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. (from Goodreads)
I started reading Lisa Marie Rice when I discovered her Midnight series. I have read and re-read those three books several times. Since then, I have purchased and read everything else I could find by her, but none of them have lived up to the Midnight ones.
This book does!
It’s ironic that I love the alpha males so much in reading. I expect I would laugh in their face in real life. Nicole is not a wimp by any means. She was brought up with the classic silver spoon, but when the necessity arose she walked away from that life to care for her father. She is not stupid either. She knows she is in over her head with the terrorists and is willing to rely on Sam to help her.
My only problem is that I do not want to wait for the next book in the series. Hotter Than Wildfire is due out in March 2011.