Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Endure (The Greyson-Slade Series, #1) written by Kristin Kitchen (349 pgs) – finished reading 2/15/15 – 4.5 stars - Romantic Suspense

4.5 Suspenseful Stars!! Edge of your seat thrilling!! Erotically intimate!! Intensely evil!! Well done!!

I knew this was going to be a hard one to put down from the very beginning. From the start it’s evil and edgy. Kat Quincy is a hard-working confident woman. But, it’s her relationship with an abusive boyfriend that pulls her down. She just has to get out of this relationship so she can save herself and not become a statistic. She works with this type of behavior every day. She should know better. So, when she finally breaks down and tells her friends, it’s not without embarrassment and guilt that she does so. What she doesn’t realize is that one of her friends, John, has actually loved her for three years, and he now decides to make it his mission to protect her from harm.

John Greyson is ex-military and now owns his own security company with long-time friend, Rylan Slade. John has had romantic feelings for Kat since he first laid eyes on her three years ago. Unfortunately she was, at one time or another, in a relationship with someone else. John is such a sweetheart of a guy. He’s got wavy black hair and striking gray eyes. And, his body, all 6 ft. 3 inches of him, is stunningly impressive with muscles and tattoos. With those heartstopping dimples, he makes women swoon. According to Kat, though, he’s way too busy with various women, so much so, that her and her friend Maddie nickname all his conquests different flavors of the month in a comical manner.

As Kat’s horrific abuse comes to light, their relationship shifts into a more intimate one. Kat had no idea how John felt about her, and was pleasantly surprised. As much as John promises to protect Kat when her abuser is still running loose, she also vows to protect the ones that she loves when her abuser puts others lives in jeopardy. Her abuser, though, is not working alone and as the story moves along, an unsuspected respected colleague is getting angrier and angrier when things don’t go as planned.

The author did a great job sucking the reader into this suspenseful and enthralling book. I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen in the end. Kat sure did have some horrible shit happen to her. But, she was strong and always the fighter. She also had a fantastic group of friends that had her back every step of the way. And, with a guy like John by her side, she knew she was protected and loved unconditionally. And, who could forget John’s dog, Romeo? He’s such a remarkably safeguarding dog that brought some warm and touching moments to the story. The book was a little long, but the author kept me engaged in Kat and John’s love story totally. I felt that I really could somewhat compare this book to Kristen Ashley’s “Rock Chick” series. Maybe not quite as comical, but the camaraderie amongst friends was obviously apparent. The intimacy between Kat and John was fiery and sensual. And, the climax boasted evil and shock as the intense stand-off was drama at its very best. Impressive debut novel! I won’t hesitate to pick up the next installment in this series, Emerge:)

“Be strong when you are weak
 Be brave when you are scared
 Be humble when you are victorious
 Be badass every day.” ~ Kat (Chap. 13)

“If women didn’t exist,
 all the money in the world
 would have no meaning.” ~ Aristotle Onassis

Review Written, 2/15/15

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