By: Scarlett Cole
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Author Website: http://www.scarlettcole.com/
Former Navy SEAL Sixten Rapp is finding his footing upon his return to civilian life and setting up a security firm with two of his oldest friends. Dr. Louisa North struggles with daily life and prefers to keep to herself even as her genius in medical research makes her highly visible. When an experiment gone wrong becomes a weapon gone right Louisa’s life is at risk and the man who steps in to save her may be her biggest threat as he puts her heart at risk.
The first book in Scarlett Cole’s new romantic suspense Love Over Duty series, Under Fire, makes a strong and memorable debut. Scarlett Cole’s writing is immersive. You cannot read her work without feeling like you are inside the head of her characters and invading their living space. Six and Louisa were an unlikely couple, even to themselves, but Ms. Cole managed to connected them and by the end of this story it is hard to picture them with anyone but each other. Six was charming and seemed the perfect man but carried deep wounds that he hid well. On the other hand Louisa was a wounded quirky basket case and owned it making her one of the most interesting heroines to emerge from romance in a long time. This couple made each other stronger and in recognizing this in each other the energy between them was touching and dynamic. A great secondary cast and an intriguing espionage plot added a nice layer to flesh out this story for a really great read. Scarlett Cole’s Under Fire will hold readers captive until the last page!
*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.*