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Into the Crossfire: Protectors, Book 1 | [Lisa Marie Rice]

Into the Crossfire: Protectors, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    tina 02-16-14
    tina 02-16-14 Member Since 2014

    researcher, mad off-roader, desert girl

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    "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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 09-06-14
    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 09-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Can't finish"

    I am not one to not finish listening to a book but this one is just killing me. The narrator is so boring that I realize I have tuned out while listening. I can't seem to get beyond chapter 3 as it has not caught my interest. Honestly, it is like listening to the narrator read a Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat book. (probably dating myself). So far the only good thing is that I got this book in a BOGO deal. I am not feeling the connection between the two main characters and the story seems to jump around and does not flow well. Maybe I will try again later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    yasmine32068 Jacksonville, FL, United States 03-10-14
    yasmine32068 Jacksonville, FL, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Stunning"

    I have been a fan of Lisa Marie Rice for a long time. So I actually read Into the Crossfire some years ago. Like any favorite book of mine I often went back to visit Sam and Nichole, rereading a great story! Then one day I noticed that they were coming out as an audio book! Oh happy day! Then panic... I love this book and these characters what if it's not the same?! What if the narrator sucks?!

    No worries people! To tell the truth I wasn't sure which version I like more! The ebook or the audio book!

    Ms Rice wrote such a intense and dynamic story coupled with the vocal talents of Mr. Charles Constant that you can't help but to be sucked into the story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer o fallon, MO, United States 02-20-14
    Amazon Customer o fallon, MO, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Lisa does it again"

    Wow...I loved this book. It had all the things I want in an audio. Hot sex, suspense and great narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Rabenstein 05-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 02-09-15
    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Into the Crossfire"

    Very good story-- I usually do not like a male to read romance except the parts from the male perspective. However this narrator did a very good job. It was an interesting story. It also had plenty of steam. I prefer one couple monogamy so I enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Skipper 12-03-14
    Skipper 12-03-14

    Skipper

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    "Ruined by redundant rumination"

    Good narration, but weak story. The plot is based on Islamist terrorists attempting to bomb New York. Their evil plans are foiled by businesswoman Nicole Pierce, a linguist, and Sam Reston, former SEAL. The POV switches from heroine to hero to terrorist.

    Major flaw? At least half the book is composed of internalization. We hear the thoughts and feelings of the heroine, the hero, and even the villain. Boring, especially in audio format, where you cannot skim. So much mooning over physical beauty, ruminating and reflecting, worrying and hoping. The thoughts are repetitive. I mean to say, they're redundant. What I'm saying is, we hear the same thoughts over and over.

    Beyond that, the book includes equal parts explicit sex scenes and a thin plot.

    On the up side, the protagonists are certainly likable. Good camaraderie between the three men in the security firm. Their bond is heartwarming. I also liked Nicole's dedication to her dying father.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Krenkel 07-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amateur"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I finished the book only because I never leave a book unfinished, but the writing is terrible. So much time spent on redundancy and descriptions that detracted from the story rather helped it. The narrator sounds like he's bored.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Marie Rice? Why or why not?

    No, the writing is high school level at best.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Used some emotion. Despite the tone changes to signal different characters talking, the entire book seemed monotone replete of any emotion.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-13-14
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "Live to Protect"
    Where does Into the Crossfire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say in the top 20 or 30


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protection angle


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was steady


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't really like this story very much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-22-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2015

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "MYSTERY/THRILLER BUT I DIDN'T FEEL THE ROMANCE"

    I know this story has got good reviews and I usually LOVE Lisa Marie Rice but sadly this just didn't 'do it' for me. I felt the romance between Sam and Nicole was very quick to develop... she agrees to go out with him, has hot sex with him, runs out on him and ignores his many phone calls over days, then she's saved by him, has hot sex again then does the stupid 'runs straight into danger' thing but is thankfully saved again by Sam.

    There was no chemistry, no sizzling passion and no build up... yes there was a chilling terrorism plot to be thwarted and the villains to be uncovered (which carries over to book 2) but I felt it came in too soon... before the romance had ever been established.

    Worth a credit? This book wasn't for me as I like love stories rather than mystery/thrillers so I have to say No to the credit and sadly I won't bother with the rest in the series.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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