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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Review: Love Thy Enemy by Katie Reus

Another installment of the Red Stone Security series and it doesn't disappoint!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: KR Press LLC
Release Date: June 7, 2016

Red Stone Security employee Dominique Castle knows all too well that there are people in this world she just can't trust. After losing both her parents, Dominique keeps her distance from anyone tied to her past—especially the man she's hated for years. And Viktor Ivanov isn't going to change her mind about who he really is—no matter how determined the infuriatingly sexy Russian is.

He's determined to win her over.

She may hate him and not trust him, but Viktor is determined to crack through Dominique's icy exterior one way or another—even if it means taking the game into his own hands. With a past like Viktor's, he's made more than a few enemies along the way—enemies who'll stop at nothing to take him down. When Viktor realizes Dominique's life is in danger because of him, he’ll stop at nothing to protect her—whether she likes it or not. Now it's up to Dominique to trust the one man who's linked to the agony of her past. Can she find a way to love the enemy she always loathed?

For years Dominique Castle has hated Viktor Ivanov because of his connection to her tragic past yet when he becomes interested in her, she can’t seem to resist him. He is determined to convince Dominique to give him a chance and to get to know him but with his dark past it isn’t long before Dominique is in danger and she has no choice but to trust Viktor to keep her safe. Which means spending a lot of time with him.

I’ve yet to read a Katie Reus romance that didn’t impress me. Love Thy Enemy is the thirteenth book (I know right? Thirteen and not a dud among them) in the Red Stone Security series and it lived up to its predecessors with no problem.

Love Thy Enemy is a great example of a well written romantic suspense without the clutter of too many unnecessary scenes. Katie Reus does it all in under 70,000 words. That’s one of my favorite things about this series, I get fun characters, steamy romance, a pinch of humor, and plenty of action at just a fraction of the size of other novels yet I’ve never been unsatisfied with the way these books end.

Long time fans FINALLY got to see who Viktor really was and he didn’t disappoint. He was an interesting character who didn’t want to be the monster his father was yet he didn’t hesitate to use his reputation or mafia type methods in order to protect those he cared about. While Love Thy Enemy was Viktor’s book, he still kept some of the mystery around him a secret. Not that I didn’t connect with him because I did, I understood how much he wanted to escape his brutal past but at the same time, with Dominique being threatened, the only way to ensure her safety was to tap into that part of him that could cause pain and death. It was a tough line for him to straddle but that’s what made him interesting to me.

In typical Reus fashion, the heroine was completely capable of handling herself in tough situations and never acted like a weakling, even when the odds were not in her favor. Dominique was feisty, confident, and likable. She was young and a bit naïve but I liked that she was quick to learn and to admit when she was wrong. But back to her naiveté, she was inexperienced in relationships but didn’t allow that to make her incompetent in the other areas of her life. She was a good employee, a good friend, and a strong match for Viktor. Once she put her hatred of Viktor in the spotlight and dealt with the facts, Dominique became a different character towards him. She showed him that there was goodness and happiness in life and that he didn’t have to be the scary guy that no one could get to know. Gotta love a heroine who brings softness into the hero’s life all while still being a tough girl.

Viktor and Dominique’s romance wasn’t the only romance going on in Love Thy Enemy though. Viktor’s brother Abram also has a romance happening with Lucy who works for both brothers. I will say that Lucy was my favorite though. There was just something about her that worked for me.

Final Verdict: Such a quick read but Love Thy Enemy had what I needed to make it a good time. Katie Reus is one of my go-to authors for romantic suspense because she never leaves her female characters out of the action, nor does she make them weak. Enjoyed this latest installment of the Red Stone Security series!

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