Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Release Day Blitz: Resurrection by Katie Reus

Today we have the release day blitz of Resurrection by Katie Reus! We’re so excited to share this fantastic new release with you—check out the festivities and grab your copy today!!

About Resurrection:

From USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus comes the ALL NEW Redemption Harbor series where sparks fly and so do bullets… She faked her own death… Skye Arévalo left the CIA and faked her death to protect Colt Stuart, the only man she ever loved. Months later, a brutal kidnapping draws her to quietly infiltrate a dangerous cartel. Just when she thinks she’s home free, things go horribly wrong and she escapes with bloodthirsty enemies on her heels…only to find herself face to face with a bewildered and angry Colt. He’ll cross every line to save her… When Colt, a former Marine, finds out the woman he loved betrayed him, he’s shocked and hurt, but it doesn’t stop him from breaking every law on the books to keep her alive. Unfortunately, it might not be enough to stop a powerful enemy who will do anything to see the world burn and Skye dead.  

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Colt banged his fist against the door, fear and the smallest bit of hope punching through him. “Answer the fucking door,” he snarled. “Open, or I kick it in.” “Maybe you should take it down a notch.” Next to him, Brooks shoved an agitated hand through his hair, his Stetson held loosely at his side. “And maybe you should be freaking out more.” One of their best friends had been holed up in his home for weeks, refusing to talk to anyone, to see anyone. Colt didn’t know exactly what his friend was going through, but he’d lost a lot of damn friends in the sandbox and the only woman he’d ever loved had died too. Something he couldn’t think about right now. He couldn’t focus on his own pain when he could help his friend, when he had a damn purpose. Mercer had recently lost his wife, and the man wasn’t handling it. The guy had been in love with Mary Grace since he was fifteen. They’d been each other’s world. And two months ago she’d been killed in Mexico, a victim of cartel violence. Allegedly. Colt hadn’t been in love with Skye since he was a kid, but eight months with her sure felt like a lifetime. Hell, when she died it felt like he’d lost part of himself. The only part that mattered. He had to force himself out of bed every day, to shove back the emptiness. So on one level, he understood how Mercer felt. He shoved that thought right back inside where it belonged and ignored it. He couldn’t fix his own problem, but he could help out Mercer. Panic swelled through Colt as the seconds ticked by without any response from inside—until he heard cursing on the other side of the door. Good. If his friend was cursing, he was alive. A solid minute later the lock snicked loudly as it twisted open. Colt grabbed the handle and shoved it open, pushing past his best friend in case he tried to slam the door closed in his face. Mercer, wearing boxers and nothing else, had grown a full black beard and his dark eyes were glassy. “What the hell are you doing here this early?” “First, it’s two o’clock in the afternoon. Second…” Colt hauled off and punched him right in the nose. He needed to wake Mercer the hell up. Violence was pretty much the only way to do that now. “Ah, hell,” Brooks muttered as Mercer flew back and fell on his ass with a grunt. He held a hand to his nose, looking more alert than he had in two months as he glared up at Colt and Brooks. “What the hell, man?” His voice was muffled as he tried to stop the bleeding. “I believe this is called an intervention,” Colt said, stepping into the foyer, cringing at the stench. “God, it smells like old pizza and cow crap in here. Mary Grace would kick your ass if she saw you living like this.” “Don’t say her name!” Mercer shoved to his feet, letting his hand drop. Blood dripped down his face as he snarled at Colt. His teeth were toothpaste commercial white against his dark brown skin. Right now he looked like a rabid wolf baring his teeth at them. “I’ll say her name if I want.” Yeah, he knew he was being harsh, but this was what Mercer needed. He needed to feel something, to wake the hell up. And making Mercer angry was the only way Colt knew how. Because the guy sure wasn’t going to talk about his fucking feelings. He needed to get out of this rabbit hole he’d let himself fall into. “We all lost her. Every single one of us.” Most days Colt couldn’t believe she was gone. They’d all grown up together, and in his case, he’d been friends with Mary Grace since they were five years old. She was like a sister to Colt. Hell, he was still holding on to the hope that she wasn’t actually gone. It was why he was about to get on a plane in two hours and see if the tip he’d received was right. But first he had to make sure one of his best friends didn’t do something stupid while he was gone. “Mary Grace.” “Ah, hell,” Brooks said again, clearly not going to intervene. Just muttering his standard curse. “Fuck you,” Mercer snapped, taking a step toward Colt. That was it. Get angry, he silently willed his childhood friend. Mercer needed anger to replace the grief. God, or at least mute it. Just for a week. That was all Colt needed. Because if Mary Grace was alive, he was bringing her home to his best friend. He just couldn’t give Mercer the hope she was alive. Because if he did and it turned out she wasn’t… It would destroy him. “Mary. Grace.” Mercer rushed at him like a bull.


Resurrection kicks off a new series from Katie Reus, but don't worry - it's just as action packed and suspense filled as past books.  

In this book, we get a glimpse at not just our couple for this book - but more of the Redemption Harbor gang, which made me want to know their stories even more while being won over by Skye and Colt as theirs played out.  There's such a familial bond between this group of friends - something more than just casual friends or coworkers and it was great to watch play out. 

Skye faked her death months ago - all for a very specific reason - a well-intentioned one - to keep the man she loved safe and away from teh dangers that would follow her. But when she hears one of his closest friends may be held hostage in a cartel house, she can't find it in herself to not attempt to save the woman she knows so much about but has never met.  What she doesn't expect is to run into that very man while on the mission. 

When Colt received a tip that his friends wife may not be dead as they've thought, but rather being held by a drug cartel - he knows he has to find out the truth behind the tip, and if its real - he has to bring her home. Colt knows what the loss of a woman will do to a man - afterall the woman he'd planned to spend forever with died six months ago - or so he thought. 

When Colt and Skye come up on each other in the middle of the mission to save Mary Grace - both are left with conflicting feelings. There's still a connection there - but Colt is hurt and feeling betrayed and Skye is worried about the danger lurking - the reason she faked her death to begin with.  Colt's not willing to let Skye go though - he wants to know everything and he's going to do whatever is in his power to protect her from danger too. 

One thing these two both have is a fierce determination - of course Skye's determined to keep Colt out of danger and Colt's determined to discover her secrets and keep her safe too.  Their interactions pulled me into the story, curious to know more about their history - but also wondering about what had caused Skye to fake her death and try to stay away from Colt.  There was a real chemistry between them - even with Colt's frustrations and Skye's fears that had them at a bit of odds even though their feelings were plain to see.  

Resurrection was full of action, a good bit of mystery, and of course the blinding attraction between two operatives who had more than a little to lose.  I dove in to the story from page one, full of questions, potential theories and a desire to see things work out between Colt and Skye. Each turn of the page gripped me deeper into their world and left me craving more.  

I can't wait to see what comes next from Redemption Harbor. 

About Katie Reus:

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.

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