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I Belong

Review: Under Fire by Catherine Mann

Title: Under Fire

Author:  Catherine Mann

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Elite Force: That Others May Live (Book 3)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

Format: Paperback, 374 Pages

ISBN-10: 1402245017 (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

ISBN-13: 978-1402245015 (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Reviewed by: Kiwi


No Holds Barred, In Love or War…

A decorated hero, pararescueman Liam McCabe lives to serve. Six months ago, her and Rachel Flores met in the horrific aftermath of an earthquake in the Bahamas. They were tempted by an explosive attraction, but then they parted ways. Still, Liam has thought about Rachel every day—and night—since.

Now, after ignoring all his phone calls for six month, Rachel has turned up on base with a wild story about a high–ranking military traitor. She claims no one but Liam can help her—and she won’t trust anyone else.

With nothing but her word and the testimony of a discharged military cop to go on, Liam would be insane to risk his career—even his life— to help a woman who left him in the dust.

Quick & Dirty: Hot military heroes. Read it.

Opening Sentence“Kill one. Screw one. Marry One.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This book was a good one. And, like all good military-action-thriller-romances, this story contains just enough death, danger and hot bedroom scenes. Also, as an added bonus, it features not just one lethally sexy man, but we are presented with two of them and some friends. Plus, the more humanizing element of canine companionship, complete with puppies considering both of our leading women work with dogs.

Our first, and main, leading lady Rachel Flores is no stranger to stressful situations. She, and her dog Disco, were members of a search and rescue team. The kind of search and rescue teams that are called in post natural disaster to look for survivors. After a particularly nasty stint in the Bahamas following a major earthquake, she gives up a life of searching and devotes her time to another type of rescue. She now trains shelter dogs for the treatment of war vets with PTSD. When one of her patients confides a terrible secret to her, helping him turns her into the one needing rescue.

Our first leading man is Liam McCabe, captain of a team of military para-rescuemen. In this capacity, Liam and his men have been all over the world, saving those in need, including victims in an earthquake in the Bahamas. Sadly, Liam has been at this for a long time, and his body has become war weary, and he has plans to retire after their current assignment, a bodyguard type mission during an international summit of some kind. But, when he finds a woman from his past hidden in his car and desperate for help, he might just have to put that retirement on hold.

Our second love story features Brandon Harris, a victim of an explosion while on duty overseas, and one of Rachel’s current PTSD patients. When he unwittingly pulls Rachel into a seriously dangerous situation, he must conquer his fears and his condition, to help save her and their animals, and just possibly the world at large.

His counterpart in all this is Catriona Whittier. I’ll bet that she never, in her wildest dreams, thought that running a doggy daycare out of her parents home would put her in mortal danger. But that service, and the love of one Brandon Harris comes close to costing her everything.

Ok, so long story short. Brandon’s assignment placed him in the position of overhearing someone’s plans to sell military secrets to terrorists, something to do with our satellites. Anyway, while doing his duty, the marketplace he was positioned in was blown apart. After his recovery, his PTSD was used as an excuse to cover-up the information he was carrying. When he confided all this to Rachel, she also tried contacting the authorities, but to no avail. And when she started receiving death threats, she knew it was time to get her own help, in the form of the military pararescueman she met in the Bahamas. The military captain she can’t seem to get out of her mind. And that military captain hasn’t been able to get over her either.

So epic love affair aside, this little adventure turns out to be one hell of a conspiracy in the works, and it goes all the way up the ranks to general. So, our two pairs of lovebirds, and those who will aid them almost lose everything in order to save the world and each other.

Notable Scene:

“What in God’s name are you doing?”

General Sullivan jabbed a gun into her side and snarled, “Don’t even think about running. This is a restricted area where deadly force is authorized. The guards will shoot you on sight.”
”I just want to get back there to help him.”

“Not gonna happen, ma’am.”

Ma’am? His show of manners in the face of such horror jarred her. She slumped back in the passenger seat and watched as the general rolled down the window and waved at the security vehicle heading toward them. The cops must have recognized him, because they pulled a U-turn and headed back up the parking ramp.

That easy? He was driving wherever he wanted? Shooting people?

But why? Panic popped through her like those bullets that had torn through Brandon’s flesh. Gut-wrenching guilt piled on top of her fear. He was bleeding to death, and it was all her fault for encouraging him to spill his story. And now she was grateful deep inside her that Liam wasn’t here, because if more bullets had torn through him… She but her trembling lip until she tasted blood.

The general steered through the entry control point and turned in the opposite direction of the security patrol. He headed toward some dark airplanes with large propellers. He swerved the Humvee sharply and Brandon groaned from the back.

Sullivan popped another shot over the seat into Brandon.

Her ears rang, but the vehicle was silent. Dead silent.

Elite Force Series:

1. Cover Me

2. Hot Zone

3. Under Fire

FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Casablanca provided me with a copy of Under Fire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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