Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mini-Review: Miami, Mistletoe & Murder

Miami, Mistletoe & Murder (Red Stone Security #4)

by Katie Reus 


Fierce and sexy, former Marine Travis Sanchez has always held himself back from the rest of the world, using his tattoos and piercings as armor. But when the woman he’s wanted for months is threatened, he knows it's time to strip away the bad boy image and show her just how much he wants to be with her. As one of Red Stone Security’s best contractors, Travis is trained for almost any situation. But nothing prepares him for the most dangerous threat of all: the one to his heart.
Kind-hearted Noel Baskov’s only wish for the holidays is that her Miami coffee shop has a successful Christmas season. But her focus on work is interrupted when the family of the young girl she mentors is threatened, and the man she’s been lusting after for months steps in to handle it. Unfortunately the danger is far from over. Can this sexy and mysterious warrior protect Noel, or will he be the one to shatter her heart?
Themes:  contemporary, Holiday
Rating: 3.5 stars
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Reus strikes again with her latest installment of the Red Stone Security Series, bringing Travis and Noel’s story to life and giving us another view into the lives of these intriguing security professionals.  Being only a short holiday novella, this story is still full of action, sensuality, and fun.  I loved Travis the moment I met him in the previous stories , with his scary sexy tattoos, piercings, and even his green Mohawk (which I missed a bit in his story), but getting to learn more about him and see him fall in love was a wonderful experience. Even if you haven’t read any of the previous stories in this series, you will enjoy reading about Travis and getting to meet the other security guys and gals who will soon fall under the spells of their mate.
Travis has been slowly falling for Noel, the woman who runs the local coffee shop and café, but only getting to see her when he stops in for his morning coffee is not longer enough for him.  He has finally decided that it’s time to take the next step and ask her out, but when he finds her suddenly in need of his help and protection their relationship is forced to the next level even more quickly.  Working together to keep her safe and uncover the danger surrounding her, Travis and Noel quickly find that their emotions are reciprocal and they have both started to fall in love.  But will the rush of lust fade when the immediate danger passes, or can Travis convince her to take a chance on their future?
I love seeing Travis and Noel fall in love.  They are both protective of each other and their friends.  Travis looks so intimidating, but under that façade he is sweet, sexy and determined to make Noel happy no matter what it takes.  Getting to see him in action, saving Noel’s friend and then keeping her safe reminds me that even the most deadly of men can also be loving and protective of their mates.  Noel is a woman that never lets her gender get in the way of taking care of business.  She is strong, never gives up in the face of adversity, and even though it drives Travis crazy is determined to protect herself from danger. Together they were combustible and the fireworks were beautiful to watch.  And the little secret that Travis shares with Noel when they finally become passionate was too good to forget.
Travis and Noel’s story is a great beginning to the second volume of the series, leading into the set of stories about the Red Stone guys/gals. I enjoy these types of stories, set around similar types of companies, but the Red Stone Security company certainly has their own little twists to handling security issues.  I’m looking forward to continuing the series and learning more about Vincent and Kell in their stories coming next, not to mention scary but sexy Iris.  Though set around Christmas time, I will say that the season served only as a backdrop to Travis and Noel’s story, instead of playing a huge part like many holiday stories do.  Who can beat a story about a sexy but strong guy and the sweet and sensual woman who captures his heart? Well written and a beautiful addition to an interesting series, Miami, Mistletoe, & Murder is a great read to keep you warm on a cold winter’s night.

*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided. 

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