Feb 13, 2014

{Review} of Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong

Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Mystery, Thriller

Protect the innocent. If there is any one principle that drives hit man Nadia Stafford, it’s this. In her own mind, when she was thirteen, she failed to protect her older cousin Amy from being murdered. Now she fails again, disastrously, when she botches a hit. To help her find her equilibrium, her mentor, Jack, brings her a gift: the location and new identity of the predator who killed her cousin and disappeared after the case against him failed.

Vengeance, justice? With the predator in her sights, nothing seems more right, more straightforward, more easy. But finding justice is never as simple as it seems.


Holy Moly!! I have missed this series so much and as much as I love it and don’t want it to end, I’m happy to have a conclusion. This was a great ending to a long awaited book. I’m a huge fan of Kelley Armstrongs Women of the Otherworld series and discovered her mystery series a when the first was released years ago. Her characters are just as complex, with lot of humor intertwined with a seriously intriguing plot; I couldn’t wait to see what Armstrong did with this series. This of course is the last in the Nadia Stafford series and I felt it went out with a bang, no pun intended.

Wild Justice brings back Nadia Stafford, the tough as nails hit man who takes out some seriously bad people in the world. Ever since the murder of her cousin and killing a bad person while on duty as a cop, Nadia has taken a path many wouldn’t understand. But after a hit fails and devastates Nadia, her mentor Jack decides that she needs something to bring her back. He gives her the location of the man who took her cousins life. But a hit mans life is not an easy one and Nadia and Jack discover that there is more behind this killer than meets the eye.

Nadia is like many of the female characters Armstrong writes, tough, determined, and passionate and down right dangerous. She has gone through many ups and downs and now has a chance to seek revenge for what started her downward spiral. I had a feeling from the beginning that the series would come back to this storyline, it has always affected Nadia, she is missing pieces about what happened and wants to find justice. I liked the combination of Jack and Nadia working together, they know how each other think, kill, love, and laugh. Nadia gets a lot of answers and not all are what she wanted to hear but needed to know.

Jack is as awesome as ever, still a quiet man who only speaks in short sentence but I love him nonetheless. His character finally unfolds in this book, the readers slowly peels back the layers as he opens up to Nadia and talks about his past. Jack has always been my favorite guy in Nadia’s life and I’m glad that Armstrong decided to focus on him a bit more. In the end no one knows Nadia best like Jack, he is the one person who understands her triggers and what she needs.

Overall this was a fantastic ending to such an intense series, there is lots of humor, twists, shocking moments and much needed romance. All the characters come back, including Quinn and Evelyn. What I loved most is how one secret unfolded another, which this wasn’t just about one mystery but a more complex secret that even Jack and Nadia were shocked to discover. I will miss this series so much but am happy to have a great conclusion.


This is an adult novel with violence and minor sexual content. Fans of Jennifer Esteps Elemental Assassins series and Janet Evanovichs’ Stephanie Plum series will want to read the Nadia Stafford series by Kelley Armstrong.

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