Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Under Fire by Scarlett Cole

RITA nominee Scarlett Cole’s Under Fire pairs a hot Navy SEAL with a medical researcher who finds herself in too deep.

Hot, hard-bodied Sixten Rapp is a former SEAL who’s raring to begin his brand-new civilian life. He and his Navy “brothers” start a security firm that offers the kind of services only a team of military-trained professionals can provide. But nothing prepared Six for his new client: an innocent woman on a mission to improve thousands of lives... unless someone takes hers first.

Dr. Louisa North knows time is against her as she tries to create a “miracle” medical treatment for a disease with no known cure, until she creates a sample so powerful that the wrong people want to use it as a chemical weapon. At first, Six is unwilling to accept Louisa as his client. But soon he realizes that the danger is real and that there’s much more to this plain-Jane scientist… including a burning passion between them that neither of them can resist. And now that an enemy is on Louisa’s trail, Six will do whatever it takes to protect her—or die trying.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Sixten (Six) is amazingly hot. He takes charge when necessary, but also has a softer side to him. He has come home to run a security firm with his military buddies and they are off to an explosive start. Six is working security one night when he sees the Louisa talking to herself – psyching herself up for her speech. He sees that she's nervous and knows that with his own PTSD issues, what she's going through.

Louisa is brilliant. She works in a lab where she doesn't need to deal with many people – her neurosis prohibits her from being in crowds or with a lot of people. So she keeps her head down, works the science, and hopes to cure the issues that Huntington's bestows on its victims. However, something is wrong and while she can't quite put her finger on it, because of her OCD she knows someone has been in her lab – searching for the potential bio-weapon that was accidentally created.

This is a fast-paced story with a lot going on. They are running from an unknown source, falling in love, trying to figure out where their romance will lead them and, on top of all of that, you have Six's military brothers (who I hope all get their own stories). The romance was part of the story, but it wasn't so predominant that it overtook the mystery aspect, which I appreciated.

I really enjoyed the story, but wish that the resolution wasn't so quick. It resolved so fast, I kept thinking there was going to be more – but I guess it kind of sets up the next book. Hopefully they will be as fast paced and in depth as this one.

I loved the characters, I loved the exciting story, and I loved the non-stop action. As soon as Louisa North discovers that a drug sample has gone missing from her laboratory, her placid and orderly life become a terrifying wild ride. After a frightening break-in, Louisa hires retired Navy SEAL Six and his new protection agency to investigate and keep her safe.

I love Louisa. Scarlett Cole always writes great female characters, but this socially awkward millionaire genius might be her best character yet. Louisa is passionate about her work and clueless about the world beyond her lab. She’s smart and she’s funny and romance writing needs more women like her.

Six is struggling with PTSD when we meet him and he is working hard to get his business up and running. I loved his friends and partners and I enjoyed watching his feelings for Louisa take him by surprise. He’s an alpha bad boy but Louisa gets under his skin.

Together, Louisa and Six complete each other. I loved their chemistry and the way they soften each other’s rough edges. This is a sexy and steamy read.

What I wasn’t quite expecting was the well-developed story of international intrigue and fast-paced action sequences. I fell in love with Scarlett Cole’s writing with her Second Circle Tattoo books so while I expected great romance, the action in this story was an unexpected pleasure.

I loved this book and I am very much looking forward to the next books in this series.

I was so happy to start a new exciting series involving a group of ex-SEALS setting up a business together. Unexpectedly, Six, one of the owners, falls for a highly intelligent, shy woman who suddenly needs their help.

Louisa is a research scientist who created a drug which could be used as a torture device. When her employer does not act when a sample goes missing, things all start to get rather dangerous. Thankfully, Six is someone who can help her, but then he knows better than mixing business with pleasure. But can he resist, and who said rules were not made to be broken? I love this element of the story – that a major player suddenly cannot help but fall completely for a woman who is the opposite to his usual booty call. It causes some confusion to his partners too – which sets up some questions about what will happen when we surely get their stories. We certainly get quite a few hints for Mac, if not so many for Cabe.

If you like your romance packaged in an exciting story, with good having to triumph over evil and the boy gets the girl – then this will keep you very satisfied. I can't wait for the next installment.

SCARLETT COLE is a writer of contemporary romance and a two-time RITA finalist. Her debut, The Strongest Steel, was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015. Born in England, Scarlett 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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Under Fire (Love Over Duty #1) by Scarlett Cole to read and review.

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