Two Hearts Under Fire

Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance, Book 8

Fiction - Military
167 Pages
Reviewed on 09/10/2019
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Author Tamara Ferguson regularly brings us new iterations of her wounded warrior series and Two Hearts Under Fire (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 8) is the latest story in that franchise. Airman Russ Quinlan and his team are targeted and their transport destroyed en route in Iraq. When Russ returns to the States, he realizes that someone has been trying to frame him and the subsequent inquiry may well lead to his own court-martial and a lengthy prison sentence. Whilst looking for help, he contacts his old friend, AFOSI Agent Brand Reardon, but instead finds the beautiful Claire Ellis at Brand’s apartment, a friend of Brand’s fiancée, Sarah. When a gunman attacks the pair for no obvious reason, they aren’t sure quite if the target is Russ or Claire. Claire, it seems, is on the run and hiding from a violent and deranged ex-husband who wants to kill her. The pair takes to their heels in a mad dash across country in upstate New York and the Great Lakes area to escape whoever is after either one of them. The attraction between the pair is electric from the first moment they meet and can only get deeper and more intense the more they are thrown together in this race for their lives and safety with their friends Brand and Sarah in Crystal Rock, Wisconsin.

This is not the first Tamara Ferguson book I’ve read. I can honestly say Two Hearts Under Fire is up there with the best of the stories I’ve read from her to date. Two things I particularly love about this book and about all of this author’s work is the immense amount of action, excitement, plot twists, and romance, she can jam-pack into what is essentially a smallish novel. I’ve read some books with this much excitement that are double the size and yet Ferguson loses nothing in the paring down of her work. There are no wasted words or padding in her books, which make them simple and easy to read in one sitting. In fact, it is always hard to put a Ferguson novel down and this one is no exception. The second thing I love about her writing is the sensitive and caring natures she manages to build into these giant, hulking men, many ex-special forces operatives, whom she shows are capable of feeling and expressing deep emotion without shame. I also appreciate that much of the action takes place against the backdrop of The Wounded Warrior Hospital and the school for children with disabilities, both in Crystal Rock. These are obviously twin passions of the author and they fit in perfectly with her stories. This is a great read and one I can highly recommend.

Jack Magnus

Two Hearts Under Fire: Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 8 is a contemporary military fiction/romance novel written by Tamara Ferguson. Claire Ellis was hiding yet again from the abusive ex-husband who was determined to kill her. This time, she was staying in AFOSI Agent Brand Reardon’s apartment in Quantico. Brand was the fiance of Claire’s lifelong friend, Sarah, and the two would do anything to keep her safe. Airman Russ Quinlan was on the run. He was being framed for a covert mission that had gone horribly awry and had no way to determine who was behind the attempt to permanently silence him or why. Brand had seemed the only person he could trust without endangering his own well-being, and stopping by his apartment seemed his best survival strategy for the moment. What he didn’t expect was to find Claire there instead of Brand, and there was no way for him to determine if the armed assassin stalking them was targeting him or her.

Two Hearts Under Fire is a thrilling and suspenseful story that follows the two main characters as they attempt to survive a series of assassination attempts. I especially enjoyed the plot of this story which has them traveling in a friend’s RV and camping out in the woods while Brand attempts to unravel the dangers facing each of them. Seeing these two characters as they operate under stress is illuminating and powerful and adds to the dimension of this remarkable series. Ferguson also spotlights the all-too-common problem of abusive ex-spouses and the lengths to which they’ll go to destroy their victims. Look in any paper and Claire’s story or one quite like it will appear. Two Hearts Under Fire: Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 8 is most highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

Two Hearts Under Fire is a work of military and romantic fiction with a serious subject matter and was penned by author Tamara Ferguson. Forming the eighth standalone novel in the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior series, in this installment we find ourselves embroiled in the intense and passionate drama between Russ Quinlan and Claire Ellis. Airman Russ has a mystery in his past service in Iraq, and now he wants to discover who was out to frame him back then. When he arrives to investigate his past, however, he finds Claire hiding out from hers: an abusive ex-husband who she believes is now trying to kill her. What follows is a tense on-the-run adventure as the pair bond and solve their mysteries, trying to survive together.

It’s easy to fall into the high stakes tension and serious drama of author Tamara Ferguson’s work, whilst also really enjoying the way that such intensity forges strong and sudden bonds between her central pair of characters. I liked Claire for her tenacity, but also for her practical side and self-preserving nature, and these qualities made for a good match with Russ, whose hardened exterior slowly breaks down as the plot progresses. The action sequences and central military mystery also hold up equally strongly with the romantic storyline, making for an immersive and compelling tale that still comes out with a satisfying conclusion all around. Overall, readers seeking intense romance, but also believable characters and high stakes situations are sure to take Two Hearts Under Fire into their own hearts and really enjoy its storyline.