Under His Protection by Katie Reus
Series: Red Stone Security #9
Published: September 1, 2014 by KR Press, LLC
Genre: Suspense Romance
Julieta’s stalker doesn’t play by the rules…
Lingerie shop owner Julieta Mederos has worked hard to get her business off the ground. Now she’s looking forward to some quality time with her friends and her big, boisterous family. But explicit texts from random phone numbers and vandalism at her shop makes it clear someone dangerous has fixated on her. Without any solid leads, the police can’t help her and she’s forced to turn to the last man she wants to depend on.
…but neither does Ivan.
Former Army Ranger and newest Red Stone Security employee Ivan Mitchell has gotten used to being alone in the world. He never even thinks about it anymore—until he meets sexy, independent Julieta. She’s everything he could ever want…but she seems determined to keep him at arm’s length. Until now. Maybe the cops can’t do anything to protect her, but he can. When things escalate faster than even he expected, he finds himself pulling out his most extreme combat skills to protect her. He’ll do what it takes to save her life—and prove to her she belongs in his.
In Under His Protection, Katie Reus creates a truly despicable villain that is stalking and harassing our heroine, Jules. This was more psychological thriller rather than action as Jules and Ivan try to figure out who’s after her but I still really enjoyed it. Jules was a wonderful heroine that I liked from the beginning. She’s put so much of herself into her business that she’s neglected her own happiness outside of work but her dedication is admirable. She’s an excellent friend, a caring woman, and the type of person that everyone likes. I also loved her confidence and her comfort in her own skin; though she’s been celibate for a while, Jules is very sex-positive and she’s not ashamed of who she is.
Big and protective, Ivan was the epitome of the Alpha Hero. When he first meets Jules he’s immediately attracted but his attempt to keep his distance makes him look standoffish but when Jules realizes that Ivan wants her, everything changes. Ivan was incredibly protective of Jules and he jumps in right away when he finds out about the texts she’s been getting. He’s a bit aggressive about helping her at first, but the reader knows it’s from his heart. Ivan is so used to giving orders and being obeyed but he quickly learns that Jules is independent and fiery and won’t be bossed around.
Ivan and Jules set the pages on fire and I appreciated that they don’t immediately jump into bed all the way. Ivan isn’t used to relationships and he doesn’t want to mess up with Jules so he wants to take things slowly. He’s also concerned about taking advantage when Jules is so vulnerable so he spends a lot of time worshiping Jules and putting her first. Clearly Ivan knows his way around the bedroom *fans face*. This series really keeps up the action and romance and it’s great to see previous couples since Red Stone Security is really one big, supportive family.
**Reader Safety: Heroine is being stalked and harassed and is receiving disturbing text messages
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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