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Friday, March 23, 2012

Under Fire by Catherine Mann

Under Fire by Catherine Mann
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full Length (350 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

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

Now, after ignoring all his phone calls for six months, 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 this woman who left him in the dust.

Wild rides, pulse-pounding danger, gripping suspense, and simmering, sizzling, spiraling passion keep Rachel and Major Liam McCabe on full alert as they frantically work to save themselves and others while trying to foil an attempt to cause an international incident that could endanger the nation. WOW!

Rachel Flores and Major Liam McCabe, who met during the aftermath of the Bahamas earthquake, are complex, strong intelligent characters who have a special connection, but also have tons of emotional baggage. Back in Florida, Rachel, while on hiatus from search and rescue, is working with PTSD veterans using therapy dogs. Liam trains with his pararescuemen to be ready for an assignment not in their usual purview.

After one of Rachel’s patients tells her about suspicious activity in high military echelons, her life is suddenly in danger but no one believes her. Out of options and scared for herself and her patient, she and her search and rescue dog, Disco, seek Liam’s help even though she’s avoided all his overtures since they returned from the earthquake mission.

Both Liam and Rachel have issues about “love” that impedes their having a relationship, but true love doesn’t give up easily. Their slow but steady rise above past heartaches while they maneuver to stay alive and stop a horrific international situation makes for page-turning, breath-holding read.

UNDER FIRE throbs with sweet and sensual love, danger, greed for power, and with super heroes who have a unique humor that belies the perilous lives they live.

Sub plots enrich this story. Brandon, the veteran with PTSD, and Catriona, who owns a special dog sitting business, creates a story that is captivating. The machinations of the antagonist, who feels that the end justifies the means are scary as can be. His firm belief that he should be in charge and anybody in the way of his plan is expendable, creates adrenaline-pumping action.

Catherine Mann once again gives the reader a spellbinding story with special super heroes whose motto is: “These things we do that others may live”. She weaves together humor, love, alligators in the Everglades, murder in the military, dogs undaunted by danger, and an amazing, diverse group of characters that sweep the reader into the actions and emotions with a climax that is mind-blowing.