Hey, it’s Scarlett, and I have an exciting new book out today. UNDER FIRE is the first of a new special ops series featuring former Navy SEALs called LOVE OVER DUTY.
Frogmen. The Teams. The Men with Green Faces. These are just some of the names you might associate with the arm of the US Navy known as the Navy SEALs. Recently, big box office films such as Lone Survivor, American Sniper, and Captain Phillips have retold real life Navy SEALs stories, demonstrating the precision and skill teams operate with even in the most dangerous and stressful situations. With mottos such as, “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday”, and, “It Pays To Be A Winner”, it’s clear why these men have earned a rep as the tough guys of the military. But how much do you actually know about them?
Navy SEALs are the US Navy’s primary special operations force and a component of the Naval Special Warfare Command. SEALs are tasked with conducting small-unit maritime military operations and they are trained to operate in all environments (Sea, Air, and Land), hence the name Navy SEALs. The SEALs emblem is the Trident, which is worn proudly on their uniform shirt near the heart. The Trident is recognized and honored for the quality of the individual behind it, the grueling training endured, and the ethos of commitment to excellence that all SEALs represent.
Modern day Navy SEALs can trace their origins to World War II, when following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the US Navy recognized the need to create small, elite teams to carry out raids and scouting missions along the coastline. During the Vietnam War, President Kennedy once again recognized the need for unconventional tactics and special operations as a measure against guerrilla warfare, and so the Navy SEALs were created. Today, SEALs play a crucial role in a wide range of military operations across the world and have become synonymous with courage, strength, and bravery.
As you can imagine, being selected as a SEAL is no easy task and prospective candidates undergo rigorous mental, physical, and medical screening tests. For example, SEALs must be able to do 50 push-ups in 2 minutes… that is a heck of a lot of push-ups (I can manage 5 if I’m lucky). Hell Week, the most intense period of week-long training, weeds out a significant portion of the candidates. However, once they survive the arduous first month, the average candidates spend around a year completing formal training courses, and 18-months of pre-deployment training before they are considered deployable. It’s a huge commitment and just goes to show the level of determination and resilience these guys have.
It’s also why the make great romance heroes. Personally, after speaking with many SEALs while writing this book, I found them to be unquestionably capable with a strong moral compass. They where also funny, irreverent, and undeniably charismatic.
UNDER FIRE pairs Sixton ‘Six’ Rapp with Dr. Louisa North, a chronically shy researcher who finds herself in hot water and goes to Six for help. Six can definitely take the heat, but can Louisa handle the flames?
Six looked tortured. Common sense was telling her that it was best to just go back to her room and let him work through it, which totally lined up with her usual MO of avoiding, well, life. But for once she held her ground. “Okay, first please quit the martyr act. We are grown-ups who had consensual sex. I’m sure you’ve done that before, so don’t start getting weird just because it was me. Second, I’ll look at you any way I damn well please. You didn’t care how I looked at you when I was riding . . . well . . . you know,” she said, gesturing toward his shorts. “Third. If the only difference between you tugging at the corner of this towel to do something . . . urgh . . . hot, or sexual, or something and you walking out of the bathroom without kissing me good morning is the fact that I gave your company a check, I’ll cancel it. I’d rather pay you to help me, but I’m sure I can find somebody else if it’s the difference between us doing this or not.” Her knees were shaking and her voice was loud enough that she suddenly realized if any of Six’s team were still in the house, they’d likely heard her stumbled words. She felt pink spread to her cheeks.
She stepped toward the bathroom door, feeling like she was going to pass out before she made it to her own room. Her heart was pounding, and her head was spinning.
“Lou,” Six said quietly, his hand looping her wrist. “You like your lists? Fine. I’ll give you mine. First, I’m not being a martyr. We can’t build a reputation as a professional firm if I hook up with one of our first clients. Professionally, you must see how weird that looks, no matter how badly I want to. And what kind of message does it send to the guys who work for me? And yes. I have had sex before, lots of it, but what we did was much more than that. So please, for both our sakes, don’t minimize it. Just because I shouldn’t have done it doesn’t mean it wasn’t perfect. And for the record, how you looked riding my cock—and yes, you can say that word because, as you mentioned, we’re both grown-ups—was burned into my memory. And third, if it was as simple as just giving into this, you’d have been out of that towel and up on the counter with my face between your legs before you could cry out my name. It’s just . . . Shit, Lou. I’m trying to figure out what the right thing to do here is, and my duty wins out every time.”
“Fantastic characters, scorching sexual tension, and non-stop action make this one of my favorite reads this year!”—New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye
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 Sixton 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.