From Goodreads: Coast Guard helicopter pilot Olivia Carver is on a very personal mission. Her twin brother, an undercover officer, was murdered by a drug cartel and she won’t stop until she finds the man responsible for his death.
In the course of her own investigation, Olivia meets informant Rico Cortes. He’s mysterious and sexy and despite her reservations, the two share a night of passion. But Rico turns out to be more than a one-night stand. He’s a DEA agent, deep undercover in Miami’s drug world, and possibly the one man who can help Olivia find the justice she seeks.
When Rico realizes his cover is blown, he isn’t sure whether it was someone in the cartel or an inside agent. Olivia is the only one he can trust and together they venture on a dangerous, rogue mission to infiltrate a drug lord’s inner circle…with Olivia as bait.
** spoiler alert **
Originally Requested on NetGalley
Bought for myself
Overall Rating 3.5
Character Rating 3.5
Story Rating 3.5
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NOTE: I learned a lesson with Under Fire: Formatting of the book makes all the difference in the world. I originally requested the book off of NetGalley, tried reading it, and for the love of all that is precious just could not follow the story at all. Everyone I saw that read the book, loved it, so I bought it on my kindle. It was seriously the freaking formatting. Lesson learned!
What I Loved: Olivia and Rico were an amazingly well-matched couple in both strengths and weaknesses. They both were very smart, great at their jobs, and driven. Their chemistry both in and out of the bedroom was smoking hot! I also loved the action and mystery/thriller aspect of Under Fire. It was really well planned and it played out well over the whole story. The introduction of Mouse also showed another side to Olivia and Rico that added to their already multifaceted personalities.
What I Liked: Olivia’s whole entire Coast Guard Team! They were fun, loyal, fearless, and added a touch of humor to every scene they were in. Can I also say that I really liked Hunter and was sad that he was only at the end of the book. However, he had one line that just cracked me up and I am hoping that we see more of him in the future.
Complaint (mini-rant): Let me preface this by saying it is just not this book in which I have seen this particular “trend”. In fact, I have seen it upwards of 10 times this year and I really don’t like it. (sort of spoiler) What is up with the “incomplete” or “perhaps” HEA’s happening in romance these days? I am sorry but I invest how many hours reading the book? I want hugs, kisses, promises of forever not maybes. This has mostly been happening in Romantic Suspense, like the (author, publisher, editor) decides at the end of the story that a dose of reality needs to be added. UGH! If I wanted a “maybe” HEA, I would read Women’s Fiction. *end rant*
Why I gave it a 3.5: I really did enjoy all the action, suspense, and chemistry between all the characters. I would recommend this to Romantic Suspense readers.
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