Under His Protection (Red Stone Security #9) by Katie Reus
Julieta’s stalker doesn’t play by the rules...
Lingerie shop owner Julieta Mederos has worked hard to get her business off the ground. Now she’s looking forward to some quality time with her friends and her big, boisterous family. But explicit texts from random phone numbers and vandalism at her shop makes it clear someone dangerous has fixated on her. Without any solid leads, the police can’t help her and she’s forced to turn to the last man she wants to depend on.
…but neither does Ivan.
Former Army Ranger and newest Red Stone Security employee Ivan Mitchell has gotten used to being alone in the world. He never even thinks about it anymore—until he meets sexy, independent Julieta. She’s everything he could ever want…but she seems determined to keep him at arm’s length. Until now. Maybe the cops can’t do anything to protect her, but he can. When things escalate faster than even he expected, he finds himself pulling out his most extreme combat skills to protect her. He’ll do what it takes to save her life—and prove to her she belongs in his.
Under His Protection was a fun, quick, light read. I don't know why, but I love reading books with big, tough security guys. They are just really entertaining reads normally, and this one was no different.
Julieta owns her own lingerie shop. She has worked hard to get to where she is today and she loves it. Yes, she works a lot, but she finally seems to have some time for family and friends.
Ivan is the strong, silent type. He first meets Julieta when he is working. He is assigned to guard Mina, a girl who ends up befriending Julieta as they both have other friends in common. After that first night he can't keep his eyes off her. He wants her, but is also a bit afraid of her. He has never wanted more than one night with someone, but he knows Julieta would be different. She could break him. Even though Ivan is infatuated with her, Julieta doesn't realize this. She thinks he is super hot, but that he hates her. He always glares at her or ignores her so she has tried to forget about him.
When Julieta finds herself with a stalker who is escalating quickly, Ivan jumps in to help out. Immediately he doesn't want to let her out of his sight until they catch whoever is stalking her. He works hard to try and figure this all out and keep her safe. At the same time they both get closer and it was intense! So hot! So much fun! I loved it.
One of the main things I really enjoyed about this story was the quick pace. There is not a lot of time spent setting everything up. You get a quick intro to our two main characters, then pretty suddenly you get to the meat of the story - the stalking case and these two being thrown together. I was enjoying it so much and such a quick pace I got to the end and thought no! I am not ready for this to be over yet! Good thing there are still plenty more books in this series to read.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★