Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review: Lethal Game (Red Stone Security #15)

Lethal Game (Red Stone Security #15)

by Katie Reus 

Read the action-packed finale of the USA Today bestselling Red Stone Security series!
He broke her heart.
Graysen’s betrayal nearly destroyed Isa a year ago. Now that she’s working for Red Stone Security, she’s managed to piece her life back together after a rough year and a broken heart. Then he appears back in her life and makes it clear he’s not going anywhere until she gives them a second chance. A chance she refuses to take.
Now he’s back to claim what’s his.
Graysen’s never gotten over Isa and he knows he never will. It’s his fault she walked away, but he can’t seem to let her go. He quit his job with the CIA and called in every favor he had to get hired by Red Stone Security just to be near her again. But Isa doesn’t care that he’s desperate to make things right between them—she wants nothing to do with him. He doesn’t blame her, but he’s not willing to give her up. When they’re cornered by lethal terrorists, everything changes. Graysen and Isa will have to find a way to work together if they want to survive. Only then will he be able to convince her to claim the chance at happiness the past stole from them.
Themes:  contemporary, series ending
Rating: 4.5 stars
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The end of an amazing series has sadly finally arrived for readers. Lethal Game marks the end of Katie Reus's Red Stone Security series, an adventure that began 12 books and several years ago with a love story that has lasted through the entire series. Luckily Reus knows her readers well and gave us not only a heartfelt love story to end the series, but also some interesting side stories and an amazingly fulfilling epilogue that shows us all of the couples through the years and where they are now in their lives. If you haven't read the series, while you will still enjoy this Die Hard-esque story and the couples that claim their love, I can honestly say you won’t understand the true greatness that is the Red Stone family unless you go back and read from the beginning; so go buy them! With that shameless bit of advertising done, let's talk about this story.
Graysen has arrived at Red Stone determined to win back the love of his life, Isabella, after Isa ran from him almost a year earlier.  They came together under some pretty unfortunate circumstances and I don’t blame Isa a bit for running, but she still loves him and that's obvious every moment they are interacting. Flung together on a new operation, Isa is determined to get her job done without allowing Graysen back into her life, much less into her heart.  But once Isa learns the full truth of what really caused Graysen to break her heart, she realizes she's never stopped loving him.  Sadly before she can really accept this change of heart and get her man, their operation explodes into a life threatening situation that could separate them forever. 
Graysen is a great character, even though he definitely has some flaws, but that's what makes him such a good protagonist. He knows he screwed up with Isa, lying to her, and his love may not be enough to prove to her he is the man for her, but he's not going to let those doubts keep him from trying.  Isa is a woman after my own heart, willing to put her life on the line for others as well as the greater good.  She was hurt badly by the tragedy that brought Graysen into her life, but when confronted with the full truth and learning that Graysen protected her from a lot more pain, she accepts the truth that she never stopped loving him and goes after her man full speed ahead.  Kicking terrorist ass as they work together to stay alive, the heat between them is nothing compared to the obvious love they share. 
Secondarily, another couple also finally admitted their feelings for one another.  Carlito and Emerson have been circling one another for a while now and we finally get to see them give in to their desire and admit that they are made for one another. I thoroughly enjoyed their story as well, even knowing that their relationship was the final loose end and that the Red Stone series was truly over.  Both Emerson and Carlito are amazing--funny, sweet, loving, protective, and just the perfect amount of smartass.
With the HEAs of these two, the series comes to an end with high impact action, life and death danger, and the ultimate forgiveness and trust between two couples that are perfect together. Lethal Game is one of those stories that are much greater than its parts. Graysen and Isa are made to be, even if she has fought their love and connection for the past year, and Carlito and Emerson have finally come to the time where they will no longer deny their feelings for one another.  I enjoyed immensely seeing these two couples come together in love and also to kick serious butt against the terrorists trying to kill them, but the best part of the book for me was the epilogue, to be sure.  We get to see all the previous couples congregating and sharing their love and family connection.  Getting to see who's having babies, who is still deeply in love, and how all the couples and little families come together to be one big family, not one of blood, but one of the heart, proving that even those that don't share our DNA can become the most supportive and loving connection there is.  I am sad to see the series end, but I hold out hope that maybe one day in the future the series will come back--maybe with the next generation of bad ass security experts (*wink wink, nudge nudge). Once again, despite the seemingly short length of the story, Reus gives us an adventure, love story, and a kick ass ending all in one, proving that size doesn't matter 😃, but skill certainly does.  I am looking forward to the next release from Reus, no matter the series or new direction she might be taking us in, proving once again that her spot of my favorite authors list is cemented forever.  Thanks for an amazing ride Katie, for making us feel like a small piece of the Red Stone family, and the success of a fabulous author.

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

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