HIS TO PROTECT (Red Stone Security #5) by Katie Reus-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Released December 29, 2012
No woman ever affected Red Stone Security expert Kell Malone quite like Charlotte Bastien. It’s been a year since that incredibly intense night they spent together and he still can’t get her out of his head. When he discovers she’s in Miami—with their three-month-old son—he’s stunned. Hurt. He’s also determined to know his child, and if she’ll give him the chance, to make a life with the stubborn woman who has sworn off love.
Single mom Charlotte came to Miami to tell Kell about their son, and that’s all—she won’t open her heart just to have it trashed by another man. Unfortunately, Kell makes that hard. He’s everything she wants, and just one look from him unleashes wicked memories and wild desires. When she witnesses a murder and lands on a hit list, Kell steps up to protect her and their son, but winning her love proves to be the hardest mission he’s ever undertaken
REVIEW: I am a fan of several of Katie Reus’s series and her Red Stone Security series has been one of my favorites this past year. But saying that, I found His To Protect a bit of the same old thing. In each storyline, our hero finds the lost love of his life: the one that got away; the one he would die to protect; or his second chance to make things work-but the female in question is pulled into circumstances that will put her very life in danger. His to Protect is no different but there is a catch in this particular storyline: Charlotte, the woman who kicked him to the curb one year prior, has returned with their three month old son-surprise!
Once again, the heroine must be moved and secluded to protect her from the people wishing to cause her harm. For a security firm, they have a difficult time protecting their loved ones from gangs, drug runners and street thugs. Kell and Charlotte are separated from each other for part of the storyline and because of this I didn’t feel the connection to the couple. I wanted more one on one time-even a few late night phone calls would have helped.
We learn very little about Kell and even less about the couple’s past together-I would have liked to read more about their relationship, both past and present and more about Kell-but this is a novella and perhaps Katie didn’t have the time or space to build upon character development. Kell is definitely an alpha male but one with a heart and soul. There are a few cameos from Red Stone Security members like Travis (growl) connecting this particular story to the series. And saying that, if you are new to the series, each novel can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty.
His To Protect is a novella; a quick read that has a little romance, a little sex, a little suspense and a little intrigue. I don’t have a problem recommending His To Protect, but I was looking for something more. For a lazy afternoon read, His To Protect is a wonderful choice.
Reviewed by Sandy