A kick-butt heroine and a tempting hero make the debut Harlequin Romantic Suspense novel by Melissa Cutler engaging, plus the storyline is totally intriguing at all times. Ms. Cutler looks to have a bright future ahead, as I was completely caught up in every moment of this gripping story featuring a very likable couple.
Her dream career of being a cop was going very well for Camille Fisher until she was shot, and she has been working as a dispatcher ever since. Although it is not as fulfilling, she still gives it her all and has no real social life. There is one person, Aaron Montgomery, whom she does not want in her life because she does not approve of his behavior, and she tries to avoid him if at all possible. However, when the two are abducted by dangerous men who belong to a Mexican cartel, there looks to be no way she can evade talking to him if they want any chance of escaping.
While a cunning idea by Camille actually sets them free, they are still not safe as both fears those who captured them will follow as the couple tries to hide in the desert. As they make plans to keep from being found, they come to realize neither really knows the other, and these revelations add fuel to the attraction that is slowly growing between them. Yet with the cartel not easily giving up the chase, Camille and Aaron try to keep their minds on staying alive and not how much they desire the other.
The fascinating premise of SEDUCTION UNDER FIRE is brilliantly executed by Melissa Cutler. From scenes of personal vulnerability to life-threatening jeopardy to earnest desires, this story depicts genuine reactions with particularly real feelings. The emotions that Camille and Aaron go through run the gamut from anger to fear to longing, and each one is expressed with such honesty and often straightforward candidness. While these two started out feeling as though they were adversaries, as they seemed to have very differing views about many subjects, they gradually begin to realize there are some redeeming qualities they never knew about the other. This insight causes them to question some of their beliefs about their own lives. Even though they may come to see each other in a different light, there are still plenty of quick-witted comebacks to be said, and those caused more by lust than loathing are just as delightfully amusing. Camille and Aaron are very intelligent characters, and they each prove their cleverness time and again, especially when it concerns her talent for quick thinking under pressure. I was repeatedly amazed by how crafty they were in dealing with the cartel, and I felt like applauding their triumphs on more than one occasion. While this couple may have been able to prevail over their enemies at times, the threats from this group could crop up at any moment and often did without any notice, thus keeping me in a state of constant trepidation. Camille and Aaron believe they are complete opposites when it comes to how they think about sex, yet this does not keep the enthusiasm out of their lovemaking, as their fervent eagerness for each other is very apparent. Ms. Cutler makes any romantic feelings between them seem so sincere, as what they are feeling at that moment is very clearly portrayed. Also, all details pertaining to a location are colorfully described and let the reader experience them to the fullest, regardless of where a scene is taking place. Melissa Cutler has another book coming out next year, and I want it now! SEDUCTION UNDER FIRE is romantic suspense at its best, as danger is ever present and emotions are relentlessly conflicted.
SEDUCTION UNDER FIRE by Harlequin Romantic Suspense author Melissa Cutler will be released October 16th! Two of you have the opportunity of winning your own copy, graciously given by Melissa Cutler. Read our CataRomance review of SEDUCTION UNDER FIRE and leave a comment. Two readers will be chosen randomly to win their own copy of this lovely book on Saturday, October 13th.