City Under Siege Published by Self-published on February 19, 2018
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About CITY UNDER SIEGE
London is a city in flames. Tensions are high and a critical situation is about to go from bad to worse. The Prime Minister wants to send a message, and the SAS will be the ones to deliver it.
Emotional detachment is my specialty. I'm ruthless and cut throat, but there is nobody better.
Sarah Tatem is an innocent. Caught up in a world in which she doesn't belong, and trying desperately to do the right thing. My job is to keep her safe long enough to get what's needed, and bring an end to this siege of terror.
But something has changed. I've learned that the only thing stronger than loyalty is love, and now she's gone.
My name is Lieutenant Tom Harper, and I'm about to unleash hell.
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I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I think I have a love/hate relationship with City Under Siege. I enjoyed Ms. Prescott’s Hurricane duo, and I freaking adored her last book, The Storm. By the time the ARC for CUS downloaded on my iPad I was beside myself with glee and was practically hopping up and down with joy when I could finally start it. Much to my dismay though, it started out rough.
I think my biggest problem was there were some pretty freaking huge plot holes that I had a hard time ignoring. Seriously, the bad guys had to be the stupidest group of people in the world by not figuring out what Sarah and Tom were up to. Every time the pair did something that should have given them away my frustration would mount and I’d put the book down with the end result being it took me 3 days to read this book. Considering I am someone that can read two books a day, that speaks volumes.
By the 20% mark, I was struggling. At 30% I even contemplated DNFing but I kept picking it back up because I know what Ms. Prescott is capable of and I wanted her to pull this out of the ditch so bad I could almost taste it. Finally, at 48% I got the emotion and the witty banter I was hoping to find and then I not only was able to connect with Tom and Sarah but also the whole group.
Because she was mine and I was hers, and if it took every day for the rest of my life, I’d do everything in my power to make sure she never regretted that.
I ended up loving both Sarah and Tom. Sarah found the courage to do the right thing knowing that it would more than likely cost her everything, including her life. Tough choices had to be made at every turn, but she met it all head on. As for Tom, his life had been beyond rough so he learned early on to kill or be killed. He took all the dark he found himself capable of and used it for taking out the bad guys. He was emotionally closed off except for his adopted mother and his team. That is until he saw Sarah. Once he fell for her, he knew he’d burn the world down to keep her safe. Needless to say, this was sexy as hell.
I kissed her, and then I did the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I let her go so that I could set her free. So that I could save her.
With so much going against them, it seemed impossible that they would weather the storms ahead and survive much less be together at all. Under constant surveillance, they kept each other sane by constantly promising themselves “One day” even knowing that day was unlikely to ever come to fruition. Even though there was a feeling of insta-love from the start, their circumstances made for a long wait for them to finally seal the deal giving this insta-love book a decidedly slow burn feel.
I’d experienced him gentle and loving and tender, but that wasn’t what I needed from him just then. I wanted raw and animalistic. I wanted him as out of control as I was, and that was exactly what I got.
The good news was that when we finally got to the sexy times, it was so spot on with its heady combination of heat, chemistry, and beautiful emotions, I felt like my iPad was going to self-combust. So good, in fact, I had to share the good parts with Lily and Sparkles which sparked off a somewhat funny but also quite deep conversation about what makes a stellar sex scene work. Expect a blog post on that at some point.
As much as I came to love the characters, I still kept finding glaring holes in the plot up until the very end. I found myself in a quandary of how to rate a book that constantly frustrated me but also gave me characters I eventually grew to love, witty banter, and beautifully emotional, hot as hell sex scenes. As confused as I am about how to rate, I do know that I hope to see more from this group of characters, just hopefully without the plot holes.
Rating: 3.5 Emotionally Hot Stars
Read an excerpt from CITY UNDER SIEGE
I was practically kneeling in front of the screen as I tried to understand what I was seeing. Men were shouting at one another, though their words were indecipherable.
The person filming darted out from behind a shipping container to take more shots. Everything was happening so fast, the camera moving wildly with the person it was attached to. Finally, I realised it was a body cam by the way it was flailing and jerking all over the place. I had no idea what shipyard they were in, but it made sense that the assault would be there rather than a boat. They would have wanted to take the terrorists after the handover happened, just to be sure.
A soldier came into shot across the way, crouched behind another container, and I guessed he was one of ours. Covered from head to toe, it was impossible to know who it was, but I held my breath anyway. The camera at least became steady as the gunfire slowly ebbed, though focused now on the last of the targets. In the periphery of the screen, the kneeling soldier leant further forward to take a shot when he was yanked sharply backwards in a move that literally saved his life. As the last shot rang out, sounding a death knell to the terrorists who’d been responsible for taking so many innocent civilian lives, the rest of the team seemed to realise what I already knew. The rescuer, the guardian angel who’d ripped his teammate away from the path of certain death, had exposed himself to make the ultimate sacrifice, saving his friend’s life at the expense of his own. Soldiers darted in front of the camera again, and a few more indistinguishable voices called out before the silence. The excruciating, insufferable, tormenting silence, broken only by the clear voice that cut through the darkness like a scythe, ripping a hole through my heart as it did.
About R.J. PRESCOTT
USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, South Wales, and studied law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later, she convinced her crazy, wonderful firefighter husband to move back to Cardiff where they now live with their two equally crazy sons. Her debut novel The Hurricane was an international bestseller and finalist in the Goodreads Awards in the category of debut author.
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