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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 speciality. 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 tryingLondon 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 speciality. 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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City Under Siege Reviews

  • Alex ♈
    2018-12-30 02:14

    5 ‘I was fucking Wonder Woman’ starsGah! My reading jewel of this month!Incredibly well written.Amazing heroine. Strong hero.A perfect mix of action, suspense and romance. Maybe a bit too much romance for the similar story in the real life, but we’re in fiction, so let them make love! *lol*Sarah. Such an interesting and strong heroine. Strong, but tender. Feminine, but sassy. She had her ‘moments’, but the girl had balls! "You need to stop judging people’s strength by their size. When the storm comes, sometimes the fragile flower will still be standing, long after the sturdy tree has fallen."It’s always my pleasure to read about smart women. But give me a smart woman with a backbone and I’ll read your grocery list!"But what you call different, I call unique. I don’t mind being different."I won’t spoil the story *see, I can also write spoil-free reviews*. Sarah’s character could be described with this one line: "…as long as I could stand back up, I could fight."You know the typical romance ‘alpha’? You won’t find this a§§hole here, instead we have a real strong and honorable Man. No man is perfect and this one wasn’t either, but he was a good one. Stoic soldier, a good son of his country, a strong man. "Albert Einstein once said that the world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything."For my readers, who like possessive heroes – ladies, he is your man (but without OTT childish cavemanish tantrums – or, well, yeah, he was still sexy jealous)."I don’t deserve you," he told me. "I have more blood on my hands than you’ll ever know. I’m not good at the romance stuff or talking about how I feel. Shit, there’s going to be times you’ll scream at me in frustration because I don’t know how to do shit like normal people. But I’m never letting you go, buttercup. And until the day comes when they put me in a box in the ground, I’m yours."Loved how he loved her!"My beautiful splash of colour in a sea of grey."The action was on a heavy side, but it made the story real. Some dark moments, mention of violence. Not everything was plausible, maybe some small plot holes. But overall highly enjoyable read!I really hope the fiction of this story would never become a reality.Safe! (view spoiler)[She wasn’t a virgin. He wasn’t a virgin either *lmao*, only little information about his sexual past (meaningless sex, no sleepovers and yada yada), but I wouldn’t call him a manwhore. No OW drama. (hide spoiler)]I have so many amazing friends on GR and unfortunately we’ll very probably never meet in real life *sad*, but with this story you had an opportunity to meet my ‘doppelgänger’ - aka me in 30 years.Nan. My STAR of this book. F*ck my life, woman, you cheeky bitch!"Wine is for when you’re eating out silly girl. In this house, we drink spirits. Now I’ve got vodka or gin?" She (Nan) held up a rather hefty bottle of each."Bit of both?""Darling, welcome to the family," she replied.She was actually very sweet and kind person. It was me making pranks ;-) or not"Young man, I realise that a body like that isn’t a gift from God. I imagine you’ve worked very hard to look like something most women would like to climb. So you can imagine how much regret and remorse I’ll be filled with when I’m forced to rip off your nipples and feed them to you, which is exactly what I’ll do if you don’t move that fine arse and get out of my way!"["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Leonor
    2019-01-10 05:01

    4.5 Buttercup stars..Just by reading the blurb I had feeling that this was going to be a winner for me.That last line "My name is Lieutenant Tom Harper, and I’m about to unleash hell." I knew he was going to be the type of hero that I would fall in love with and let me tell you he did not disappoint. I was loving every second and hour that I spent reading.Loved the heroine, loved Nan, loved the hero and I loved the guys..Anyway that's it.. Check out Alex's Amazing review..

  • Talia (Red Hot Ink)
    2019-01-16 01:13

    5 -- When adrenaline meets romance -- starsRomantic 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.

  • Bev
    2018-12-20 04:22

    So, here's the thing. I wanted to love this, I really did but am rather disappointed. I struggled to get through City Under Siege, in fact it took me 3 days to read whereas I usually inhale a romantic suspense book. I picked it up and set it aside so many times I almost DNF'd it a few times before I got halfway through, it was just that slow and boring. I liked the characters - no issues there, and enjoyed the book more in the second half when things picked up a little however there wasn't enough there to keep my interest and I ended up skimming just to call it done. I also like that there wasn't any ridiculous pushing away on either part, they were both into each other from the get go so no relationship drama.I didn't feel the suspense or the action, it certainly didn't suck me in like Prescott's Hurricane series did.2.75 stars

  • BleuBelle
    2018-12-30 01:01

    So, I can tell, I'm in the minority here. It's unfortunate, I had high hopes for this story and really wanted to love it. But I could tell form the very beginning, that this wasn't for me. I powered through and hoped for a change of my feelings, for something that would change my mind, but it didn't happen.What I loved about the book:I loved that Tom called the Heroine "Buttercup". It was very sweet.I liked that the heroine was a strong woman, not afraid to do the right things.I liked the safety of the book. There was no OW/OM drama at all. There was no cheating. No hurt feelings. No pushing away. No surprise pregnancy. And no separation.What I didn't like so much:The writing style was a little boring for me. After reading the prologue I was waiting for things to happen and I had to wait until the very end for it. It dragged.There were so many inner monologues and dialogues that were too long. There was very little interaction. The Heroine and Hero spent a great deal in their heads. I found it boring. And the overly long passages of one dialogue to another was strange. I just can't see real people speaking in such a way to one another.Another thing that confused me was the prologue. It was written "Three Months Earlier". But that's just false, is it not? This things happened 3 Months later. It didn't make any sense.The Villain and the aunt were a little bit ridiculous. It was over the top, especially the behavior of her aunt. Did she really thing she would live past her actions?Then there came the climax of the story, where the Heroine was strapped to a bomb and thought all was lost. While reading it, it felt anti-climatic. The whole time reading, I just wanted to get to the point and when I finally arrived, it wasn't what I was hoping for. I think the problem was the "telling" of said scene. I felt aloof, wasn't rooting for any character. It was surreal.My main problem was the writing style. It didn't appeal to me at all. So I have to say, it's not you (the book) it's me.

  • Sophie
    2019-01-06 05:13

    5 STARS doesn't do this book any justice. This is a TOP READ of 2018! My goodness it's INCREDIBLE!Full review to come!

  • Clare
    2018-12-20 03:16

    R.J. Prescott has an amazing talent for writing hard hitting stories that start at a slow pace that suddenly pick up speed once you've been introduced to her characters and their background, she then builds a story with a plotline that is as gritty as it is gripping. The writing in this book was just so flawless that I found myself become so easily immersed into what was going down in this story and I was just unable to do anything else or get back to reality until i'd finished it.The story is based around Sarah Tatem young heiress of an international shipping company and Lieutenant Tom Harper leader of Alpha Team A SAS. They are introduced to each other after Sarah discovers shocking activities that her company is involved in and together they try to stop and protect a major disaster from happening by terrorists. They have an amazing chemistry right from the start that smoulders throughout the book until they can't help but act on it. They both have felt darkness and loneliness in their lives until they confide in each other and start to heal the hurt and pain they have both suffered. There are so many edge of your seat moments in this book that it had my pulse racing on numerous occasions and I didn't think that my heart could take the suspense for the last few chapters of the book as it was white knuckle intense until the very end.I found so many amazing heartfelt quotes in this book that really show the very essence of the relationship between Sarah and Tom that I just couldn't not share a few of my favorites."Life's like any other story. It's inevitable that what you remember most is the last chapter you read. But one chapter doesn't define the whole book" " Is that your way of saying time heals all wounds?" " No. I'm saying that time let's you find a way to live with them.""I kissed her, and then I did the hardest thing i've ever had to do. I let her go, so that I could set her free. So that I could save her.""I'd become the monster in the dark that men didn't know to fear. Death would be a welcome relief by the time I was done. I'd spent my life roaming through the various circles of Hell, content to live that way because I didn't know any better. But i'd been shown Heaven in the arms of someone good and pure. To have that light stolen away, to live once again in Hell, robbed of my ignorance and forever lost, would drive any man to insanity. Or in my case, to war."This was an amazing story with so many great characters that I hope we get to meet more of them in future books of this series. They are a great band of brothers with banter and camaraderie that left me laughing out loud and not to forget about Nan who almost stole the show!A brilliant 5 Stars!

  • Laurie
    2018-12-30 03:13

    I think I have a love/hate relationship with City Under Siege. I enjoyed Ms. Prescott’s Hurricane duo, and I freaking adored her last book, The Storm. By the time the ARC for CUS downloaded on my iPad I was beside myself with glee and was practically hopping up and down with joy when I could finally start it. Much to my dismay though, it started out rough.I think my biggest problem was there were some pretty freaking huge plot holes that I had a hard time ignoring. Seriously, the bad guys had to be the stupidest group of people in the world by not figuring out what Sarah and Tom were up to. Every time the pair did something that should have given them away my frustration would mount and I’d put the book down with the end result being it took me 3 days to read this book. Considering I am someone that can read two books a day, that speaks volumes.By the 20% mark, I was struggling. At 30% I even contemplated DNFing but I kept picking it back up because I know what Ms. Prescott is capable of and I wanted her to pull this out of the ditch so bad I could almost taste it. Finally, at 48% I got the emotion and the witty banter I was hoping to find and then I not only was able to connect with Tom and Sarah but also the whole group.Because she was mine and I was hers, and if it took every day for the rest of my life, I’d do everything in my power to make sure she never regretted that.I ended up loving both Sarah and Tom. Sarah found the courage to do the right thing knowing that it would more than likely cost her everything, including her life. Tough choices had to be made at every turn, but she met it all head on. As for Tom, his life had been beyond rough so he learned early on to kill or be killed. He took all the dark he found himself capable of and used it for taking out the bad guys. He was emotionally closed off except for his adopted mother and his team. That is until he saw Sarah. Once he fell for her, he knew he’d burn the world down to keep her safe. Needless to say, this was sexy as hell.I kissed her, and then I did the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I let her go so that I could set her free. So that I could save her.With so much going against them, it seemed impossible that they would weather the storms ahead and survive much less be together at all. Under constant surveillance, they kept each other sane by constantly promising themselves “One day” even knowing that day was unlikely to ever come to fruition. Even though there was a feeling of insta-love from the start, their circumstances made for a long wait for them to finally seal the deal giving this insta-love book a decidedly slow burn feel.I’d experienced him gentle and loving and tender, but that wasn’t what I needed from him just then. I wanted raw and animalistic. I wanted him as out of control as I was, and that was exactly what I got.The good news was that when we finally got to the sexy times, it was so spot on with its heady combination of heat, chemistry, and beautiful emotions, I felt like my iPad was going to self-combust. So good, in fact, I had to share the good parts with Lily and Sparkles which sparked off a somewhat funny but also quite deep conversation about what makes a stellar sex scene work. Expect a blog post on that at some point.As much as I came to love the characters, I still kept finding glaring holes in the plot up until the very end. I found myself in a quandary of how to rate a book that constantly frustrated me but also gave me characters I eventually grew to love, witty banter, and beautifully emotional, hot as hell sex scenes. As confused as I am about how to rate, I do know that I hope to see more from this group of characters, just hopefully without the plot holes.Rating: 3.5 Emotionally Hot StarsI voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  • Donna Wright
    2019-01-07 09:02

    Where do I begin with review. I have been thinking for days, about how exactly to put my feeling for this book into words. This book is powerful at it basics and it completely blew me away. The story was different and that made it really something special. I haven't read a book like this before and definitely not one of this calibre.It's really hard to say to much regarding this story without giving so much away and ruining the fantastic journey that it takes you on. Although the RJ Prescott has stepped into a different direction with this book. Rest assured it has the same feels, the same camaraderie, brotherhood and family as all of her other books.  All the characters hold their own in this story and although again it is a male dominated story, the women by far hold two of the strongest written. This story is tough, hard hitting, contains ugly truths but is full of wit and banter. Which takes you on one hell of a ride and making you at times an emotional wreck.This book is a huge recommend for me, I found it really hard to put this great spellbinding book down and I am so hoping that she continues this series as the cast of characters are just too good to not to have their own voices.

  • Carlabulian
    2019-01-02 07:07

    4,5. Livro excelente, com uma trama de arrepiar, uma história que mistura ação e romance! A personagem principal forte e determinada e o personagem principal inteligente e seguro de si.Muito bom! Vale a leitura.

  • Trish Kitty Taylor***UNBOUND BOOK REVIEWS***
    2019-01-05 08:58

    RJ Prescott has only gone and delivered what I anticipate is to be one of my Top 3 reads of 2018. City Under Siege is THAT good & for me, her best writing to date.From the uniquely exquisite cover, to the blurb that pulled me in with a promise of one hell of a thrilling ride, this book delivered everything I had hotly anticipated and a staggering amount more. For within this gripping page turner of a read I found myself so caught up In the characters ~ both main & secondary, the extraordinary plot that was thick with twists & turns, then finally the overwhelming need for good to win against evil, for love to win against hate.Tom Harper is our lethal SAS weapon. Sarah Tatem is our strong & fierce civilian. Circumstances of the highest threat bring them together & as they work towards a common goal of restoring the balance of right & wrong, they both learn how extraordinary each other is & OMG it was just gorgeous to witness. In each other they see strength & resilience, determination & courage. They see fire & fight, contrary to their pasts. But then (happy sigh) they feel their love & that’s just beautiful. It’s pure & real & fast becomes their beacon of hope, the light in the darkness that leads them towards a future neither thought they wanted, never mind one they thought they could have.An emotional riot from start to finish. The plot had me on edge all the way through, I mean talk about white knuckles lol, I gripped my kindle to breaking point at some scenes. I loved, just bloody loved the character development between Tom & Sarah & just how natural and real their relationship felt. I adored how they grew as individuals but blossomed together so beautifully. This tough hero was human on so many levels & his girl, she was fierce yet scared & I loved her so damn much for it.I can’t wrap up my review without mentioning the rest of Tom’s crew, or Nan. These secondary characters were like an explosion of colour & they made the book even more phenomenal. Their personalities added so many layers to this already outstanding read & I can’t wait to see more of these elite killers with hearts of gold.Bravo for such a sensational read RJP!!

  • Romance Readers Retreat
    2019-01-12 05:22

    I can honestly say hand on heart that I was blown away by this book. I read it all in one go and I simply ignored everything and everyone until I read the very last page.First of all I am not a cover lover because to me it's the story inside that matters, however this cover it's just so different and pretty and draws you right in. Initially I thought it looked like some sort of apocalypse or dystopian story but I couldn't have been further from the truth because it is in fact contemporary filled with alpha men and strong heroine's.Tom is the male lead and is a complete Alpha male both in the bedroom and with the job he does and to me he is the complete package of what I love in a male lead. Sarah is smart, feisty, intelligent and extremely strong willed so again it makes it all work nicely because there is nothing worse than a weak snivelling heroine in a book.The story itself blew me away because it was immersed in originality and I can honestly say I haven't read anything remotely similar at all in the romance genre, I'm not going to go into it because sometimes going in blind is best. It was just so good. The story itself is written in alternative POV's mostly from the 2 main characters Sarah and Tom but we get some chapters from others in the story to give a better insight to the events on each side surrounding them.I only had one little gripe with the book and that was that I wanted more of an Epilogue for Tom and Sarah. Although this didn't have a bearing on my rating at all because I think this deserves all 5 stars and more and I am really hoping we get more from the author on some of Toms team. I urge you to pick up this book now and hope you get as immersed in the story as I did.

  • Andrea
    2019-01-06 06:21

    I liked it but didn't love it, was a bit OTT for me from the storyline to Tom's and Sarah's relationship.

  • Diz Reads 4TLOReading
    2019-01-18 05:57

    This book packed a real punch and feels so relevant in the world we live in today, it feels like an exposé, a behind the scenes divulge into the secret world of national security, MI5 and the armed forces Scene setting with skill and accuracy and characters that had me gripped from the get go ! It was detailed and exquisitely written it was like watching a movie in my head ! With all the suspension and tension in the pages I found it easy to get lost amongst the words and found myself deeply submerged in this tale from the first letter to the last ! It was easy to read, but had me on the edge of my seat, with all the twists and turns that this story took, my heart was in my mouth and my emotions took a battering ! It was as enthralling and thrilling as it was swoon worthy and hot ! Rebecca didn’t disappoint with her Alpha Hero and the Heroine was all we have come to expect ! Head strong and tenacious !!A book like no other I have read lately ! I adored it ! It was Epically Awesome ! And I hope you all get blown away like I did ! I’m hoping there is more from the characters within this book ! Oh my what a read ! 5 ⭐️Donna 4TLOReading

  • DrivenbyBooks
    2019-01-19 02:15

    *5 stars*I've discovered this author when she first started out and I'm so glad I took a chance on her then. This one is different than what I'm used to reading from her but it's a story that will grip you from the start and won't let you go! I loved it from beginning until end; you don't want to miss it! I hope we get some more stories from the new characters in this book :-)Sarah has lost her brother and father and will now be in charge of the company although she really doesn't have any desire to get involved in it. But when she finds out the secrets going behind it, she'll have no choice than to do whatever she's told to do, even risk her own life but she won't go down without a fight. When security comes in, there's one man that will make her heart beat faster and will make her feel safe. After all that's said and done, Tom will do whatever he can in his power to keep Sarah away from harm with everything going down in London. Will he succeed?...

  • Nina
    2018-12-24 03:12

    The one thing you can guarantee with R.J. Prescott is that, she will always give you a swoon worthy hero and an incredibly strong female. Her stories are always emotional and full of real life situations. Sarah Tatem is getting over a family tragedy, when she is visited by an unsavoury character, that turns her whole world upside down. Deciding to seek help, she turns to the government, where she meets the hot and a little bit scary Lieutenant Tom Harper from Alpha Team A SAS. The chemistry between these two is undeniable, but Tom is there to do a job and only sees Sarah as an assignment. But when things start to change between these two, there are plenty of swoon worthy, edge of your seat moments. I completely devoured this book, I just couldn’t put it down, there were times I thought I knew where the story, was going and was completely wrong. The interactions between this couple and some of the side characters, made me laugh and put a smile on my face whilst reading. I’m a big fan of this author and can’t wait to see, what she brings out next.

  • Katy Kitchin
    2019-01-14 09:00

    ‘Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.’ – CS Lewis.Wow. This is an intense, gripping, fast paced romantic suspense that kept me up at night, on the edge of my seat, needing to get to the end so I could know they were okay.Rebecca’s writing is quietly detailed and sexy, despite it being an extremely slow burn, their chemistry is explosive and burns through the book, long before their first kiss. It’s the kind of chemistry that can be portrayed through a single, caressing look, a handshake, the sharp intake of breath, and it’s the kind of chemistry that will leave you breathless. ‘My beautiful splash of colour in a sea of grey.’ The use of jargon was absolute genius on RJ Prescott’s part, I have no idea if it was accurate or not but it was way more knowledgable than me and added a layer of authenticity and realism to what was happening. I can’t imagine how much research must have gone into this!I’m so captivated by these characters, the strength and loyalty between them, and the lengths Tom will go to, to protect the woman he loves? Talk about swoon inducing! This book explores family and love, and the constant fight between good and evil, even going as far as to challenge when the concept of the ‘greater good’ corrupts and destroys more than it saves.‘The truth was, when there was a hundred reasons to let go, she was the only reason I needed to hold on.’ I admire the strength, selflessness, and‘goodness’that Sarah embodies. She’s such a brave character, terrified and grieving, but she battles through and facing these terrifying things anyway and to me that’s true courage. ‘He didn’t steal me away or hide me from the ugly truth of what it was we had to do. He simply made me feel like I was no longer alone. That in the dark, he was there with me.’ Yes this is a romance novel, but it’s also so much more than that. It’s so prevalent to today’s world, and it’s one of those books that makes you really stop and think.RJ Prescott took me on a rollercoaster of emotions, and with everything going on in the world right now, with recent events, this powerful novel had a brutal, unrelenting honesty. Like Tom, it didn’t shy away from the ugly truth.But the love, loyalty and family she explores also healed a small piece of my broken heart and restored a faith in humanity I didn’t realise I’d been lacking recently. I’m so grateful for that and I hope you can be as lucky. ‘To say that the life of a military partner was hard was an understatement of epic proportions. They were mothers and fathers, supports and friends. The silent ranks with no uniforms or stripes. They weren’t saluted or promoted or lauded or praised. They were the quiet strength. The lighthouses in the darkest of storms, guiding their soldiers home.’

  • Nic *The Wandering Bookaholic* Spears
    2018-12-22 03:10

    Ever since reading this book I have found it incredibly difficult to put in to words how it’s made me feel, and just how much it has meant to me. What RJ has delivered is a unique, profound, hard-hitting story that is so prevalent to today’s world, that it makes you stop and think. It makes you hug your loved ones a little harder and makes you appreciate what you have and the reasons why. Her attention to detail and research shows throughout and gave more depth to the realism and authenticity of the books content. You can tell how much love, and tears went in to writing it.Sarah and Tom were brought together in the most horrendous of circumstances, but what ensued was a beautiful slow burn of romance. One that you really hoped would work out. Sarah was one hell of a strong and brave person. I admired the way she pulled up her ‘Wonder Woman’ knickers and cracked on with what had to be done, even when she was grieving. It showed what type of person she was and how courageous she was with what was happening. Tom and his band of brothers were exactly how I know soldiers to be. The piss taking jokesters one minute but regimental and focused when needed. I couldn’t have loved them more if I tried. The strength and loyalty between them, and the lengths Tom would go to, to protect Sarah...was beyond everything. He was “the weapon” that would keep Sarah alive, no matter what!! What I loved the most was that even though there was romance, Becks concentrated more on the story surrounding it and the message written within.RJ has delivered one hell of a book. A book that has far exceeded any expectations I could’ve had. She delivers the ‘ugly truth’ of what is going on in our world right now. The unrelenting brutality and the lengths people go to, to cause chaos and destruction and panic. But she also shows us the love and the hope that is still there. The soldiers that are there, on the front line protecting us and fighting to take these people down...and their families that are left at home. Waiting....and she hit the nail on the head with that perfectly!!!“To say that the life of a military partner was hard was an understood epic fucking proportions. They were mothers and fathers, supporters and friends. The silent ranks with no uniforms or stripes. They weren’t saluted or promoted or lauded or praised. They were the quiet strength. The lighthouses in the darkest of storms, guiding their soldiers home.”I applaud you, for this book Becks. I really do. From the seriousness to the dark humour. You’ve got it so spot on.You made me cry and you made me laugh. And I want to do it all over again. Thank you. Thank you for writing this book. And thank you for giving us ‘loved ones’ a voice.Please. Please carry on writing this series. These boys deserve to have their own books.

  • Mari
    2019-01-04 03:56

    4.5 - 5 starsI was captivated and engrossed from the first page in this action packed story with romance and suspense. It was like a movie unfolding and the plot was solid. I've enjoyed the authors past works so I'm excited to dive in. I do not some parts can be gruesome not graphic but still the imagery might be hard to some. I liked Sarah a lot she is strong and fiery yet vulnerable, her life changed in a huge way and the punches keep rolling but she did her best to keep up a brave face even scared. Tom was lethal and stoic but Sarah made him lighter and smile although it's crossing lines the attraction can't be denied. They had sparks at first meeting but it's not the right time as things are happening full speed.Sarah is not some heroine that will lie back do nothing she can roll with them and keep herself. Her wit and cleverness is very much refreshing. The push and pull with her and Tom while danger lurks adds to the tension and slow simmer. Regardless of crossing lines and everything at stake they find solace and peace in each other. The romance adds to the overall story and I rooted for Tom qnd Sarah. That foreboding feeling is till the last moment was done well. I was in suspense and wanted to know how it's going to end. The action felt real and the play by play made sense. The humor injected in the more serious moments made it lighter. Only thing, the ending wrapped up fast after the resolution and I wanted more Tom and Sarah's but it all tied up in the end nicely. I really liked the secondary characters like the SAS team members and Nan of course. The team members need their own stories they are huge fun and entertaining. I have to say the plot has as a realistic feel in nod to recent or past events that affected many. The setting and the little things made it more compelling and it was dynamic all throughout. I enjoyed it a lot and it was terrific storytelling, RJ Prescott delivered a fast paced exciting read. *** ARC provided for an honest review ***

  • Patricia Wonderland
    2019-01-04 02:07

    5 KALEIDOSCOPIC STARS REVIEW ***Just f***ing brilliant!!! Congratulations Rebecca Prescott !---> A story worthy of an awesome movie, full of suspens, and actions, and twists, and friendship, and lust and love... ---> Smart, powerful, addictive, intense, a bit funny and sexy too... Brilliant !Tom, the perfect warrior, the weapon of the SAS has a past, a personality, a depth, a brain and a heart. He's known for his muscles and bravery but the author didn't limited him to that, he's full of surprises. Plus he's an alpha male but he can be tender and thoughtful, so yummy!!! Sarah , the rich heiress has strength and a smart mouth that made me totally in awe of her. A real wonder woman! She's as brave as any soldier of the SAS. She never shows her fears to the Villains of the story. And yet she's kind and really cares about other human being. She has a big heart but like superheroes she fights bravely.I loved the chemistry between them, slowly rising and becoming a strong force to them both. She's not only light for him, she's full of colors. They become the life of each other, the love of a lifetime, their everything.The story is complex but easy to understand. The plot works so well. With realistic details that make us picture the scenes. There's no dull moments. We feel the fear, the anger, the sadness each time London is hurt. It's even painful because it reminds us events we watched at tv, real events.RJ Prescott also pays tribute to the unknown heroes : family and friends of soldiers. The ones behind who live silently in fear.Politics, SAS, training, terrorism, soldier's families... The author knows a lot of things! Bravo Madame!For those who love the Driscoll boys (The Hurricane series), don't worry, the author comes back here with a bunch of loyal, funny and protective guys. And Nan could be good friend with Danny ;-)THANK YOU Rebecca Prescott for the ARC

  • Jo-The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
    2018-12-30 05:57

    This one took me a few chapters to get into, but once I did I was hooked. "City Under Siege" was everything that it promised to be; exciting, passionate and gripping until the very last page. If you love the sound of a romance with a gorgeous SAS hero, this is one to add to your TBR's. "The truth was, when there were a hundred reasons to let go, she was the only reason I needed to hold on." This thrilling novel sees the story of Sarah and Tom. Tom, an extremely hot military man was assigned to protect Sarah after she found herself in the middle of a terrorist plot. As you can imagine, everything that happened from the moment they met was either sexy and swoony or filled with edge-of-your-seat drama as the couple fall in love in the middle of an action packed plot. You can see why it was a page turner."She was crazy and chaotic and colourful, and she lit up the room like a fucking lightbulb. She was a beacon of hope for a guy like me." I absolutely loved Sarah and Tom together. They made a steamy couple with heaps of sexual chemistry between them. Tom turned into a delicious alpha and became so protective of Sarah. He stopped at nothing to keep her save and I found the way that he cherished Sarah to be so attractive. I also enjoyed Tom's relationship with his colleagues. They shared a lot of entertaining banter and I would be more than happy to read other books from Tom's friends. "So, I guess I'm stuck with you now then, huh?""Suck it up, buttercup. You're stuck with me forever." "City Under Siege" was another fantastic read from R.J. Prescott.

  • AnnGoubert (Driven by Books)
    2019-01-15 05:17

    I've discovered this author when she first started out and I'm so glad I took a chance on her then. This one is different than what I'm used from her but it is a story that will grip you for the start and won't let go! I loved it from beginning until end! I hope we get some more stories from the new characters in this book :-) *5 stars*Sarah has just lost her brother and father and will be in charge of the company they left behind although she really doesn't have any desire to get involved in it. But when finds out the secrets going behind it, she'll have no choice than to do whatever she's told to do, even risk her own life although she won't go down without a fight. When security comes in, there's one man that will make her heart beat faster and will make her feel safe. After all that's said and done, Tom will do whatever he can in his power to keep Sarah away from harm with everything going down in London. Will he succeed?...

  • Susan Trewick
    2018-12-29 02:16

    Wow, just wow, this book has totally blown me away! I loved this authors previous series, I think I’ve read it about a million times, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, it doesn’t disappoint. This book sucks you in from the first line and literally spits you out at the end, it starts off with a bang and continues on at an even faster pace. I was literally hanging on the edge of my seat while reading this, the twists and turns leave you breathless and wondering what will happen next. I absolutely adored Sarah, she is literally thrown in at the deep end and although she is scared, she does the right thing which leads her to meet Tom. I loved that we get to see a tough, career soldier who doesn’t do attachments get brought to his knees when he meets Sarah, the chemistry between them literally sizzles the pages! This book left me with a huge book hangover that had me thinking about it long after I finished reading it. This is my favourite book I’ve read this year, I hope we get more books in this series. I truly wish I could give it more than 5*.*** reviewed for sweet & spicy reads-ARC provided for honest review ***

  • Georgie
    2019-01-18 03:26

    RJ Prescott's Hurricane Series was fucking awesome! I really liked it! (In case you couldn't tell lol ) So City Under Siege literally had my name all over it!Oh and it was so so so worth it! Worth every single second I had to wait till I could get my grabby little hands on it!!Written flawlessly this one was like Pandora's box for me! Once I started I never saw it coming. This book was phenomenal! If you could fill a book seamlessly with everything, twists, turns, edge of your seat 'what the fuck is going to happen next' drama plus some off the charts sexual tension and romance thrown in then this is your book!!RJ Prescott wrote the fuck out of this book and we are all the better for it!I loved it!!!!

  • Wynne Katherine
    2018-12-23 03:15

    Sorry, I shall be putting this one on pause. The beginning kind of drags and it was just eh. Not a bad story though, it was good, just probably not what I needed right now. I shall come back to this one soon.

  • Dirty South Books
    2019-01-12 03:04

    WOW! City Under Siege is one of my Best 2018 reads. The most incredible story! All the amazing feels rolled in to amazing-ness!

  • Danielle R (Spellbound Stories)
    2018-12-19 04:08

    There is nothing quite like the first book by a new author in my opinion. There’s a little angst in wondering if you’ll find a new favorite. Alternatively, you might find something that puts you off the book or author completely. For me, I go into new author’s with slightly lower standards then I hold for those that I have read previously. (Usually anyway) Although, I might have started reading City Under Siege in much the same way one would find themselves in a blind date situation, slightly anxious about what might be. My anxiety quickly waned, and I found myself enjoying R.J. Prescott’s storytelling abilities. City Under Siege is a romantic suspense that’s heavy on the action side of things. Not in a bad way though. I found that just as in any other romance subgenre, romantic suspense usually is either a little darker or more action packed then the alternatives. Though City Under Siege contained a small amount of darker content, I would say this is very well categorized under suspense. Prescott’s writing is extremely entertaining. The hero and heroine are very well matched in City Under Siege. Her heroine, Sarah, was written to be extremely strong. Of Sarah, Prescott wrote “…as long as I could stand up, I could fight.” This really resonated with me and spoke strongly to the type of heroine Prescott deemed capable of conquering the proverbial dragon’s in City Under Siege. Sarah was knocked down repeatedly in her life, but she kept coming back swinging. I loved that about her. Also, Sarah is sassy, smart and has a backbone! She’s that woman we look for in a romance that is normal therefore relatable. As for Tom, he is a rarity right now in romance books. He’s got a bit of alpha in him…but it’s just a bit. Or I guess you could say he is an alpha male without all the drama that categorize most alphas males are right now in romance. You know, the ones that offer more drama then an episode of Beverly Hills 90210? Instead, readers will enjoy reading about his gentlemanly ways. I loved that Prescott wrote a stoic soldier as the hero of this story. To me, the appearance of his jealousy streak was highly entertaining – although I wouldn’t think so IRL – I did appreciate it in tempered with his gentleman side. I also loved how he loved Sarah. I think the most telling comments from Tom to Sarah are:"…I don’t deserve you… I have more blood on my hands than you’ll ever know. I’m not good at the romance stuff or talking about how I feel. Shit, there’s going to be times you’ll scream at me in frustration because I don’t know how to do shit like normal people. But I’m never letting you go, buttercup. And until the day comes when they put me in a box in the ground, I’m yours." Before I move away from the characters in City Under Siege, I would be doing review readers a serious disservice if I forgot to mention Nan! I truly loved what she brought to the story. Her character offered levity to the story while her personality suggested everyone’s favorite elder female. Other aspects of the story were important as well. Although I struggled with the pace of the story initially, it did pick up and keep me entertained. There was a sense of danger that combined with the action gave me an adrenaline rush after I pushed past my earlier concern for the story’s pace. Another aspect of this story that I thoroughly enjoyed was the slow burn that let to an intense inferno between Sarah and Tom. I thought my kindle might combust at one point. Prescott writes “…I wanted raw and animalistic. I wanted him as out of control as I was, and that was exactly what I got.”So, with all that said, you’re probably wondering why I didn’t offer this review as a five-star read. Well, there were a few areas that I thought could have been done differently to make it more my speed. The first being the romance side of things. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely still a romantic suspense as I mentioned previously, but the relationship between Sarah and Tom took second place to the action in this story. Now, playing devils advocate on this front, I will say that if this had been IRL we would have seen remarkedly less romance…less sexy times. But as a work of fiction, most of us prefer that we find ‘more’ for our heroes and heroines. For example, I would have liked to see a final scene with Sarah and Tom making love since it was finally ‘one day’. Also, there were plot holes. I won’t spoil the story by naming them, but I will say that I found a few. I waited until the end of the story to see if they would right themselves, but with the extremely brief epilogue, those things remained at the end of the story. The epilogue was also an area that I felt fell short. Prescott had offered a deeper look at Sarah and Tom’s one day or something. This is an area that I will have to remain vague on or ruin the story for you. I planned to give R.J. Prescott’s City Under Siege 4 stars but with the residual plot holes, I feel like for me, the story was more of a 3.5. That’s splitting hairs, but it is what it is, you know? Regardless, as I mentioned at the start of my review, I try to hold books by new to me authors by lower standards than I would hold an author that I had read previously. This also should read something to the affect that I am a harsh critic because I read far, FAR more than the average person…

  • Myreadulterylife
    2018-12-28 06:18

    RJ Prescott has delivered, yet again. This book is different to her previous books but still worth a read. RJ Prescott does not show away from the ugly truth off today’s society. This story will make you question if given the choice, could you make a decision that would save millions of lives but may get you killed? How can one civilian help millions? We meet Sarah, having just inherited her families shipping business and finding out they everything is not what they seem. Knowing that she is out of her comfort zone, she turns to the British government and the finest SAS Soldiers for help.Lieutenant Tom Harper, is the leader off Team A, assigned to MI5 and now Sarah’s personal bodyguard. Without giving too much away in the story line, Tom and Sarah battle to save millions of lives while falling in love. Sarah is portrayed as a strong and brave person, able to make decisions that could very well get her killed. Tom is your typical regimental and focused character, who wants to get the job done but not at the expense of his love. ‘He didn’t steal me away or hide me from the ugly truth of what it was we had to do. He simply made me feel like I was no longer alone. That in the dark, he was there with me.’Prescott’s writing was detailed and sexy, with a slow burn element making the story build for the explosive finale. The chemistry between Sarah and Tom was not your full-on relationship, it had the believable evolution from a simple caressing touch, a sharp intake of breath and the afterglow off long awaited love making. The chemistry will leave breathless and rooting for the main characters. I loved that this book explores the family dynamics of both a military family and the brotherhood between the soldiers. The detail and obvious research is reflected in the realistic story line.‘To say that the life of a military partner was hard was an understatement of epic proportions. They were mothers and fathers, supports and friends. The silent ranks with no uniforms or stripes. They weren’t saluted or promoted or lauded or praised. They were the quiet strength. The lighthouses in the darkest of storms, guiding their soldiers home.’If your looking for a book that is different from your typical romance book, a book that grip you and take you on a roller-coaster, get this book.***** 5 Stars

  • Mikki _At_A Bookish Escape
    2019-01-03 03:56

    I’m a big fan of R.J. Prescott’s Hurricane series. Those characters have stolen a piece of my heart and her writing style always captivates me from beginning to end! I was really excited to be introduced to an entirely new cast of characters and story. City Under Siege is an intense and passionate reading journey that kept me turning the pages until the very end. Since the death of her father and brother, Sarah Tatem’s life has been a mess. She has been thrown into a world she does not belong to. The family business is creating chaos in her life and her aunt is putting non-stop pressure on her. Her life is put in danger when secrets are revealed about her family. Enter Lieutenant Tom Harper. His job his to protect her from any danger that surrounds her. What he did not expect? Falling hard for her. She’s like a soothing balm to his broken soul. I really loved the slow burning romance between Sarah and Tom. Their chemistry was instant, but their love bloomed in the most beautiful way and caught them both by surprise. R.J. Prescott always makes us feel like we are another character in the story and not just a reader. I was at the edge of my seat many times during this reading escape. Tom was a fantastic hero and I loved how he deeply fell in love with Sarah. I was cheering for their HEA from the very beginning. I loved how Sarah pushed his buttons and made him step out of his comfort zone, which was letting someone in to love him. I’m completely in love with Eli, Will and Crash an Nan. They all contributed to this story in a fantastic way and they brought a smile to my face. R.J. Prescott is an amazing author that writes stories that linger with you for a long time. If you have not read anything by this author, you are seriously missing out! I give, City Under Siege, by R.J. Prescott, 4.5 fierce, passionate, intriguing, heart-pumping stars!

  • Claire Cronin
    2019-01-16 02:07

    OMG what a phenomenal read!! I was gripped from start to finish with this, very unique in its telling, full of drama and suspense with characters that blew me away. I haven't got round to reading The Hurricane series yet, but believe you me I will definitely go back for these after reading this fabulous book!!Sarah Tatem is a young heiress of a shipping company, having recently lost her dad and brother is having to be seen to lead the company as the last living Tatem, but its not what she wants to do. She learns her company is involved in some dodgy dealings and turns to MI5 for help. Tom Harper is the leader of the crack SAS team and is assigned to help with Sarah's problems.Tom is so very alpha in everything he does, with his commanding presence and is ruthlessly handsome. He has had a bad past and turned to the military for stability and has never been in a relationship. But there is undeniable chemistry between him and Sarah and the more time he spends with her the more evident it becomes. Sarah is drawn to this brutally handsome man, rather than feeling afraid. She finds safety and shelter in his presence, but his predatory ways have her thoughts become more erotic!The story is tough, hard hitting and gritty, dealing with the problems we face in this world of ours today. An emotional roller coaster, it was beautiful to watch Tom and Sarah's relationship blossom, and later on you could literally feel the heat coming off the pages from them!! The plot is full of twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat. The secondary characters made the story that more realistic, with the camaraderie and loyalty of his fellow SAS team members, to the fiesty no-nonsense taking Nan, to the pure evil and nasty 'villains' in the storyline. An utterly compelling read from start to finish, a massively worthy 5 star read you won't want to miss!!