Dangerous Protector by Katie Reus
Series: Red Stone Security #14
Also in this series: Deadly Fallout, Sinful Seduction
Published by KR Press, LLC on July 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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She thought she was finally safe…
After two years of running Tegan O’Kelly could finally stop when the deadly gangster after her died. Eight months ago she put down roots in sunny Miami. For the first time in years she has friends, a job she likes and she can think about the future, not just surviving to the next day. When her car is bombed in broad daylight, she decides to stand her ground instead of running from her faceless enemy.
But a deadly enemy has her in his crosshairs…
Single father Aaron Fitzpatrick knew Tegan was trouble from the moment he laid eyes on her. Sexy trouble wrapped up in a petite, dynamite package he fantasizes about kissing far too often. So far he’s been able to keep his distance, but when he witnesses her car explode—with her close by—something protective erupts inside him. After his wife left him and their son five years ago, he’s stayed away from relationships and women, but he can’t keep his distance from Tegan. It’s clear she’s in danger and the more he learns about her, the more he knows he has to stand beside her and fight the danger hunting her.
Red Stone Security Series, #14Author note: As all books in the Red Stone Security series, this book can be read as a stand-alone.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Although I have a few Katie Reuss books in my TBR pile, I had never read one before I snagged an arc of Dangerous Protector. I think I’m going to have to find time to read the other ones I have now. With a hot, protective hero, a cute as a button little boy named Dillon, and an adorable dog, this book hit all my sweet book buttons, plus it came with a healthy dose of sexiness to cut all that sugar with.
Tegan’s brother fell in with people he shouldn’t have and disappeared along with some high dollar merchandise belonging to a mobster. The mobster, Enzo, thinks Tegan has his stuff, so she has been on the run from him for over 2 years until he was supposedly killed. Thinking she was safe, she found a new home and started living again. Her car blowing up was the wake-up call that she wasn’t safe at all. I loved Tegan. She was smart and unbelievably strong, keeping it together under some pretty horrid circumstances. She was also super nice, more worried about others than herself as her story progressed.
Aaron, the hero, gave me a Captain America vibe. He was former military with the bearing to go with it, a good guy persona, plus he’d suffered a heartbreak because of his now deceased ex. Raising his son on his own, he was the perfect example of a great hero, and his sexy good looks were just the icing on that superhero cake. Although attracted to Tegan, he kept his distance because of his past but her car blowing up in front of him changed that. From that point on he was all in, wanting to protect her and solve the mystery of who wanted her dead.
I enjoyed getting to know some of the other characters and wanting to know their stories. They weren’t in your face, just kind of in the background so I had no problems with feeling like I was missing anything by not having read the first 13(!!) books in the series. Still, this intrigued me enough to want to backtrack and read the rest.
The resolution to the mystery ended up feeling messy to me. Some of the reasoning behind who did what and when just didn’t add up to me. The sweetness of the story had me more than willing to overlook this. Now I just have to figure out how to find the time to have a Katie Reuss read-a-thon since the ones I have are now at the top of my TBR pile.
What I Struggled With:
- The reasons why Tegan was targeted.
- Enzo’s sheer stupidity.
What I Loved:
- The low angst aspects of the plot.
- Tegan’s strength of character.
- Dillon – he was adorable.
- How Tegan got Kali. I smiled every time it was brought up.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Kali The Wonder Dog Stole The Show Stars.
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