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Under Fire by Catherine Mann

June 13th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Under Fire by Catherine Mann

Source: Received for review

Publication date: May 1, 2012

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Series: Book #3 in the Elite Forces series

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: A decorated hero, pararescueman Liam McCabe lives to serve. Six months ago, he and Rachel Flores met in the horrific aftermath of an earthquake in the Bahamas. They were tempted by an explosive attraction, yet parted ways. Still, Liam has thought about Rachel every day—and night—since.

Now, after ignoring all his phone calls for six months, Rachel has turned up on base with a wild story about a high-ranking military traitor. She claims no one but Liam can help her—and she won’t trust anyone else.

With nothing but her word and the testimony of a discharged military cop to go on, Liam would be insane to risk his career—even his life—to help this woman who left him in the dust.

Normally I really enjoy romance books revolving around special forces but this one just never took off for me.  I actually took about 3 breaks from it to read other books because it just did not hold my attention.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t read the first two books in the series, I didn’t realize it was a part of a series, that it fell flat for me.  Liam’s infatuation with Rachel and being so in love with her after what seems like so little time actually spent together seem unbelievable and after his past divorces instead of this big, long lasting romance I was thinking to myself it will never last.  After a happy ever after ending I’m sure the two will end up divorced.  Definitely not the kind of thing you want to be thinking after finishing a romance story.

The secondary romance between Brandon and Catriona also seemed forced.  Again, maybe they met in the previous books but if not then I don’t get how they spent enough time together to fall in love.  It seems like Brandon blanks out a lot and doesn’t really interact a lot with Catriona until Rachel goes missing and then they are madly in love already?

The story itself about the military leak and how will they bring the villain down was interesting but the resolution was anti-climatic.  I also felt that one of the female characters was made up to be this kick ass, brilliant woman but next thing you know she’s gone with hardly a mention.

The only thing going for me in this book were the dogs.  I’m a dog lover at heart and it touched me to see how dedicated these search and rescue dogs can be and the huge difference therapy dogs can make.  I truly believe owning a dog can help people get through many tough patches in life.

Other than that this book isn’t one I would ever go back to and read again.

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