From USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus comes the final story in the explosive Redemption Harbor series where sparks fly and so do bullets…
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.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
I'm the first to admit that, as much as I like Katie Reus' take on small-ish town romantic suspense, I haven't read every book in the Redemption Harbor Series. But the ones I have, did I ever enjoy them. Chasing Vengeance, the finale to the series was no exception.
I liked that Layla was trying to start over. Redefining who she wanted to be and how she wanted to live after the death defying situation she survived. Thankfully she had her best friend and crew to welcome her with open arms. Even if the one person she wanted more than anything kept her at arms length, she kept pushing for more.
But Xavier was keeping her at a distance, heck he kept everyone at a distance, for her own safety. And because how could someone as good as her every truly want someone like him. His secret was a big one and when it came back to haunt him, it was Layla who was caught in the crossfire. It brought out all of his protective instincts and put into perspective some of the choice he needed to make for his future.
While I do feel that I would've enjoyed this a bit more if I had read the other books in the series (the other couples pop up a lot- but not in a bad way), this is still a total standalone. Katie Reus went out all in this series finale and it was all I could've asked for. Xavier and Layla's journey was hard and riddled with pain and guilt but it just made their happy moments that much sweeter. Nobody deserved it more. And that ending...sigh...it was bittersweet perfection.
About the Author
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.
However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.