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Under Fire by Catherine Mann
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Apr 19, 2012

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Under Fire by Catherine Mann
Romantic Suspense –May 1st, 2012
4 stars

Under Fire continues the author’s pararescuemen series. In this book, the budding romance between dog trainer, Rachel Flores and pararescueman Liam MaCabe comes to a heated conclusion as both race to find a corrupt official.

Rachel Flores trains dogs to search for missing victims and to aid those traumatized for therapy. One of the men who has a therapy dog for his PTSD is Brandon, who is a military cop. He has confided in her that he believes that there is a military traitor but knows one believes him due to his ‘incapacitated’ state. Rachel tries to help Brandon reach the authorities but without any success. When she starts getting mysterious threats over the phone, she runs to the one man who has dug into her heart, Laim MaCabe. Liam and Rachel worked together to find people during a devastating earthquake. While she was highly attracted to him, she was also wary of his history -three failed marriages. For months she has ignored his calls, but now she knows he is the only one who might be able to help her.

At first Liam is shocked to see Rachel hidden in his jeep. But shock soon overcomes gladness -he has missed her. However, when she comes to him with a crazy conspiracy theory, he is doubtful until he finds out on the news that her town house and the entire street she lived on has been decimated by an explosion. Soon they are on the run to save their lives and find the traitor.

Readers won’t need to read the prior book to enjoy the romance between Rachel and Liam, but I certainly felt that it added to the story. The author really portrays the characters with emotion and depth and pulls you into the story. Liam is very sympathetic. He really wanted his marriages to work but needed to mature to find a relationship that finally worked. He has a real connection with Rachel and I am happy that he found someone who matches him. Rachel is a little less developed but still an enjoyable character. This book also had another romance between Brandon who is wildly attracted to his dog sitter/caretaker, Catriona. They make a sweet couple as both like each other but are very insecure about themselves. Brandon feels that his PTSD makes him less attractive. This was a solid romance thriller, and I look forward to reading more in the series.

The men are hunky, honorable heroes but what I like best about this series are the genuine emotions and down to earth characters.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club

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