Review: Under Fire

Posted May 3, 2012 by Gikany-Una in 3.5 stars, Military or Suspense Romance, Rating B Tags: , , ,

Under Fire
Author: Catherine Mann 
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Elite Force #3
ISBN: #978-1402245015
Genre: Military Romance
Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
No Holds Barred, In Love or War…
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.
What G & U are talking about:
Under Fire is the third book in the Elite Forces series by Catherine Mann.  In this novel, we see the PJ’s leader, Liam McCabe finally reunite with Rachel Flores after their energized meeting in Hot Zone during an earthquake rescue.
Gikany and Una enjoyed Under Fire; it was a fast read.  The action/mystery/drama progressed quickly as did the romance. In contemporary romances, and considering that Gikany and Una are more fantasy fans, the development of the romance often seems to progress a little too quickly for us.  However, what we really did enjoy is that the romance for our main characters started in the previous book.  We were already introduced to them and felt their chemistry.  Therefore, their romance in this book had a stronger feel.  Watching them reunite, because of the conspiracy Rachel finds herself in, was very touching.  The witty banter between Rachel and Liam lightened the novel.
There is a very sweet side romance in Under Fire between Catriona, a dog sitter, and Brandon, a military police officer suffering from PTSD and Rachel’s patient.  This side romance was a wonderful addition to the story.  Their interactions were heartfelt and tender and we enjoyed the richness they added to the overall story.  We aren’t sure if they will play a role in the next novel since it felt, at least to Gikany and Una, that their story was fairly well resolved. We hope that Ms. Mann continues to introduce the main characters for the next novel as a little side story in the previous Elite Forces novel.  We prefer having our main characters share a past, giving them more time to let their relationship develop.  This seems to be lacking in many contemporary romances.
As we’ve said, although this really isn’t our primary preferred genre, we did enjoy Under Fire.  As the novel concluded, it is not clear what is next in this series, but if you enjoy a steamy, action-packed romance pick up the Elite Forces series, you might enjoy it.
Their Rating:
Liked it – recommend (B+)
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