I would definitely recommend this book to friends. I love everything that I have read that Katie Reus has written, and this book is no exception. It..Show More » has action, passion and a good story line and is a great lead into a series.
This was a very good story. I liked Belle and Grant and their story was very good. This is the first book I've read by this author an..Show More »d based off this I will probably read more of her books in the future. Obviously I didn't read book #1 before this but I didn't have an issue with confusion because of not reading it first.
Belle is a nurse and a really nice woman. She grew up sheltered due to heart issues that caused her to need multiple surgeries when she was younger. Belle finally managed to break loose from her over-protective family and out on her own for the first time. She wasn't expecting to become the victim of a stalker on the first day she moved in to her new house.
Grant is a former police detective and former military. He was injured and badly scared when an explosion went off while he was on a raid of a drug den. Grant’s family has been trying to get him to join up with their security team but he hasn't wanted to. Grant’s been staying inside his house most of the time as he’s having a hard time dealing with others seeing his scars. His beautiful next door neighbor’s house getting broken in to is just what he needs to pull him out of his shell.
Belle has a bit of trouble when moving in to her new house when a family friend, Palo, is being rather brutish and rough with her. Grant happens to hear the raised voices and when the woman’s voice sounds upset, he goes to check it out. Grant saves Belle from Palo's attentions and then they talk. Grant tries to keep his scars hidden but Belle can see them. She’s not bothered by them though and Grant is happy about this but unsure how much Belle would want to be around him. That night, Grant sees someone trying to break in to Belle’s house and runs the intruder off. He decides to protect her and sleeps at her place (on her couch) to safeguard her. The next day, Belle is attacked again while swimming in the middle of the day. Belle is saved in the nick of time but once again, the attacker gets away. Grant is even more determined to keep Belle safe and stays with her even after the she gets a security system installed. Belle is attracted to Grant and is sure he’s attracted to her but he doesn't make a move. They share a kiss that Belle started but when Grant doesn't follow up on it she’s unsure what to do. Eventually things come to a head and Belle demands to know what they “are”. Grant didn't want to presume anything and kept thinking she wouldn't want him but when she confronts him, Grant lets her know that he's more than willing to start a relationship with her. Once that’s cleared up, Belle makes sure they start things out right and shows him just how little she cares about his scars, all his scars all over his body. There’s some drama as they try to figure out who the bad guy is and Belle ends up in more danger before things are settled. After the bad guy is taken care of, Belle and Grant are able to explore their blossoming relationship and start their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Belle and Grant and was happy to see them get together because I couldn't help rooting for them from the beginning. I’ll probably read more of this series when I have time. I’d recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
Mara Caldwell has finally found happiness. She's married to a man she loves with all her heart. Her past with MI6 is buried or so she thinks. Now the ..Show More »monster she helped convict has escaped and wants her dead. Her secrets have come back to haunt her. Will Harrison still want her if he knows the truth? Does she have the strength to leave him? The Red Stone Security Series is filled with strong characters, passionate romance and plenty of suspense. Mara is such a strong, compassionate woman. I love that she had the strength and courage to stand up for her self. She and Harrison are the perfect couple. They are fiercely loyal and protective of those they care about. This plot flowed smoothly and the suspense kept building. As always I enjoyed when characters from previous Red Stone books make an appearance. I'm addicted to this series and to the writing of Katie Reus. What fun it was to listen to Fatal Deception as an audiobook! Pyper Down made the story come alive with her narration.
Private eye with a military past falls for a coffee store owner and aid her situation with a little girl she mentors under the "Big sister's" ..Show More »program. Due to extreme and dangerous events it pushes the relationship really fast.But, it was a cute love story. I really like the lead male.. Except the weird penis piercing. Worth a listen.. Yes, there was some diversity via other characters.
My Review: Overall.... 4.0 Performance... 4.0 Story.... 4.0
I only listen to audiobooks while I'm doing my household chores each ..Show More »week and honestly, I try not to spend too much time in those chores each week. As a result, it can sometimes take me over a month to get through a full audiobook. That's a bit too much time to invest, but that's where this audio was perfect for me. I'm a romantic suspense girl and with just over 3 hours of audio on the unabridged version of this story, it was perfect for me.
And in this book, that shortened story worked for me simply because Kell and Charlotte have their history behind them. Kell loved Charlotte for years, but she was married to his best friend. A best friend that she found out was cheating on her after his death. In the midst of the confusion of her husband's death, they got swept away with desire and had a one night stand. Kell wanted it to be so much more. Charlotte couldn't handle that and fled. Then she had a baby...Kell's baby.
This story takes place when that baby is three months old...so basically a year after their single night. Like I said, I'm not sure if this shortened story would have worked for me without their history. Charlotte also realizes that she did Kell wrong by not getting in touch with him when she got pregnant. I love that she owned up to that and instead of bristling at Kell's edicts, she agrees that he has some valid reasons for his demands. That was such a turnaround from most hidden baby stories and I liked the change. Also, the high drama of the situation (she stumbles on a murder) makes their sudden closeness even more believable.
I liked this one. I think the narrator did a great job on the audiobook and I love the short time needed to commit to this book. I plan to listen to more of the Red Stone series this way. I hope they all play out as well for me. I think that they will.
A couple who really love each other makes for an enjoyable read. I wish these books were just a bit longer with more interaction between other charact..Show More »ers in the series and maybe some more action. Otherwise its still a nice series.
This is such a winning combination of author & narrator! I adore this series, and Sophie Eastlake truly does it justice, in my opinion. ..Show More »r/>I have to say that at first I was a little bummed ~ I thought Blue and Zoe would end up together. But alas, they are only besties and destined to stay that way ~ and I was NOT dissapointed in the woman who turned out to be perfect for Redstone Security agent Alexander Blue.
Blue is pretty jaded with women as a whole, and has never fallen...until he meets & rescues the gorgeous Mina ~ who tries to live her life on the down low in Key West, keeping her true identity secret.
Attacked on the street, Mina knows her real life has caught up with her ~ but she's hesitant to trust anyone after being burned in the past. But before she even knows that Blue is a security agent she finds herself wanting to trust in him, and drawn in to him ~ both physically and emotionally.
I've said it before about Katie Reus ~ for the length of her stories it's amazing how much emotion and sexual tension she can pack into the stories. Blue & Mina have a sexual tension that sizzles off the pages, and while it's a slow build to the action, it's a lovely trip! There's a sexy water scene I adored...well, heck, I just loved the whole story ~ and am dying to know how Blue's bestie Zoe will find her true love!!
If you've not started this series the greaat thing is you can start it anywhere and get a great read ~ each is pretty stand alone, with only characters popping in but not distracting from story if you've not read the ones before. However you're going to want to!
Under His Protection is Book 9 in Katie Reus’ Red Stone Security Series. I cannot say enough good things about this book series. I know I am a total..Show More » fan girl of Ms. Reus’ writing, especially her romantic suspense. Under His Protection is the story of Ivan Mitchell and Julieta Mederos. Julieta first meets Ivan when he comes into her lingerie shop with someone he is protecting. He is a new employee at Red Stone but not new to security. Julieta and Ivan come into contact with each other in the next few months. While Ivan steals looks at Julieta – she thinks that he doesn’t like her. Julieta has been warned that Ivan is a “player” and at first she is hesitant to trust him. Ivan discovers that Julieta has a stalker and uses this opportunity to “help” her and also to acknowledge his feelings for her. The suspense is this book was well written. While you may be able to guess who the stalker is there a few paths you could go down to come to the conclusion. The characters are well-developed and there are some cameo appearances from a few characters in previous Red Stone books. There is heat and chemistry between Julieta and Ivan and some pretty hot goings on but that does not take away from the book and it is not the focus of the book – it enhances the way the relationship between Ivan and Julieta develops. There is enough suspense and heat in the book to satisfy both types of listeners. Sophie Eastlake does a great job with the audio character development. She manages to convey the emotions that the characters are feeling. There were no noticeable pauses or grammatical errors in the recording. I listened to this audio book on a solitary road trip, through the car’s blue tooth, and it kept me engaged during the tedium of driving.
I love this series and this story in the series was by far my favorite. I loved listening to the strength in Zoe who is one tough woman and I loved he..Show More »aring how Sawyer begged for forgiveness pretty much.
This is a great addition to the Red Stone Security Series. It is almost a two for one story. There is the story about the main characters, Dominique ..Show More »Castle and Viktor Ivanov but also as sub-story the developing relationship between Viktor's brother, Abram and his assistant Lucy. This book follows almost the same timeline as Secret Obsession. I listened to this book in the car on a long trip and it seemed to make the miles fly by. There are some hot scenes and great chemistry between the characters, so if you're not listening by yourself us headphones. As usual, Sophie Eastlake did a great job with the narration -- seeming to make the characters come to life. Overall the suspense was there, the plot flowed and the narrator made the story come to life.
A good story about Aaron and Tegan, and who’s out to kill Tegan. It can’t be De Fiore because he was murdered 8 months ago. So, now the hunt is on. ..Show More »/> Aaron was a great hero, his five year old son Dillon was sweet secondary character, and Tegan was a great character, until she had her too TSTL moment. Why do authors want to write about women who leave, or try to leave, their love interest to protect them, like the men can’t take care of her or themselves? It’s just silly, and it part of the plot in more books than I care to remember.
This was a really good story, except for Tegan’s “moment.” It had, drama, murder, mystery, everything you’d want in a book, other than a plain old book with page after page of angst.
As to the narrator: As always Ms. Eastlake did a great job. She just lacks in the area of doing what the book calls for. If she ever laughed when the book says to I think I’d faint. She does great voices but she needs to work on relaying her emotions.