Note from NICUnurse: I would be amiss if I didn’t give a HUGE thank you to Katie Reus and Nazarea Andrews (from Inkslinger PR) for their patience and willingness to not have this review up on time. Their support during my dad’s illness and passing was greatly appreciated. But… at Wickedcoolflight, we really do like to keep our promises and commitments, so here’s my review post, as promised!
Title: Savage Rising
Author: Katie Reus
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Savage Rising:
From USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus comes the second book in the ALL NEW Redemption Harbor series where sparks fly and so do bullets.
He’s a former Marine, her new fake boyfriend, and the only way to escape her dangerous past.
Having a child changed everything for Olivia—she vowed to keep her little girl safe from the mistakes of her past. But when the most dangerous person she ever met blackmails her into doing one last heist, the world she’s so carefully built goes into a tailspin. Frantic, she heads to Redemption Harbor in search of help. Sparks fly when she meets Savage, a man who will do anything to keep Olivia and her daughter safe. He’ll help her get her life back, but can he handle seeing who she once was?
Can they pull it off?
Savage poses as her obsessive ex during a daring undercover operation—and soon the line between reality and their cover story becomes blurred. He’ll use every trick he knows to keep the sensual woman alive and out of jail—and in his life. But the clock is ticking and if they can’t find a way to trust each other, no one will make it out alive.
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******************NICUnurse’s Review of Savage Rising by Katie Reus***************
Savage Rising is book 2 in Katie Reus’ Redemption Harbor series. It is a stand-alone book, but, with most series books, you do get more out of the book if you’ve read the previous book in the series. If you’re unsure of this new series, check out my review of Resurrection posted on July 11, 2017.
Now… about Savage Rising
Sometimes family isn’t blood relatives. For the people of Redemption Harbor Consulting, this is absolutely true. Zac Savage came home to Redemption Harbor when his family needed him the most. He decided to stay and join his family in working at Redemption Harbor Consulting. Olivia Carter gave up her life of crime when she was pregnant with her daughter. But that life has just caught up with her in a big way. So she runs to Redemption Harbor to her friends, and they agree to help her get rid of her past, once and for all. Zac and Olivia couldn’t be more different if they tried. But when they team up to take down a smart criminal from Olivia’s past, sparks fly, of course! Both have major trust issues that stem from some big hurts in their pasts. Yet, they are able to work together and trust each other for the job at hand… but what about when hearts are involved?
So… I’m a big fan of this author’s books. However, this was not my favorite book of hers. Don’t get me wrong… it’s still a good book. Strong characters, awesome chemistry between the lead characters, suspense, and mystery, it’s got it all. However, at times it seemed to drag a bit, and all the twists and turns at the end were somewhat hard to follow. Now, I will say that all of this negative stuff may very well just be me and all that has been going on in the last few weeks in my life. It’s been harder to focus, even to focus on books which have always been my escape and a great distraction in rough times. And not so rough times, too. So I suspect a good bit of this is truly just me. I’m going to give this book a solid 4.5 propeller rating because of that. I’m going to re-read this book after a few weeks, and I’ll update my review if my opinion changes. Katie was kind enough to be OK with this review being late, so I owe her at least that. All in all, it’s still worth your time and money if you are a romantic suspense fan like me!
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.