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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.
©2010 Lisa Marie Rice (P)2014 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By tina on 02-16-14

Satisfying, sexy and intense

I read the later two books in this series a few months back, really liked them, and loved this audio version of the first book. If you are a fan of the alpha guy and smart sexy female lead, then this book will satisfy. Lisa Marie Rice delivers a great and original story and tantalizes with an equally surprising romance. Both characters are completely likeable and compelling. Unlike so many guys painted by this genre, Sam isn't really a people-person, and is prone to awkward interpersonal gaffes, but unlike other tales, Sam knows immediately he wants this lady and his primitive side goes to lengths to imprint on her early on. We don't have any of the usual dude-denial (phew). The action moves too fast for sam to sit around thinking too much.

Lisa Marie Rice is a wonderful, dependable way to spend your credit. She always delivers punch and satisfaction. Her interesting life experiences give us a variety of backgrounds that just thrum with excitement.

The narrator, Charles Constant, was a new one for me. He did not distract from the book in any way, and did a fair job of the male voices and overall. He is not in my top 10, but maybe he was the perfect voice for a good book...
Go for it. Get this book and sit back and enjoy!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By KaiRab on 05-16-15

Story too slow for audio

As a fan of this writer it is almost a complete rebelling of midnight man, just slower.
I liked the details of Nicole's background but her characterisation was less formed than one would expect with the huge material, e.g. Fathers dying months.

Sam was too good to be true... I guess I prefer when it not just via external chaos/violence/macho Hollywood film script material that the characters feelings are worked through.

The strange thing is that all the elements are there to allow the male character to shine and the weak, defenceless , although professionally brilliant, female character becomes just a weak foil.

It's probably part of our post 9/11 zeitgeist that horror can come out of nowhere and only the old warrior caste will make a difference, but it just felt too sweet, too easy, too slow particularly as this is the first of her many books I own that I listened to.

The audio performance was excellent, but again the differences in the male characters voices were brilliantly done.
In writing this I just realised what this is missing is other strong female characters and friendships like the midnight series. Nicole just can't carry the weight of all that testosterone!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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