Love Thy Enemy by Katie Reus
Series: Red Stone Security #13
Published: June 7, 2016 by KR Press, LLC
Genre: Suspense Romance
Red Stone Security employee Dominique Castle knows all too well that there are people in this world she just can’t trust. After losing both her parents, Dominique keeps her distance from anyone tied to her past—especially the man she’s hated for years. And Viktor Ivanov isn’t going to change her mind about who he really is—no matter how determined the infuriatingly sexy Russian is.
She may hate him and not trust him, but Viktor is determined to crack through Dominique’s icy exterior one way or another—even if it means taking the game into his own hands. With a past like Viktor’s, he’s made more than a few enemies along the way—enemies who’ll stop at nothing to take him down. When Viktor realizes Dominique’s life is in danger because of him, he’ll stop at nothing to protect her—whether she likes it or not. Now it’s up to Dominique to trust the one man who’s linked to the agony of her past. Can she find a way to love the enemy she always loathed?
Dominique Castle has been on her own since she was 18 but she’s made a life for herself working at Red Stone Security and she loves her friends. So when she runs into Viktor Ivanov her world is shaken. Dominique blames Viktor’s father for the gambling debt that destroyed her parents and eventually lead to their divorce and her mother’s suicide. She wants nothing to do with Viktor who she assumes is just like his mobster father. Viktor’s past is checkered but he believes there are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed, which is why he’s always hated his father. When he first sees Dominique he’s immediately attracted but once he realizes who she is, he feels remorse for what his father put her family through.
“She was an addiction he was more than glad to succumb to.”
Both of these characters are used to keeping a hard shell around their emotions, so their romance was a bit of work. Dominique doesn’t trust Viktor, rightly so, and believes he’s a monster like his father. But with time she realizes that he’s actually protective, honorable, and caring and though this happens relatively easily, Dominique is still smart about how she handles things. She’s clearly a headstrong and confident woman but with Viktor she feels like she can relax and be taken care of. I did want to know more about Viktor’s past because several times Katie Reus alludes to a more criminal lifestyle but we don’t really get any details. It’s clear that Viktor has turned thing around and he keeps things legal but past enemies coming after him is a big part of the storyline.
There is also a side romance with Viktor’s brother and business partner who is crushing hard on their efficient assistant. Overall, this was a quick read but it just doesn’t stand out for me. It’s probably the book in the series I was the least invested in.
**Reader Safety: References to sexual slavery and suicide of side character
3 stars – it was good
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