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Under the Wire

(The Bodyguards #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,055 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Because of Her, He Lost Everything.

Manny Ortega is a man without a country, and he has one woman to thank for it. She was his first and only true love, and when she left, she took more than his heart - she took his life as he knew it. Hardened and honed sharp as a knife by years as a special forces soldier and police detective, Manny is ready for a fresh start at his frien
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 28th 2006 by St. Martin's (first published November 1st 2006)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

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Well, I've picked up this book at least ten times. Read the first chapter over and over again. Just couldn't get into it for some reason Photobucket

Let me tell you why...

The book starts with Manny (don't like his name, point one), it's found out that he works for the resistance, he's beaten and left for dead.
BUT, before they almost kill him, they are generous enough to admit to him that his girlfriend was the one who betrayed him. He is crushed. The woman he loved betrayed his trust. He remembers the firs
Lily Campora was a nurse with Doctors Without Borders when she met young Manny Ortega in Nicaragua. Theirs was a passionate romance that flamed quickly but was extinguished early when his role as a spy for the CIA and the Contras was discovered. Now, 17-years later they meet again when she desperately needs his help though he hasn't forgiven her for what happened long ago. Their path will taken them to the jungles of Sri Lanka where they're thrust in the middle of a political conflict about to e ...more
"He'd loved her. Hated her. Craved her. But he'd never forgotten her."

Manny Ortega lost everything because of one woman. She really did a number on him too, taking his heart, and then betraying him to his enemies. Forcing him to become exile in his own country and eventually leave behind everything he knows and loves in Nicaragua and start again in America. 17 years later his heart and demeanor have hardened, years spent in the Special Forces and then as a police detective have taken care of th
Jacqueline J
This is one of the few books where the couple is a pair of reuniting lovers that I actually like. I think one of the strengths of the story is that the beginning of their story is told at the first of the book then the action moves to 17 years later so there are no annoying flashbacks. Also the meeting between these two when they were young was very realistic, poignant and moving.

The story where they are reunited and searching for their kidnapped son is good and moves quickly. There is quite a
What a great book - Ms Gerard has done it again and ticked all the boxes for me. The action was great and the sex/love scenes have definately been ramped up from previous books in the series.

I have biddy complaint about the book and that is the young Manny. The scene has been set and we find that he is an alpha male and like all H's he is a god in the bedroom and the earth moves for them both and then we find out that Manny is only 18! Then we find out that Lily is 28 - now I haven't a problem w
Jane Stewart
Enjoyable, well done, military guys romantic suspense.

Seventeen years ago, Lily was in Nicaragua working as a nurse and had a passionate one-week affair with Manny. They fell in love. Manny was spying for the Contras by pretending to be a Sandinista soldier. He was then kidnapped by the Sandinistas. They told him that Lily informed on him. He escaped and has hated Lily ever since. After Manny was kidnapped, Lily tried to find him and was told that he died in battle. She left Nicaragu
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

With this one we are back with a “black ops” kind of plot.

We met Manny in book 3 and I was happy to read his story. Lily is several years older than him but I really liked how Cindy Gerard wrote their relationship. I also liked how she addressed the trust issue and the way she developed Manny and Adam relationship.

Here again, Dallas was outstanding <3 Can’t wait for his book!!!
My least favorite book of the series so far, party due to the fact that it contains not just one but a few tropes that I'm not particularly fond of. One of them is the big age gap between the hero and heroine, another is the huge misunderstanding after assumptions are made and although it's not exactly a trope, I'm not particularly fond of the "latin lover" character either.

Manny and Lily had a fiery affair in Nicaragua, Manny's home and Lily's volunteering site. Circumstances and a persistent M
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
They met at a party in Nicaragua. Nurse Lily Campora didn't expect to be romanced by Soldier Manolo Ortega. Their whirlwind relationship ended when she came home from a shift at the hospital to find him gone. Days later she was told he had died in combat. Now seventeen years later, Lily has discovered that Manny is alive and living in Boston. At first she is hesitant to talk to him. But when she finds out her teenage son has been kidnapped in Sri Lanka while working on a humanitarian mission, sh ...more
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story, the flow and, as always the Garretts. Ms. Gerard has a way of sucking you into the story and into the EDEN, and makes you feel happy to be a part of it. I'll be sure to continue onto the next book and then the Black Ops series.

I didn't, however, particularly like Manny. Maybe I was comparing him to the Garrett men, but I just didn't love him. I found him to be a little childish. He hates Lily but can't help but want to have sex with her. And he refers to her body
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
I think this series just keeps getting better and better. I liked the first two books, but these last few have been great. Gerard has managed to make me like plot hooks that I generally am not a fan of. Kudos to her.

Series note:
Probably best to read this series in order. You may be able to read this one as a standable, but I'm not sure.

Seventeen years ago in Nicaragua, Manny Ortega and Lily Campora had a blazing affair that turned ugly when Manny believed Lily betrayed him and left him f
Riverina Romantics
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Another fan-farking-tastic book from Cindy Gerard. I love this woman, she truly is an impressive author.

Under the Wire was the dangerous and adventure packed story of Manny and Lily....and I don't really think I need to say it again but for those people out there who haven't read Cindy Gerard - it was AWESOME.

Manny was the masculine as all hell hero who spoke with the sexiest accent and knew how to make a woman feel desired, as well as loved. And Lily was the strong, broad shouldered h
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
It was nice to have a mature woman as lead! I really appreciated!
Kathy Davie
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, romance
Fifth in The Bodyguards romantic suspense series. The couple focus is on Manny Ortega and Lily Campora.

My Take
Whoa, the start was intense with betrayals, and one thought kept crossing my mind...why is Manny so quick to believe that Lily betrayed him? It made sense with the first chapter, but then we meet her in the second chapter It just doesn't work for me. Although...Manny's seduction is amazing. What a sweetheart...sigh… All those chapters of their being together just puts the lie t
Contra fighter Manny Ortega is captured, beaten and led to believe he's been betrayed by the love of his life Lily Campora. But he escapes from the Sandinistas and flees to America. Though seventeen years have passed the driving force in Manny's life as he prepares to leave Boston PD and join E.D.E.N. is still his hatred for Lily. For Manny the betrayal is just as fresh as it was during his escape. Even when Lily's nursing assignment with Doctors without Borders sees her back to the states she d ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Lily met Manny, she was a 28 year old nurse with Doctors Without Borders and he was an 18 year old Lt. in the Sandinista Army, and a CIA spy. They had a mad, sexy week and then Manny disappeared, taken by the Sandinistas as a traitor. Lily was told he died in combat, Manny always believed she turned him in. And, he hated her.

Seventeen years later, Lily learns Manny is still alive and moves to Boston to find him and ask why. On the same day Lily and Manny meet up, Lily learns that their son
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Major page turner! This was a very intense/fast paced book. I frequently found myself tensing up and clenching my jaw (I actually gave myself a headache) because of the intensity of the plot.

Manny Ortega has been a soldier since he was sixteen. At the age of eighteen he met the love of his life. But tragedy strikes and for seventeen years he lives a solitary life.

Lily Campora meets Manny and falls in love with him, even if she doesn't admit it. But after a week together he disappears and Lily l
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read it yesterday night and this morning early. I had trouble to put it down. The story is really good and I love how both hero and heroine came to terms with themselves. Both of them suffered by the hands of someone who they thought as a traitor.

The story is simple, after 17 years of separation Lily goes to a man she thought was dead. And Manny meets again a woman who he thinks sold him. And he discovered he had a son. And now this son is disappeared...


And now the very last one!
3.5*-4* Enjoyable story, even though it was sad in the beginning. I had a little problem accepting the 17 yr separation, and was perhaps a little surprised by the age difference (older woman/younger man). But once I decided these things just were, I got into the story. I liked both characters, and felt the author did a good portraying both the H and h at both times (when they first meet and 17 years later), especially given Manny's youth and the age difference. The suspense plot was good, and ke ...more
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
It is totally a personal thing but I have a real problem reading romances where one mistakenly feels the other has betrayed them and spends the book refusing to listen to the truth and making the other one pay. That being said... NO ONE does action packed, edge of your seat, bite your nails and root for the good guy romantic/suspense better than Gerard! Oh, and I also LOVE the fact that the heroine in this books is 10 years older than the hero. What a fun twist!
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked that the heroin was rather old, 28 in the prologue and then 45 in the present time; it's quite unusual and was very nicely put. The hero was very romantic, the perfect latin lover in the prologue, before turning into someone highly jaded and distrustful.
The investigation and rescue in Sri Lanka was quite fun and well-paced.
Another good one.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cindy-gerard
So, this was not one for the 4 or 5 star review. I really wasn’t keen on this book. I had a huge ‘Ick’ factory with Adam and Minrada. The whole captured scene with Adam turning into the hero while Minrada’s parents seem to take a back seat just didn’t seem right to me.
I’m no parent but would you really let your sixteen year old go on that kind of mission?
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is soo hot. I loved the past between Manny and Lily. But he also irritated me because he thought that she betrayed him. If you pick up this book, DO NOT put it down or you will regret it!!!!
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance and adventure inthusiests
Hot,Hot,Hot! You will love Manny. He is every womans dream of a strong handsome man. The story is captivating, and thier romance will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Aly is so frigging bored
I liked this story and I think I was in a mood for one. It was beautifully written, fast paced and I liked the characters.
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was rather leery of the age gap (IIRC, Manny is 10 years older than Lily) but this CG turned out to be my favorite.
2.5 stars

To the point, I was having trouble getting into this book. The instalove and Manny Ortega’s almost instantaneous 180 jump to conclusions of assholic proportions was a little stifling. I remember when I called Nolan Garrett an asshole. Well, he doesn’t quite hold a torch to Manny’s misplaced anger and assumptions. Fortunately for Under the Wire it still had a couple of good things going for it even if I had trouble sympathizing with our main characters.

And also, Dallas just gets hotter a
3.5 + stars

This one was more convoluted than previous stories imho, and I was stretched to go with them all the way to a resolution. I do like this author's books and hope there are plenty more to read!
Didn't like the narrator quite as much as the guy that does the rest of the books in this series.
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“Mi Corazon. Mi alma. Son tuyos." My heart. My soul. They are yours, he whispered against the generous curve of her breast as a million sensations, all of them hot, all of them rich, all of them straddling the razor-sharp edge of pain, ripped through his loins like a flash fire and stripped him of everything but consciousness.

"Tuyo. Todo que tengo es tuyo." Yours. Everything I have is yours.”
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