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Monday, August 4, 2014

ARC Review: Bound to Danger by Katie Reus

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: August 5, 2014

At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.

Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.

Bound to Danger was such a trip! Heart pumping action, intriguing mystery and a red hot romance that left me wanting more, author Katie Reus definitely knows how to capture an audience and keep them entertained!

Maria Cervantes is the only survivor of a terrorist act that left her mother and countless others dead. The shock of the incident has left her with no memory of that night and in desperate need of protection. Now, Cade O’Reilly, a man from her past has taken up the job of protecting her and getting answers about that night. Being forced into close quarters with each other brings out old resentments, secret regrets and of course passion.

Creating such a traumatic event so early on in the story not only made an impression on me as a reader but created such sympathy for Maria. In just a few pages she overhears a terrorist plot, loses her mother in another terrorist attack and becomes a target of terrorists because of what is lock inside her mind. That’s a lot for one character to handle but handle it she does. There are no whiny female hysterics from her just a shaky acceptance that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time and now has to run for her life. It’s not to say that she isn’t terrified or emotional, but she doesn’t throw herself a pity party, instead she does what she has to in order to survive and remember what she heard.

Cade was great. Tall, dark, handsome and deadly, he was the perfect guy to handle Maria’s situation. As dangerous as he is, Cade is an emotional guy. He feels guilt over his past with Maria but he also feels this overwhelming desire to be with her again and to protect her. Katie Reus did a great job balancing out Cade’s rough and ready personality with a more vulnerable and guilt ridden secret side. I didn’t feel like Cade was more machine than man, quite the opposite, I saw Cade as a man who buried his guilt and pain in the form of becoming one of the best operatives for dangerous missions.

Cade and Maria definitely worked well together. There were so many unresolved issues between them going back eight years that when combined with their attraction to one another created some intense, sexually charged scenes. I loved that they shared a mutual respect for one another. Cade wasn’t an over the top, overbearing freakazoid who tried to control every aspect of Maria’s life (Not that Maria would have allowed that being that she’s an independent woman). He respected her enough to treat her as a human being, not a possession and Maria respected Cade enough to know when not to fight him on decisions that were meant to protect her.

Bound to Danger delivers both action and romance with a fast paced plot and steamy love scenes. It’s sure to satisfy fans of the romantic suspense genre and fans who love a tattooed hunk with a heart of gold!

Final Verdict: Sign me up for the next book in the series and while I wait, it's time to check out Reus' other work!

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