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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (Oct. 19 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062121790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062121790
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #342,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Lisa Marie Rice is an autobuy author for me. She never disappoints! Her books are comfort reads that I re-read time and time again. Hands down she is one of my favorite authors.” (NYT bestselling author Maya Banks)

“The right blend of romance and pulse-pounding thrills makes this a riveting story. Rice creates strong characters that develop and grow. ..Sensual sex scenes, action, suspense and some unpredictable twists keep the pages turning.” (Romantic Times)

“Edgy, sexy, endlessly exciting, Lisa Marie Rice never disappoints! . . . Give me a dangerous, seductive Lice Marie Rice hero any day . . . or night.” (Shannon McKenna, New York Times Bestselling author)

HEART OF DANGER is a deeply compelling read that shows what miracles love can accomplish when least expected...a marvelous concept... (Fresh Fiction)

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Ghost Ops. A small unit of super-elite soldiers so secret only two men know of their existence. Betrayed by their commanding officer while on an antiterrorist mission, the team is massacred. Only three survive—and find themselves framed and disgraced. But en route to the court martial, they escape . . . and disappear.

Beautiful, brilliant, and determined, Dr. Catherine Young is on a mission to find a man who has vanished into thin air. Walking into a high-tech hideaway bearing an essential message to Tom "Mac" McEnroe, Team Leader of the betrayed Ghost Ops force, is the most dangerous thing she has ever done. The soldier she encounters is frightening and suspicious, but her senses reveal the man underneath: tough, honorable, and so breathtakingly masculine Catherine feels weak in his presence . . . But to surrender to Mac's passionate desires would put her life in dire jeopardy. Catherine has a gift that enables her to see into the heart of others—and looking into Mac's is like staring into the very heart of danger itself.

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What an amazingly riveting book. I loved it! Couldn't put it down. Extremely liked the lovers Catherine and Mac. The story was so lifelike it was scary! Also loved their secret home.
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Great read, hot characters..steamy sec...what not to like :)..had to gave the whole series once I finished reading the first book..very captivating.
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Interesting concept on how to change the world
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Loved it--can't wait for the next! Nov. 18 2012
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3 cheers for Lisa Marie Rice! Another wonderful novel. But this one has a paranormal twist to it that is not so heavy that if you're not a paranormal fan, it will not be overbearing. Tom McEnroe "Mac" is an outlaw warrior hiding in a cave in Blue Mount that he has turned into a high-tech Utopia. Betrayed by his Captain during a mission, he and his fellow comrades Jon and Nick have built this world known as "Haven". They have taken in outcasts on the run including a former movie star, Stella, who is now the chef for Haven.

Catherine Young is a talented neurologist, who also has a "gift" that she has considered a curse all her life--she can feel others emotional and physical pain through touch. Though Mac and his partners believe their former captain is on some tropical island living a life of leisure while they are in hiding, the truth is that he is a prisoner in the lab where Catherine is a research scientist working on dementia. His brain has be altered and altered rendering him helpless--until he manages to communicate with Catherine telepathically. He sends her into the mountains in the middle of a blasting snowstorm to find Mac.

Catherine's car dies in the storm and she sits in the middle of ever-lovin' nowhere basically waiting to freeze to death, when indeed she is found by Mac. And this is where the sexual tension and the story takes off.

Ms. Rice is an author that doesn't always give her readers gorgeous alpha heroes. I love that. Mac is terribly scarred on one side of his face from a severe knife wound, and the other side has been burned to a crisp. But he is strong and brave, and Catherine not only feels his pain, but feels his honor and finally his love. He is tough and your heart pounds for him--that's when Ms. Rice reminds you that he is ugly, except you find that you just don't care--you can't help but love him.

Hey! This is a great ops series--I can't wait for the next book! Bring it on soon, Lisa!!!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great new romantic suspense Dec 7 2012
By Becs G - Published on
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I think it's fair to say that I didn't get the novel I expected after I read the blurb but I did really enjoy it, all the same. I had kind of expected a fairly standard military style romantic suspense but what we got was a slightly paranormal, slightly futuristic, fairly steamy romance. It's based around a community of ex-military outlaws living a very high-tech existence outside of the law and regular society after an Op went bad a few years ago and they were all branded criminals.

As this is the beginning of a new series there's a lot of character-establishing and world-building going on. In fact, this is slightly futuristic, set some 11 years after the death of Osama Bin Laden, a world of e-cars, iPhone 15's and iPad 8's. There's a lot of interrupted, introspective narrative as the characters reflect on the past to help establish the background that brought the characters to where we join them now.

It all takes quite a while to get going - the romance between Catherine and Mac takes a very long time to warm up although there's a simmering attraction constantly running through the story but, despite all this, every time Max reached out to steady Catherine or worried about her in just the smallest way, my stomach did flip-flops and my insides pretty much liquefied. He's quite the hero but really not classically handsome, he's burned and scarred but he's a big, built man, he's alpha, growly and protective and I melted into a puddle every time he walked onto the page. Lisa Marie Rice has always given good hero and this one is no exception.

Catherine is a great heroine - she's earnest, honest, driven, highly intelligent and has great integrity and she's also something of an empath. She's able to tap into people's emotions by touching them. She regards this as both a gift and a curse and it is this skill which lies at the heart of the story leading the men of the community and herself into an Op which will have your heartbeat racing as the suspense switches up several gears.

I think it's fair to say that the first half of the novel is a slow burner as there is so much to set up but both the suspense and the romance intensify tenfold in the second half as the novel builds towards its pulsating conclusion by which point I was reading at breakneck speed, totally unable to put it down. I really did enjoy the emotional intensity of the relationship between Mac and Catherine when they finally succumbed to that overwhelming mutual attraction and they have some very passionate and steamy sex scenes.

It's a very promising start to what I expect will be a very good series and I'm very much looking forward to Book 2.

4 stars romantic suspense
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It's not really fair, you see, Nov. 20 2012
By LAW - Published on
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that Ms. Rice must compete with herself, but that is why I gave this novel four instead of five stars. I just expect a 'WOW' every time I read her work. Her Heroes are larger than life, they have testosterone running through their veins instead of blood, and they love their women the same way they embrace their masculinity. The Heroines are always gorgeous( as they should be in these stories,) intelligent enough to recognize their very own alpha male and to partner them on equal terms, and, of course, always have a Grave Peril from which the Hero must rescue them.
This book was no different, with two very distinct differences: the futuristic devices , missing from previous work, were believable, intriguing and appropriate. Ms. Rice did not ask us to suspend belief with this glimpse into a brave new world, even though the setting stretched ones's imagination a bit. The second difference was what I meant when I remarked that Ms. Rice was competing with herself. Never before have I noticed her using 'filler' like so many other writers do. Generally, I hang on to every word, every paragraph. The suspense and the sex are always powerful, over the top, dynamic, and dynamite. I have even re-read some of her books, but in the "Heart of Danger," Ms. Rice ,at times, seemed to be mindful of having to produce a certain word count. I found myself skipping forward, something I have never done with her previous books.
So yes, I recommend this novel, and feel the reader will get her money's worth. You will root for the Hero,, feel for the Heroine, and hate the bad guys, and the love scenes are pleasantly warming. But this is NOT as good as Ms. Rice gets, for sure.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Weak 3 stars. I liked the characters and overall plot, but too much pondering. I skimmed a lot. Nov. 22 2012
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I always enjoy this author's characters and the hero's out of control sexual desire for her. But I also want a good story. Here she could have told the story in a third of the time. The author does fun pondering. For example he's thinking about his strength and skills in battle, yet he loses all that when he's around her. I like the pondering, but there is too much. I skimmed to get to the next line in conversation, or the next someone doing something. I wish the author spent more time developing the plot, the relationship, and the characters. She could have done more with the four patients. One minor thing that puzzled me: patient nine has gone through multiple surgeries and is strapped to a bed. So how did he have a pin to give to Catherine? Did he tell her where it might be stored with his clothing?

The fantasy element is Catherine's telepathic ability to sense emotions when touching someone.

Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 295 pages. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 5. Setting: mostly 2022 California. Copyright: 2012. Genre: romantic suspense with fantasy.
19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
There is such a thing as too much danger Oct. 26 2012
By Becky_sharp - Published on
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LMR is a talented writer. I have all her books and I'm sure I'll buy from her again. "Heart of Danger" is the first of her novels to be set in the future and she does some nifty things with world-building. (If I had a time machine, I'd skip forward to the time when holographic texting technology is available and cheap.) That said, this book is not one I'll read again. Problems abound.

Other reviewers have noted the similarities across her books in terms of vocabulary and imagery. The hero's "liquefied backbone" is particularly threadbare, but it's hardly the only one. Pick your favorite.

Characterization is uneven; Catherine is a lifeless cipher, while Mac is a bit manic. To try and follow Mac's moods as he swerves from granite-jawed leader of men to smitten swain distracted by Catherine's eyelashes is to risk whiplash.

Rice has always used negative action to illustrate the strength of her male characters (he *could* crush her with one blow, but he won't) and used in moderation, it's an effective strategy. There is no moderation here. I stopped counting after 20 instances. This excessive description of Mac's superhuman strength is tedious, and part of the reason the main characters don't so much as kiss until halfway through the book.

But the biggest problem can be found in the title. Like the uncanny valley in robotics, there comes a point in a romance novel where the danger is amped up to such a degree that the romance feels, at best like an abrupt distraction and at worst a sign of insanity in the characters. The peril has to be proportionate to the smut. Rhett and Scarlett's romance was sweeping and grand when the threat to them was a bunch of Yankees with superior supply lines. Had they been facing aliens armed with a laser that could turn Georgia into an island, the romance would have seemed puny. In Rice's previous novels, the danger was usually confined to the heroine and her immediate circle, and the threat was an individual dirtbag or a fun-sized criminal organization like the Russian mob. Here, the threat is the whole US government as well as a huge, shadowy pharmaceutical company with the requisite number of jump-suited goons, and the danger is to an entire underground city! With the stakes so high, would you expect the hero and his equally heroic buddies to take a break from saving the day to have long-winded, juvenile discussions about how hot the heroine is?

These books always require suspension of disbelief, but this book requires your disbelief to be chloroformed and dumped in a lake. There are at least two more Ghost Ops novels coming, but I'll reread the Midnight books and regretfully wait for a better series.

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