Title: Sudden Heat
Book one in the Love Under Fire series but can be read independently.
Where do you yearn to be in the face of danger? In the arms of a man bound to serve, to protect and to love…
Librarian Melanie Falconer knows too well the horrors of war. Military men, as far as she’s concerned, are off the marriage menu. As maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding, she makes a mall run and lands straight into the arms of seriously hot marine Matt Frasier, the best man. Matt has seen too much violence, and his heavy attraction to Melanie promises to soothe his soul and set his body on fire. Gunfire erupts, the game is on, and Melanie and Matt fight for their lives and the heat exploding between them.
Inside Scoop: The couples in the Love Under Fire series find love through the crucible of a mall shooting event.
Author: Denise A Agnew
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Under Fire, Sudden Heat, Double Threat
Series: Love Under Fire
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Under Fire, Sudden Heat, Double Threat
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: September 25, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website
Melanie and Matt run into each other at the mall while getting things together for their friends’ wedding. As they are talking a gunman enters the mall, shooting his weapon and causing the patrons to scatter. Melanie is frozen with fear but Matt, a marine, takes control and finds them a place to hide and helps keep her safe. When the chaos dies down Melanie and Matt find they are feeling more for each other than gratitude.
The beginning is heart-pounding. When Melanie and Matt bump hear the gunshots things escalate quickly from there. Matt is a marine so he wastes no time springing into action to get Melanie to safety. I have never been in a situation like this but I felt the emotions of the characters. The author did a great job of keeping the reader aware of what was going on with the dangerous situation but she also built sexual tension between Matt and Melanie. Its fast paced and keeps the reader engaged. We don’t get much action in the mall. The situation is resolved fairly quickly but I would have liked a little more time spent on that. The tension and the danger were very well written.
I liked both characters a lot. Matt is very straightforward. I loved being in his head. He wanted Melanie and not just for a physical relationship. I liked how he was secretive to her about his intentions but he did want to be with her. They spent time getting to know one another but they still had steamy sex. I did want them to be more open with their feelings but they neither one wanted to get hurt.
I didn’t really care for the ending. I don’t want to put any spoilers in but we are left a little up in the air as to what will happen. We get a happy for now resolution but I would have liked it to be more definite. We are also left hanging about Matt’s brothers that were at the mall as well with Melanie’s friends (3 single brother’s protected 3 single friends, all of them in the wedding party). I get the feeling we will be seeing stories about them in the near future. Maybe then we will get to find out what happens with Melanie and Matt.