Dangerous Territory by Emmy Curtis
Published on August 5th, 2014
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A SEXY STRANGER
Flirting with danger is reporter Grace Grainger’s modus operandi. But she’s learned the hard way not to grow attached to the soldiers she’s embedded with in Afghanistan. To escape from her pain and loneliness, she fantasizes about the hot night she spent with a gorgeous stranger three years before in D.C. Grace never thought she’d see him again—let alone need him to rescue her . . .
AN EXPLOSIVE NIGHT
Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Travers knows journalists are nothing but trouble. So when he has to risk his team’s lives to save some reporter who’s been separated from her patrol, he’s not happy—until he recognizes her stunning eyes and delicious curves. Josh has never wanted a woman like he wants Grace. He needs her—even in an Afghan cave with a sandstorm and enemy troops closing in. This might be the end for both of them—or one hell of a beginning.
Three years ago, two strangers meet in a bar. After some quick banter, some smooth moves, and some very forward suggestions, they spend an unforgettable night together, while never revealing who they are.
In the present day, Grace is a reporter, and with no real home or family, she lives her life bouncing around warzones, writing about the ‘other’ side of war – the locals, the heartache of it all, and the soldiers dreaming of home. On her first deployment, her best friend died in her arms, and she has steeled herself against forming any kind of attachment
Don’t get attached. Don’t get involved. These people are a job. Don’t form relationships.
Josh is an Air Force pararescuer on deployment in Afghanistan. When his team is called in to rescue a unit under heavy fire, he finds himself on his own and searching for a reporter requiring rescue.
“My name is T.S., and I will be your rescuer today.”
Both Grace and Josh get the shock of their lives when they recognize their one night stand. Having both fantasised about that night, and used the memory of each other as a refuge or sorts in the hell of their existence, it doesn’t take long for the chemistry between them to start sizzling once again and as much as Josh hates reporters, and under unimaginable circumstances they reconnect . And it changes them both in ways they could have never imagined.
Her fantasy one-night stand was no more … He was right here, and she wanted to wrap her body around his until he absorbed her completely.
He had dreamed of being this close to her again … But hell. Fate had played a dirty trick. Here, in a fucking cave in Afghanistan. What a fuckup.
I loved this story. It’s fast paced and action packed, and I was enthralled from start to finish. The setting of an Afghanistan warzone is both exciting and terrifying, with Josh and Grace facing all sorts of threats and danger. I confess I don’t know a whole lot about the realities of that kind of war beyond what you see in movies or read in books, but to me it felt incredibly real. The action, the fighting, the dynamics between the soldiers, it’s all done really well and creates a fantastically intense setting for their story.
The characters are likeable and relatable, and with the story told from dual POV, we come to understand them both really well. There’s not a lot of background given on them, which I would have liked, but it’s a novella, and with all of the other stuff going on, there really wasn’t time to be delving into the past too much. But the author does a great job of showing us their state of mind, and the struggles they are facing, and I really felt for them.
“I just… I don’t know what I’m doing here … I feel like there might be something broken in me.”
And even for a novella, she manages to get serious chemistry and some feels happening, and the romance is gorgeous. It’s sweet but hot with a little bit of banter and lots of tender and intimate moments amidst the drama of their situation.
“What do you want from me?” he asked in a low, hoarse voice.
She swallowed back everything she knew she shouldn’t say or think: a future, a possibility, a life in a town in the United States, a puppy, a hope.
Emmy Curtis has given us a strong start to her Alpha Ops series, and I can’t wait to read more.
I loved it – 4 stars.
Thank you to Emmy for answering our interview questions!
Hope you guys enjoy reading her answers as much as we did! :)
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
I think it’s safe to say that I’m a horrible title thinker-upper! My editor changed all three of my titles. Mind you, I called the first one COMBAT RESCUED HEART, so maybe she has a point.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
I try to pick fairly ordinary names. I always have a problem reading a name I’m not sure how to pronounce; as I’m reading my eyes keep coming back to the name as I try it out different ways in my head. It really takes me out of a book. So on the off-chance that someone else has that same particular affliction, I generally choose names that have an obvious pronunciation!
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, Prozac?)
I have a little fetish *looks around* I positively hoard notebooks and Varsity disposable fountain pens. I would be paralyzed without having them close by. Just in case you’re interested, the fountain pen writes like greased lightning. Once you try fountain, you’ll never go back to ball-points! Other than writing implements, no morning works without CoolBrew iced coffee and no afternoon does without Trader Joes Two Buck Chuck Chardonnay. Or three buck chuck as it is now!
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on-the-fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
I’m an index card girl. I put them on a board and bullet point the scenes, or the action that has to happen. That way, if I get stuck, I can always skip ahead without forgetting what I’m skipping over! I think plots always shift around a little, and can even surprise you as you’re writing. But that’s half the fun of it. Until you realize you have to rewrite the beginning of your book to fit the new plot, that is.
1.) What are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself?
Traveler. Lazy. Watcher.
2.) If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Noooo! Don’t make me pick just one! That’s too cruel. I mean how do you choose between bread and cheese? It’s just inconceivable. Okay, bread.
3.) What is your favorite movie?
Again, you’re bread and cheesing me! My go-to winter movie is the Day after Tomorrow. My favorite romantic comedy is Wimbledon (seriously, if you haven’t seen it, you have to!). My favorite get-your-arse-back-in-your-chair-and-write movie is Midnight in Paris.
4.) Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I shoot competitive trap (clay birds, not real ones!). I have a 12 gauge shotgun and a signed hat on the wall of my local gun range, with the time and date of my first perfect round of 25 out of 25. In other words, don’t mess with me!
This or That?:
Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunset and cocktails, and the promise of what’s to come in the evening.
Coffee or Tea?
Even though I’m British, I’m a coffee-girl. And I’m totally not a snob about it either. I’ll drink instant, hot, cold, ground, beans, even coffee ice cream. I just like the taste!
Hot or Cold?
Cold. Legit excuse for exchange of body heat ;-)
Half-empty or Half-full?
Half empty. But only because it’s easier to get someone to top up your glass if you claim it’s half-empty.
E-book or Print Book?
I prefer print books. My husband has made me two book cases and I love to fill them with books. But there’s nothing like the convenience of deciding that you want to read something and being able to get it without having to change out of your pajamas.