Friday, 13 August 2010

Review – A Protectors Novel Bk1: Into the Crossfire © Lisa Marie Rice

Into the Crossfire: A Protectors Novel

Author:Lisa Marie Rice

Publisher: Avon Red

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Former Navy SEAL Sam Reston keeps to himself. His world is dangerous, uncertain, violent...and there is no room in it for the helpless and weak. Then the most beautiful woman in the world moves in next door to him . . . .
Nicole Pearce's life is complicated enough - with an ailing father and a new business to worry about - and the last thing she needs is to get involved with a secretive, hard-bodied, hardheaded neighbor. Yet Sam leaves her breathless - her body tingling with erotic 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, and he's never fallen in love before. Now that Nicole is in grave danger, he will become her shield, and guard the tempting body he longs to touch and taste. Because a terrorist plot hatched half a world away is heading to their doorstep - and it can only be derailed by one man and one woman.

My thought.

When Nicole Pearce finds herself having to rely on Sam Reston to get her into her place of business – she literally shivered in her shoes. Sam  operates the security business just across the hall from her and he is not the ideal neighbour not by a long shot. .

Former Navy SEAL Sam Reston does only some things for free and and getting Nicole into her office is not one of them, all he wants as payment is one date with her, one date - that all. For Nicole this was a bad deal as she has too much on her plate and no time to do more than what she is doing now and more over – Sam looks like someone on the police list of “usual suspects”.. but she is in a bind and beggars can’t be choosers so she accepts the price to have access to her office.

Sam has had his eyes on Nicole from the moment he saw  her – undercover and not able to do anything about it at the time he lurks and give her a wide berth but always somehow have her on his peripheral vision. By just plain luck he finds himself in a position to get to know the lady in question and he aims the make the most of this chance.

While Sam and Nicole are getting their groove on and trying to see where their lust for each other can take them someone is plotting the downfall of the financial district. The plan is in motion, the trap has been set – all that’s left are just a few key pieces to be placed in the right position.

Someone has accidentally come upon this plan and summing up the situation in a heartbeat he contacts the only person he can think of – Nicole.

I wont go any further  I’ll leave the rest for you to read – but let’s just say it’s Ms Rice at her usual hunt and chase plotline and somehow I am addicted to them.

Ms Rice has two story running together in INTO THE CROSSFIRE as is her norm. There is Sam and Nicole trying to make a go of a relationship while opening up themselves to each other, if you are new to Rice’s work – some suspension of reality is needed here – but go with it, they are a fun couple and with short snappy scenes the author nicely integrated the mystery into their relationship.

The mystery does not get a journal like telling as with her other books, but filtered into the plot as and when needed – so this story focuses more on a lot of the background info on Sam and Nicole life and how they are now trying to compromise to make a relationship work.

I am a fan of terrorist plotline and I know this is one of the reason why I go out of my way to read this authors work – she does those scenes really well, the tension, the terror and the mind wrenching moments that  leaves me wondering if this is probably the book where one of those craftily put together plot will work – are huge draw for me.

Overall INTO THE CROSSFIRE is a mish mash of bits and pieces of Rice’s backlist. Some things she has tone down, like the multiply sex scenes and I thought the introduction of Nicole’s father and his condition was a well played move on her part – that gave the book a definite bit of clout.

Readers who hate set pieces plotline and characters, you will have issues with INTO THE CROSSFIRE, if you can get pass that she will drag you into her world of suspense and have you meeting up with some bad guys doing some rather nasty things.

Not a bad read overall…

6 Speak To Me:

Mary G on 13 August 2010 at 02:23 said...

Perfect recap of this book. I loved
this book as well as all her others. Love her books written as Elizabeth Jennings books too.

She does captivate & I also enjoyed the weaving of the two plots which is good rom. susp.

Sophia (FV) on 13 August 2010 at 07:13 said...

First, that cover is just beautiful, I love it! Loved your review and I think I'm putting this one on my wish list!

Erotic Horizon on 13 August 2010 at 09:07 said...

@Mary G..

Thank you - I find despite the multitude of issues and niggles that I have with Ms. Rice's work, Ilove her books..

I do like her use of the two story line - I also like how she set a more realistic logistic time line in this one...


Erotic Horizon on 13 August 2010 at 09:10 said...

Agree about the cover - it said "You Must Buy" to me..

Hopefully her style will click for you..



Blodeuedd on 13 August 2010 at 12:35 said...

Hi EH,
Hm, not sure what set pieces plotlines and characters mean

Erotic Horizon on 15 August 2010 at 10:46 said...


Sorry for the delay in responding hon..

Set pieces are the same plotline and same generic type of characters used over and over - most time from the same author...

We all something like that at one time or another...