Review + Excerpt: “City Under Siege” by R.J. Prescott

 

We are thrilled to be sharing with you the release of USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott’s CITY UNDER SIEGE. This brand new standalone is perfect for fans of contemporary romance who love a little suspense and a hot British military hero. Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

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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My review

Romantic suspense, when well done, is one of my favorite genres, and City Under Siege is the perfect example of why I love this genre so much. Most of the obstacles in the romantic relationship came from outer sources, so there was not much internal conflict within the characters, and their relationship developed quite nicely without putting my heart in a grinder. Even though the author is still responsible for shredding my heart.

Yes, this book was nonetheless a rollercoaster.

Now, let’s backtrack a second. I went into this book completely blind. My love for this author the only thing making me request the ARC. Well, I have to say that even though it was different from her previous novels, I may have liked this one even more. The style held more maturity, and the characters were as well developed and endearing as all her previous ones. It was also clear that a lot of research went into the military aspect of it and I do like my novels to be on point, so kudos for that.

Moreover, if there’s something Prescott knows how to write is the perfect match between overprotective, badass alpha, and nice and respectful guy. I personally am not attracted to assholes, both in real life and fiction, therefore I adore it when the author manages to portray an alpha male who doesn’t need to be rude, cold, or callous to result attractive. All her heroes worship the heroines. They almost idealize them, but not in an unrealistic way.

So yeah, Tom is all that and way more. And Sarah I also found quite great. She’s thrust into a situation she wants no part in and the reader can’t help but taking a liking for her since the very beginning, when she’s called to make a choice that could risk her life, and she chooses the morally correct thing to do. Also, the risk sometimes when the heroine is inherently in danger, is to fall into the trap of giving her an airhead and be affected by a case of the dumbs. Instead Sarah was a normal woman, with a straight head one her shoulders and a good dose of fear everyone could relate to.

The pace was fast and the romantic arc ran in parallel with some of the action, while the thrill of adrenaline and constant sense of instability was always present. I especially appreciated the effort put into crafting a situation complicated enough to cause danger on multiple levels. My only complain lays in the fact that the end was lacking quite a bit on the romantic side, which felt truncated without an epilogue to tie things together. If only the author had added a last intimate scene, with a side of hotness (other thing that could have been used to spice up the ending), it would have been just perfect.

Still, the romance overall had a great arc. Tom and Sarah had enough time to get to know each other to properly build a relationship. I could absolutely see them as a couple, even down the road, and Tom’s adjustment in career choice, in light of all of this, did not seem rushed or weird.

One last thing I noticed was that some of the interpersonal dynamics schemes were very similar to those in the Hurricane & co, with Nan resembling O’Connell’s coach, and the group of unruly boys creating quite a family of sorts. At first I was a bit surprised but then I realized that with the books being otherwise so different, I could not fault the author for defaulting to dynamics that I, in primis, am very fond of.

In conclusion, the style is flawless, the story is complex, complete and swoony enough. The characters were great and the romance made me want to be Sarah, despite all the danger, which speaks volume about the quality of it. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

Wait, I realize I have one last thing to say. The topic treated in this book, the threat, even though I don’t want to spoil it, is something that is unfortunately very current, and a fear that grips many hearts every day. I wanted to high five the author for choosing this topic as external source of danger. Also because the execution was notable.

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.

“Man down.”

 

 

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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