Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Melissa Cutler's Tempted Into Danger (Guest Post/Giveaway)

I would like to give a warm welcome to romantic suspense author, Melissa Cutler, joining us with her ICE Black Ops series and book, Tempted Into Danger!

"Why ICE?" with Melissa Cutler

Melissa Cutler here, and I'm so excited to be on Reading Between the Wines talking about my latest action-adventure romance, TEMPTED INTO DANGER. TEMPTED stars ICE black ops agent Diego and a "mathlete" super smart heroine named Vanessa. One of the questions I get asked a lot is "Why ICE?"

ICE stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and operates under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security. When I first learned about ICE, I was intrigued by the international nature of the department. They have attaché offices all over the world and protect our freedom and borders by tracking international criminals, weapons smugglers, human traffickers, art and artifact thieves, and drug cartels, and money launderers. That's pretty badass, am I right?

We civilians will never know if ICE really has a secret black ops team, but if they do (and I bet they do), I like to believe they'd be as smart, courageous and lethal as Diego and his crew are. Oh, and just as smokin' hot, too.

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.


Tempted into Danger is in stores now:

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?

My thanks to Reading Between the Wines 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.

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.

To one lucky commenter, Melissa is giving away a copy (print or digital) of her backlist title, SEDUCTION UNDER FIRE, which is another of her ICE books and a prequel to TEMPTED. I already shared my most frequently asked question about ICE, but what else would you like to know? I'm ready to answer all your burning questions! Please fill out the rafflecopter after you have commented. Good luck! (Open Internationally, please see terms & conditions at the bottom of the Rafflecopter. )

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  1. Sounds like a great book! Will look for it!

  2. Dear Crystal and everyone at Reading Between the Wines,

    Thank you for hosting me today! I'm thrilled for the opportunity to chat with Reading Between the Wines readers about my new book.

    Thanks again,


  3. Summertime means it's time to get my romantic suspense fix. I always scour the blogosphere looking for "new 2 me" authors. Yay! I found one.

  4. May and Sebella, you guys are going to LOVE the book... You're also going to love Melissa. She's pretty cool, if I do say so myself.

    I don't have any burning questions for you Melissa. I think I've already got them answered. I'm just patiently waiting for January.

    Just wanted to stop by and say hi!!!

  5. *waving to May, Sebella, and Kim*

    Thanks for stopping by to say "hi", Kim. I can't WAIT until I can share Ryan's story with you in January. *bites nails* *looks at calendar for the billionth time*

  6. Alright I gotta ask this. Read and loved Seduction Under Fire.. Loved that the heroine kept getting them out of situations.. Sooo in Tempted in Danger - yes Diego Santero is a ALPHA to n-th degree but poor Aaron kinda got his man card handed to him a few times by Diego. Was that your intention to make Aaron look bad? Take this with a grain of salt - I just felt bad for ole Aaron in Tempted :) But I loved the book - nothing better than seeing a macho man brought to his knees by the love bug :)

  7. I love the title. Makes me want to be tempted as well.
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  8. Hi Cindy,

    Thanks for the question and thanks for reading my books! Your perspective on Aaron gettnig his man carded handed to him made me chuckle. For what it's worth, I think Diego gets his man card handed to him a few times in TEMPTED by Vanessa. Does "I don't care how many guns and knives you have stashed in your cargo pants, soldier. You can't scare me" ring a bell? I love writing strong heroines who keep up with their men, and sometimes best them. And, yes, sometimes my heroes delight in besting each other. Just remember, it was Aaron who socked Diego in the jaw during SEDUCTION UNDER FIRE, handing him his man card in one particular scene, so I think they're pretty evenly matched. :)

    Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  9. Love the cover. Cant wait to read the book!

  10. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  11. Well, hello Melissa! So glad to "meet" you on this blog. I love the combination of romance and action or really gets the blood pumping. Congrats on your ICE series and your new book. Hope to hear more about you.

  12. I was unaware of ICE before, so there you go. I always enjoy romantic suspense.

  13. Tempted Into Danger sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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