From the USA Today best-selling Red Stone Security Series: a contemporary beauty and the beast themed romantic suspense.
After an explosion leaves detective Grant Caldwell scarred he quits his job and tries to hide from his well-meaning family while he heals. When Belle Manikas, a beautiful new neighbor, moves in next door with problems of her own he finds himself drawn to her even while he tells himself she's nothing but trouble. Even though he knows he'd never have a chance with a woman like her - not with his disfigurement - he can't stay away.
Thanks to severe health problems as a child Belle grew up sheltered and smothered by her loving, if overbearing, family. Now that she's finally out on her own she plans to wring everything she can out of life. When she sets her sights on her brooding neighbor nothing can stop her from getting him into bed - until a madman fixates on her. With Grant now working for Red Stone Security, he sees it as his duty to protect her at all costs. Unfortunately a violent criminal is stalking Belle and will stop at nothing until he's destroyed her.
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"Very good contemporary romance :D"
This was a very good story. I liked Belle and Grant and their story was very good. This is the first book I've read by this author and based off this I will probably read more of her books in the future. Obviously I didn't read book #1 before this but I didn't have an issue with confusion because of not reading it first.
Belle is a nurse and a really nice woman. She grew up sheltered due to heart issues that caused her to need multiple surgeries when she was younger. Belle finally managed to break loose from her over-protective family and out on her own for the first time. She wasn't expecting to become the victim of a stalker on the first day she moved in to her new house.
Grant is a former police detective and former military. He was injured and badly scared when an explosion went off while he was on a raid of a drug den. Grant’s family has been trying to get him to join up with their security team but he hasn't wanted to. Grant’s been staying inside his house most of the time as he’s having a hard time dealing with others seeing his scars. His beautiful next door neighbor’s house getting broken in to is just what he needs to pull him out of his shell.
Belle has a bit of trouble when moving in to her new house when a family friend, Palo, is being rather brutish and rough with her. Grant happens to hear the raised voices and when the woman’s voice sounds upset, he goes to check it out. Grant saves Belle from Palo's attentions and then they talk. Grant tries to keep his scars hidden but Belle can see them. She’s not bothered by them though and Grant is happy about this but unsure how much Belle would want to be around him. That night, Grant sees someone trying to break in to Belle’s house and runs the intruder off. He decides to protect her and sleeps at her place (on her couch) to safeguard her. The next day, Belle is attacked again while swimming in the middle of the day. Belle is saved in the nick of time but once again, the attacker gets away. Grant is even more determined to keep Belle safe and stays with her even after the she gets a security system installed. Belle is attracted to Grant and is sure he’s attracted to her but he doesn't make a move. They share a kiss that Belle started but when Grant doesn't follow up on it she’s unsure what to do. Eventually things come to a head and Belle demands to know what they “are”. Grant didn't want to presume anything and kept thinking she wouldn't want him but when she confronts him, Grant lets her know that he's more than willing to start a relationship with her. Once that’s cleared up, Belle makes sure they start things out right and shows him just how little she cares about his scars, all his scars all over his body. There’s some drama as they try to figure out who the bad guy is and Belle ends up in more danger before things are settled. After the bad guy is taken care of, Belle and Grant are able to explore their blossoming relationship and start their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Belle and Grant and was happy to see them get together because I couldn't help rooting for them from the beginning. I’ll probably read more of this series when I have time. I’d recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
"Hot and Suspenseful"
Suspenseful, Hot, Passionate
One of the most memorable moments for me was when Belle showed Grant her scar. Grant had severe scarring from a drug bust that went bad, and he was afraid no one would want to be with him because of the way he looked. Belle wanted him to see that his scars didn't matter to her. That she has one of her own.
I liked several different scenes in this book, but my favorite is when Grant saves Belle from the serial killer. I was praying that he wouldn't actually hurt Belle, but was afraid he was going to before Grant got there. The author put just enough of a twist on it that even though you knew Grant was going to save her, you didn't know what would happen to her before he got there.
New neighbors, new love, old enemies.
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I love the way Pyper Down changes her voice with each character and Katie Reus has a great writing gift.
"Red Stone Security Is A Great Series"
Colorful characters with intense personalities combined with a great story line makes this book a winner. Can't wait for the next book.
I've discovered a new favorite author! This book is thoroughly engrossing with wonderful characters, well, except for one who shall remain nameless. I look forward to more books in this series.
This is a good short story series. Needs a better narrator which I see we get later in the series.
"Would have loved this as a full length novel"
I liked it but didn't love it. The characters were strong but the entire story felt rushed because it was so short. I liked the premise and writing style so I think I would have loved this story if it were a full length novel. There was definitely enough material to make it full length. Regardless, it was a nice story. Well written with a likable hero and heroine.
What a great love story. I can't wait to read the next book. Belle and Grant made the perfect couple.
"Romantic Suspense - Lite, VERY Lite"
This book is mostly some sex scenes with a very minor plot woven in. Not my taste. I want a lot more substance to a book than this.
""He'd Been a Marine""
the spunk Belle, our heroine had. The sexy way our hero over comes his inner and outer issues.
this is part of a small series. If you like a short fast listen that will keep you glued to the listen, then this is for you. this is a romance, with a mystery and compassion. I love this author as she has a quick pace to her stories.
Ms Down is a new reader for me, well 5 books now. She has a good pace, some readers are so slow, you almost fall asleep. She is not breathy and sounds young but does not have a tin like voice. Her male voice could be deeper, but current one does not take away from the way she makes the males sound sexy. If she has an AKA, please advise so listeners can get more of her work.
yes, when our hero covers and saves the little boy.
on a big sale, I purchased all of the stories and of the 3 of Pyper Downs reads, I am thrill to have found a new author and reader. Enjoy
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