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No One to Trust by Katie Reus
Series: Red Stone Security #1
Published: March 1, 2012 by KR Press, LLC
Genre: Suspense Romance
Killers are after her…Computer security specialist for Red Stone Security, Elizabeth Martinez has never been able to turn her back on her brother Benny. When his risky lifestyle finally lands him in harm’s way, Elizabeth finds herself dragged into the dangerous underworld with him and into the path of one of Miami’s most dangerous drug lords. To stay alive, she now has to depend on the one man she has tried so desperately to forget.
He’ll do anything to keep her safe…Former Marine Porter Caldwell never should have let Elizabeth walk away from him all those months ago. She means more to him than anything and now that she’s in danger and turned to him for help, he won’t make that mistake again. When a local gang targets her and she’s nearly killed in a drive by shooting, Porter vows to do whatever it takes to keep her alive. Even if it means turning his back on all that he’s sworn to uphold.
Elizabeth has been taking care of her brother for years and no one understands how important it is for her to look after Benny. Even when running to Benny’s rescue puts Elizabeth in the sights of notorious drug cartel leader, Orlando. I really enjoyed the action and suspense in this one as Elizabeth tries to run from the bad guy who is obsessed with having her. Considering that Elizabeth works for Red Stone Security, I would have thought she would lean on her workplace for help instead of just depending on Porter — not that Porter can’t take care of her just fine.
“He’d do everything in his power to protect her, but he had the feeling she wasn’t going to make it easy for him.”
Always helping Benny is the reason that Elizabeth and her ex, Porter, broke up. Porter was attracted to Elizabeth from the first time her saw her at Red Stone and even working together couldn’t keep him away. But he couldn’t stand by while Elizabeth risked her life to help her brother. I understand why Porter was so frustrated by Benny — he drove me up the wall for endangering Elizabeth — and I admired his determination to stand by Elizabeth. Now that they’re are back together he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her and protect her brother. Porter was wonderfully protective, strong, and sexy.
The pace and writing kept things going to the end and though there were a few moments when Elizabeth’s stubborn independence got in the way she also learns to lean on other people when it comes to helping Benny. I enjoyed that Elizabeth didn’t fight Porter too much on her protection and she seemed to quickly understand how in over her head she was. On the same note, both Porter and Elizabeth are so set on protecting each other that they don’t do the best job communicating all the facts.
Overall, I loved this book and it was a great fast paced read to fill an hour or two. I can’t wait to read about more of the Red Stone Security guys and get more wonderful suspense from Katie Reus.
**Reader Safety: References to organized crime, gambling, suggesting sexual favors in exchange for clearing debt
5 stars – loved it!
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