Nuclear physicist Dr. Claire Fleming has one rule: never get close to anyone. But when her colleague is murdered and she's targeted next, she must place all her trust in FBI agent Thomas Kincannon. Soon Claire forgets her tenet as she fantasizes about Thomas's touch.
Thomas is wildly attracted to Claire. But his life and his job are too complicated for any romantic entanglements. Despite this, they share a mind-blowing kiss, and there's no turning back. When Thomas's niece is abducted, the stakes become dangerously higher as Claire insists he trade her for the child. Somehow, Thomas must find a way to rescue his family and protect the woman who let her protective walls down just for him.
About the Author
Lara Lacombe is a recovering research scientist turned college professor who now spends her days writing and wrangling a toddler. She lives in Texas with her family and two entitled cats, and loves chocolate and her Crock Pot. She uses Facebook to procrastinatestop by Lara Lacombe Books if you'd like to chat!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fatal Fallout by Lara Lacombe is a terrific book. Although a quite respectable length, these pages just flew by, I may have read it in record time. The characters are masterfully crafted, even the villain, and the plot is consuming. I was sucked in on the very first page (poor Ivan) and stayed there. Claire and Thomas both deserved a happy ending. I wouldn't be unhappy to read more by Lacombe about the peripheral characters as this one was so well done.
Loved reading this book. From start to finish the author, Lara Lacombe, takes you on a danger filled adventure where lives and hearts are at stake. As you follow the characters romance they pull you in and make you part of the suspense. I'll be watching for Lara's next book.
Doctor Claire Fleming, a scientist in the Nuclear Safety Group, has been working in concert with her Russian counterpart, Doctor Ivan Novikoff, and his international decommission team in an effort to reduce the threat from terrorists seeking to steal radioactive materials. When Ivan is brutally murdered, the assassin emails Claire a picture of his corpse, relaying an ominous “You’re next” warning. FBI agent Thomas Kincannon is assigned to “keep her safe until we figure out what is really going on here.” Novikoff had been Claire’s friend, mentor, father figure . . . and his murder has devastated her. An unexpected delivery is made to her apartment and Claire is surprised to learn that just before he was killed, Ivan sent her an express mail package. But the package contains nothing except a yellowing sheaf of papers written in Cyrillic, which she is unable to read. The FBI arranges for a translator and they discover that the papers contain nothing except a list of random words . . . or are they? As the assassin moves closer and closer to completing his mission to kill Claire and retrieve the papers Novikoff sent her, Kincannon’s five-year-old niece, Emily, becomes a pawn in the deadly game. And just who is behind the nefarious scheme to sell nuclear fuel on the black market? The predictable elements of a Harlequin Romance are clearly evident in Lara Lacombe’s story, with Claire and Thomas fighting, but eventually giving in to their mutual attraction. But the unfolding mystery surrounding the death of Claire’s Russian friend and the subsequent kidnapping of Agent Kincannon’s niece serve to raise this story far above the standard damsel-in-distress/knight-in-shining-armor drama that the reader might expect. It’s an intriguing page-turner that keeps the reader engrossed to the very end. Recommended.