Coast Guard helicopter pilot Olivia Carver is on a very personal mission. Her twin brother, an undercover officer, was murdered by a drug cartel and she won't stop until she finds the man responsible for his death.
In the course of her own investigation, Olivia meets informant Rico Cortes. He's mysterious and sexy and despite her reservations, the two share a night of passion. But Rico turns out to be more than a one-night stand. He's a DEA agent, deep undercover in Miami's drug world, and possibly the one man who can help Olivia find the justice she seeks.
When Rico realizes his cover is blown, he isn't sure whether it was someone in the cartel or an inside agent. Olivia is the only one he can trust and together they venture on a dangerous, rogue mission to infiltrate a drug lord's inner circle with Olivia as bait.
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About the Author
Rita grew up running the beaches of a barrier island on Florida's east coast. An island brat, she spent more time climbing weathered oaks and chasing alligators than playing with the dolls her family gave her. She married a marine and feels fortunate to have lived many places and traveled to the states and countries she didn't live. After retiring from government service she moved back to that barrier island where she writes contemporary fiction, weaving her experiences into her storytelling. Her heroes and heroines are either in the military or government service because she writes what she knows. Her father was in the Coast Guard and immediate family members served in every branch of the service as desk jockeys, grunts, pilots and everything in between. She's experienced the highs and lows of military and government life and is grateful for each experience.
Rita reads or listens to two to three books a week. She has no favorite genre or author; she just loves a good story.
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We have a visual on the boat." Coast Guard Lt. Commander Olivia Carver's gloved fingers tightened around the helicopter's control stick and she increased airspeed. The chase was on.
Olivia's heartbeat matched the tempo of the rotors. Sweat bonded her flight suit to her body and trickled between her breasts. Counter-narcotics had become her reason for existing and she was damn good at it.
"They've got those motors running wide open, the fricking hull is half out of the water," her copilot, Crenshaw, said.
"Weapons ready," Turner, the helo's gunner, announced.
Homes dotted this part of the waterwaynot much chance Olivia would give Turner permission to fire that big gun. The danger to civilians was too great and the sound of the machine gun would bring complaints. The public wanted to be protected, but they didn't want to see or hear it in their backyard.
She dropped altitude to fifty feet, then twenty, and buzzed the red boat cutting through the water. "Turner, you see any weapons on board?" she demanded, as she pushed the helo into a steep starboard bank to set up the next pass.
"That's a negative, ma'am." Turner leaned out the gunner's door to watch the boat. "But we sure scared the crap outta them. They about smacked into a dock."
"Jacksonville OPS, we're confirming three white males on target boat," Crenshaw reported, "and they know we're here."
Olivia's pulse raced from the adrenaline roaring through her. She took several deep breaths and angled the helo to swoop in again. This time she took it down to twenty-five feet, tilting the bird from side to side.
"Assholes didn't even slow down," Crenshaw muttered.
"Kee-rist. They're driving it like they stole it," Turner added.
"Give them the speech, Lieutenant," she ordered, positioning the helicopter to fly above the boat.
Crenshaw flipped on the loudspeaker. "Red Donzi, this is the United States Coast Guard. Cut your engines immediately."
"I repeat, cut your engines immediately."
The three men turned and gave them the finger. Olivia could clearly see them laughing.
So, the boys want to play.
She pressed airspeed to the max. A half-mile south, she swung the helo back in a direct line with the speeding boat.
"Turner, close the door and tighten your harness."
"Ah shit, here we go again."
"You do the same, Crenshaw." She yanked her own harness straps.
"What's going on?" Crenshaw sounded nervous.
"We're doing what we were ordered. Stopping them." He'd been her copilot for five months. About time she broke him in. Olivia dropped altitude and tipped the helo's nose toward the water.
"How?" Crenshaw's voice went up two octaves.
"Keep us from yawing, L.T., I'll do the rest."
"Ho-lee shit," he yelped as the tilt angle increased.
The red Donzi sped toward them. The helo advanced toward the boat.
Olivia increased the angle until the helo's black nose pointed to five o'clock and the tail rotor at eleven, high above them. Thirty-nine feet of rotor blades whirled like a gigantic fan kicking up water.
"You're doing great. Better than my last copilot. Just keep it up. They'll stop. They always do."
"You've done this before?" Crenshaw's voice went up another notch.
"Yes, sir," Turner drawled. "This is the commander's very own 'stop or be sliced and diced' method of getting the bad guys. Ya get used to it after a while.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is more like 4.5 stars....I LOVED THIS BOOK. I can't wait to see what else this author comes up with. I was surprised to find out this is her debut book. This book has it ALL. I was hooked from the first few pages when Olivia showed she was a pilot not to be messed with. Olivia is a strong woman full of spunk and sass with the know-how to back it all up. Rico is a tough as nails DEA agent that is sexy, with a killer smile and to many secrets for him not to be irresistible. The secondary characters were just as much fun to read about. Mouse is a KICK!! I was so happy for his own happy ending. This book had non-stop action and some steamy hot sex scenes. The banter was refreshing and Rico and Olivia had great chemistry. My only complaint about this book, was it ended rather abruptly. I am hoping that means we are being set up for another book :)
## This book is good, but it could have been better. First and foremost: I loved the heroine. She was strong, capable, beautiful and smart. So many authors write needy heroines and it drives me crazy. The military aspect was great, as was the story line. I was definitely anxious to see what happened next. The things that bothered me were: the hero was just so-so, not sure I liked him. The sex scenes ended so suddenly, I was never sure if they completed the task so to speak. And the ending was terrible. Much too abrupt. I think this author's writing stlye needs a little work. Not the best, but not the worst.
Can't go wrong with this book. Kept me going from the beginning to end Can't wait for her next book.
Rita Henuber delivers a smart, sexy and dangerous tale with Under Fire! Commander Olivia Carver is a top notch helo pilot for the US Coast Guard but when the authorities fail to take down her twin brother's murderer she heads to Miami looking for answers herself. There she meets a sexy local, Rico Cortes. Having a bit of a dry year and feeling an instant attraction to the sexy and funny dark haired stranger, Olivia ends up spending the night in his apartment. When she returns to her assignment though, taking down a drug runner off the coast she finds out the Rico is really an undercover DEA agent and crap literally hits the fan. With a traitor in their midst Rico and Olivia decide to go in on their own to take the drug cartel down and find the bad cop, who is also responsible for her brother's death. Olivia was one kick butt heroine in Under Fire! Referred to as the 'Poster Girl" for the USCG she is beautiful and capable. Trained for deadly combat in the air and on the ground she knows how to take care of herself but is not lacking with a sensitive female side that shines through every now and then, at the best moments I must add. Her relationship with Rico was scorching with sexy dancing, sizzling innuendos and scorching love scenes I couldn't get enough of these two. Rico himself was hot, dangerous and oh so swoon worthy. A great match for Olivia both physically and mentally. The plot was well thought out, detailed and realistic; you can tell the author really knows her stuff with the military and government agencies. At times it got a bit too detailed and went over my head but this didn't distract from the overall story line. Action packed and fast moving I read this in one sitting. There were several scenes that seemed to be cut short though, missing out on a few important points I felt; I'm not sure if this is because what I read was an ARC or if it will be in the final product. The one thing that brought this down a full star for me and somewhat ruined the novel for me though was the ending. It was abrupt and felt unfinished. I have no idea if these two are going to make it together or even if one will survive. A real disappointment for me and extremely frustrating in what would of otherwise been a superb read.