Thursday, May 19, 2011

UNDER FIRE by Jo Davis

Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Date published: June 2010
ISBN: 978045122679-2
Romantic Suspense
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained by Library

Despite calling his Team at Station Five his brothers and best friends, Zack Knight has his secrets. Some of them are things he doesn’t share. Others could kill him. Working double shifts for weeks on end, feeling tired and simply dragging he inadvertently rear-ends another car. When he gets out to check on the other driver Zack meets perhaps the most stunning woman in Sugarland.

Cori Shannon has her life pretty well mapped out. Exotic dancer by night, nursing student by day. Zack’s car getting up close and personal with hers is not on her agenda. With her quick wit she quickly puts him down and out of her mind.

A short time later, chewed out by his boss, Sean Tanner, Zack responds with the rest of Station Five to a vehicle about ready to fall off a bridge. In torrential rain with the river rising, the firefighters and paramedics arrive on the scene. When Zack realizes it’s his exotic dancer, he decides he’s the one that needs to rescue her. He crawls into the back of Cori’s SUV, promises her he won’t leave her and manages to get her to safety. Before he can escape himself the vehicle plunges into the icy river. As death begins its tempting dance, promising Zack escape from his darkest fears and secrets, his lieutenant, Howard who readers met in TRIAL BY FIRE, pulls him from the wet and icy grave. But all is not well…Cori’s vehicle didn’t just slide off the bridge. Someone caused her to spin out with a bullet in her tire.

Cori and Zack find themselves with a heavy duty, mutual attraction, but with someone out to kill Cori, they may not find their way to each other.

I thought TRIAL BY FIRE was a good read. Ms. Davis left herself in the dust with UNDER FIRE. What a super read. Action packed and while parts aren’t necessarily plausible, they are possible. I totally adored Zack and one of his secrets made him even more endearing to me. Cori is the kind of character you wish was a real person and a close friend. She’s funny, intelligent, independent and good hearted. She has courage too, to not only walk away from an overprotective set of brothers, but to carve out a life of her own far from her home. I totally enjoyed seeing the heroine be the alpha in the relationship although Zack is no slouch in the romance department.

The build up to the ending where Zack once again gets the crap beat out of him, was a bit over the top. How he managed to stick a syringe into a vein in a moving vehicle without a tourniquet is a bit beyond me. And, since he didn’t want to do it in the first place, with him in the back seat and the bad guy in the front, I wondered why he didn’t do a sub-q injection and then fake being out of it. I didn’t particularly enjoy the scenes where he is beat up again and again.

What was well done was the way Cori and Zack fell for each other. I felt in TRIAL BY FIRE there was too much of Kat and Howard panting after each other. I got it after the first three times. It read too much like first book over-eager. Ms. Davis handled the attraction element in UNDER FIRE with total style. I can’t wait to dig into book 3!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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