Published by Katie Reus on October 6th 2011
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Reading Challenges: Backlist Reader Challenge
Twenty three years ago, security expert Luke Romanov's childhood playmate disappeared without a trace, leaving behind grieving parents and an identical twin sister. He's never stopped blaming himself. When he finds himself working side by side with a woman identical to his friend, he'll stop at nothing to discover her true identity, even if it means betraying her.
What few memories photographer Hope Jennings has of her past aren't pretty. The monsters from her nightmares make it impossible to completely erase her violent history, but she's living her life one day at a time. When a wealthy family hires her for a month down in the Caribbean, she expects to work hard, get the job done, and go home. While there, she finds unexpected passion in the arms of the sexy and dangerous Luke. Unfortunately for her heart, he presents a danger to the safe life she's built for herself. When someone targets her to die, she doesn't know who to trust.
Please note that Danger in Paradise was originally published under the title Finding Hope, but has been revised. Category length novel.
I know I’ve mentioned a time or two that I’m in a major reading funk these days. It’s not a full-on reading slump, but it’s very similar. And it’s been going on for months. I’ve also mentioned that Katie Reus’s books have been great for me during this reading funk. They are usually action packed, on the shorter-side, with characters that I really like. Therefore, I decided to read Danger in Paradise, an older romantic suspense novel by Katie Reus. Unfortunately I didn’t love this one.
What’s the Story:
Hope is a talented photographer on the rise. When she’s hired to take photographs of a beloved home for a wealthy family, she meets Luke, who also works (and is friends) with the wealthy family. The problem is that Hope looks identical to the wealthy family’s daughter. And then, while on the job, Hope’s life is in danger, and Luke and Hope have to figure out what is going on.
What I Liked:
- Danger in Paradise is fast-paced. As I mentioned above, being in such a reading funk, fast-paced novels are what I need right now.
- The premise is interesting. I do love a romance where the heroine discovers there is more to her past than she knew.
- I liked Luke quite a bit. He’s very strong and willing to protect Hope.
What I Struggled With:
- Although I have just loved Katie Reus’s Red Stone Security series, this book is not as well-written as those books.
- The plot isn’t as tight as a could have been.
- There are a number of times when Luke and/or Hope could have just talked to each other to make things easier, but there was some “reason” why they couldn’t. It happened a lot, and it was very unbelievable.
- It was pretty convenient that both Hope’s View Spoiler »missing family « Hide Spoiler and the baddies discovered Hope through her photography website. I mean, really? Of all the photographers in the world? And it was the photo of her that got their attention, not her name. And at the same time?
Danger in Paradise by Katie Reus is not as solid as her later books. The suspense plot was weak, the romance was only alright, and the characters weren’t spectacular. I recommend reading her Red Stone Security series, though.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: