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Secret Enemy

(Red Stone Security #16)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  395 ratings  ·  106 reviews
He thinks she’s out of his league.

Lyosha Vasiliev met Mila by chance, and now she’s all he thinks about. But the two couldn’t be more different, so Lyosha won’t go there. As a security expert, he skirts the law on the regular. Unlike Mila, the newest employee at Red Stone Security, who spends her free time volunteering at an animal shelter. Despite his determination to sta
Kindle Edition, 185 pages
Published June 15th 2021 by KR Press, LLC
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Secret Enemy by Katie Reus is suspenseful and romantic, as any romantic suspense should be. However, this novel has that “something extra” beyond a rugged male protagonist who is protective and a female protagonist who has moments of insecurity, but when deeds require it, she comes out strong and fighting.

Lyosha brings in a stray cat to an animal shelter where he meets Mila, a volunteer, and they quickly become friends. He works for Red Stone Security and is their security lead. Mila has fin
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Secret Enemy by Katie Reus
Red Stone Security series, book 16. Romantic suspense. Can be read as a stand-alone.

Lyosha has played “friend” to Mila for the last six months. He definitely wants more, but feels she can do better than him. He’s a former bad guy turned good, or rather, now on the right side of the law. He knows he will have to eventually walk away so it’s for the best if they are just friends.
All Mila knows is that she’d like it to go beyond friendship but she won’t push. Until she g
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I love getting more Red Stone Security books, especially when it’s for the man who works for Viktor. Viktor’s story is one of my favorites of the series because of the way he was and how he treated Dominique.

You get a lot of those same traits in Lyosha. He’s extremely protective of Mila. He treats her like every woman secretly wants. If it were up to Lyosha, he would wait hand and foot on her. That doesn’t mean he is that strong Alpha male. He’s very much an intense, dominant male. He just choo
This one was cute. I liked how Lyosha and Mila met and the friendship they developed. Of course each of them felt more for the other, but wasn't willing to make a move. It did drive me nuts that Lyosha didn't think he was good enough for Mila, which kept him keeping her at an arms length and ended up hurting her. I found when someone bad from Lyosha's past came into play I didn't mind it too much as it forced Lyosha and Mila to be around each other more and to actually talk about things, but it ...more
This was a wonderful read!

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I absolutely loved these characters. Lyosha is the type of hero that I adore! He’s a Russian tough guy with a heart of gold and a soft spot a mile wide. I loved that he could take care of business one minute and cuddle with a kitten the next. Add in a touch of jealousy and a load of protectiveness and he was checking each of my boxes off with each page.

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Mila was perfect for him. She was soft, kind, and had a loud boisterous family that accepted Lyosha as one of their ow
Jun 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Another great book in this series, but it is a stand alone.

Mila and Lyosha annoyed me at times. They finally got it together, but they were all over the place.
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Secret Enemy🤩

Wow, loved this story of Mila and Lyosha❣️ This story is a friends to lovers romance with a bit of denial included on Lyosha’s part…due to his past he doesn’t believe that he’s worthy of Mila but eventually events wear him down and he admits his true feelings. This story is action packed and full of surprises but especially nice to return to our familiar characters at Red Stone Security😍 I’m super excited for the next one in this series😁

I received an advanced copy via Netgalley and
Jun 02, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
💝 ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 💝
3.5 stars

Katie Reus seems to have mastered the format of the suspense novella, packing a huge punch in what feels like a brief, but full story in Lyosha's and Mila's romance. And it's for this reason I like going through her suspense series: they're eminently readable, easy to go through and don't quite require a huge emotional investment that tends to leave you feeling wrung-out for days in the aftermath.

Like the rest of the Red Stone Security series, it's a threat that brings the couple togeth
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
What a fun return to the Red Stone Security world!

Secret Enemy is a friends-to-lovers romance, loaded with suspense. I love the Red Stone Security series, and Ms. Reus delivers another wonderful installment. A definite must-read book and series.

*ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Love this series, enamored by this installment, review to come!
April Symes
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-favorite, 2021
Secret Enemy is book 16 in Red Stone Security series by Katie Reus. This is Lyosha and Mila's story. Theirs is a friends to lovers romance. They met by chance before she went to work at RSS where he happens to work as well. Lyosha is deeply attracted to Mila but feels he's not good enough for her and never would be. He thinks he can only just be her friend. That goes on for 6 months before danger enters her life and soon there's suspense, intrigue, action, twists, chemistry, misunderstandings, h ...more
Sandy Nikolas
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
So happy to have another Red Stone Security book! Lyosha fights his feelings for Mila, but in the end realizes they are meant for each other. OTT H and plenty of action. So excited to be back in this world!
Another great Red Stone Security read! Lyosha really likes and cares about Mila, a woman he has safely friend-zoned for the last six months. Lyosha is now on the good side of the law and works as a security expert, however, he decides to act on his feelings once he realizes that the past he was protecting Mila from, can no longer be hidden or contained. Feelings come to light and truths revealed, as well as past characters make for a great read. Once again, Ms. Reus does not disappoint. I loved ...more
Trish R. Ali
Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Secret Enemy checked every single box for me, it has a compelling story, main characters that have sizzling chemistry and awesome secondary characters. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Katie Reus is one talented writer and her books never failed me
Sandy S
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars-- SECRET ENEMY is the sixteenth instalment in Katie Reus’ contemporary, adult RED STONE SECURITY romantic suspense series focusing on the men and women who work for Red Stone Security. This is RSS new hiree Mila, and Russian security specialist Lyosha Vasiliev’s story line. SECRET ENEMY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Lyosha was first introduced in book thirteen Love Thy Enemy-Lyo ...more
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Rating: 2.5 stars

Let me clue you in on a personal secret, folks. I normally love this author's writing. She never fails to give me an alpha good guy hero (even if he has a questionable dark past or occupation) and a sassy heroine he ultimately has to fight for love to get to keep her. Smexy steam is inevitably thrown in, too. An evil villain causing murder and mayhem seem par for the course, as well as a posse of friends, family, and co-workers who always have their back and help save the day. S
NICUnurse Stephanie
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Secret Enemy is the 16th book in Katie Reus’s Red Stone Security series. You do not have to read all of the books because they are all written as stand-alone titles. However, this is the series that introduced me to this author, and I’ve read them all. It’s one of my all-time favorite series, so when I heard she was revisiting the Red Stone Security world, I was beyond excited to read this book. If you’re looking for a great romantic suspense series to binge on, I highly recommend this one!

Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is book sixteen in The Red Stone Security Series and it is Lyosha and Mila's story and omg I absolutely loved it and it is just read. Mila works as a volunteer at a animal shelter and when a big brooding man full of tattoos arrived carrying a starved kitten she calls instantly in lust with him and over time they become friends but Mila wants more but she can't loose there friendship as it means the world to her so she has to keep her feelings under wraps as Lyosha obviously only wants frien ...more
Katie Reus crafts wonderful mid length romantic suspense stories that satisfy. This is another in her loved Red Stone Security. It's about Lyosha Vasiliev, Head of Security for Victor Ivanov who is Dominique's husband. Those who are familiar with the series will recognize the characters. It's his turn to fall in love even though he fights it as hard as Victor did. I loved watching Lyosha unable to keep his heart walled off from Milla.

Milla volunteers at an animal rescue and adoption place where
Her Shield!!!

Mila met Lyosha when he brought in a half-starved stray cat to the shelter she volunteered at. He acted like a broody, Alpha man and she knew he shouldn't be the last man she should be crushing on. But she couldn't help herself, she was enamored with his tattoos. And the way he held that kitten was too much, he was just a big old softie inside.

Lyosha Vasiliev worked for Viktor Ivanov ( LOVE THY ENEMY ) as his head of security and part-time hacker. The expert met Mila the newest em
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Secret Enemy, by Katie Reus, is a fun and fast read by an author that I'm coming to love. It's number 16 in the Red Stone Security series, but the first in the series for me. It worked fine as a standalone, though fans of the series will be happy to see several previous characters make an appearance.

Lyosha and Mila meet in a prologue; he had just left the animal shelter where he'd brought in a kitten for a check-up. He'd left some documentation, and volunteer Mila called him to see abou
Jun 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
3.5 stars 🌟

This was a fast and easy read that left me with a contented and satisfied feeling. Apparently this is the 16th book in this series. While this is NOT a new author to me, I don't think that I've read any of the books in this series. With that being said, this was absolutely fine to read as a stand alone book. It is apparent as the book progresses that there is interesting background on several of the characters, but I never felt like that information was hindering my ability to figure
Yvonne Cruz
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I became a fan of this very talented author when I read book 1 in this series and since then whenever a new book comes out, I know I am in for a treat. This one was no exception.
The main characters in this latest story are Lyosha Makanov, head of security for Viktor Ivanov whom we met in a previous story, and Mila, the girl he met when he rescue a kitten.
From the moment he meets Mila, he’s smitten . But his past keeps him from being more than just friends. She is all purity and kind and he feels
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It was good to read another book in the Red Stone Security series. It's been too long since I've read one. The best news is that any of these books can be read as stand-alone novels. Characters from other books make appearances and play parts in the stories, but I wasn't lost or struggling to keep up with them. In other words, they didn't upstage the main characters and were great complements to the story.

This particular book is a friends-to-lovers trope. Mila first meets Lyosha (I love his name
Sandy Kelly
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This may be book 16 in the Red Stone Security series but it can absolutely be read as a stand alone! In this one we finally get Lyosha's story!! Lyosha met Mila by chance when he brought a stray cat into the animal shelter that she volunteer's at, and ever since then he hasn't been able to get her off his mind. But he won't go there with her and makes the decision that they should just be friends. He skirts the law regularly for his job and he wants to keep her safe not only from the people he m ...more
Jun 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Secret Enemy is not the Red Stone Security of old. In fact, Red Stone is a backdrop to the story with no actual involvement.

Lyosha Vasiliev and Mila Nowak meet when Lyosha stops in the vet office with a kitten. Both are attracted to each other, but instead of acting on it, the male/female games begin. Lyosha believes Mila is too good for him, and Mila believes she's out of Lyosha's league because of class. Lyosha used to be the driver for Viktor Ivanov and is now his head of security. Lyosha, li
Jun 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This was another fantastic romantic suspense read from Katie Reus following a friends to lovers theme. After a less than stellar childhood Lyosha doesn’t feel he’s good enough for Mila and he’s happy to settle for being friends with her. I think he’s also afraid of losing her family who have welcomed him as one of their own if a relationship between them didn’t work. Mila meanwhile, unaware of his history is left thinking the exact same thing – honestly this will leave you wanting to bang their ...more
Debbie Caswell
Love all of the Red Stone Security books and this was no exception like all of its predecessors it is a tight read with all the angst drama and suspense and romance that you could want and best of all you get to meet many of the characters from previous books

Lyosha Makanov met Mila when he took a half starved kitten to the shelter she volunteered at he was instantly attracted but knew he wasn't good enough for her but that didn't stop him "accidentally" leaving paperwork behind so he would have
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feel-good
Whenever a Katie Reus cover appears on Netgalley, I just have to request it. Although I was hoping for the next part in the Ancients Rising series, I am always very happy to indulge in the Red Stone security series. Because this series has standalone stories, it doesn't matter if you haven't read all the previous parts or not. you are always in for a treat, with some steamy scenes and of course, there is always some danger lurking.

In this story it is a danger threatening Mila. She has met Lyosha
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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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Red Stone Security (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Fatal Deception (Red Stone Security, #3)
  • Miami, Mistletoe & Murder (Red Stone Security, #4)
  • His to Protect (Red Stone Security, #5)
  • Breaking Her Rules (Red Stone Security, #6)
  • Protecting His Witness (Red Stone Security, #7)
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