Under His Protection (Red Stone Security #9)
by Katie Reus
Lingerie shop owner Julieta Mederos has worked hard to get her business off the ground. Now she’s looking forward to some quality time with her friends and her big, boisterous family. But explicit texts from random phone numbers and vandalism at her shop makes it clear someone dangerous has fixated on her. Without any solid leads, the police can’t help her and she’s forced to turn to the last man she wants to depend on.
…but neither does Ivan.
Former Army Ranger and newest Red Stone Security employee Ivan Mitchell has gotten used to being alone in the world. He never even thinks about it anymore—until he meets sexy, independent Julieta. She’s everything he could ever want…but she seems determined to keep him at arm’s length. Until now. Maybe the cops can’t do anything to protect her, but he can. When things escalate faster than even he expected, he finds himself pulling out his most extreme combat skills to protect her. He’ll do what it takes to save her life—and prove to her she belongs in his.
Themes: contemporary, suspense
Rating: 3.75 stars
This series continues to be one of my favorites. Full of heat and suspense there are always little plot twists and fun changes to the lives of these couples as they find love with one another. The couples are different and all individually sensual and passionate, but blend beautifully into one awesome series. I have not read any one story in this series that I disliked, and this one is definitely no exception. The connection between Julieta and Ivan was instantaneous, even though Ivan fought it for a while and Julieta didn’t see the desire in Ivan’s eyes. When danger threatens Julieta nothing will prevent Ivan from protecting her with his life, and being that close to her there is no longer any hiding the passion that he has for her. Julieta was funny and sweet but obviously she didn’t understand just how desirous she was to Ivan.
When the two of them are in the same room, the sparks that fly are intense and frequent, and by the time they both finally give into the desire raging through them, the fire between them threatens to burn them both to ashes. The danger lurking in Julieta’s life is well written and thoroughly suspenseful, leaving me hanging right until the truth is fully uncovered. Ivan was sexy as hell with an inner strength that makes him so alpha that just the sound of his voice can make a woman spontaneously orgasm. Julieta has the adventurous spirit and fun lifestyle that draws men and women alike, and I thoroughly wish I could be just like that. As their love develops and their relationship becomes one that is unbreakable, we get a chance to see two people with very different issues find a way to be together in happiness. I cannot wait for the next book in the series, and honestly anything else that might come down from this author in any series.
*eARC provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review. No compensation was provided.