Hotter Than Wildfire: A Protectors Novel: Delta Force Paperback – Mar 18 2011
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From the Back Cover
The world knows her only as Eve. . . .
Though her songs have sold millions she is an enigma, a bewitching mystery. But to former Delta Force operator Harry Bolt, she is an angel whose sultry, smoky voice brought him back to life after the nightmare of Afghanistan. Nothing else matters.
And now a scared, helpless beauty has walked through the door of his San Diego private security firm, running from something secret, something deadly . . . and Harry knows immediately that this is the woman who saved him. He is the last hope for this intoxicating siren without a past—not even in his hottest dreams did he imagine that the lady Eve could be so tempting, so achingly desirable. But though she burns to lose herself in Harry's powerful arms, Eve is wary of trusting this tough, haunted ex-soldier who promises to protect her. Surrender could mean sweet ecstasy or certain doom. Can she open her heart, even if it means risking her life?
About the Author
Lisa Marie Rice is a virtual woman who exists only at the keyboard when writing erotic romance. She disappears when the monitor winks off.
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Harry is one of LMR's gentler Alphas, though the first chapter of the book make be brutal enough to make you wonder how he could keep his heart and sanity after it all. It will have you wincing, anxious and heartsick all at once. But it's necessary in creating the foundation for who he would become. He could have chosen another path but somehow, he chose to be a protector, defender, shield instead of a predator or monster.
Eve (Ellen) is another survivor of a super rotten childhood, super-talented in both Geekatude and music. Granted, she's also a good person and like most/all of LMR's heroines, a kind, gentle person at heart. Oh, and she's beautiful too (though, as LMR points out, you just don't notice it all at once). She just has the misfortune of having the 'Most Evil Man in the Country'---aka, the classic LMR Villain, after her. Oh, and he hires a friend 'Most Evil Man in the World' --aka, classic LMR Villain 2.0, to help. She survives on her own and with her own quick wits to help her...she simply is at the end of her energy and resources when she turns to Harry and the group.
For those who hate TSTL moments, there are none. Even the one point where she ends up in the hands of the villains makes sense. Better yet is her own bit in saving herself. Both cases I could see myself doing the same thing.
Like all of LMR's books, everything is slightly over the top, larger than life, badder than bad, gooder than good. The sex is super steamy, lasts forever and is emotional all at once, yippee! And I don't have an issue with any of it one iota. Like reading a comic book super heros and bad guys, you find yourself drawn in, caring tremendously and yes, identifying with the characters on some of the most basic levels.
Yes, good sex can be nearly nuclear and all consuming...especially with emotions in the mix.
Yes, a simple walk on the beach with friends can be a jewel in time that you know you'll cling to forever.
Yes, there are some evil 'effs in this world who like hurting weaker folks.... and I mean get off on it.
Like in all good series, you'll also get to see/hang out with characters from previous books. Sam and Nicole for example, are a cute couple, Nicole far more 3-D and relatable than in the first book. You get to know Mike a bit more and coolest of cool, there is a bombshell dropped at the end of the book as to who his love interest in the 3rd book will be.
My nits to pick.....repetition of sentences very close to each other. At first, it reads as if she can't think of anything else to say. But, it could also be taken as repetition means emphasis. Tiny plot holes or inconsistances (the h saying she doesn't drink then asking for whiskey later). And a moment or two of 'Could that be done'--- as in could a music star be anonymous in this world? Then I think about Mutt Lang and move on. Lastly, I wish someone, somewhere would write about foster care in a positive light....it's too easy to always paint it as an bad than a good. But....Otherwise, they're nits and while there, they're like nits--- a few tiny ones can go without notice.
If you're a fan of her previous books, this one won't disappoint, in fact, it'll be a very pleasant, sweet (with brutal parts mixed in) surprise.
I would have liked the story to have been a little more erotic. Harry and Ellen have sex about halfway through the book. So if that's going to happen, then I need a bit more of the 'I can't stop thinking about you' stuff. I needed more of LMR's big blue steeler effect she's so good at. But when our h/H did get down to business, it was sweet, sexy, and even endearing. There is definite chemistry between Harry and Ellen.
I loved seeing Sam and Nicole again. Nicole still has him wrapped around her finger. I loved when Nicole told Harry that Ellen was spending the day with her, bossing the men and expecting compliance. Harry looks to Sam to intervene, Sam just chokes and coughs, knowing he doesn't want on the bad side of Nicole, and all the while, Mike is watching and laughing at how whipped both Harry and Sam are. I enjoyed seeing the guys interact like this.
I also enjoyed what seemed to be a wink at Shannon McKenna and her character Tam and her jewelry line. Also, loved the epilogue, really sweet seeing them all together, the whole family. And that last part at the end is, I think, a nice hint about Mike's upcoming story.
I love LMR, one of my very favorite authors. When she is on top of her game, she's unbeatable, and even when she is not exactly at her best, she still delivers a fine hero for me to enjoy. She definitely knows how to write an alpha male hero. So, while this story is not one of my top LMR favorites, it was still a good read for me. Not great, but good.
Harry is the computer expert from Sam and Nicole's story Into the Crossfire. Harry's got a soft spot for delicate women on the run. Helping Ellen disappear from her boss' radar is right up his alley.
While I love the formula Lisa Marie Rice uses for her novels this particular novel almost read just like her midnight series with the "scarred" hero and his fascination for the blind pianist heroine. The heroine's music saved that heros sanity as well. Harry may not have physical scars but he has emotional ones from his childhood. The three military friends, the security agency are also elements straight from her other novels. I wish for once she would shake it up a bit. I love her hot sex scenes and I love the protective warrior too but I need a little difference in my plot than the heroine constantly running to the security agency and having the ex military partner/owner vow to protect her and save her because she is so soft, so innocent and so in need of help
Accountant Ellen discovers her boss's nefarious business practices, runs away and asks Harry of RBK Security to change her identity and help her disappear. The bad guys try to kidnap her a couple times and Harry must save her.
If you've never read a Rice, you might enjoy this more than if you are a Rice fan. (If you've never read a Rice, read her Midnight trilogy, which is her best work, imho.) If you love Rice, as I do, you might find the plots are starting to read like they're created from a template and the characters just seem to change profession and hair color from book to book
This book has seven POVs (a couple could have been cut. I found the Sam and Nicole scene gratuitous.) Other supporting character scenes are wonderfully involving such as the Kerry scene, (though the ring trick, struck me as a little Marvel Comics-ish), Harry's childhood scene and the Piet POV scenes.
It's hard not to see trends in Rice's books. I'm getting a little tired of 30-something heroes with uncontrollable trouser tents as though they were 16. It's as though this is the only way Rice can write her heroes expressing attraction. I thought Harry's 3-day woody was a parody and was funny for a while, but became odd, especially considering it was brought on by an unconscious Ellen in a hospital bed. I am really tired of kidnappings, though I did appreciate that these weren't because of a TSTL moment, like in Book 1. I also liked the red herring beach walk. I thought the fact Ellen and Harry both assumed a long-term future together odd since there was no discussion about it, as though a scene was edited out.
Overall as a stand alone, Book 2 of the Protector's series is more satisfying than Book 1. And I'll still read the next one when I need a Rice fix. She's a very good writer and I like her style, but I wish her work wasn't so predictable. 3.5 stars.
Complaints: The heroine is just unbelievable. She's a mystery pop singer who just coincidentally comes into contact with our hero who coincidentally has admired her from afar for years. Oh come on! And then after she is shot and injured in an ambush, she is nursed back to health by the hero - who is for all purposes is a total stranger. He undresses her, treats her wound, and when she wakes up - she doesn't mind? I almost threw the book across the room at this point in the story.
The major disappointment was that after she recovers from her injury she is all eager, ready willing and able to jump into bed with our hero, Harry.
Well, that was it for me. I almost left the book on the floor after I dropped it, but I picked it up and struggled as I read it until the end. What a waste of time!
I have 8 of Lisa Marie Rice's books and I have another on order. This is the only one of her books that stunk! She must have been having an off day or her publisher must have put a rush on this one. This story was a real bust.
I wouldn't recommend this book at all. Stick to the other two Delta Force books, they are real keepers. This one is going in the donation box at my local library book sale.