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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing effort, 12 Aug 2010
This review is from: Into the Crossfire (Paperback)
The hero of Into the Crossfire is Sam Reston, a security specialist and former Navy SEAL, who is instantly obsessed with Nicole Pearson, a translator, when she moves into the office across from his. His chance comes when she is locked out of her office and he persuades her to go out to dinner with him if he manages to pick the lock and get her door open. One thing leads to another and they end up in bed together, he then seeks to protect her as her life becomes endangered, and simultaneously there is a suspense plot developing with a terrorist.

The romance side of things is underdeveloped as the entire book takes place over three days and we're not really shown any genuine relationship development. From the beginning Sam's internal dialogue is all about how she's `the most beautiful woman on earth', with some lip service paid to the fact that she's nice and takes care of her sick father. There is no impression, beyond the physical, of why they want to spend the rest of their lives together after three days. We're told that Nicole is so incredibly beautiful she is constantly pursued by men and is picky about her lovers, taking several note-perfect dates before sleeping with someone. With this kind of lead-in I felt like the author needed to lay the groundwork for what (in 3 days!) made for a genuine lasting happy ending.

I'm a big Lisa Marie Rice fan; over the last few years I've read pretty much everything she's publishing and enjoyed most of it. I also don't have a problem with formulaic plots; if I did I wouldn't read romance. However, this book felt lazy, like a threading together of parts of her other books and I had to suppress sighs and eye-rolling constantly. I would like to see Lisa Marie Rice write a heroine next that isn't an elegant, privileged beauty with a genteel occupation, so we can see if she can go back to developing a romance plot based on something other than the heroine's beauty.

Ultimately, if you can suspend disbelief, it's a fairly enjoyable light read, particularly if you like the military alpha male/heroine in danger trope. If you haven't read Lisa Marie Rice before I would suggest going straight to her earlier works, particularly Midnight Man, as Into the Crossfire is a less enjoyable repeat of this earlier book.
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