First Line Friday — Under Fire

24 Feb

Happy Friday! Today on First Line Friday I am featuring Under Fire by must-read author Lynn H. Blackburn. The 3rd book in her Defend And Protect series promises to be a page turner. I can’t wait to get started, hopefully this weekend. It doesn’t release until March 7, 2023, but you can preorder HERE.

Here’s the first line:

US Secret Service Agent Tessa Reed was no stranger to hangovers.

USSS Special Agent Zane Thacker has landed his dream assignment protecting the president of the United States. When the president plans a fundraiser at the exclusive estate of a political supporter in Raleigh, Zane is thrilled to be working again with Special Agent Tessa Reed, his best friend–and the woman he desperately wishes could be more.

Though Tessa almost lost everything, she battled her demons and came out on the other side healthy and healed. But when her role as the liaison between the Raleigh office and the president’s protective detail wrenches her past back into the present, her greatest failure threatens to come to light. 

Zane refuses to let Tessa go through this alone. But can he stand by the woman he loves and protect the president from a mounting threat at the same time?

Sparks fly as award-winning romantic suspense writer Lynn H. Blackburn closes out her Defend and Protect series with this explosive tale of secrets kept, lies exposed, and relationships restored.

Lynn H. Blackburn loves writing romantic suspense because her childhood fantasy was to become a spy, but her grown-up reality is that she’s a huge chicken and would have been caught on her first mission. She prefers to live vicariously through her characters and loves putting them into all kinds of terrifying situations while she’s sitting at home safe and sound in her pajamas!

Lynn’s titles have won the Carol Award, the Selah Award, and the Faith, Hope, and Love Reader’s Choice Award.

She is a frequent conference speaker and has taught writers all over the country. Lynn lives in South Carolina with her true love and their three children. You can follow her real life happily ever after by signing up for her newsletter at and @LynnHBlackburn on Bookbub, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

4 Responses to “First Line Friday — Under Fire”

  1. Cindy Davis February 24, 2023 at 8:26 am #

    I am still waiting on my copy to arrive! I hope you enjoy it. Have a good weekend!

  2. Paula Shreckhise February 24, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

    Finished Under Fire in record time!
    My first line comes from The Maid of Ballymacool by Jennifer Deibel:
    County Donegal, Ireland September 1935
    The slap had hit its mark, leaving a burning outline Brianna was certain showed perfectly on her cheek.

  3. Nicole Santana February 25, 2023 at 10:58 pm #

    I’m currently reading Brooke by Ronie Kendig. It’s intense.
    “Holy fires, it hurt to breathe. She wanted to slow down but knew she couldn’t.”
    I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  4. Danielle Grandinetti February 26, 2023 at 9:46 am #

    I can’t wait to read this one! I’m just beginning Kidnapped in Texas by Virginia Vaughan. The first line is: “Abby Mitchell crossed the street to drop a letter into the mailbox.” Hope you have a great week!

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