Under Fire by Scarlett Cole @ItsScarlettCole @StMartinsPress @SMPRomance

Posted December 13, 2017 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments

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Under Fire by Scarlett Cole @ItsScarlettCole  @StMartinsPress  @SMPRomanceUnder Fire by Scarlett Cole
Series: Love Over Duty #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 1, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 300
Format: Paperback
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Hot, hard-bodied Sixten Rapp is a former SEAL who’s raring to begin his brand-new civilian life. He and his Navy “brothers” start a security firm that offers the kind of services only a team of military-trained professionals can provide. But nothing prepared Six for his new client: an innocent woman on a mission to improve thousands of lives. . . unless someone takes hers first.


Dr. Louisa North knows time is against her as she tries to create a “miracle” medical treatment for a disease with no known cure, until she creates a sample so powerful that the wrong people want to use it as a chemical weapon. At first, Six is unwilling to accept Louisa as his client. But soon he realizes that the danger is real and that there’s much more to this plain-Jane scientist…including a burning passion between them that neither of them can resist. And now that an enemy is on Louisa’s trail, Six will do whatever it takes to protect her—or die trying.


I REALLY wanted to read Under Fire when it was released in August but I couldn’t make the timing work. So I was thrilled when SMP Romance sent me a copy as a Thanksgiving gift.  Now I’m trying to finish up 2017 reads and decided I couldn’t wait to read it any longer.

The Love Over Duty series seems to be based on a group of Navy Seals who are retiring from active duty, in their early 30s, going home to start a security business. It has many aspects which are my favorite, including being in a favorite genre. I enjoy having a group of friends with long-standing camaraderie. There is a plot besides the romance, and we are likely to get more, on the rest of the side characters in future books. It doesn’t hurt that Six is a tall blond with a nickname of Viking, either.

The main couple are both strong, smart, hard-working people who think of others besides themselves. Six and Louisa also have personal issues to resolve which give them opportunities to grow and learn. I was worried for them at times; Six was distracted a bit and Louisa was naive about a few things. I appreciate the way they were honest with each other, and the support they gave each other.

I’m excited to read the next one, Final Siege, in January. There will be more of the business start-up issues and more of their history as the next couple is explored. I like hearing about the various details of businesses since I had my own for about 20 years. And the next romance is set to keep me warm.


About Scarlett Cole

Two-time RITA finalist, Scarlett Cole, is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency). Author of the Second Circle Tattoos Series. The Strongest Steel was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors on the Air Global Radio Network #1 Contemporary Romance Pick for 2015.

When Scarlett isn’t writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit.

Having travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Los Angeles.

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  • Anne: 2017 New Release Challenge

Posted December 13, 2017 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments

2 responses to “Under Fire by Scarlett Cole

    • It was really good. I was SO excited when they sent it to me! I also signed up for the next book which I have already and the blog tour in Feb. I’m just waiting til Jan 1 to read some of the 2018 releases because of the New Release Challenge and also finishing up some 2017 releases now.