Red Stone Security #11
“This thing between us is rare. I want to give us a shot.”
A few months ago Athena Manikas thought she met the perfect man, but when he found out she was a virgin he panicked and broke up with her. Athena would be happy to never see Quinn Brody again so she’s shocked when it turns out he works for Red Stone Security where she’s just started her new job. Being around Quinn again is bringing back all of Athena’s feelings and the attraction is still burning bright between them but she’s not sure she can trust him with her heart again. Quinn knows he messed up when he left Athena because he hasn’t been able to think of anyone else since and now that they’re working together he’s putting everything toward winning Athena back.
Sworn to Protect was really great and I loved both Athena and Quinn who have a rocky start but just can’t stay away from each other. I’m glad that Athena doesn’t give in right away when Quinn asks her out again and instead she takes some time to make sure she won’t be hurt again. The Red Stone books are typically pretty short so the characters fall in love quickly but I enjoyed seeing a bit more reticence on Athena’s part. Some of this stems from her insecurities over her weight which kept her from dating through high school and early college. She’s a confident woman now but she can’t help feeling a little nervous with the man who could possibly break her heart.
Quinn made a stupid mistake two months ago when he left Athena but I can’t really hold it against him because he’s just so perfect. He’s protective, confident, and respectful of Athena though he has a few possessive moments where he has to rein himself in. Quinn’s perfection is pretty much set in the Prologue when he helps a woman leave her abusive husband, a fellow police officer. Of course, things are thrown a bit off course when that woman’s husband gets out of jail and comes after them looking for revenge. This is where Katie Reus’s usual flair for suspense comes in and the story moves along quickly as Quinn and Athena travel to Vegas for a tradeshow. I especially enjoyed getting to see Iris again, an ex-Red Stone bodyguard who married and relocated to The Serafina casino, so it was a nice little crossover.
4 out of 5 stars
Bodyguards/Security • Coworkers • Second Chances • Virgins
References to spousal abuse
Quinn Brody ended things with sweet, sexy Athena when he learned she was a virgin. Their relationship was getting too serious and walking away seemed like the best plan. But Quinn has never been able to forget Athena. And when she gets a marketing job at Red Stone Security, it becomes impossible. Quinn wants a second chance, but Athena’s not interested—even if the chemistry between them is off the charts.
The man Quinn put behind bars has been released from prison and is out for blood. Quinn took years of the man’s life and helped his abused wife flee so now the ex-con is hellbent on using Athena to make Quinn pay.
When Athena is sent to Vegas for a tradeshow Quinn volunteers to accompany her—to watch her back. But professional quickly turns personal when the threat to Athena escalates. Refusing to lose her again, Quinn will do anything to save her. Even if it means risking both his life and his heart.