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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review: Lethal Game by Katie Reus

The Red Stone Security series has been one of my favorite long running romantic suspense series. There’s just something so addictive about a hero and heroine who work together to beat the bad guys.

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: January 10, 2016

He broke her heart.
Graysen’s betrayal nearly destroyed Isa a year ago. Now that she’s working for Red Stone Security, she’s managed to piece her life back together after a rough year and a broken heart. Then he appears back in her life and makes it clear he’s not going anywhere until she gives them a second chance. A chance she refuses to take.

Now he’s back to claim what’s his…
Graysen’s never gotten over Isa and he knows he never will. It’s his fault she walked away, but he can’t seem to let her go. He quit his job with the CIA and called in every favor he had to get hired by Red Stone Security just to be near her again. But Isa doesn’t care that he’s desperate to make things right between them—she wants nothing to do with him. He doesn’t blame her, but he’s not willing to give her up. When they’re cornered by lethal terrorists, everything changes. Graysen and Isa will have to find a way to work together if they want to survive. Only then will he be able to convince her to claim the chance at happiness the past stole from them.

What’s it About? Graysen West’s betrayal broke Isa Harper’s heart and her trust in him. A year later and Isa’s working for Red Stone Security and Graysen is desperate for another chance with her so he calls in all sorts of favors so that he can not only work at Red Stone, but work with Isa on a case. Isa on the other hand wants nothing to do with Graysen but when circumstances force them even closer together they have no choice but to work together and hash out their past.

Describe the hero in five words: Persistent. Dedicated. Alpha. Smart. Vulnerable.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Honestly, Graysen’s vulnerability was a big draw for me. His love for Isa made him emotionally vulnerable and that made him more likable to me. I don’t like characters who are too macho and while Graysen was definitely an alpha male, he wasn’t a one dimensional one. He had a lot of emotions going on and it made him a better character to me. I especially liked how Graysen respected Isa and her skills. He didn’t try to demean or undermine her in the guise of “protecting” her because he was the man and she was a woman.

Describe the heroine in five words: Intelligent. Courageous. Funny. Loyal. Vulnerable.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? I love a female character who can do what Isa can. She worked as an active member of Red Stone and when things got dangerous she kept her cool and helped Graysen save the day. I also liked that she didn’t cave when it came to her past with Graysen. She didn’t make it easy for him to win her back not because she was punishing him but because she genuinely didn’t trust him anymore and he had to prove to her that she could trust him. I liked her dedication to her work and to the people she cared about the most though. Isa was kind and considerate and that balanced out the rough and dangerous work she did. I did have a bit of an objection to the way she reacted to seeing Graysen again. I’m not a fan of that particular move.

How convincing were the main characters as a couple? The chemistry between Graysen and Isa was hot but it was also something that needed to develop more due to the time the spent apart and the circumstances of their original relationship. I liked that Reus didn’t rush them into another relationship but rather made them work through Isa’s trust and betrayal problems. By the end I felt that they bonded and healed enough to make their second chance convincing.

Is there a “Scooby Gang” worth mentioning? Emerson and Carlito are two supporting characters who have a romance of their own going on in the background. I enjoyed the page time with them.

How “Lost” did you get in the story? It’s Katie Reus, it doesn’t take me long to get lost in her books and Lethal Game was no exception. There’s plenty of action, danger, and suspense to be had along with some red hot romance and likable characters. It’s a recipe for a good time.

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