Scarlett Cole is back with FINAL SIEGE, book two in the Love Over Duty series. When an urgent phone call brings Mac’s troubled past—and the woman he once loved—into the present, it’s a chance to redeem himself that he can’t refuse. To protect her, he’ll risk it all. Don’t miss out on this second chance romantic suspense featuring yet another sexy alpha hero!
Love over Duty #2
By Scarlett Cole
Releasing January 30th, 2018
St Martins Press
IN THE LINE OF FIRE…
Former SEAL Malachai “Mac” MacCarrick is all about the future he’s created with his Navy brothers in Eagle Securities, taking assignments in the most dangerous places, and doing things no one but ex-military would attempt. But when an urgent phone call brings his troubled past—and the woman he once loved—into the present, it’s a chance to redeem himself that he can’t refuse.
STRAIGHT TO THE HEART…
An investigative journalist researching an explosive story, Delaney Shapiro tells herself she got over Mac—and his role in her brother’s death—a long time ago. But the first moment she sees him at her bedside in an overseas hospital, she knows it’s not true. Every moment together rekindles the desire that once burned between them, and now that she’s a target for an emerging Russian arms dealer, Mac won’t let her out of his sight. To protect her, he’ll risk it all—including his life…
In Final Siege (Love over Duty #2) by Scarlett Cole, Malachai 'Mac' MacCarrick has never gotten over Delaney Shapiro. So, when he receives an urgent phone call about her being in overseas hospital, he rushes to her bedside determined to protect her from whatever mess she's found herself in as a investigative journalist. He knows she's not going to give up on her story, but the deeper they dive into the investigation, the more danger Delaney finds herself in. Will Mac be able to keep her safe, or will they lose their second chance at forever after?
What an enthralling and fast-paced read Ms. Cole has delivered in this second book of her Love over Duty series that tugged at my heartstrings because of this couple's history that had me sympathizing with the both of them. Will Mac be able to make things right with the heroine? Will he finally give her the truth about what happened that fateful day that cost the life of someone they loved?
The way this story started had me hooked straight away, as Mac will do anything for Delaney, which is proven by the way he's there for her in her time of need, even though she isn't the most gracious of people that he's dropped everything for her. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time in this book that had me intrigued, as Mac is determined to win Delaney back, but she doesn't make things easy.
Both the main characters were fantastic and I loved every interaction between them, as the hero does his best to win the heroine over. Will Delaney ever be able to forgive Mac? Moreover, both the main characters back stories had me liking this pair too, as the loss they both suffered led them to the careers they have. Delaney being an investigative journalist is resilient, courageous, full of integrity and determined to only report the truth, which is proven by how far she's willing to go to get her latest story. What happened to her that landed her in an overseas hospital? I also liked how the heroine gave the hero a second chance, because they deserve to be happy and neither have been able to forget the other.
While the hero, he's honorable, confident in his skills s a former SEAL, and I liked how determined he was to protect the heroine from being hurt again, as she continues to investigate her story. I also liked the close friendship he shares with his two best friends and that his friends weren't afraid to offer their advice because they know how much Delaney has always meant to him. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was his determination to win the heroine over, even if it means breaking the promise he once made in order to make her understand what happened that fateful day that led to their break-up in the past.
Overall, Ms. Cole has delivered a wonderful read in this book where there was a perfect combination of suspense and romance; the chemistry between this couple was heady and convincing; the romance was hot and had me loving that the heroine gave the hero a second chance; and the ending had worried for one of the main characters because of the danger, but had me satisfied by how things worked out for the best for Mac and Delaney. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, because of what Delaney's achieved when it comes to her story and the fact that she and Mac are finally together again and happier than ever. I would recommend Final Siege by Scarlett Cole, if you enjoy romantic suspense, second chance romances, or books by authors Laura Griffin, AJ Nuest, Misty Evans and Kaylea Cross.
Half asleep, unwilling to fully waken and face the day, Delaney snuggled deep into the covers and allowed the dreams that danced on the edge of her consciousness to enter. In it, she was naked, in a large white bed, with a man behind her. A hand spanned her stomach, pulling her back against a firm, warm chest. Spooning. Her favorite thing.
Lazily, the hand moved upward until it cupped her breast, and Delaney secretly urged it to squeeze gently, but it didn’t. Whoever the hand belonged to was definitely aroused. She could feel the heavy erection pressing against her back. Teasingly, she wiggled her butt against him in the hope he’d get the message, but nothing. No response.
Sun shone in through large open windows with white billowing curtains as she reveled in feelings of being turned on.
She turned in the man’s arms, grateful when he pulled her closer to him. His chest was wide, with a light smattering of hair, and she pressed her forehead to it as she slid her hand between them to the waistband of his shorts.
A hand gripped her wrist. “Don’t,” a voice said gruffly. Hard to get? That was a new one. She moved closely and pressed a series of soft kisses to his chest. But she could be that girl. The one who was confident enough to initiate. She licked his nipple and heard him gasp.
“Delaney, please. Fuck. Wake up!”
Suddenly the bed shook. Covers were dragged off her body, and her skin was cold. Then the realization hit her.
Shit. Shit. Shit.
It wasn’t a dream.
Delaney forced one eye open and confirmed her worst nightmare. Mac stood naked, apart from a pair of basketball shorts and a huge erection. And if the tenting was to be believed, his chest and bicep dimensions weren’t the only muscles that had grown. His hair was ruffled, standing up every which way as it always used to, and his eyes told her that she’d woken him up. By attempting to grab his dick.
Dear God. She was going to die.
The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada were I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.
I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I'm getting the chance to follow that dream.