REVIEW: Miami, Mistletoe & Murder by Katie Reus

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Rating 5 Stars

With Noel, it was different. He looked at  her and saw the future he’d always wanted.

Travis might look intimidating and tough with his tattoos and piercings, but when it comes to asking out bakery owner, Noel, he’s just as nervous as the next guy. When he finds Noel about to head into a dangerous situation to check on a young girl she mentors, Travis insists on coming along to keep Noel safe. Things go sideways when Travis must use deadly force to protect Noel and her friends. He doesn’t regret keeping her safe but he’s worried how Noel will react to the realities of his job. Even worse, someone is now looking for revenge and Noel and Travis are the targets.

I’m been looking forward to Travis’s book from the first moment we met him and I was not disappointed! I was only sad that his trademark mohawk was gone and he’s sporting a buzz cut in this book. After a tough assignment, Travis has some “forced” vacation and he’s determined to use the time to finally ask out Noel. He’s been going to her bakery for months and he’s out of his mind attracted to her, but he’s also nervous. I loved the contradiction of Travis’s tough, protector side with his sweet, gentle approach to relationships. In fact, Travis hasn’t been with anyone is almost a year because he’s very much about relationships and doesn’t do casual hookups. But his attraction to Noel tests him at every turn, because he’s never been this hung up on a woman before.

Noel herself has noticed Travis but his quiet nature has her unsure if he’s interested. Not to mention long absences when he’s on an assignment have prevented her from figuring things out. Noel was the perfect heroine for Travis because she’s compassionate, easy going, and so incredibly caring. Travis can take care of Noel, but in many ways Noel can also take care of Travis — it creates a really nice give and take between them. These two are so cute together but they’re also so so sexy! The chemistry was off the charts and I loved the flirting and byplay as they worked up to sleeping together. Noel is beyond distracted by Travis’s tattoos and he gets her all flustered with some hints at his other piercing (if you know what I mean).

Outside Travis and Noel’s relationship, there was also some great action and suspense as our bad guy targets Travis and Noel for revenge. I love stories with a protective character that makes themselves the bodyguard of the person they’re interested in. It says a lot about a person that they’re willing to put themselves in danger to protect another person. I’m really enjoying this series and can’t wait for more!

••• Book Details •••

Red Stone Security #4    Romance, Suspense    KR Press, LLC    November 1, 2012

Fierce and sexy, former Marine Travis Sanchez has always held himself back from the rest of the world, using his tattoos and piercings as armor. But when the woman he’s wanted for months is threatened, he knows it’s time to strip away the bad boy image and show her just how much he wants to be with her. As one of Red Stone Security’s best contractors, Travis is trained for almost any situation. But nothing prepares him for the most dangerous threat of all: the one to his heart.

Kind-hearted Noel Baskov’s only wish for the holidays is that her Miami coffee shop has a successful Christmas season. But her focus on work is interrupted when the family of the young girl she mentors is threatened, and the man she’s been lusting after for months steps in to handle it. Unfortunately the danger is far from over. Can this sexy and mysterious warrior protect Noel, or will he be the one to shatter her heart?

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