reviewed by Pam Guynn
Saving Danger by Katie Reus is suspenseful and romantic, as any romantic suspense should be. However, this novel has that “something extra” with a strong heroine that comes out strong and fighting when necessary, but knows when to ask for help.
Art retrieval expert Ivy Danger works for an international insurance company and locates and retrieves stolen art. Her latest job brings her to her home town of Miami, Florida. This commission would allow her to pay off the mortgage and buy out the business partner of an animal shelter that she inherited from an aunt. But the gang that stole this painting has proven to be violent so she calls on Nash Harris, a friend for years, for help. He now works for Red Stone Security and is her brother’s best friend. Both Ivy and Nash have fantasied about the other, but neither wants to ruin their friendship.
There was a lot more character development in this book for them than I expected. Ivy and Nash are both strong and good at their jobs. Each character is well-developed and I got a good sense of what they enjoyed when they were relaxing as well as how they handled threats and what their vulnerabilities were. The supporting characters of Ivy’s family and friends as well as Nash’s friend and co-worker had the right amount of depth for their roles.
This book is exactly what you would expect from a well-written romantic suspense novel, with plenty of activities around finding the thieves and determining how to retrieve the stolen art mixed with just the right amount of friendship and romance.
The one thing that I felt was somewhat missing was a strong sense of Miami. This could have taken place in almost any city.
Steamy scenes don’t come into play until about 80 percent of the way through the book so there isn’t the instant love that so many authors overuse. Themes include threats, family, friendship, attraction, protectiveness, trust, respect, romance, and much more. There is also a theme around how families can still view someone as a reckless teenager even when they are now responsible and respected adults.
Overall, this book was suspenseful, fast-paced, and full of relationship-building. If you enjoy a mixture of romance and suspense with strong male and female characters and some action and drama, then this may be the series for you.
This exhilarating novel is the seventeenth in the Red Stone Security series, but it reads well as a standalone. There are recurring characters so there’s some continuity between the books. This is the third book that I have read by this author and I can’t wait to find out what is next in this series as well as go back and read the earlier books.
Author Collection 20 – KR Press, LLC and Katie Reus provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for August 24, 2021.