Title: The Swan & the Jackal (In the Company of Killers #3)
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Genres: Dark, New Adult
Release Day: March 1st 2014

Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share.

And then Seraphina was gone.

It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead.

But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die.

5 mind-blowing stars!

I’ll be honest, at first this book seemed kind of not what I thought it would be. Fredrik’s story was supposed to be to sadistic and dark and bloody. But it wasn’t. For some reason – that I didn’t find out till the very end – Fredrik was more lenient than usual and more of a softie than normal. I can’t properly review it without giving away a huge spoiler.

This book definitely lived up to my expectations and more! Like the previous two books In The Company of Killers series, J. A. Redmerski outdid herself and I fell in love with the series ever more. Fredrik and Seraphina’s story is just like I imagined it would be. Well, actually I could never imagine this level of twisted and dark relationship. And then there is Cassia.

“She is mine and she’ll be mine until the day she dies.”

The innocent woman that Fredrik is trying to protect from Seraphina and at the same use her to find his ex-wife. As dark and sadistic as Seraphina is, all that innocent and scarred Cassia is. Fredrik’s love for Seraphina is out of this world. Their love is flawed and bruised and sadistic but they own it. They never once try to make it into something glorious and beautiful. They know it, and they own it.

 “Seraphina is the epitome of darkness. And I need her back. She and I have unfinished business.”

Seraphina was just like I had imagined her. Sadistic, cold hearted, not the one to hesitate when it comes to killing innocents. And yet, this story managed to surprise me more than I thought possible in so many different ways. Cassia on the other hand remained a mystery. She is imprisoned in Fredrik’s basement for the past year, trying to remember details of her life and hopefully help Fredrik find his ex-wife.

Seraphina hurt her the most, and she is still scared for her life and the mysterious woman that is trying to kill her. And Fredrik, even though at first it seemed odd and out of character for him, loves her.

“The pain of being near her and knowing that I can’t give in to my feelings for her, is the worst kind of pain I’ve ever felt.”

Just when the story comes to an end and you think that you have figured it out and the only thing missing is Seraphina’s fall, the author twists the story around and you’re left wondering, did I really just read that? OMG! I know I did. Hands down a must read if you loved the first two books.

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