REVIEW: Under Fire by Scarlett Cole

Scarlett Cole-Under Fire

2 Stars Rating


Book Details

Under Fire by Scarlett Cole
Series: Love Over Duty #1
Published: August 1, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Suspense Romance


Hot, hard-bodied Sixten Rapp is a former SEAL who’s raring to begin his brand-new civilian life. He and his Navy “brothers” start a security firm that offers the kind of services only a team of military-trained professionals can provide. But nothing prepared Six for his new client: an innocent woman on a mission to improve thousands of lives. . . unless someone takes hers first.


Dr. Louisa North knows time is against her as she tries to create a “miracle” medical treatment for a disease with no known cure, until she creates a sample so powerful that the wrong people want to use it as a chemical weapon. At first, Six is unwilling to accept Louisa as his client. But soon he realizes that the danger is real and that there’s much more to this plain-Jane scientist…including a burning passion between them that neither of them can resist. And now that an enemy is on Louisa’s trail, Six will do whatever it takes to protect her—or die trying.

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My Review

I was very conflicted over rating this one, and would likely call this more of a 2.5, but overall I was disappointed. I never really got the connection between Six and Louisa. We’re told that they are attracted to each other but I never really believed the chemistry (the only time it was clear was when they were intimate). In the bedroom, Six and Louisa are on fire and you can get your fan out now. This was really the only time I felt like Six and Louisa were really connecting and the only time they truly had chemistry.

“There is more to life and love than just biology, Lou,” he said, grateful they could have this conversation in private. “What about the chemistry of it? What do you feel?”

Everything outside of that felt very shallow and on the surface. The reader knows some things about the characters but it takes a long time for them to share together. On top of that, there’s just not a whole lot of history and depth to the characters. Because of this lack of depth, it felt like they saw each other, said they were attracted, slept together, and then decided they were in love. It just didn’t work for me.

I really enjoyed Eagle Securities and the personalities of the guys involved. There are quiet a few characters introduced and I look forward to seeing more of them and getting their stories. I also liked that this group is just starting out and they experience mistakes and problems as they figure out they’re going to run the business.

I liked Louisa’s quirks and it was interesting to have a heroine who was so shy that it was actually uncomfortable for her to make eye contact. Some romance novels claim shy heroines but don’t follow through. Scarlett Cole did a great job of showing how Louisa’s shyness and anxiety really affected her every day life.

This is likely all me, but I just couldn’t get into the story. I honestly would have not finished this one if it hadn’t been for the author. I stuck with it only because I’ve enjoyed Scarlett Cole’s previous books. The action wasn’t bad but I just couldn’t be bothered apparently. Some of the conversations were a bit weird and it’s hard to describe. But there were instances when Louisa and Six were talking and I couldn’t help but think, “no would say it that way”. It was minor and didn’t bother me too much by itself, but on top of everything else, it detracted from my enjoyment.

2 stars – it was ok
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