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Chasing Vengeance

Redemption Harbor Series, Book 7
Written by: Katie Reus
Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
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Wanting her means putting a target on her back....

Layla’s taste in men runs toward the epic side of awful. With one murderous ex-fiancé already behind her, she’s attempting to start over in Redemption Harbor with the help of her bestie, Nova. And wine. Lots of wine. The very thing that helps her make another epic mistake - trying to kiss Xavier, one of her newest friends. So what if he’s sexy, funny, and has completely taken over her fantasies? Relationships and Layla don’t mix. And Xavier is clearly not interested anyway.

But it’s too late to walk away....

Any good hitman has no business forging a personal life...no matter how great the temptation. And Xavier is an exceptionally good hitman, with a long list of enemies. Even if Layla could somehow look past his profession, he’d never put her in jeopardy. But everyone has their breaking point - and when Layla accepts a date with someone else, Xavier’s possessiveness is unleashed. The greater the risk, the sweeter the reward...until Xavier’s sweet Layla is used against him by someone from his past. Now, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her from the enemy hunting her from the shadows.

©2019 Katie Reus (P)2019 Katie Reus

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  • Yvonne T. Cruz
  • 2019-04-21

Sorry to see this series end

We are back in Redemption Harbor, the place where we have met and come to love some imperfect wonderful alpha men, and some amazingly strong women.
This time the story belongs to school teacher Layla , whom we met in a previous book when she was running for her life, and Xavier, who’s been attracted to her since he met her, but one who has stayed away because of his dangerous profession.
When she’s endangered because of him, he does all he can to protect her, even though his heart is breaking knowing she can’t be his.
But mostly, it’s a story that reminds us that life is not all black or white , but rather variations of gray. We might not agree with all of Xavier’s actions, but who are we to judge.
The plot was action packed and the complex characters made the story extra special. It’s also a story about love, and acceptance. One of my favorite quotes from the story is “Everyone has baggage. Find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack”.
I have come to enjoy the narrator, Ms Sophie Eastlake. She always brings the stories to life.
Lastly, it was a bittersweet story to read, since it’s the last of the series, but it was also wonderful to “see” how the previous characters were doing.
Thanks to the author for another winner.

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  • Karla
  • 2019-05-07

disappointed

To repetitious not enough storyline. Didn't live up to the action that was in the first few books.

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  • Rosemary
  • 2019-05-02

Romantic Suspense At It's Best

Layla came to Redemption Harbor to start over. Her ex-fiancée was a murderer. Now that he’s dead she wants to rebuild her life. Here she has friends who care for her. Especially Xavier. I loved seeing how this powerful man was overcome by love for this woman. He will go to any lengths to keep her safe. He’s worried that she won’t want him once she knows the real man. Layla is drawn to Xavier. She wishes that he would reciprocate her feelings. Layla is a good and caring woman. I loved how she makes a difference in the lives of the people around her. These two have lived very different lives but I was touched by how much they care for each other. I wanted this couple to get the HEA they deserved. As usually I enjoy coming to Redemption Harbor. It’s great to catch up with this tight knit group of friends and coworkers. Katie Reus has written a suspenseful story. It’s filled with non-stop action and has a surprising twist at the end. The characters are well written and the dialogue is sharp and snarky. I enjoyed the narration of Sophie Eastlake. She makes the characters come alive. I’m sorry this is the last book in this series. I will miss this team.

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  • dsjones
  • 2019-04-26

CHASING VENGEANCE BY KATIE REUS

CHASING VENGEANCE Redemption Harbor Series Book 7 By Katie Reus
I am saddened that Book 7 is the last of the Redemption Harbor series. I would say this series has been some of Katie's best work. This is the story of Xavier and Layla. She is rebuilding her life after her ex-fiance almost killed her, but she is starting to have strong feelings for Xavier. He is a hit man with a big list of enemies, so he is afraid he would put her in danger if they tried to have a relationship, no matter how much he wants it. This solid story has suspense, drama, lots of angst, Xavier and Layla have lots of hot chemistry, and it is a very well written story. Once again Sophie Eastlake narrates this story and does her usual great job! I give this 5 stars.

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  • Tammy Payne
  • 2019-04-25

Amazing Story, High Suspense !!

Amazing story, the author saved the best for last in this series. So sad to see it go and super happy she brought all the characters I love back in this one. This book is high suspense, action and oh yes the hotness is melting. The narrator handles all characters perfectly and she is clear spoken, and literally makes this story come to life. I highly recommend you give it a listen.

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  • carvanz
  • 2019-04-23

Great narration of an excitement laced story!

Audiobook: Narrator - Sophie Eastlake

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was a great book to listen to as the narrator kept me engaged the whole time as she brought Xavier and Layla to life. She did a great job of both male and female voices and I never struggled to discern between characters.


What a wonderful ending to this awesome series!

We met Layla in a previous book after she had witnessed her fiancée kill a man. Now she has moved to Redemption Harbor and is trying to settle down. After meeting Xavier they have become friends and while she feels things she normally doesn’t feel for a friend, she’s aware that he doesn’t share those same desires. But after a night out with another man, Xavier confronts her and holy heck, it was spectacular…until she woke up the next morning.


Xavier lives a life that doesn’t allow room for close relationships. Despite that hard and fast rule, he’s drawn to Layla, too much so. He struggles with his feelings until he finds her on a date with another man. It’s all he can take and he makes his move. While it’s the most amazing night of his life, he knows he can’t bring her any further into his life. Not only does his present and past cause potential danger for her, she’s simply too good for him.


There’s a lot of push and pull here, mostly that of Xavier. And I felt it was justified. But even as he’s pushing her away, Layla’s broken past rises up to taunt her with dark memories of not being worthy. When she finds herself in danger, Xavier steps in immediately to protect her. What follows is an action packed, emotionally filled story as they struggle to find a place where they can face each other head on and confront their feelings.

“She was already under his skin and he wanted to be under hers. Because he would take her with him wherever he went. She would live inside him.”

I loved how Xavier was so protective over Layla and wanted only what was best for her despite the fact that meant he would not be in her life. Add in the fact that Layla was strong enough to let him know exactly how she felt about his decisions as well as accepting what he did for a living made for a very enjoyable read.


All of the previous characters from Redemption make an appearance here helping this couple along not only with their special talents but with their friendship. This had a few surprises and no stupid decisions by the heroine, which I appreciated. The steam and chemistry between Layla and Xavier was evident form the very beginning and only accelerated each time they were together.

With a wonderful epilogue that brought us back full circle to the beginning of this series I’m recommending this to everyone who enjoys full on protective alpha heroes and the strong, kick a$$ women who own their hearts.

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  • Shyla
  • 2019-04-23

Fast Paced

I absolutely love Chasing Vengeance by Katie Reus.  This was such a wonderfully written book that is packed full of action and hotness. A definite one click book for all book lovers.  

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  • She who buys everything online
  • 2019-04-22

Great wrap up

This was an excellent story, both main characters had baggage to deal with on their way to their HEA (I wanted to take a skillet to the H's head a time or twelve), but they managed to get there. We also got to check in with the cast of characters from the previous stories as see them all enjoying their HEA too. A really great end to the series.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 2019-04-21

SEX..&..FRIENDSHIP

CHASING. VENGEANCE. Katie Reus "Redemption Series"
Layla was attracted to Xavier and he was now back in town. Her taste in men have been garbage, should she heed Skye advice, that he was dangerous. Xavier thought she was perfect, resilient after what she has been through.Sex and friendship all it could be, his hands were too bloodstained,being he is with the CIA and kills for a living. When she is driven off the road, was it his past or the past dealings of her ex that was behind it, and wanting to kill her. Redemption Agency is called in to figure it out, while Layla and Xavier are on the run, He wanted to retire, and protect her, and even more if possible. Fast action in this final story. Narration by. Sophie Eastlake was good bringing the story to life. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.