT S A DEAD END.Someone is targeting women who look just like Remi With or without a badge, Ash intends to unmask the Butcher But the killer isn t playing games any longer He s moving in, ready to finish what he started, and prove there s nothing terrifying than a killer s obsession REVIEW THE INTENDED VICTIM is the fourth instalment in Alexandra Ivy s contemporary, adult THE AGENCY romantic suspense series This is former Chicago police detective college professor Ashland Ash Marcel, and youth center counselor Remi Walsh s story line THE INTENDED VICTIM can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary.Told from dual third person perspectives Remi and Ash and first person killer THE INTENDED VICTIM follows in the wake of the possible return of a serial killer Five years earlier Remi Walsh was the intended victim of a serial killer known as The Butcher but Remi s call to her father, police officer Gage Walsh, resulted in the death of her father, and Remi with no memory of what happened that day Fast forward to the present, wherein a series of murders where all of the victims have been surgically altered to look like Remi Walsh, pull Ash Marcel, Remi s former fianc into the investigation What ensues is the rebuilding romance and relationship between Ash and Remi, and the potential fall out as the killer hits too close to home.Ash Marcel was destroyed the day Remi Walsh walked out of his life but Remi struggled in the aftermath of the death of her father, the attack on her life, and Ash Marcel s obsession with finding the killer Ash Marcel had never stopped loving our story line heroine and a change in careers meant pulling away from the life that he loved.The relationship between Remi and Ash is one of second chances a rekindling romance between two people torn apart by death and destruction, and brought together by memories from the past The ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text We are introduced to Remi s mother Liza, and Ash s brother Detective Jax Marcel There is a large list of suspects who are questioned yet remain a person of interest.THE INTENDED VICTIM is a romantic suspense thriller a story of betrayal and obsession family, friends, jealousy and madness The premise is intriguing and entertaining the characters are colorful and dynamic the 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