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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"Tempted Into Danger" by Melissa Cutler (Guest Post/Excerpt)

Melissa Cutler here and I'm thrilled to be visiting Book Lovin' Mamas today to talk about my latest action adventure release, TEMPTED INTO DANGER. I had a great time writing this book, in part because of the sizzling sexual tension between black ops commando Diego Santero and math whiz Vanessa Crosby, but also because I loved the setting of Panama.

Panama is a vibrant crossroads of culture, commerce, and history set amid a lush tropical jungle. The official currency is the US dollar and the official language is English, yet all the roads are measured in kilometers and there are pockets of indigenous people who refuse to participate in the modern world. US senator John McCain was born in the canal zone, which only recently ceased to become official US soil, and in a matter of hours, you can drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea—or you could always take a boat from one side to the other along the storied Panama Canal. Or, like Diego and Vanessa, you could always see the sites from a helicopter. I'm not going to say their helicopter ride in the book is slow and scenic—this is a romantic suspense, after all—but they certainly get a birds-eye view of this amazing place.

Here's a scene to Tempt you:
“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.


From the back cover of TEMPTED INTO DANGER:

When 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?

Tempted into Danger is in stores now:

You can read Anna's 5 Moon Review HERE

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.

My thanks to Book Lovin' Mamas for hosting me today. I love hearing from readers and am really easy to find at, on Facebook ( ), and Twitter (@m_cutler). And you can always email me at or sign up for my newsletter ( ) to find out about my latest books and upcoming events.


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