Into the Crossfire (Protectors Series #1)

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Former Navy SEAL Sam Reston keeps to himself. His world is dangerous, uncertain, violent...and there is no room in it for the helpless and weak. Then the most beautiful woman in the world moves in next door to him . . . .

Nicole Pearce's life is complicated enough—with an ailing father and a new business to worry about—and the last thing she needs is to get involved with a secretive, hard-bodied, hardheaded neighbor. Yet Sam leaves her breathless—her body tingling with erotic ...

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Overview

Former Navy SEAL Sam Reston keeps to himself. His world is dangerous, uncertain, violent...and there is no room in it for the helpless and weak. Then the most beautiful woman in the world moves in next door to him . . . .

Nicole Pearce's life is complicated enough—with an ailing father and a new business to worry about—and the last thing she needs is to get involved with a secretive, hard-bodied, hardheaded neighbor. Yet Sam leaves her breathless—her body tingling with erotic desire—and it takes every ounce of her fabled control to resist offering herself to him, no strings attached. What she doesn't know is that Sam Reston is on an undercover assignment . . . and she's about to step into the crossfire.

Never has Sam ached for a woman so badly, and he's never fallen in love before. Now that Nicole is in grave danger, he will become her shield, and guard the tempting body he longs to touch and taste. Because a terrorist plot hatched half a world away is heading to their doorstep—and it can only be derailed by one man and one woman.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061808265
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Series: Protectors Series , #1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 447,524
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Marie Rice is tall and willowy and beautiful. She has won every major book prize in the world. She is a black belt with advanced degrees in archaeology, nuclear physics, and Tibetan literature. She is a concert pianist. In truth, she is a virtual woman who exists only at the keyboard when writing erotic romance. She disappears when the monitor winks off.

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

    So-so book by good author

    Lisa Marie Rice is one of my favorite steamy romantic suspense writers, but you'd never know it by this book. Closer to 2.5 stars than 3, Into the Crossfire is about as cliche ridden a book as I've seen lately. I realized in the first 7 pages, after reading how breathless former SEAL turned security specialist Sam Reston was each time he saw the 'most beautiful woman in the world', Nicole Pearce, I was in for a real disappointment, but I kept hoping. Pages and pages of hero and heroine with pounding hearts, the loss of coherent conversation, and, well, breathlessness. Never have I read a more overwrought opening chapter for a romantic suspense novel. It was classic old-fashioned bodice ripper stuff, only worse.

    Unfortunately, the first third of the book could easily have been shortened by 60 or more pages to create a more tightly written story line - or at least one that had the kind of suspense and action one expects in romantic suspense. All that breathlessness and so little story made for dull reading. There was the typical sex scene where - I'm sure you'll be shocked - they were breathless and neither could speak due to all that chemistry and .......... probably oxygen deprivation from all that breathlessness.

    The story finally gets moving, sort of, in the last third of the book. Unfortunately, time is past for developing the kind of thrills a romantic suspense novel should have. Heroine is saved, hero is well, heroic, bad guys are foiled, but chief bad guy goes to England to try again. Predictable. Her die hard fans will love this regardless.

    Try the books in her Midnight series, especially Midnight Man from Ellora's Cave for a much better steamy romantic suspense story.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Just Ok

    I was disappointed in this book. There was too much focus on the outside conflict, and not enough love story. I was hoping this would be in the same vein as her Midnight series which I adore. The love story for me was unrealistic, the characters and their attraction to each other weren't developed enough to make their love believable. The love scenes were few and hurried. I still am an LMR fan though so I'll still continue to pick up her books. I just hope the rest of the series focuses more on the relationships.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    8/19/12

    8/19/12 Unfortunately I can't do half stars as I would rate this 3.5, more than B+ but less than an A. There were too many references to how "beautiful" theheroine was and I got it the first dozen times that her father was dying. Some of that wording could have been used to bring more interaction between H/h.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

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    This exciting and enthralling romantic suspense is a fast-paced entertaining thriller

    In San Diego former Navy SEAL Sam Reston of Reston Security is an uncover private sleuth infiltrating the Bucinski gang looking to identify who was smuggling merchandise to the recent tune of $10M from his client. He knows how dangerous the assignment is so he avoids relationships. However, just over two weeks ago his wet dream moved next door and staying away is impossible, but he must for her safety and to keep his mind on the deadly mission.

    Unable to resist, in order to get a date with Nicole Pearce, Sam gets Mayor Villarreal to vouch for his character, which His Honor does except warning her about playing poker with the shark. She should say no as she is just starting a new business and worried about her ailing father, but accepts. Neither expected love and his need to keep her safe as they uncover a terrorist plot.

    This exciting and enthralling romantic suspense is a fast-paced entertaining thriller that seems any moment as if it will go over the top of the Sierras, but never quite does; a testimony to Lisa Marie Rice's skills. Sam is terrific from the onset as he counts time from how long he first saw her while Nicole proves his perfect mate making his wet dreams of her arid compared with the real thing. The smuggling and terrorism plots add tension, but the charming relationship between the lead couple as each falls in love at the same time Into the Crossfire makes this a fun tale.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    OMG

    Okay, first book by this author and I was not dissapointed. I loved it! Romance moved a bit fast but even that did not bother me as much as usual. Holy cow, I fell in love with Sam.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I love Lisa Marie Rice, she is one of my favorite romance authors. I would recommend this book and all of her books, you won't be disappointed. The romance between Sam and Nicole is HOTT!! This is the first book in this series and I also read the second one, can't wait for the third one to come out. This is a very good read and well as all her other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

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    Highly Recommended

    If you love Suzanne Brockmann and her Troubleshooter series then you will like Lisa Marie Rice. I love the military background as well as the suspense!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    More

    Ok, I loved the book and would have given 5 stars if the relationship between the two characters was more. What else can I say, but very good, but needed a better development. I hope the next one does that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Great

    A strong hunk and a great story! A real must buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    This was the first book I've read by Lisa Marie Rice. I was an a

    This was the first book I've read by Lisa Marie Rice. I was an amazing book. I like how Sam is dangerous, sexy and lovable. Nicole is a perfect match for him. I ordered the other two books about his brothers Mike and Harry to see how all there lives change. I like the plot and there isn't too many sex scenes like "50 shades".
    Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Enjoyable book

    I really enjoyed reading this. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, but it was an easy read that kept me interested until the end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Totally Recommend"

    Lisa Marie Rice is great. Have all her books!
    Love it. JR

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Excellent read

    Excellent read, just came across this author and started buying her nook books. Love Sam Reston, my kind of hero. This story was exciting but I started skimming through parts that gave too much infor, to get to the exciting part. Still I would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    LMR Rocks!!

    This author's work is always a definite purchase. I have every book of hers I can find...I highly recommend these books!

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    Great Read!!

    I loved this book. It was the first in the series and I can't wait to read the next. There was so much action and of course the love scenes and the way the fall in love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Hot

    ## I enjoyed reading this book very much. The story had intrigue and suspense which I love. The hero was "holy cow" hot and so alpha (in a good way). I adored Sam. The sexual chemistry between the hero and heroine was off the charts. What I didn't like (therefore couldn't give 5 stars) was that the hero and heroine had no chance to get to know eachother. Hardly any face to face time and actual conversations. Sure, there was plenty of inner thoughts of lust but not much else. Also, I didn't like that the author went on and on and on about the sick father. Of course it's tragic, but it was just over the top. Still a good read though.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    very enjoyable

    Another reviewer wrote that this book is the typical alpha male, breathless sex type novel. I suppose that's true, but if you enjoy that kind of book, you'll also enjoy this one. I like the relationship of the 3 foster brothers, as well as the instant chemistry between Nicole and Sam. Sam is sweet and understanding of Nicole's priorities, so he is not overly dominating. Once I started reading, I found I wanted to keep reading until the end. Often I will switch from book to book to book, but that wasn't the case in this story.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Must read!

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2011

    Loved it! Need the rest of her books available for the Nook!

    I've read all the Rice books available for the Nook and she has become my one of my Favorite authors. She gives you a totally hot alpha male and a sweet heroine and really hot love scenes. Loved all her books so far.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    Not as good as the others in this series.

    The plot was overwhelmingly scary considering all of the horrific events as a result of terrorism.

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