Kill Without Mercy Audiobook by Alexandra Ivy (REVIEW)

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Review of: Kill Without Mercy Audiobook
Alexandra Ivy

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On February 17, 2016
Last modified:March 8, 2017


Kill Without Mercy Audiobook

By: Alexandra Ivy

Narrated by: Jim Frangione

Published by: Recorded Books 12/29/15

Kill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy

3.5 Hearts Rating Image- Hot Listens

ARES Security, #1

9 hrs and 57 mins

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Kill Without Mercy Audiobook Sample

Kill Without Mercy Audiobook

3.5 Hearts

This is my first Alexandra Ivy story. She is an author that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time now, so when I saw that she had a new romantic suspense out with a narrator that I already knew I liked, I decided to jump on the chance to try her out. I’m really glad that I did. I really enjoyed her story. It has also been a little while since I read a romantic suspense, which is a genre that I do love, so it was really nice to get back into it.

Rafe Vargas is straight out of the military and back from Afghanistan. They not only had to deal with the trials of war, but also with being prisoners of the Taliban. That is something that will bring a group of guys together better than anything else, even better than blood will. Rafe and his friends are determined to stay together, so that they can continue to have each other’s back. They decide to use their unique skill sets to start a security company in Texas. Rafe, however, is called to go cellout his estranged grandfather’s house in Iowa after his death.

Annie White comes back to Newton, Iowa after she starts to dream of women getting killed again. He father was known as the Newton Slayer. He was known to have killed seven women when Annie was just ten years old.  Her father was killed in jail before he could ever stand trial. Now 17 years later, it all seems to be happening again.

Rafe and Annie stumble upon each other while in Newton together. They didn’t know each other before. Rafe had never even been there, since he didn’t know his grandfather and had no use for the man. He is quickly attracted to Annie and goes into alpha/protect mode very quickly. There are several people in the town who are not real happen to see Annie back, especially since the killings are back. Rafe makes it his business to protect Annie from these people. Plus, she seems to have a secret admirer.

This was a fun story. It has action, suspense and plenty of drama. We get to meet the heroes of future books as members of the ARES team refuse to let Rafe handle this situation on his own. The romance is a little quick and a little over-the-top alphamale. Rafe decides that Annie will be his, no matter what. But, it was a great story. I think the other stories will be fun as well.

Kill Without Mercy Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

Jim Frangione is a narrator that I’ve liked for a long time. If you’ve ever listened to J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, you’ve listened to Jim Frangione. I know that there are some people who are not a fan of his work, but I like him. I always thought his fit the Brothers. He fits these guys too. The ARES guys even wear the same Shitkickers. LOL. There were points where one of the guys were saying “True” in the actual sense of the word, and I was thinking more along the lines of the BDB guys, but that’s okay. It was only like once. Anyway, I like Frangione. If you’ve never tried him, I suggest you give him a shot.

Author: Alexandra IvyThe New York Times bestselling author of the Guardians of Eternity series, the Bayou Heat series and the Sentinels. Learn more at

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Jim Frangione Narrator - Hot ListensJim Frangione has recoded over 100 audiobooks. In addition to Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mysteries and his new young adult series, the Bowser and Birdie stories, he is also the narrator for J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series and many others. Jim is a NYC-based actor and co-artistic director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, a new play development forum in Great Barrington, MA. He’s performed on TV, in many of the plays and films of David Mamet, with NY’s Atlantic Theater Company, On and Off Broadway, and at many theaters across the country.


I like to thank Recorded Books for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I haven’t read anything from her either. I like the sounds of this series with the ex-military guys working together again. Plus, the narrator I’m familiar with, too. Awesome review, Melanie!

    • It was a fun book. I hope you get a chance to try it. I’m excited to see where it goes in the future.

  2. Sounds like for the most part this is one that is easy to get into even if the romance is a bit over the top. I am sure I would like the supsense.

  3. Alphaholes can sometimes bother me, but it sounds like it doesn’t get too bad it overshadows the story. Might be something I would enjoy.

    • I think the overprotectiveness comes from a good place. There is a serial killer in town. That would make anyone overprotective.

  4. I was eyeballing that narrator name and wondered why it looked familiar. He was my first audiobook attempt and I couldn’t get into it. I should try it again 🙂

    • I know some other people who don’t like him. He seems to be either you love him or hate him. I like him quite a bit, especially with guys like the brothers and military type alpha males.

      • I’ll have to try it again and see how I feel now. At the time I hadn’t tried any male narrators before and couldn’t help laughing every time he cussed, which is a ton (I got a BDB book lol) 😛

        • He isn’t my #1 male narrator. Robert Petkoff would probably take that slot. But, I do like Jim Frangione. He would probably be in the top five male narrators.

          • YESSSS to Robert Petkoff! I gave one of KCole’s audios a try late last year and fell in love! Need to grab the rest, thanks for the reminder! 😀

  5. Sounds like a good way to try out a new to you author with a narrator you already like. I am trying to read some more romantic suspense this year as it’s a genre I haven’t read as much from so far. The hero does sound a bit too alpha male indeed, but overal it sounds like a nice read. It’s always fun to meet the main characetrs of future books. Great review!

    • Thanks Lola. I did enjoy this book. I think the series will be good one. I hope you find some good romantic suspense to try. It is a genre that I enjoy.

  6. I’ve only tried a book by her, a PNR one but I was really disappointed in it so I confes I never tried more but I didn’t know about this one, maybe I should see how it is.

    • I’ve seen some of her PNR books around and have wanted to try them, but haven’t gotten around to it. I’m sorry that one didn’t work for you. I’m usually hesitant too once I try an author and I didn’t like it to try another book by them.

  7. Oh I need to read this one. I don’t think I’ve read her romantic suspense yet. This one sounds good and I haven’t read a romantic suspense genre book in a while now. Almost time for one. 😉

    • I felt the same way. I hadn’t read a romantic suspense in a while and definitely felt like it was time. I hope you enjoy.

  8. Action and suspense..this looks good. I am glad you met the rest of the team. It looks like each book will focus on a mission and couple..just how I like um!

    • I have missed the romantic suspense genre. I hadn’t read one in a while. It was fun to get back into it. I did like that you meet the entire team up front.

  9. I want to try this book but I’ll read it. I’m not a fan of the narrator. LOL

    • I knew you wouldn’t be interested in listening to this one. It is a fun book that I think you would enjoy reading.

  10. I am super duper (yep, I said that) surprised that you haven’t read Ivy before this!!! I had to go back to my GR TBR to see if I had her on my list and I don’t!!! I thought I did b/c I had interest in Born in Blood a while back, ya know, PNR and all that!

    So this was just kind of middle of road entertaining, huh? Nothing spectacular? Hmmmm… I might wait on her. You have redeemed yourself as “best PNR/suspense friend” to my TBR… okay, Kimba is my other best friend right there with you on suspense but it’s still a cool title 🙂

    • Alexandra Ivy has been on my wishlist for a while, but just never picked her up. I’m surprised at this as well. She has so many PNR series with shifters no less. It is very surprising that I haven’t tried her. This was a good story, but just didn’t blow me away. We will have to see what book two does before I say this is a must try. I wouldn’t turn you away from it though. There are others I would recommend before this one, though. It is a great title. Great premise too.

  11. This is an author I often overlook, though I’m not sure why. I do like romantic suspense. I will have to give her a try.

    Great review!

    • She is an author that it took me forever to try too. I will be trying more from her, that is for sure.

  12. I’ve still not tried her but do want to at some point. Sounds like a pretty good start to the series even with the over the top alpha male 😀

    • That was my thought. I interested to see where the next book goes.

  13. I haven’t read any Ivy books yet, either, Melanie, but I have many of them on my TBR shelf… It’s good to know the narration is well done! And maybe I need some romantic suspense in my life soon 😉 Great review 🙂

    • I’ve been a fan of Jim Frangione for a while. He seems to be a love him or hate him narrator. I love him, though he isn’t my number one. I will have to try more Ivy books after this one. She has a ton of shifter books, so it is really surprising that I haven’t tried her yet.

  14. I do like how this seems to be more of a series that you can read as a stand alone as well. Love when authors do that. It definitely sounds interesting and like something I would enjoy too.

    • I’ve really enjoyed this series so far. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

  15. What a great review on this one. I love this author, my biggest reason is because of her writing style. She is so engaging, and I love romantic suspense and just haven’t read enough of it. I will say I love those over the top alpha males—they are always so entertaining. I am not sure I have listened to this narrator, but I really liked the sample you shared. So I just might try this one in audio.

    • This is my first one my Alexandra Ivy, but it will not be my last. I’m glad you liked the sample. I’m a huge fan of Jim Frangione. He was actually just one Audible’s list of “Top Voices in Romance”. He’s most well known for J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I hope you enjoy.


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