No One to Trust
Red Stone Security, #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Katie Reus
Date of Publication: March 1, 2012
Number of pages: 209
Word Count: 45,000
Cover Artist: LFD Designs for Authors
Killers are after her…This has been on my TBR pile for a while. As a matter of fact, I'm not even sure when/who I discovered this author through, but I liked the sound of the series and grabbed several to read. Last year, I read the author's alter ego, Savannah Stuart's Cresent Moon series and enjoyed it. So I figured this would be a great read too. Yeah, you know how certain things can dump you right out of a story? I found one in this book that just kept nagging at me and kept me from fully enjoying the book.
Computer security specialist for Red Stone Security, Elizabeth Martinez has never been able to turn her back on her brother Benny. When his risky lifestyle finally lands him in harm’s way, Elizabeth finds herself dragged into the dangerous underworld with him and into the path of one of Miami’s most dangerous drug lords. To stay alive, she now has to depend on the one man she has tried so desperately to forget.
He’ll do anything to keep her safe…
Former Marine Porter Caldwell never should have let Elizabeth walk away from him all those months ago. She means more to him than anything and now that she’s in danger and turned to him for help, he won’t make that mistake again. When a local gang targets her and she’s nearly killed in a drive by shooting, Porter vows to do whatever it takes to keep her alive. Even if it means turning his back on all that he’s sworn to uphold.
So Elizabeth Martinez is 25 years old with a PhD in Computer Science. Okay, that's a stretch, but possible. Next we hear that she has worked at Red Stone Security for years, moving up the ranks to become head of her department. *head whiplash* Come again say what? I'm sorry. I can allow one or the other. Especially since there was no mention of Lizzy being ubersmart, graduating high school at 15, or being a computer savant. Plus she comes from a privileged background, and has a busy social life including many charity functions. I mean, come on, really? This screams Mary Sue to me. I didn't have as many problems with Porter, but then again, I was so aggravated with Lizzy I was afraid to look too deeply at him.
The funny thing is, I liked the overall storyline and plot. Most of what didn't work for me wasn't even vital to the story. Nothing was really done with the computer aspects, or her "years" of experience at work. They were almost throw away details, especially since the vast majority of the story is Lizzy and Porter on the run. I am torn about what to give this book and whether to continue the series. On one hand, they really weren't vital to the storyline, and I have a couple more books on hand. On the other hand, it did throw me out of the story and I kept looking for instances where the age thing didn't make sense. So 2 'It was Okay' stars for the story and placing the series back on the TBR shelf.