Savage Rising by Katie Reus
Series: Redemption Harbor #2
Also in this series: Resurrection, Innocent Target, Covert Games
Published by KR Press on September 26, 2017
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From USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus comes the second book in the ALL NEW Redemption Harbor series where sparks fly and so do bullets…
He's a former Marine, her new fake boyfriend, and the only way to escape her dangerous past.
Having a child changed everything for Olivia—she vowed to keep her little girl safe from the mistakes of her past. But when the most dangerous person she ever met blackmails her into doing one last heist, the world she’s so carefully built goes into a tailspin. Frantic, she heads to Redemption Harbor in search of help. Sparks fly when she meets Savage, a man who will do anything to keep Olivia and her daughter safe. He’ll help her get her life back, but can he handle seeing who she once was?
Can they pull it off?
Savage poses as her obsessive ex during a daring undercover operation—and soon the line between reality and their cover story becomes blurred. He’ll use every trick he knows to keep the sensual woman alive and out of jail—and in his life. But the clock is ticking and if they can’t find a way to trust each other, no one will make it out alive.
Author note: all books in the Redemption Harbor series can easily be read as individual titles. There are no cliffhangers and each story has an HEA.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
My first thought when I hit the end of Savage Rising was “Yeah, I’m gonna be giving this one 5 stars”. I loved it from start to finish. I never even put it down once I started it. It was packed full of suspense, intrigue, and oodles of chemistry. It has a sexy Ocean’s 11 vibe to it, except without the anti-heroes, just a group of good guys trying to protect their friend.
Olivia had made some huge mistakes early on in her adult life, mistakes she regretted. Once she found out she was pregnant she turned her back on that life, determined to never let her daughter be touched by the taint of what she used to do… crack safes. Too bad her past showed up at her door one night demanding she help with a heist or else her daughter would pay.
Luckily for her, Skye, the heroine of the first book in the series, Resurrection, is her best friend. If you’ve read this (which is totally unnecessary although highly recommended) you know that Skye is one hell of a good person to know when you’re being blackmailed into committing a felony. Skye, Colt, and their co-workers are all badasses with skills and backgrounds in the CIA and/or Special Forces. Knowing Skye was a lot more than she seemed, Olivia made her way to Resurrection Harbor as fast as she possibly could.
I really liked Olivia despite her less than stellar background. She had done a complete turnaround from what she used to be. She even worked for a company specializing in testing out security to show where places were most vulnerable. She was resilient, strong, and she was an amazing mother to a sweet and adorable daughter. I do wish we were given a more in-depth explanation of what it was about Olivia’s upbringing that drove her to rebel so horribly.
Zac Savage is part of the Redemption Harbor family. Skye pulls him into pose undercover as Olivia’s alpha-hole of an overprotective ex. Goodness did he play that part well! It soon became apparent that the chemistry wasn’t being faked AT ALL seeing as he wanted her something fierce.
Neely was the perfect bad guy for Savage Rising. I loved to hate him seeing as he wasn’t an OTT caricature of evilness, he was just a straight up greedy crook with no conscience to get in the way of executing his heists. He was smart, organized, and had a million fail safes set in place to keep him from getting caught making him one tough opponent.
There were twists and turns, some you could see coming a mile away but also a surprise or two that kept things interesting. This was fun, sexy, and full of action and suspense and it kept me reading until the wee hours. I’ll be excited to see what’s next for the Redemption Harbor crew.
Rating: 5 Loved It From Start To Finish Stars
About Katie Reus:
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.
However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.
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