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.
I buy all LRM's books, they are in a style I enjoy and do always look forward to the next book.
This book did not seem to flow as they do normally, there does seem to be something missing. Everthing seems to happen so fast.
Don't misunderstand me - I fell in love with Sam and liked Nicole. If you have never read a book LRM before, I do find I fall in love with the hero and like the heroine. Sam is an ex SEAL who has never known the love of an "immediate" family although he has 2 "brothers" who love and respect each other. He hopes that he can convince Nicole that he is the man for her and that they can become the family he craves.
Nicole, even though she feels that eventually she could love and have a future with Sam - is coping with building a new business and caring for her dying father whom she adores and will do anything for. She can't even think of her own future at the moment and hasn't found a man who can share her with her father and not demand more than she can give - until she meets Sam. Who she has categorised and who proceeds to shatter all the pre-conceptions she has of him.
I have already bought LRM's next book and will continue to buy.