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Innocent Target

(Redemption Harbor #4)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  843 ratings  ·  189 reviews
From USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus comes the next story in the explosive Redemption Harbor series where sparks fly and so do bullets…

He wasn’t supposed to fall for her…

She was a target. A contract that came across his desk by mistake. Axel was simply going to warn her that she was in danger and get out. Then he got a taste of her and fell hard. But they’re from t
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Published May 22nd 2018 by KR Press, LLC
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May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars.

Book four in Katie Reus’ Redemption Harbor series is one of the strongest, and after finding the last offering a little steadier than its predecessors, Innocent Target sets things right back on track.

description I kill people for a living.”

What did come from book three was the introduction of Brooks’ sister, Hadley so for her to have her story told so quick was a treat. And having a huge protective extended family around her is about to prove an advantage as it becomes evident that someone w
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first two books in the Redemption Harbor series, but I found Dangerous Witness to be slow going at times. However, I’m way back into the series after really liking Innocent Target. I fell hook, line and sinker for Axel. He was so totally in to Hadley and was even prepared to walk away if that’s what she needed. He was all alpha – protective, caring and hot without being an a*hole.

Hadley’s a lot younger than Axel (10 years) but is an old soul. She didn’t have the best of childhoods an
Claire Robinson
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - "I... kill people for a living..." Stars!

We return to Redemption Harbor for book four in the series; Innocent Target giving newcomer Hadley Lane her special someone. Her brother Brooks Alexander has featured in the story-lines since the beginning, but his knowledge of his sister was only revealed in the previous book Dangerous Witness, where he was delivered his own action packed Happily-Ever-After.

Someone wanted her dead… He hadn’t figured out who yet. Whoever it was, was a dead man walk
When someone is out to kidnap and torture Hadley, Axel immediately steps in. Just a look at her picture is enough to send his protective instincts into overdrive. Once he meets her face to face, he’s completely gone for the sweet innocent woman who is in a madman’s crosshairs.

Hadley had a rough upbringing and now that she’s met her brother and father she’s finding a contentment she never knew, even if they are a bit overprotective. When she spills coffee on a handsome stranger she immediately fe
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Axel became disillusioned with the justice system and the endless politics and greedy ambitions of the higher ups when he was working for the FBI. That’s how he found himself quitting and becoming a killer for higher. But as messed up as it is, Axel has a code, never harm innocents and only take out the bad guys.

When his contact sends him a file, in the hopes that he’ll intervene, Axel takes one look at Hadley and all his protective instincts demand he protect her. He doesn’t know why someone w
Mindy Lou's Book Review
When I read the blurb on this book I knew this one was going to be my favorite of the series. I love the idea of a contract killer falling for a target. Already being a fan of Katie Reus and her Alpha's, I knew she would do this particular story line justice.

If you have never read this author before, she doesn't go very dark in her series. While the hero is a contract killer, he is still very much a good guy. He's just lost faith in the system and has taken it into his own hands to bring down th
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This was just too easy. The suspense was not exciting. The romance was too sedate and they didn’t really have to overcome anything. I love this author and the series started off great. But I have not found it to be her best. But I will keep reading!
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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We met Hadley, Brooks half-sister, at the end of the last book. Axel is a killer for hire, but in this case he on it to save Hadley. Axel was sweet, as well as hot and sexy and smart and overall a great guy. He didn't run away when Brooks confronted him, but stood his ground and fought for Hadley. I thought the bad guy was going to be nastier than he turned out to be. What a wimp. Loved seeing all the gang again.
I’ve always liked Katie Reus’s Redemption Harbor series and the fact that they’re standalones are pretty enticing. ‘Innocent Target’ had been on my to-read list for a long time and when I finally settled down for Axel/Hadley’s story, it wasn’t hard to get sucked into the plot, apart from the rather odd beginning that had me stumbling a little. The hit man who falls for his target is another ‘taboo’ trope all on its own and it’s one I’ve always wished to read more of.

The appealing bit about Reus
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Innocent Target by Katie Reus

He thinks she is adorable. Everything from the dimple in her smile, to her sweet innocence and clear want in her eyes. Even the silly pajamas with the dogs all over them is adorable.
He will change who he is for her. “He’d been drowning for a long time in his own loneliness and meeting Hadley had been like seeing the light. Because that’s what she was, a light in the darkness.”
Not that she’s asking for him to change.

A romantic suspense novel. 4th in the Redemption H
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s

Innocent Target continues the Redemption Harbor series and brings everything I love about Katie Reus. You get peeks into the characters from previous books, creating a 'family' for characters. You get danger. You get romance. What more could I want in a book? There is a reason Reus is one of my go to authors!

Hadley has just moved to Redemption Harbor to be close to her new found family when she is attacked in a parking lot at school. Turns out, someone wants her dead and Axel was given the
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent distraction from real life events - actiony, steamy goodness with compelling characters and easy flowing plot! Recommend!
A Klue
Having read all three previous books of this series, I can attest each one is a standalone that ends with a HEA for a main couple you can’t help but root for, folks. Katie Reus also once again gives us a handsome, alpha protective, lethal weapon type hero who has a heart of gold beneath a mountain of muscle.

Hadley, the sweet 22 year old veterinarian school student, may be the doe-eyed, innocent target here, but she sure shot a cupid’s arrow bullseye straight through the unsuspecting heart of Axe
3.5 Stars

This is the story of Brook's half sister who we quickly got to meet in his story (Resurrection). A contract has been put out to kidnap Hadley in order to extort ransom money from her father who is a multimillionaire business man. The job was passed on to Axel so that he could stop the kidnap and protect her from the vicious man who plans revenge on her father and has no intention of releasing her regardless of what her father pays.

Innocent Target is a much shorter book than the previous
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
This is the 4th book in the series and while it could be read as a stand alone the secondary characters are all from previous books so I recommend starting with the first one. I like this series, the characters and it certainly has plenty of action and suspense. It also has two MC's I liked. The hero, Axel is very straight forward, sexy, protective and Alpha. I also liked the heroine who was a bit younger but still strong. I liked that while she was out of her element with the changes in her lif ...more
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Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is the 4th installment in this series and I have to say I was very eager to start this one.....I mean who would not want to read a book about a contract killer falling for his target......pure gold!!!

Axel (great name) and Hadley's book is a fast paced romantic suspense (which in my opinion Ms Reus owns this category) and I devoured it cover to cover.

It can be read as a standalone but since all the characters are interwoven and appear in e
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
I’ve enjoyed the first three books in the Redemption Harbor Series and did a little fangirling when I got my ARC for Innocent Target. Yes, there have been some plot hole and timeline issues that have taken away from the experience, but I’m really getting into this group of characters. They are all loyal to each other and have each other’s back through thick and thin. What I’m really enjoying is the diversity of the character types. They are each strong in their own way and I’m relishing getting ...more
April Symes

Innocent Target by Katie Reus is the 4th book in the Redemption Harbor series. Hadley Lane is a sweet woman. She is getting to know her half older brother and her father. She had a pretty rough upbringing and now after meeting to half-brother and her father, she has found this peace. She thinks its funny that they are so overprotective yet it makes her feel good. When the story starts, we see that someone is out to kidnap and torture Hadley. Axel O’Sullivan is initially one of the Hit-men for hi
Kimberley C.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this one, even though I’m not a huge fan of insta-love stories. This is the first book I’ve read by this author but I will be checking out the others in the series for sure.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another of my fav series by this author. Katie writes such amazing romantic suspense.
Eva Millien
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Release Day Review! Innocent Target (Redemption Harbor #4) by Katie Reus!  

From USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus comes the next story in the explosive Redemption Harbor series where sparks fly and so do bullets… He wasn’t supposed to fall for her… She was a target. A contract that came across his desk by mistake. Axel was simply going to warn her that she was in danger and get out. Then he got a taste of her and fell hard. But they’re from two different worlds. Not only is she innocent,
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hadley Lane is getting used to a lot of life changes. She's started veterinary school, she's still adjusting to having her long-lost billionaire father and ex-marine step-brother in her life (who may be *slightly* overprotective), and the man who saved her from an attack at school, the same man she's falling for, tells her he's a hired killer. And did I mention there's a contract on her head? Axle O'Sullivan only meant to warn Hadley someone wanted her kidnapped, but from the first moment he saw ...more
Rosemary K
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hadley has just connected with her father and her brother. It's made a tremendous change in her life. She hasn't really adjusted yet. How will she deal when she learns that a contract has been put out to kidnap her. Hadley has amazing depth. She had a difficult childhood with a competitive mother. She may seem sweet and timid, but she's able to stand up for herself. When she meets Axel, Hadley is attracted to him even though she knows nothing about him. I found that Axel is an intriguing charact ...more
~ 4.5 stars~
Hadley has just moved to Redemption Harbor. She’s just getting to know her wealthy father and brother and although she loves them to death, they can be a little overprotective at times. Good thing too because now that someone is threatening her, her brother Brooks and the rest of the Redemption Harbor Consulting team will do anything to protect her.

Just like the rest of the series, this book packs a fast-paced, full of action, edge-of-your-seat plot that was hard to put down. The f
Alima Livzletlivz
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book four of the series is another gratifying story of an “Innocent Target”, caught in the crosshairs of enemy, a normal situation for her new found wealthy father and her special ops brother, an entirely different world than what she’s used to. All Hadley wants to do is pursue her veterinary classes, get to know her new found family. But she ends up on the hit list of her family’s enemies and into the hands of her savior Axel.

A mercenary and as a man hired to take out the evil in society, he w
This is the sweet and awesome story of Hadley, Brooks sister from Dangerous Witness, and Axel a hired contract killer! Yesssssss! More action, killing, characters from the past stories, suspense, hot sex and most importantly a HEA! Hadley is targeted because of her Dad's billions and Axel is tasked in protecting her from those contracted to kill her. This was a great read and as per usual, never a disappointment from my go to author. Axel was incredibly sweet and patient with Hadley. I truly enj ...more
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May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed this series by Katie Reus. It has definitely become a favorite of mine. The series takes place in Redemption Harbor in SC. Each main character has left a big organization such as the FBI or the military and started their own “Good Guys” team. This particular book featured the daughter of the main financial man on this team, and a guy, Axel, who seems like he is “ bad” but really good in his deeds....just a little unorthodox like the rest of the team. I enjoyed the plot and ...more
Even though things were harrowing for Hadley, this one was a fun one to read. I loved that at the start Hadley had a secret superhero protecting her. As we got to know Axel, I realized he was perfect for Hadley. I liked that despite the craziness that was going on in Hadley's life she trusted and got to know Axel and made the others do the same. It made for some interesting talks for the others as they worked to get to the bottom of the situation with Hadley. I liked how this one ended, loved th ...more
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Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Redemption Harbor 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 chang ...more

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