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Under Fire (Under Fire #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  380 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
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 pass

ebook, 265 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Carina Press
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Lady Heather
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Comtemporary Romance, Suspence, Black-Ops and Kick Ass leads
This was such a great find!
This is the first book I've read by Rita Henuber, and I'll defiantly be looking forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I loved the intensity of this book. Right from the beginning it was a non-stop roller-coaster ride, with lots of action, suspense, and of course chemistry.

The two main characters were both strong, intelligent, dedicated, and loyal people.

Olivia (the female lead) is an officer and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is in search
Olivia holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the coast guard and is a helicopter pilot trying to stop narcotics heading towards US soil. Her twin brother Danny was an undercover DEA agent and was brutally murdered two years previously and despite pressure she believes that not enough is being done to track down and bring the murderers to justice. Fortunately her job gives her access to information that she wouldn't normally have and is now set upon working the case herself and tracking them ...more
Rating 3.5 stars
You know you read about books the heroine is supposed to be kick-ass? Well Olivia is the most kick-ass HEROINE ever, she never backs down, fights dirty and can beat the hero too. I kind of felt she was the hero of the book, she needs no-man protecting her and doesn't apologize for her choices. Was she foolish in parts? Hell yes, but she was blinded by the loss of her twin brother and the need for revenge so I might find a little forgiveness for her.
The hero has been undercover fo
Anne OK
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
In her debut book, Rita Henuber has written one of the best romantic suspense stories I've ever had the pleasure to read. Quality writing on every front. Highly intense characters who come to life on every page in this action-packed story set in Miami's drug world.

(Full review to follow.)
DNF - so not happening for me. :(
I am a little bit late with my review of Under Fire by Rita Henuber. Work has been a bit crazy and with other obligations taking up my precious reading time, I have been a bit swamped so to speak. But I am a girl who always believes in the "better late than never" adage and though my review is a trifle bit late in coming, it comes with all good tidings and recommendations for fans of the genre to give this one a try!

Rico Cortes is a DEA agent who has been working deep undercover in the midst of
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
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 ass
Mrs. Badass
This book is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!
Grade A Romantic Suspense

Under Fire by Rita Henuber was a fast paced, no holds bared, in your face, Romantic Suspense novel with guts. For once, the kick ass lead was FEMALE.

Meet Commander Olivia Carver. Poster girl for the Coast Guard, she drives a helo like she riders her men--fast,dirty and a little mean. She has a spine of steel, granite nerves and an icy calm when in danger. Plain and simple? Olivia is a major badass.

Our hero, Rico Cotez is an undercover DEA agen
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Olivia Carter
Rico Cortez

This book surprised me. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I like books that feature smart, competent, courageous, strong, skilled women as lead characters. You can find them in abundance in paranormal and in science fiction but less so in military stories. Often times women in these books have some sort of weakness or fatal flaw that require the male lead to rescue them or they have been brainwashed to become sociopathic assassins. Not in this case. Co
Tara Chevrestt
This is a very exciting book full of nonstop action, great sex, and a tough Coast Guard Helo flying chick!

Olivia has a top notch career with the USCG and has earned a lot of respect, but she's willing to throw it all away to avenge her twin brother's death. He was an undercover killed by drug dealers. Someone gave him up. Olivia is bound and determined to find out who.

Thus, she meets Rico. Rico is an undercover as well and they are both after the same people, but Rico doesn't really want a famil
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Review from Backchatting Books

Olivia Carver is a tough-as-nails Coast Guard helicopter pilot who gets her kicks catching drug smugglers. Her twin brother Danny, an undercover cop, was murdered and she is determined to find out who was responsible. Olivia’s investigation catches the eye of undercover DEA agent Rico Cortez and he plans to warn her off but ends up in bed with her instead. When his cover is blown, they decide to take down the drug cartel themselves with Olivia posing as a drug buyer
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
** spoiler alert **
Originally Requested on NetGalley
Bought for myself
Overall Rating 3.5
Character Rating 3.5
Story Rating 3.5

(May contain a tiny spoiler--so read at own risk)

NOTE: I learned a lesson with Under Fire: Formatting of the book makes all the difference in the world. I originally requested the book off of NetGalley, tried reading it, and for the love of all that is precious just could not follow the story at all. Everyone I saw that read the book, loved it, so I bought it on my kindle. I
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was really good. It stayed with me after I finished. I loved the author's style, she had just the right amount of tension and action that had me plowing through to the wee hours. Once the story started to climax, I could not set it down. Odd thing was, I wouldn't consider Rico's character totally alpha (and I love my alpha men) because time and time again he ends up on his back and mostly from Olivia. Then you have Olivia's character just on the boarder of being too strong. But Rita pulled ...more
Jane Stewart
Could not finish. I didn’t care enough about the characters. I wasn’t curious.

The beginning had good action with Olivia as a coast guard helicopter pilot. She meets Rico and thinks he’s working for a drug cartel but later learns he’s an undercover DEA agent. They decide to do some undercover work on their own. I was past the halfway point in the book and they were still talking, planning, gathering supplies, and having sex. I was impatient for them to get started with the bad guys. So I skipped
Danielle Gypsy Soul
I enjoyed some things about this book but had trouble with the romance of the book. Olivia is one kick ass female (In fact she might be just a little too tough/bullet proof). The biggest issue was the romance between Olivia and Rico just didn't work for me. It seemed to be all physical and I never got an emotional involvement between the two. I also didn't like the surprise about Olivia at the end (view spoiler). It also seemed to hav ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. I like seeing a woman in not only a position of authority but a complete bad arse. I adored Rico he's just gorgeous and sexy hehe the only thing I didn't enjoy was the abrupt ending. I would have liked to have read how they ended up :)
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Freaking L-O-V-E-D it!
Rico is hot and stuff, but right now I've a MAJOR girl-crush on Olivia.
Full review to come later!!!
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review Originally posted here:

Publisher: Carina Press
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: NetGalley

I’ve read some Carina Press suspense books that really fell flat for me, but the blurb from debut author Rita Henuber caught my eye and I had to read it right away! This book did not disappoint, and I am looking forward to reading more from Henuber in the future.

Olivia is a helo pilot for the Coast Guard and busts drug dealers for her day job. But ever
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it

Under Fire was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Carina Press.

Olivia Carver is a well respected helicopter pilot for the Florida Coast Guard guarding against terrorists and drug smugglers. She is on a personal mission to locate the drug cartel and those responsiby for brutally murdering her twin brother, Danny as well as other agents who were each working undercover. When an informant offers her information in exchange for cash, she readily accepts and goe
Olivia Carver is a Coast Guard helicopter pilot, damned good at anything she does, and on a mission to find those responsible for the death of her twin brother. Following a lead to bring her closer to the drug cartel she believes is behind her twin's murder, she meets Rico Cortes at a bar not knowing he's the informant. The sparks fly almost immediately when these two characters meet and even with all the self control possessed by each, they end up entangled in bed sheets and sexually satisfied. ...more
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Olivia Carver is a Coast Guard helicopter pilot. One with more balls than most men. She has no fear when flying and doesnt think twice about doing risky moves to stop the bad guys.

But she also is obsessed with finding her twin brother's killer. This leads her to a bar where she thinks she is meeting an informant that is going to give her the name of her brothers killer.

Rico Cortes is a deep undercover DEA agent. He has been trying to bring down the biggest Miami drug lord for years. When he fi
One of the best bks I've read in 2011. Loved it. WOW!!! What a bk - fast moving action, edge of your seat suspense, intense love scenes between Olivia the kickass heroine and the VERY HOT undercover agent Rico. This duo is steamy hot with plenty of romance. The romance starts out very early in the bk, not waiting until half way through. Even though the love scenes start early it all plays well into the story. OMG that Rico!!! He's sexy AND witty. LOL!!! He delivers one of the best lines I've rea ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Olivia Carver is great at doing her job, she is a helicopter pilot at the Coast Guard. Throughout the years of doing her job, she has earned a lot of respect. Olivia's twin was murdered during a undercover mission. Her twin, Danny, was trying to find evidence against a drug cartel, but unfortunately he was sold out by somebody. Olivia is trying to find out who killed her brother by using her position in the Coast guard to find some information.

While doing that she meets, Rico, who is also a DEA
Hope Frost
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 cha ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
Under Fire was a really good romantic suspense. It had great main characters and a compelling plot. I enjoyed seeing the steamy relationship unfold between the two main characters and the storyline held my interest throughout the book.

Olivia is a helicopter for the Coast Guard who is willing to risk everything in order to have revenge upon those who murdered her undercover agent brother. Rico is a deep undercover agent who becomes caught up in Olivia's quest to avenge her brother's death. As the
Amy R
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Rita Henuber and it will not be my last. I really enjoyed this book. It was a suspenseful story with the right amount of romance and intimacy. Beyond Rico and Olivia's romance you find relationships with the other characters that are equally interesting and heartwarming. I really admired what Olivia was willing to go through for her brother. She is not the typical kick-butt heroine. She is so much more. Ms. Henuber creates a lot of depth to her characters which makes th ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I read this book on my sister's Kindle while she went shopping on Black Friday. I wish I'd gone shopping instead. The hero didn't seem heroic and I didn't like that they involved a homeless boy in their efforts to catch a drug lord. If it had been an actual book instead of my sister's Kindle, I would have thrown it against the wall at the end which was 't really an ending. Oh and when I told my husband the former Navy pilot about the book, he said she would have been in BIG trouble for going AWO ...more
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book had problems. In romance the story is about a growing emotional attachment between the Heroine and the Hero. Olivia and Rico became attached to each other, but it was based on the physical first. While I know others argue that a physical attraction leads to an emotional attraction in the genre, I disagree whole-heartedly. Then again, I don't think erotica should be included in the romance genre either.

As for the heroine, Olivia really does kick ass. More than Rico. For that I gave a se
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
I wanted to like this book, I really did. The characters had great chemistry and were individually smart, driven and excelled in their chosen fields.

But I just didn't connect with them. And that makes all the difference.

And the ending! WHAT?! I do not like maybe endings. While I hate overly cliche endings of forever, a maybe ending is even worse... unless there was a sequel, no.
Nichole ~Bookaholic~
I really liked this one, did a re-read with the audio cause I realized I had the second book but could not quite remember everything from this one....and I had a feeling I was combining other book plots/stories to my recollections of this one.

The narration was well done, lots of action, chemistry and a bit of suspense which makes for an excellent read...or listen.
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“(Rico) “What’s it going to take to get you to dance with me?”
She crooked her index finger and motioned him to come close. “A million in your bank account and seven inches in your pants.”
Without missing a beat he replied, “The million I have, but even for a woman as beautiful as you, I won’t cut off three inches.”
Olivia’s eyes went wide and she burst out laughing.”
“(Olivia) “I’m stopping at the next exit for gas. I’ll get rid of the scrubs. You get out and walk around or by the time we get to Miami you’ll be too stiff to move.”
“Don’t worry, when I get stiff I move very well,” he muttered as he turned to face away.
“I heard that.”
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