Under Fire: A Love Over Duty Novel Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 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
"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
"Under Fire is a wonderful example of what a romantic suspense novel should be: tense action, strong characters and love in the midst of danger." - Bookpage
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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I did think both characters were likable though. Especially Six, who I thought embodied the alpha protective hero really well. As for Louisa she was a little neurotic but endearing nonetheless and I loved the relationship that developed between them. Especially as there was no messing around or pretense. It was just sweet straight forward and enjoyable to read.
As for the suspense element of the story. I thought it was good and it definitely kept my attention. Especially with pockets of action scattered throughout. But it was balanced well with the romance. I also enjoyed getting to know the secondary characters. Including Six's best friends Cabe and Mac. Especially with all the banter and camaraderie they shared. As well as the hints about their own stories. Which I'm really looking forward to reading and I would happily recommend Under Fire to others.
Under Fire is the introduction to the world of a group of ex Navy SEALS starting afresh in the civilian world.
Under Fire is Sixton & Louisa's book. Louisa a quiet scientist working on a significant breakthrough. Sixton meets Louisa and connection is instant. Then Louisa finds herself in danger and swiftly she becomes the client.
Under Fire takes you on a fast paced read, perfect plot and hot - did I mention HOT!
If book one is this good - can't wait for more!!
Dr Louisa North is a scientist,dedicated to finding something to help alleviate some of the worst symptoms of Huntington's disease. Suffering from chronic anthropophobia (fear of other people, or social phobia) and extreme shyness, she owes her job to her mother's money smoothing the way. Alongside her fear of other people and shyness sits a large dose of OCD-like behaviour, so when she sees pages in one of her files sitting askew she just knows that someone has been touching her things. Then as she leaves her lab she notices that some of her drug tests samples look a little off-centre. Feeling not a little paranoid, Louisa switches labels on two samples putting her latest failure, a drug which keeps the subject paralysed but able to feel pain, to the back of the lab fridge.
Sixton "Six" Rapp has just left the SEALs and joined two of his best friends in setting up their own security business. Providing security at some charity fundraiser Six runs into Louisa backstage trying to calm her nerves before presenting to the audience. Despite being complete opposites, both Six and Louisa feel some kind of connection, so when they run into each other a few days later while Six is out jogging it seems like fate. As Six and Louisa bond over his PTSD and her social anxiety they slowly become friends, but Louisa's notes and samples are going missing at the lab and her boss doesn't seem to be treating it seriously. Then Louisa is almost kidnapped one night, and would have been if Six hadn't arrived in time to save her. Can Six keep her safe and find out who is behind the thefts at the lab?
This is a real change of pace for Scarlett Cole and Six is very different hero from her bad boy tatttoo artists and rockers. There are some similarities between Louisa and some of her heroines, Scarlett does like to give her heroines some 'issues', whether physical, mental or traumatic. Lots about this book had me punching my fist in the air and shouting "Yes, finally a heroine in a romantic suspense who behaves sensibly", no going off alone to explore abandoned mine shafts for our Louisa (metaphorically speaking)! Also, Louisa's anxieties and OCD behaviour doesn't go away, she doesn't start dressing like a Victoria's Secret model or suddenly become Chatty Cathy. But, I didn't really warm to either Six or Louisa, the suspense was lacking because it seemed obvious who was behind the thefts at the lab (although not necessarily why) and overall it felt a little flat, not the high-octane novel I've come to expect from Scarlett Cole.
I'd definitely read more in this series, the set up for what I expect to be the next book seems intriguing, and hopefully the characters will pull me in a bit more.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.