Release Review: Final Siege: Scarlett Cole

by - Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Final Siege  (Love Over Duty #2)
Scarlett Cole
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Release Date January 30, 2018


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.


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… 
When Malachai "Mac" MacCarrick gets a call that his his former love, Delaney Shapiro,  is in a German hospital, he takes off to help without question. He has not seen her in fourteen years after she blamed him for her brother's death. But now she has survived trauma and is injured. 

Mac has never got over losing not only his best friend and feeling responsible for it, and losing the love of his life. He went in the military to honor her brother, and now owns Eagle Securities with their other two friends. He is strong, dependable, and still cares, but is also haunted by the past.

No matter what has happened in their history, he feels protective of her and his feelings have not changed...even if she does still hate him and does not want his help. She is bitter, stubborn, independent minded, tenacious, and is determined to keep him at arm's length.

But Delaney has no choice but to rely on Mac when they get home and realizes that she is still a target. As she tries to continue her investigation, it becomes even clearer that she is in danger and she needs more professional help than they realized. Mac has the skills and resources to fight for her,  and he is determined to keep her safe...and hopefully find a way to earn her forgiveness and get to keep her in his life. 

But miscommunication and issues from their past, unresolved feelings, guilt, and resentment still put up walls between them that Mac is trying to break down as Delaney keeps fortifying them. Mac is torn between duty and love. But right now it is most important for him to keep her alive so he has a chance of winning her back for good. And the mess they find themselves in is dangerous and unpredictable. 

This installment pulled me right in and kept up the sexual tension, suspense, action, and emotion. It is a second chance love story based on forgiveness, redemption, and healing all mixed up in an action-packed,  romantic suspense story. It brings back all of the Eagle Securities guys from the first book including his partners, Six and his new love, Louisa, and Cabe. These guys and Delaney all have history and that also adds depth to the story. There are plenty more team members and they all share a strong team ethic and also have funny rapport too. I am looking forward to Cabe's book, Deep Cover next.

I was gifted a copy by the publisher
Under Fire (Love Over Duty #1)
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Kim's 4 star review

RITA nominee Scarlett Cole’s Under Fire pairs a hot Navy SEAL with a medical researcher who finds herself in too deep.


Hot, hard-bodied Sixten Rapp is a former SEAL who’s raring to begin his brand-new civilian life. He and his Navy “brothers” start a security firm that offers the kind of services only a team of military-trained professionals can provide. But nothing prepared Six for his new client: an innocent woman on a mission to improve thousands of lives. . . unless someone takes hers first.


Dr. Louisa North knows time is against her as she tries to create a “miracle” medical treatment for a disease with no known cure, until she creates a sample so powerful that the wrong people want to use it as a chemical weapon. At first, Six is unwilling to accept Louisa as his client. But soon he realizes that the danger is real and that there’s much more to this plain-Jane scientist…including a burning passion between them that neither of them can resist. And now that an enemy is on Louisa’s trail, Six will do whatever it takes to protect her—or die trying.

Deep Cover (Love Over Duty #3)
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Expected July 31, 2018

Ex- Navy SEAL Cabe Moss can disappear in plain sight. He sees links in everything, filing every little detail away for future reference as he fades further into the background. He can remember the color of an assailant’s eyes, the face of his first kill, and the last time he kissed his fiancée (two years, one month, eleven days, and eight hours ago, the day before she left for Afghanistan, and thanks to a roadside IED, never came back). Which is why the signs are telling him that the recent cases he has worked on with his brothers at Eagle Securities are not only connected, but the tip of the iceberg. He knows money is being laundered. The question is how?

F.B.I. Special Agent Amy Murray knows there are thirty-nine stairs up to her office, nineteen rows of roof tiles on the building opposite her apartment, and that the reason she has no student debt is because she counted card in black jack though college. Growing up in Las Vegas with a World Series of Poker champion for a father, it was to be expected. So when the chance arises to act as a dealer in a casino suspected of allowing money laundering on its premises, Amy takes the job. But it lands her her straight into the path of the deadly handsome warrior Cabe. As the two work together, their explosive attraction begins to lead to something deeper. But before risking their lives, he needs to risk his heart...

Scarlett Cole
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Scarlett Cole is a writer of contemporary romance and a two-time RITA finalist. Her debut, THE STRONGEST STEEL, has already become an Amazon best seller in romantic suspense, was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors On The Air Global Radio Network Contemporary Romance Pick of 2015. The FRACTURED HEART, THE PUREST HOOK, and THE DARKEST LINK are all available now.

With two new series, PRELOAD, starting in February 2017, and LOVE OVER DUTY, starting summer 2017, Scarlett writes full-time.

When Scarlett isn't writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit. She likes hot men, cold beer, and expensive shoes.

Having travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami, San Diego, and Toronto.

Rep'd by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency, and published by St. Martin's Press. 

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