Into the Crossfire

Protectors Series, #1

The path Sam Reston has chosen for his life is a result of his childhood. He doesn’t advertise it, but he’s a man determined to help the helpless and weak in any way he can. That is the focus of his existence, until he sees her across the hallway. Too bad he stinks and has been undercover for the past two weeks.

Nicole Pearce has one goal in life at this point. Take care of her dying father to the best of her ability. She wouldn’t work if she didn’t have to to support them, but her small business is a big part of who she is. A product of her childhood growing up with a father who was an ambassador, she has a unique set of skills to market. She loves her new office, except for Mr. Lowlife who works across the hall. Has he heard of soap and water?

First impressions aside, the chemistry between Nicole and Sam is flammable. She thinks it’s fear and apprehension but upon closer (much closer) scrutiny it is revealed to be desire. She can‘t spare the time or emotion right now. But she soon finds that Sam won’t take no for an answer, and it’s really not the answer she wants to give.

First off, this author is an automatic read for me. Some reviewers claim she’s formulaic and predictable. I say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. To me, every story is unique and anticipated, as the author creates the characters so vividly. As to her formula, it’s the reason I buy her books in the first place and then read them over and over. Nicole and Sam’s story was awesome, with a bit of current events thrown in to add to the tension. A little less intimately physical than Ms. Rice’s previous books I’ve read, their first encounter was a doozy that went on and on. Lucky Nicole. I look forward to devouring the following books with relish.

Book Blurb for Into the Crossfire

Sam Reston's world is dangerous, uncertain, violent . . . with no room in it for the helpless and weak. Then the most beautiful woman in the world moves next door to him . . .

Nicole Pearce's life is complicated enough. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a secretive, hard-bodied, hard-headed neighbor. Yet Sam leaves her breathless-her body tingling with desire-and it takes every ounce of her fabled control to resist offering herself to him, no strings attached. What she doesn't know is that Sam Reston is on an undercover assignment . . . and she's about to step into the crossfire.

Never has Sam ached for a woman so badly. Now Nicole's in grave danger and he will become her shield. Because a terrorist plot hatched half a world away is heading to their doorstep-and it can be derailed by only one man and one woman.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 4.75