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Tempted into Danger coverWhen a simple mission to deliver the beautiful and brilliant Vanessa Crosby to a safe house goes horribly wrong, ICE agent Diego Santero’s life gets complicated. Keeping the anti-crime analyst safe from the notorious mercenaries after her program will put everything he’s worked for at risk.

Relentlessly hunted and not knowing whom to trust, Diego takes Vanessa on the run, deep into the heart of the deadly Panamanian rainforest. Vanessa reminds herself that she’s just another asset to the ruggedly handsome black ops agent…until their intense situation leads to a release of passion neither expected. But even if they make it out alive, how can they ever have a future together?




Melissa Cutler here and I’m thrilled to be on Novel Thoughts today talking about my latest Action-Adventure Romance, Tempted into Danger, from Harlequin Romantic Suspense. I had such a blast writing this story about a heroine who’s a “mathlete” and the gruff black ops soldier who falls head-of-heels in love with her big brains and big heart. I love action-adventure books and movies, everything from Indian Jones to Men in Black. And when the hero is as hot as ICE Agent Diego Santero, then that’s all the better…


Like many great action-adventure heroes, Diego, TEMPTED’s hero, is an alpha male through and through. He doesn’t exactly have a way with the ladies, having spent nearly all his time training or on missions, but Vanessa quickly learns that beneath his tough exterior is a big softy. Here’s a scene from the book to show you what I’m talking about…

From Tempted into Danger:

“You’re not going to cry, are you?”


The ludicrous question jarred Vanessa from her trancelike melancholy. Diego’s brow was furrowed and his lips had stretched into a cringe. He fidgeted with the rifle, his gaze darting anxiously to the car as though he was contemplating escape. Here was a man who’d jumped onto the roof of a moving minivan, shot and killed at least one man and shielded her from an explosion with his body…and yet he was threatened by the possibility of a few tears?


Despite everything she’d been through and her fear of the future, a spark of affection had her biting her cheeks to hide a grin. Apparently there wasn’t much difference between the college football players her dad coached and macho military alphas. Nothing brought them to their knees faster than the threat of genuine emotional expression.


She drilled him with her best offended look and set her hands on her hips. “I might cry. What are you going to do about it?”


He squirmed, then scratched his head. His eyes shifted to the car again, then the jungle beyond. “Look, forget I said that.”


She shouldn’t mess with him, really. This man was the only thing standing between her and certain death at the hands of a whole bunch of bad guys—but she couldn’t help it. She sniffed to draw his gaze back to her, then blinked hard, jarring a tear loose. It started a slow roll over her cheek.


He stared at her, his eyes dark and serious. Then he startled and took off in a fast stride to the car. “Time for us for bolt. The longer we’re on the grid, the more danger you’re in.” He opened the backseat door for her and jumped into the driver seat.


Yep. Her assessment had been right. The man of steel had a soft and gooey center. She settled into the seat, contemplating that revelation as she watched the play of skin and muscle on his arm as he shifted the car into gear and pulled onto the road.


Tempted into Danger is available all over:


Amazon: http://amzn.to/VPTGez

iTunes: http://bit.ly/10zY4k9

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Kobo: http://bit.ly/YGpvDg


Check out TEMPTED on Goodreads, too: http://bit.ly/WaxtqC


Giveaway: Today on Novel Thoughts, I’m giving away a copy (print or digital) of one of my backlist titles: SEDUCTION UNDER FIRE. To enter to win, leave a comment or ask me question. Here’s a question for you to get you started: Who’s your favorite action adventure hero, either in a book or movie?


My thanks to Fatin for hosting me today. I love hearing from readers and am really easy to find at www.melissacutler.net, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelissaCutlerBooks), and Twitter (@m_cutler). And you can always email me at melissa@melissacutler.net or sign up for my newsletter (http://www.melissacutler.net/newsletter/ ) to find out about my latest books and upcoming events.


MelissaCutler_author photoBio: Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances for Kensington Books and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she’s not globetrotting, she’s enjoying Southern California’s flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.

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