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Monday, January 18, 2010

Under Fire by Samantha Sommersby

Under Fire by Samantha Sommersby
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Full Length (311 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

It’s 1917 and Lieutenant Jackson Crawford is in Arabia on an important mission. A seasoned soldier sent to ensure a victory that will secure British interests in the Suez Canal, Crawford was prepared for resistance from the prince; he was prepared for the crude weapons, the hellish sun, and the never-ending sand. What he wasn’t prepared for was Harvard bred archeologist turned spy Lillian Barton Drake.

Weeks after Lilly’s arrival in the desert she found herself in the center of a bloody massacre. Rescued by the prince she travels as part of his entourage, doing her utmost to gain his trust while avoiding becoming a part of his harem. Then into the camp rides an exhausted Jackson.

In a twist of fate Jack fights for Lilly’s honor risking life and limb to claim her as his own. Casting aside common sense the couple begin a passionate affair that sets the desert on fire and is guaranteed to melt your heart. Will their love be strong enough to survive the ravages of war, the duty they’ve sworn to their country, and the secrets of Jackson's past?

If you’re in the mood for a sweeping epic romance with a breathtaking desert backdrop, a sexy British hero and a sultry American heroine, then look no further. Samantha Sommersby’s newest novel, Under Fire, provides all you could possibly desire and more.

The premise is presented in the blurb: A British soldier on an important mission discovers an American woman on a mission of her own who has found herself in a spot of danger. He wins her, promises to protect her, and ultimately falls for her. But even though she reciprocates his affections and they fall in love, things are not so simple. It will take more than their emotions to solidify a future together, and unfortunately, the decision may or may not be theirs to make.

Aside from the carefully researched plot revolving around the Arabic prince and the British government, which is fabulous and intriguing, there remains a second catalyst of interest in Under Fire. However, revealing Jackson’s obligations and responsibilities, as well as his inability to commit wholly to Lillian, would spoil the story, so I will refrain from doing so. What I will say is the barrier that is placed between them is far more than the war and their secret missions. In adding this sort of conflict, you have more than the lives of the protagonists at stake – you also have the fate of their hearts as well.

As war is waged and they risk their lives, they will stand together against the storm and live for the time they are guaranteed together. It’s heartbreaking at times, yet heartwarming at others. Although I had a pretty good idea of what would happen, it was enough to keep me guessing, and the ending is one that is both bittersweet and unfailingly romantic. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and when all is said and done you’ll finish with a happy smile on your face.

Ms. Sommersby has an uncanny talent for creating stories that pull you in and don’t let go, ensuring you are as invested in the story and the events that unfold. The sex is blistering, keeping you writhing in your seat, while the romance and plot move things along and make Under Fire so much more than your average erotic tale. Fans of her Forbidden series will love this story equally as much, and should definitely give her historical side a taste. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

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