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Tempted into Danger (ICE: Black Ops Defenders Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Cutler
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Book Description

"Keep the asset safe or die trying."

When a simple mission to deliver the beautiful and brilliant Vanessa Crosby to a safe house goes horribly wrong, ICE agent Diego Santero's life gets complicated. Keeping the anti-crime analyst safe from the notorious mercenaries after her program will put everything he's worked for at risk.

Relentlessly hunted and not knowing whom to trust, Diego takes Vanessa on the run, deep into the heart of the deadly Panamanian rainforest. Vanessa reminds herself that she's just another asset to the ruggedly handsome black ops agent...until their intense situation leads to a release of passion neither expected. But even if they make it out alive, how can they ever have a future together?

TEMPTED INTO DANGER is book #1 in Melissa Cutler's ICE: Black Ops Defenders series.

The ICE: Black Ops Defenders Series is as follows:
Prequel - SEDUCTION UNDER FIRE (November 2012)
Book 1 - TEMPTED INTO DANGER (June 2013)
Book 2 - SECRET AGENT SECRETARY (January 2014)
Book 3 - HOT ON THE HUNT (July 2014)
(action-adventure romance, smart heroine, former SEAL hero, international setting, romantic suspense, fast-paced, woman in peril, military hero)

Editorial Reviews


"The characters of Diego and Vanessa were both written so brilliantly that any reader would instantly fall in love with both...I highly recommend this read for those who love red hot passion, action packed taking down criminals the ultimate hero style, mind blowing revealing moments of betrayal and buried secrets and love conquers all reads. I can with confidence say this read will for sure make it to the best sellers list. 5/5 star review" -- Contemporary Romance Reviews
4.5 out of 4.5 Stars  "Cutler's latest is addictive, with plentiful action, strong writing, solid pacing, sizzling sexual tension and a genuine relationship between the leads." - RT Book Reviews
5 Stars. "Tempted into Danger
was one sexy thrill ride" - Niina from For the Love of Reading and Reviewing

About the Author

Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she's not globetrotting, she's enjoying Southern California's flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.

Product Details

  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373278284
  • Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense (June 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAT1Q9O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare yourself to smile and be captivated June 12, 2013
By Kim
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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by: Kim

Oh my gosh... I don't really know where to start with this book. I fell in love with Diego even before reading this book. So imagine my surprise when the book was actually able to back up the hype and then some. TEMPTED INTO DANGER is intense, captivating, and steamy. It had my attention from the very beginning and left me wanting more. I literally devoured the book in a 24-hour period.

Vanessa Crosby is an American that lives and works in Panama. She's uber smart and works for RioBank as a senior analyst in the criminal detection department. Vanessa, in her spare time, has created an algorithm that can track the movement of bulk cash using small deposits and wire transfers. This program puts Vanessa in the crosshairs of the Chiara brothers, Italian mercenaries who run a big business of being brokers for criminal activity.

ICE agent Diego Santero is one of the best heroes I've ever read. I have a major thing for an alpha hero who packs guns and knows how to use them. New Jersey native Diego is a cocky and confident soldier through and through. Diego (Devil) is the senior agent and team lead for one of ICE's best black ops teams. Diego's team consists of Ryan (Eight Ball), sniper Rory (Ghost Rider), sniper John (Thriller), and intelligence specialist Alicia (Phoenix).

The team's mission is simple, pick up Vanessa from her apartment and deliver her to a safe house where Diego's boss, ICE director Thomas Dreyer and Special Agent Aaron Montgomery will talk to and convince her to work with them. Something goes terribly wrong. Vanessa is kidnapped, the safe house has been compromised and not knowing who to trust, the team is forced to go their separate ways in order to regroup.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Star Review - action-filled thriller June 10, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 4.5 Hearts

In Tempted Into Danger (ICE: Black Ops Defenders #1) by Melissa Cutler, RioBank anti-crime analyst Vanessa Crosby didn't realize when she created an algorithm to track cash flow in her spare time that it would put her life into danger. But that's exactly what happened when her boss found out what her mathematical mind created. It seems there is a connection with the bank and the Chiara brothers - a group of three brothers who are heavy hitters in the world of international crime. Now Vanessa's boss is demanding she hand over the algorithm, although she doesn't trust his motives. She decides she needs to investigate what she's found a bit further before handing over the information. Before she gets a chance to do so, she's attacked in her apartment and becomes part of a hostage situation, only to be saved by one of the most fearless men she's ever met.

"She was about to go off the grid with a man she'd just met, without anyone knowing where she'd be. She'd made up her mind to trust Diego implicitly, but that trust was being put to the test sooner than she would've liked."

Diego and his crew saved her life at the risk of their own. Vanessa knows she is indebted to them but is still scared as to who she can trust. She's never really had anyone in her life she could count on except herself and her best friend Jordan, so trusting that they won't leave her to fend for herself is a hard thing to do. When they come under attack again as Diego has them in sight of the safe house his superiors set up, they have to resort to his plan zero and end up in his hideout in the Panama jungle. Nothing can ever seem to go as planned for them unfortunately as they meet trouble at every turn: from pit vipers to downpours, and from rebels to indigenous tribes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grade "A" Romantic Suspense June 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been looking forward to reading Tempted Into Danger ever since Diego Santero saved the day at the end of Melissa Cutler's Harlequin debut book, Seduction Under Fire. I'm here to tell you that the wait was worth it!

Diego and his team work black ops for ICE (the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency) a division of the Department of Homeland Security. Their assignment this time is to keep, Vanessa Crosby, an anti-crime analyst, safe from the drug runners that want a mathematical program she has written which will thwart their illegal activities.

I don't like reviews with spoilers, so I'm not going to give you any. What I will reveal is the fact that Ms. Cutler has crafted a well written novel with a hero and heroine that are multidimensional. As the story unfolds, you will see in Diego his obvious admiration for his team; his rage when due to circumstances beyond his control he cannot do his job properly; his fear of his growing attraction to Vanessa; the battle within himself to justify the job he has chosen; and finally his pride in getting the job done.

You will see Vanessa, a socially awkward brainiac , morph into someone who takes risks way out of her comfort zone for the man she is falling in love with, and realizes that her mental gifts can be used to make a difference in this world. In one particular scene, Vanessa could very well earn the TSTL (too stupid to live) badge, but if the reader will reflect on this scene, I think all us ladies could be guilty of the same "stupidity" to help the man we love.

Tempted Into Danger is laced with a host of likeable characters that made me laugh, cry, get mad at them, and root for them.
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I really liked this book. As I said in another review of an ICE book, I believe I have bought all of the ICE books to-date. Read more
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Published 9 months ago by Lovestoread
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action and hot sex.
I very much enjoyed TEMPTED INTO DANGER. All to often when I am reading a romance, I have a lot of issues with two people falling in love and wanting to spend the rest of their... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Shaiha
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down!
I loved this book...the story line, the characters, the plot twists. I couldn't put it down! You can't go wrong with the purchase of this book.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting hard to put down
One of the best I have read in a long time. Kept you guessing what next would happen to the main characters
Published 13 months ago by norma
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Sweet and Good
I really never write reviews, because most of the authors I know I'm going to like, well, I like the books they write- so no surprise. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!!!
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More About the Author

Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy small town contemporary romances, western romances, and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for a variety of publishers, including Harlequin, Kensington Books, Penguin, and Macmillan. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she's not globetrotting, she's enjoying Southern California's flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids. Find out more about Melissa and her books at or write to her at . You can also find Melissa on Facebook ( and Twitter (@m_cutler)

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