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Redemption Harbor #1
By Katie Reus
Releasing July 11th, 2017
In Resurrection (Redemption Harbor #1) by Katie Reus, Skye Arevalo believed she did the right thing when she faked her death to protect the man she loves. But when Colt Stuart discovers she's alive after the kidnapping of his friend and her subsequent rescue of the lady doctor, Colt isn't about to let her go again, not until he has some answers. However, when she confesses how much trouble she's in to Colt, he's determined to do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Will their plan to take down the bad guy work, or will their second chance at happy ever after be ripped away?
Ms. Reus always pens such fantastic romantic suspense, and I've got to say that this story opens this series brilliantly with the way it introduced the main and secondary characters and shows just how tight of a bond the hero shares with his friends. They would do anything for each other, which is proven with how this story ends and how they band together to support the woman their friend loves in her time of need. The way this story started had me loving this couple immediately, as they had a tight bond as partners and the way they tease each other had me smiling, because Skye certainly knows how to get a rise out of Colt since she isn't afraid to say whatever is on her mind.
As for the dialogue, it was told from various points-of-views, which frustrated me at times because I was so wrapped up in the main characters that all I wanted was to discover more about them. Yet, in the end, I found the points-of-view of the various secondary characters was necessary, especially when it came to the relationship between the woman the heroine helped escape and the woman's partner. Moreover, the dialogue took me on a wild ride that was action-packed and pulse-pounding, as the heroine is impulsive and knows how to make decisions on the fly if things go awry in her plans. Will she be able to keep the person she's rescued safe?
Both the main characters were absolutely enjoyable, and I loved their growing relationship both in the past and now. Skye is resilient, brave and I liked that she didn't give up on getting her life back and taking down the person that was coming after her because of what she did. Also, the heroine knows she needs to win back Colt's trust, which isn't easy unless she's willing to reveal why she did what she did in faking her death. Will she tell him the truth? Will Colt be able to help? Yet, what I liked most about the heroine is that even though she's so independent and determined to go it alone, I liked that she accepted help because she needed it.
While Colt, he was a wonderful hero full of confidence and determination to do everything in his power to help his grieving friend with the information he's received and then help the heroine with her problem that's keeping them apart. I also liked that he didn't push the heroine too far so she shut down on him, even though he was desperate for information only she could give him when it came to why she faked her own death. Did she not trust him enough to be able to help her? Will he agree that she did what she did for the right reasons? Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero is the tight bond he shares with his friends and how they rally around him to help bring an end to the person determined to hurt the heroine. Besides, with what the heroine did in helping the good doctor escape, she's made friends for life whether she wants them or not.
Overall, Ms. Reus has penned a wonderful romantic suspense in this book, which had the right balance of suspense and romance that kept me immersed in the story and determined to discover how the hero would handle the betrayal of someone he should be able to trust; and how far he was willing to go to keep the heroine safe and make certain she was in his life for years to come. The way this story ended had me on the edge-of-my-seat due to the danger these two faced, but left me believing the hero made the right choice with what he did in making sure the heroine was safe forever. However, what I liked most about the ending was the choices the hero made and his suggestion about what he and the others should do. Certainly, they'd be good at helping people the way they've decided to. I would recommend Resurrection by Katie Reus, if you enjoy romantic suspense, the second chance romance trope or books by authors Kaylea Cross, Cristin Harber, Lynn Raye Harris or Susan Stoker.
About Resurrection:From USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus comes the ALL NEW Redemption Harbor series where sparks fly and so do bullets…
She faked her own death…
Skye Arévalo left the CIA and faked her death to protect Colt Stuart, the only man she ever loved. Months later, a brutal kidnapping draws her to quietly infiltrate a dangerous cartel. Just when she thinks she’s home free, things go horribly wrong and she escapes with bloodthirsty enemies on her heels…only to find herself face to face with a bewildered and angry Colt.
He’ll cross every line to save her…
When Colt, a former Marine, finds out the woman he loved betrayed him, he’s shocked and hurt, but it doesn’t stop him from breaking every law on the books to keep her alive. Unfortunately, it might not be enough to stop a powerful enemy who will do anything to see the world burn and Skye dead.
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Colt banged his fist against the door, fear and the smallest bit of hope punching through him. “Answer the fucking door,” he snarled. “Open, or I kick it in.”
“Maybe you should take it down a notch.”
Next to him, Brooks shoved an agitated hand through his hair, his Stetson held loosely at his side. “And maybe you should be freaking out more.”
One of their best friends had been holed up in his home for weeks, refusing to talk to anyone, to see anyone. Colt didn’t know exactly what his friend was going through, but he’d lost a lot of damn friends in the sandbox and the only woman he’d ever loved had died too. Something he couldn’t think about right now. He couldn’t focus on his own pain when he could help his friend, when he had a damn purpose. Mercer had recently lost his wife, and the man wasn’t handling it. The guy had been in love with Mary Grace since he was fifteen.
They’d been each other’s world. And two months ago she’d been killed in Mexico, a victim of cartel violence. Allegedly. Colt hadn’t been in love with Skye since he was a kid, but eight months with her sure felt like a lifetime. Hell, when she died it felt like he’d lost part of himself. The only part that mattered. He had to force himself out of bed every day, to shove back the emptiness. So on one level, he understood how Mercer felt. He shoved that thought right back inside where it belonged and ignored it. He couldn’t fix his own problem, but he could help out Mercer.
Panic swelled through Colt as the seconds ticked by without any response from inside—until he heard cursing on the other side of the door. Good. If his friend was cursing, he was alive. A solid minute later the lock snicked loudly as it twisted open. Colt grabbed the handle and shoved it open, pushing past his best friend in case he tried to slam the door closed in his face. Mercer, wearing boxers and nothing else, had grown a full black beard and his dark eyes were glassy.
“What the hell are you doing here this early?”
“First, it’s two o’clock in the afternoon. Second…” Colt hauled off and punched him right in the nose. He needed to wake Mercer the hell up. Violence was pretty much the only way to do that now.
“Ah, hell,” Brooks muttered as Mercer flew back and fell on his ass with a grunt. He held a hand to his nose, looking more alert than he had in two months as he glared up at Colt and Brooks.
“What the hell, man?” His voice was muffled as he tried to stop the bleeding.
“I believe this is called an intervention,” Colt said, stepping into the foyer, cringing at the stench. “God, it smells like old pizza and cow crap in here. Mary Grace would kick your ass if she saw you living like this.”
“Don’t say her name!” Mercer shoved to his feet, letting his hand drop. Blood dripped down his face as he snarled at Colt. His teeth were toothpaste commercial white against his dark brown skin. Right now he looked like a rabid wolf baring his teeth at them.
“I’ll say her name if I want.” Yeah, he knew he was being harsh, but this was what Mercer needed. He needed to feel something, to wake the hell up. And making Mercer angry was the only way Colt knew how. Because the guy sure wasn’t going to talk about his fucking feelings. He needed to get out of this rabbit hole he’d let himself fall into. “We all lost her. Every single one of us.”
Most days Colt couldn’t believe she was gone. They’d all grown up together, and in his case, he’d been friends with Mary Grace since they were five years old. She was like a sister to Colt. Hell, he was still holding on to the hope that she wasn’t actually gone. It was why he was about to get on a plane in two hours and see if the tip he’d received was right. But first he had to make sure one of his best friends didn’t do something stupid while he was gone. “Mary Grace.”
“Ah, hell,” Brooks said again, clearly not going to intervene. Just muttering his standard curse.
“Fuck you,” Mercer snapped, taking a step toward Colt. That was it. Get angry, he silently willed his childhood friend. Mercer needed anger to replace the grief. God, or at least mute it. Just for a week. That was all Colt needed. Because if Mary Grace was alive, he was bringing her home to his best friend. He just couldn’t give Mercer the hope she was alive. Because if he did and it turned out she wasn’t… It would destroy him.
“Mary. Grace.” Mercer rushed at him like a bull.
About Katie Reus:
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.
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