Into the Crossfire (Protectors Series #1)

Into the Crossfire (Protectors Series #1)

by Lisa Marie Rice

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ISBN-13: 9780062085795
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/29/2011
Series: Protectors Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lisa Marie Rice 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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Into the Crossfire 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
reacherfan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
LadyDi27 More than 1 year ago
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.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Ex-SEAL Sam Reston and his two brothers-by-choice survived brutal childhoods and swore to protect -- not harm -- those weaker than them, especially women and children. Enter Nicole Pearce, translator and daughter of a diplomat, who quit her lucrative job to return to the US and care for her dying father. Sam is certain that Nicole is far above him, but he wants her and he'll do whatever it takes to get what he wants. When Nicole becomes the target of an unknown man* who is planning to kill her, Sam and his brothers enter the battle on her behalf.*the unknown man targeting Nicole is hired by a member of a Muslim terrorist organization. I have to say, with all the anti-Muslim nonsense that gets floated around the media, it's really hard for me to accept Muslims as the villains without wondering about the motives of the author. While there isn't as much nuance as I would have liked in presenting this group, supposedly affiliated with Hamas, the kind of comic book-y nature of it is in keeping with the rest of the novel.Overall, it was quick, easy read. Not the best I've read by LMR (too much info dumping via internal dialog), but still reminded me a lot of '90s-era Linda Howard.
dkthain on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This author has a formula. And while she doesn't deviate from it much, as long as I don't read too many of her books in a row, it's a formula that works very well indeed for me. Ms. Rice's formula; total alpha hero, often ex seal or other type of military, heroine in distress, alpha hero lusts after heroine, falls very quickly for heroine and takes over and saves heroine in distress. Heroine falls for hero despite his overbearing ways and allows him to help her after a token resistance. Now one might think that might get a bit tiresome and were I to read too many of her books in a row, it does. I know this because I did it with the Midnight series, reading them back to back to back and by the time I got to Midnight Angel, the sameness really took away for me. In fact I don't think I even finished this one. But if I leave space and read all kinds of other genres between them, I just adore her books and once again I'm happy to say I adored this one too *insert happy face* As per usual, when hero Sam Reston, former Navy Seal and now part owner of his own detective agency first spies Nicole Pearce, his new business neighbour, he is instantly smitten. But he's undercover on his latest case, trying to put a criminal in prison and is in no shape to make any kind of approach. But once he's back to himself, he wastes no time in bargaining her into a dinner date. Sparks fly between them but Nicole is in no state for any kind of relationship. She's had to rearrange her whole life to take care of her dying father. She is trying to get a new business, translating, off the ground and when not working at this, she is looking after her much loved father. But Sam isn't about to let her go. He's never felt like this about a woman before and is willing to do whatever it takes to be a part of her life. He really gets his chance when something strange happens and her office is broken into. He goes into full Protector Mode as he works with his two foster brothers to find out who is after Nicole and what they want with her. As with all of Ms. Rice's heroes, I loved Sam. He's determined to help 'his' woman. He knows his way around the bedroom and he's willing to be flexible with Nicole. Although yes, a bit formulatic, nevertheless he makes for great hero material. And I equally enjoyed Nicole. Despite having her life turned upside down by the illness of her father, she holds no bitterness at her circumstances. Although give many opportunities to become one of those TSTL heroines we all despise, she doesn't. While she wants to hold Sam at arms length, she knows he can help her and she is open and honest with him when she needs to be. Along with every other book by this author with the possible exception of Midnight Angel and I need to read it again with distance this time, I loved Into the Crossfire and most heartily recommend it. There are two other foster brothers and I really hope they each get their own story. I'll be a happy camper if they do
LadyIsis on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love this woman's writing. I have been reading her work for some time and I am not sure she can write a bad book. There is lots of action, nice mystery, hot, hot sex and OMG Hot alpha males. What more do you need in a book. LOL This is the first book in this series and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books.
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Ladonna918 More than 1 year ago
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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A strong hunk and a great story! A real must buy!
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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.