He'll do anything to protect her....
Former Marine and newest Red Stone Security employee Alexander Blue is still adjusting to the civilian world after a decade spent at war, but when he sees someone in danger, nothing can take away that intrinsic need to protect. After stopping a would-be mugger, Blue finds himself being bandaged up by a sensual local artist in her Key West condo. He never expected to stay the night, even if it is on her couch. The mysterious Mina gets under his skin in a way he never thought possible. When it becomes clear that her mugging wasn’t random and she’s being targeted by deadly men, Blue has no problem stepping into the role of protector.
But she doesn't want to be saved
Tired of being coddled and treated like a child, Mina has tried to distance herself from her family. When danger finds her, she’s forced to turn to the sexy stranger who she feels a strong, unexpected connection with. In him she sees glimmers of herself; a little broken, withdrawn and wary of the world. Soon she learns that the biggest threat might not be from the men trying to kidnap her, but from the quiet warrior who poses an immediate risk to her heart.
***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review***
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆
Blue saved Mina from a kidnapping attempt in a back alley of Key West. Mina was trying to live a quiet anonymous life away from her wealthy father. She doesn’t want to tell Blue who she really is, but realizes that she needs his protection. Mina has never felt this connection with a man before.
A delicious shiver raced down her spine as she slid an arm around his taut waist. It felt weird to snuggle up to a stranger but after what had just happened she didn’t mind in the least. His warmth and strength were reassuring. Her nerves felt frayed the more she thought about what could have happened and all she wanted to do was get to the safety of her apartment.
Blue is enthralled by Mina and her sweet scent. He is like a man that is dying of thirst in the desert and Mina is the last drink of water around. They both realize they have a lot in common. Both are tongue tied around each other to start with but after a couple of bottles of wine they begin to unwind and get to know each other.
“Turnabout’s fair play. I told you something I never tell people. Now you tell me why those men were after you. Because I know you know.”
Mina tells Blue about her father and how she had been trying to put space between herself and the life he lives. She tells him that the men were probably trying to get her to get to her father. Blue sets up things with his company, Red Stone Security, to protect Mina. He also calls in some of his military buddies that live in the area to help out until Red Stone’s security team arrives.
I’m here because her father sent me and I arrived about ten minutes ago by helicopter. Came in straight from Miami where Warren is staying. He hasn’t called because…” His expression softened as he flicked a glance at Mina. “Sh!t, there’s no way to break this to you gently. It’s why I’m here in person. He’s dying Mina.”
Finding out her father is dying from pancreatic cancer, Mina needs to get to him as soon as possible. She knows that she can trust Blue to protect her and get her safely to her father. Blue swears that he will do whatever needs to be done to keep Mina safe. The kidnappers are closing in and they are desperate to keep her from reaching her father. Who is behind these attempts?
For the first time in her life she knew without a doubt that a man wanted her simply for her. And not just any man. But Alex.
All will be revealed in the end. Surprise twists and turns lead Mina and Alex to each other and their very own happily ever after.
Hero –Alexander Blue: 4.5 stars
Heroine –Mina: 4.5 stars
Steam: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes! You have one sexy hot ex-marine who definitely has the moves and a woman that is ready to make him hers. What’s not to recommend?
Would I read other books by this author: Yes! This is one of my favorite authors and I cannot wait for her next book in this series.
Amazon available 4/28/14