Series: Red Stone Security #11
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake
Also in this series: Love Thy Enemy, Dangerous Protector, Lethal Game, Miami, Mistletoe & Murder
Also by this author: Enemy Mine, Love Thy Enemy, Dangerous Protector, Shattered Duty, Dark Protector, Lethal Game, Tease Me, Baby, It's Me Again, Baby, Resurrection, Falling For His Mate, Mistletoe Me, Baby, Tempting Danger, Dangerous Witness, Innocent Target, Hunting Danger, Wolf's Mate, Miami, Mistletoe & Murder
His worst mistake was walking away from her…
Quinn Brody ended things with sweet, sexy Athena when he learned she was a virgin. Their relationship was getting too serious and walking away seemed like the best plan. But Quinn has never been able to forget Athena. And when she gets a marketing job at Red Stone Security, it becomes impossible. Quinn wants a second chance, but Athena's not interested—even if the chemistry between them is off the charts.
Now his past has come back to haunt him…
The man Quinn put behind bars has been released from prison and is out for blood. Quinn took years of the man’s life and helped his abused wife flee so now the ex-con is hellbent on using Athena to make Quinn pay.
He’ll do anything to protect her…
When Athena is sent to Vegas for a tradeshow Quinn volunteers to accompany her—to watch her back. But professional quickly turns personal when the threat to Athena escalates. Refusing to lose her again, Quinn will do anything to save her. Even if it means risking both his life and his heart.
Length: 43,000 words
I love the Red Stone Security series! Sworn to Protect is another great addition. Quinn is ex-military and ex-cop who left the police force after helping his boss’s wife escape her abusive husband. The husband/boss is out of prison now and ready to get revenge against Quinn.
Athena is a party planner and very good at what she does. A former chubby girl, she is a 24 year old virgin who is more than ready to lose it. She thought Quinn would be the guy. They had several dates and things were going great…until she dropped the V card bomb on him. He high tailed it away from her.
Flash forward a couple of months and Athena is now working for Red Stone Security and runs into Quinn. Quinn realizes he shouldn’t have freaked out and really wants another chance with her. Being smart, Athena is a bit skeptical but agrees to try being friends. Quinn is assigned to accompany her to a trade show in Vegas to provide and assess security. Their relationship escalates quickly. But, the villain decides he can get back at Quinn via Athena. Predictable? Yep. Overall, I thought the ‘bad guy’ was just meh. He thinks he is so smart and has this plan all figured out, but it was kind of lame. So, in this story, the suspense was my least favorite part, which is unusual for Reus books. Quinn and Athena made up for it though.
The narrator did a great job! Her ‘male voice’ wasn’t overly distracting or too fake. She reads at a good pace and her inflection was solid. Basically, she didn’t do anything that took me away from the story, and thats what I like in a narrator!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: virgin, mortal peril, revenge
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series (but you really can read these in any order)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes, with a sweet epilogue! « Hide Spoiler
Rescuing Emily by Susan Stoker, Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle, Ultimate Courage by Piper J. Drake…then you will probably like Sworn to Protect!