Wednesday, July 15, 2015

#Review: Sworn to Protect by Katie Reus - 4.5 Wine Glasses


25612493Title: Sworn to Protect
Series: Red Stone Security #11
Author: Katie Reus
Format: eBook/Paperback, 204 pages
Published: July 7th 2015 by KR Press, LLC
ISBN: 1942447140
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

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.

Linda's Thoughts:
Looking at Athena now, he couldn't believe he'd been dumb enough to walk away from her. When he'd realized how innocent she was it had freaked him out, to put it mildly. Had made him feel guilty for the dirty things he'd said to her, wanted to do to her. With her ---

SWORN TO PROTECT by Katie Reus is another heart-pounding installment in Katie's fantastic Red Stone Security series. Even though it is the eleventh book in that series, it, as with all the books in this series, can be fully enjoyed as a standalone. I can't say enough good things about this series. Every book has featured a sizzling, passionate romance and intense, fast-paced action. This is the story of alpha Quinn Brody and innocent Athena Manikas. You will need to strap yourself in for a fast and furious ride.

Quinn did the right thing years ago when he helped his boss' wife walk away from their abusive relationship. The boss ended up going to prison. Now the ex-boss is an ex-con and he wants Quinn to pay. He has Quinn and anyone that Quinn cares about in his sights.

Quinn and Athena dated two months ago, but Quinn had walked away when things started getting too serious. You see, Athena is inexperienced and Quinn freaked. Quinn hasn't been able to forget her. He knows he made a big mistake when he walked away and he wants her back. But, his ex-boss, the con, has seen them together and Athena is his new target. Can Quinn keep her safe and is there a second chance in the cards for Quinn and Athena?

This story plays out in two locales: Miami and Las Vegas. In Vegas, it was a treat to catch up with Iris Tarango, the heroine from BREAKING HER RULES, (Red Stone Security #6). Quinn had worked with her before; Iris is now the head of security at the Serafina there.

Quinn and Athena are both realistic characters who are easy to like. Quinn is your typical alpha male, fiercely protective and sexy as hell. Even though he'd been an a** when he walked away from Athena, I was pulling for him when he realized his mistake and pulled all the stops to get her back. Athena might have been a virgin, but she knew what she wanted and that was Quinn. While she didn't want to be hurt again, she was spirited and strong.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this highly enjoyable read:

"Oh my God, you're such a guy!"
"I'm glad you noticed." The glint in his dark eyes was purely wicked.

"How old are you exactly?"
The corner of his mouth curved up, the grin so ridiculously sexy it made butterflies take flight in her stomach. "Thirty-two."
"Hmm, eight year difference. Not exactly robbing the cradle, but I think I might have to rethink this whole thing between us." She kept her voice light, teasing.
He snorted and pinched her butt, making her yelp. "Think all you want, I'm not going anywhere."

He nipped her bottom lip teasingly, his breath warm against her face, his spicy scent a total aphrodisiac. As he kissed a hot path along her jawline, she raked her fingers down his back. Whatever he had in mind, she was game.

I know when I pick up a book by Katie Reus that I'm in for a feast. Honestly, I don't think she can write a disappointing book. The characters are believable and the story telling is flawless. This one kept me up to the wee hours of the morning finishing it because I couldn't sleep until I'd read the last word. I highly recommend SWORN TO PROTECT to anyone who enjoys utterly captivating romantic thrillers.

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