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Under Fire: A Love Over Duty Novel Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2017
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-Scarlett Cole's characters pull you in from the very first page with real emotion and sizzling chemistry. Don't miss this action packed thrill ride.- -- Cherry Adair, New York Times bestselling author
-Fantastic characters, scorching sexual tension, and non-stop action make this one of my favorite reads this year! Highly recommend!- - New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye
-Scarlett Cole truly knows how to get readers invested in her characters and in the story. Her writing is excellent, and I'd love to read more from her.--- The Romance Reviews, Top Pick
"Scarlett Cole's characters pull you in from the very first page with real emotion and sizzling chemistry. Don't miss this action packed thrill ride." -- Cherry Adair, New York Times bestselling author
"Non-stop action and heart-pounding romance--UNDER FIRE is a must-read for romantic suspense fans!" -Cynthia Eden, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
"Fantastic characters, scorching sexual tension, and non-stop action make this one of my favorite reads this year! Highly recommend!" - Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author
"Sizzling-hot romance." - RT Book Reviews on Under Fire
"Scarlett Cole truly knows how to get readers invested in her characters and in the story. Her writing is excellent, and I'd love to read more from her."-- The Romance Reviews, Top Pick
"There is categorically no better writer than Scarlett Cole for ratcheting up the conflict, anxiety, and heart palpitating thrills that she can." - Romance Reviews Today on Under Fire
"If you aren't reading Scarlett Cole, you need to be." - Rolo Polo Book Blog on Under Fire
"A balanced mix of action, suspense and romance with humor, heart and heat." - Evermore Book Reviews on Under Fire
"Scarlett Cole's Under Fire will hold readers captive until the last page!" - Jenerated Reviews
About the Author
Born in England, Scarlett Cole traveled the world, living in Japan and the United States before settling in Canada where she met her own personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. She now lives with her husband and children in Manchester, England where she's at work on her next book. She is the author of The Strongest Steel.
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Book #1: Love Over Duty Series
Source: Netgalley and Purchase
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Louisa North, thanks to a life-long struggle with pathological shyness, craves the order and solitude of her perfectly controlled world. Her lab has only one other employee and is organized to the point of perfection and her home is her solace. She has dedicated her life to her research, been reasonably successful in her efforts, and has had few regrets. It isn’t until her peaceful and ordered world is disturbed that Louisa begins to think there may be more to life than just work.
Louisa’s last round of experiments and samples were proving to be quite promising right up until the treacherous side effects cropped up. With nothing left to do but start again, Louisa stores the samples and prepares to move forward with the next round of testing. In a secure facility with strict rules and regulations, Louisa expects her work to be safe. That expectation is shattered the morning Louisa notices one of her stored samples has been tampered with and another is missing. Though she goes through the proper in-house channels to report the disturbance, Louisa quickly discovers it isn’t enough, she’s being lied to, and her life is in danger.
Helping individuals like Louisa North isn’t at all what Six’s new security firm is meant to do. Staffed with highly skilled, well-trained ex-military, Six’s firm is meant to work on overseas ops and protection details; things the regular military isn’t always able to do and less skilled firms can’t handle. From the moment he meets her, Six knows Louisa is different and he can feel her fear, anger, and discomfort over her missing sample. Bound and determined to help her, Six calls in his crew and though they don’t initially think her case is one they should take on, they become convinced when she begins using phrases and words like “biological weapon” and “weaponized.” As the situation continues to escalate, Six and Louisa are drawn closer together until each realizes their respective worlds just weren’t complete without the other. If they survive the awful, there may just be a future for the two of them.
The Bottom Line: Well, this is one of those reads that makes me angry about having to have a real job and responsibilities. You know, things that take me away from reading a damn good book 😊 I got sucked into this on page one and the book didn’t let me go until the very end. There’s something for everyone here including a team of hard-bodied, highly-trained, dangerous men led by Six and his best-friend, a scary let’s kill a lot of people with a biological weapon plot, just enough action to warrant some seriously intense naughty bits, and a slightly damaged woman whose life is turned upside down. With all that being said, my favorite part of this entire read is Cole’s treatment of Louisa. Louisa has a legitimate issue which has kept her from living a totally full and rewarding life. I LOVE that those issues don’t miraculously disappear when Louisa starts getting some! Six doesn’t cure Louisa, he loves her, supports her, and gives her more tools to work with her issues rather than hide from them. Louisa grows as a character yet still must deal with the hand life has dealt her; it’s just a bit easier now that Six is in her life. In all, Under Fire is an excellent start to an exciting new action-packed contemporary romance series by one of my favorite authors. If you aren’t reading Scarlett Cole, you need to be and Under Fire would be an excellent place to start!
The three things that set Under Fire apart from the romantic suspense competition are Six and Louisa’s budding friendship before he serves as her protection detail, Louisa’s quirky personality, and Cole’s detailed, yet digestible, action scenes.
My very favorite aspect of Under Fire is Six and Louisa’s relationship. The two meet as Six is working security for an event at which Louisa is speaking. Six calms Louisa down when nerves get the best of her before the presentation and the two find humor in a stressful situation. They strike up an unlikely friendship. Over the course of the next few chapters, Six and Louisa meet several times before the danger to Louisa really emerges and she hires Six’s company to protect her. The initial “getting to know you” phase of Six and Louisa’s relationship gives us a chance to know their long-term compatibility, along with their flaws, without their eventual working relationship presenting a conflict of interest. This is all genius on Scarlett Cole’s part.
“What? Why am I…?”
Six hopped up alongside her. Literally hopped. He placed one hand on the bed, then before she could figure out how he did it, he was standing behind her and offering her his hand.
“I want to eat dinner with you in a place you are comfortable. There’s nobody here on this side street,” he said, turning in a circle and gesturing with his hand. “And this, “ he said, laying the blanket down on the bed of the truck, “is our own private restaurant.”
Louisa is quite the heroine. In a pretty unique combination, she’s quirky, scary-smart and anxiety-ridden through and through. Although Louisa begins the book hiding behind her long bangs, by the end of Under Fire she can look others straight in the eye and has developed a sense of confidence. Six helps her develop a sense of self-appreciation throughout the book and she, in turn, helps him work through his post-combat issues.
“It’s just loud noises out of context,” he said. “Ex-military and all that.” Six dusted off his shorts, doing his best to play down whatever the hell had just happened while the blood rushed around his body so quickly that it felt like he was going to pass out.
“I hate being around people,” Louisa offered casually and picked some grass off his arm. “Walking up the hill toward you, I suffered anticipatory anxiety. Panic at the thought of walking past you. So I get it. I study neurology, yet I can’t figure out how to make it stop.”
The most troublesome parts of any romantic suspense for me are the action scenes, they just open up the door for skimming. Cole did an absolutely stellar job with her action/suspense scenes though. They were clearly well researched and Cole explained the fighting within the context of Six and Louisa’s relationship without getting bogged down in the details. Never once did I skim or skip ahead, searching for the good stuff; Cole’s suspense was the good stuff.
“Six capitalized on the rookie error and fired low, catching the intruder closest to him in the calf. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Louisa drop and crawl under the table. Smart girl. Taking cover was the best thing she could do with bullets flying around. The other guy ran for the open door.”
This book is an absolutely exemplary example of a first-in-a-series romantic suspense. The book sets up the rest of the series without introducing us to too much information too soon. Six and Louisa’s atypical romance, coupled with their devotion to one another early on in the book, made Under Fire a delightful read. 4.5 stars for Under Fire by Scarlett Cole!
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review was originally published at Straight Shooin' Book Reviews.
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