Dangerous Protector by Katie Reus

Dangerous Protector by Katie ReusDangerous Protector by Katie Reus
Series: Red Stone Security #14
Published by LLC on July 12th 2016
Pages: 250
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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.

Short and fast, ‘Dangerous Protector’ sucks you back into the world of Red Security quickly as Katie Reus wastes no time and no punches with Teagan O’Kelly and Aaron Fitzpatrick, setting up their acquaintance, history and relationship with a few well-written paragraphs straight in opening chapters. Throw in some danger and the hesitant man suddenly serves into action to protect the woman he’s had his eye on for months.

Most of the Red Stone Security series deals with an uncomplicated conflict – with suspense and danger thrown in – and how a pairing is birthed as a result of it. This is no different, which makes every book a standalone, even if I can’t quite recall what happened in the previous books and that isn’t a bad thing since it doesn’t depend on an ongoing plotline at all. There are some parts of the story which fell too easily into the Alpha (and grumpy) hero and the damsel in distress stereotypes (complete with weeping and clinging) but I found myself comfortable enough to ignore those clichés as the story steamrolled its way to a steamy end.