Chasing Vengeance by Katie Reus
Redemption Harbor #7
From the first moment contract killer, Xavier, laid eyes on Layla he knew she was the one for him. After discovering her fiancé was a ruthless crime lord, Layla is ready to take a break from men and a relationship with a dangerous man is the last thing she needs. But when someone from Xavier’s past targets him Layla to get to him, Xavier will do anything to keep her safe.
Chasing Vengeance is the last book in the Redemption Harbor series and while it doesn’t involve one of the main characters of RHC it does involve members of this found family. This was a good book but overall just meh in terms of long lasting impressions for me, especially against Katie Reus’s large catalog of romantic suspense books.
Layla was sweet, kind, and incredibly loyal heroine, but she’s had her heart and confidence banged up pretty good and she’s not sure she can trust herself when it comes to men. Growing up as a foster child has created a craving for family in Layla but after her last bad mistake she’s unsure she’ll ever find that. I liked Layla’s growth in the story and while I wish she had been a bit more assertive with her feelings, I did understand that wasn’t really her personality type.
As a hero Xavier is wrapped in shades of grey and while he certainly has a code of honor as a contract killer, he also believes there’s no way Layla will accept what he’s done and where he comes from. Xavier’s push-and-pull attitude toward Layla got on my nerves through the second half of the book and I’m especially not a fan of a hero who refuses to be with the heroine but then gets ridiculously possessive when he sees her with someone else. Other than those few moments, Xavier is not too growly and he actually comes across as a very quiet and steadfast man.
Overall, the Redemption Harbor series has not been one of my favorite by Katie Reus but it certainly brought some very unique characters to the table (looking at you Skye) and I was happy to see them all find love and happiness.
3 stars – it was good
Wanting her means putting a target on her back…
Layla’s taste in men runs toward the epic side of awful. With one murderous ex-fiancé already behind her, she’s attempting to start over in Redemption Harbor with the help of her bestie, Nova. And wine. Lots of wine. The very thing that helps her make another epic mistake—trying to kiss Xavier, one of her newest friends. So what if he’s sexy, funny, and has completely taken over her fantasies? Relationships and Layla don’t mix. And Xavier is clearly not interested anyway.
But it’s too late to walk away…
Any good hitman has no business forging a personal life…no matter how great the temptation. And Xavier is an exceptionally good hitman, with a long list of enemies. Even if Layla could somehow look past his profession, he’d never put her in jeopardy. But everyone has their breaking point—and when Layla accepts a date with someone else, Xavier’s possessiveness is unleashed. The greater the risk, the sweeter the reward…until Xavier’s sweet Layla is used against him by someone from his past. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her from the enemy hunting her from the shadows.
Published by KR Press, LLC on April 9, 2019
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