Series: Red Stone Security #11
Published by LLC on July 7th 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
His worst mistake was walking away from her…
Quinn Brody ended things with sweet, sexy Athena when he learned she was a virgin. Their relationship was getting too serious and walking away seemed like the best plan. But Quinn has never been able to forget Athena. And when she gets a marketing job at Red Stone Security, it becomes impossible. Quinn wants a second chance, but Athena's not interested—even if the chemistry between them is off the charts.
Now his past has come back to haunt him…
The man Quinn put behind bars has been released from prison and is out for blood. Quinn took years of the man’s life and helped his abused wife flee so now the ex-con is hellbent on using Athena to make Quinn pay.
He’ll do anything to protect her…
When Athena is sent to Vegas for a tradeshow Quinn volunteers to accompany her—to watch her back. But professional quickly turns personal when the threat to Athena escalates. Refusing to lose her again, Quinn will do anything to save her. Even if it means risking both his life and his heart.
Length: 43,000 words
I’ve always enjoyed the romance trope where the hero rescues the heroine from something. It’s just always been a trope I’ve enjoyed. Anyway, for awhile I had a lot of stress going on in my life, and I was just craving books with this trope. Something about someone taking care of the heroine appealed to me right then, because I had so much stuff on my plate. ANYWAY, so I did some googling, and Katie Reus’s Red Stone Security series kept popping up. So I decided to give some a try, and they were exactly what I needed. Anyway, onto the review.
Quinn Brody (can I just say how weird it is for me to read about a hero named Quinn) works for Red Stone Security. Quinn is pretty swoony. Athena is awesome, too. Athena and Quinn went on a few dates not too long ago, but when Quinn discovered that she was a virgin, he sort of freaked out, and backed off. Except, of course, he can’t stop thinking of her, and he regrets it.
So, Athena has a new job, and guess where it is? At Red Stone Security! She didn’t realize that was were Quinn worked, and when she attends a get together with other people from the company, who is also there? None other than Quinn! Quinn realizes that he has a second chance with her. Even though Athena is hesitant this time around, neither can really resist each other. And then an enemy from Quinn’s past shows up, and suddenly Athena is in danger. And Quinn is determined to protect her.
I was definitely shipping for Athena and Quinn. It was clear they had some serious chemistry, but there was more there, too. The mystery/suspense aspect wasn’t hard to guess, but that’s not really the point. Sworn to Protect got me seriously addicted to Katie Reus.
Danger Next Door by Katie Reus
Series: Red Stone Security #2
Published by LLC on June 1st 2012
After an explosion leaves detective Grant Caldwell scarred he quits his job and tries to hide from his well-meaning family while he heals. When Belle Manikas, a beautiful new neighbor, moves in next door with problems of her own he finds himself drawn to her even while he tells himself she’s nothing but trouble. Even though he knows he’d never have a chance with a woman like her—not with his disfigurement—he can’t stay away.
Thanks to severe health problems as a child Belle grew up sheltered and smothered by her loving, if overbearing, family. Now that she’s finally out on her own she plans to wring everything she can out of life. When she sets her sights on her brooding neighbor nothing can stop her from getting him into bed—until a madman fixates on her.
With Grant now working for Red Stone Security, he sees it as his duty to protect her at all costs. Unfortunately a violent criminal is stalking Belle and will stop at nothing until he’s destroyed her.
After gobbling up Sworn to Protect, I couldn’t wait to read more by Katie Reus, and my next book was Danger Next Door, which is an earlier book in the Red Stone Security series. Anyway, I really liked this one, even a bit more that Sworn to Protect.
Belle moves into a new home, which just so happens to be next door to the hero of our story, Grant Caldwell. Grant was a police officer, but he was in a bad explosion while on the job, and he was left with some serious scares. Grant isn’t dealing too well with this, but he has healed mostly. His brothers want him to join Red Stone Security, but he isn’t quite sure yet. When Belle’s acquaintance gets a little too pushy with her, Grant hears it and comes over to help. And soon Belle and Grant are getting to know each other. And then, DANGER happens, when some masked man keeps trying to hurt Belle. Naturally, Grant wants to protect her. This just makes me swoon.
Anyway, I loved Belle and Grant so much. Belle is sweet and kind, and she’s determined to get some independence from her loving, but overprotective family. She’s so excited to be on her own, and she is incredibly attracted to Grant.
And Grant! He’s incredibly swoony, and protective and an all-around nice guy. He’s still struggling with some things since the explosion, but he’s not nasty at all. He’s a bit self-conscious of his appearance, but when he realizes that Belle needs some protecting, he gets over it real quick. I just loved these two together.
Again some of the suspense/mystery didn’t always make the most sense logically, but I seriously didn’t care. Danger Next Door is my favorite Katie Reus book.