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Deputy Marshal Garrett McKendrick is sexy as hell...but totally off limits. He's there strictly to keep Samantha Hutchinson safe. She has given up her whole life to tell the truth about a vicious murder. But does she also have to give up on love?

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Deputy Marshal Garrett McKendrick does not get involved with witnesses he's tasked to protect. Especially when his boss has a very personal reason for keeping Samantha Hutchinson alive. Can you say off limits?

But as Garrett battles to keep Sam safe from the powerful and influential people out to silence her—permanently—he finds she's strong, feisty, and willing to risk everything to tell the truth. And totally irresistible.

Losing everything you know and love might just be worth it to meet an amazing man like Garrett. But when Sam learns he has been keeping secrets from her—big ones—she’s convinced his affectionate words were all for the sake of the job. She sends him packing. But can her new protective detail be trusted? The last team betrayed her to the enemy...

Garrett isn’t about to take any chances. Not with the woman who has stolen his heart.

Each title in the Love Under Fire series is STANDALONE:
*Witness in the Dark
*Wanted for Life
*Watched From a Distance


“What a great book this is. I loved every intense moment. It's truly a page turner.” – Lori Z., Goodreads

“This book was a page turning romance and I kept reading to see how they'd reach their HEA, especially when it seemed so impossible for them to reach it! Their romance was one of passion and they had great chemistry from the start.” – Windy F., NetGalley

“I loved this book. Romance, suspense, action keeps you glued to the book. I will be looking for more books by this author.” – Katrina A., NetGalley

“Wow I really enjoyed this book and it not only tugged at the heart but had lots of action entwined. The way the book was written really drew me in and at one event had me in tears. Garrett and Sam had the perfect love story. I will definitely read more by this author as she had a way with making you feel invested in the whole story.” – Julene B., NetGalley

“This story is beautiful and captivating from the very first page till the last page. It has plenty of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seats. Really well written and great characters that you can get sucked into there story. Allison B. Hanson really deserves the 5 stars I’ve given this book as it was amazing from the first word till the very last one and many me fell like I was with them the whole way through there story. Would recommend!” –Melinda S., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633483
Series: Love Under Fire, Book 1
Release Date: Nov 27, 2017
Page Count: 376
Imprint: amara next
Genre: military/men in uniform, mystery & suspense
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forbidden love/off limits

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By Ayekah October 31, 2017

What a great book this is. I loved every intense moment. It's truly a page turner.
We meet Sam early on, who while on break in the alley behind her part time job; reading a I'm dumping you text from her boyfriend witnesses a murder. Determined to do the right thing, she decides to proceed with telli ...more

By Elaine December 03, 2017

This is, quite simply, brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed this action packed suspense from start to finish and have no hesitation in highly recommending it.

After inadvertently witnessing a young woman being callously murdered, Samantha Hutchinson realises that a prominent politician is the perpetrator ...more

By Elizabeth July 18, 2018

Garrett, Deputy Marshal, is used to protecting witnesses, it is his job after all, and he's always kept it professional, having no problem doing so, until meeting his next assignment, Samantha. This time, however, his boss seems to have a vested interest in ensuring Sam survives.

Sam, while on break, ...more

By Sofia November 19, 2017

4.5 stars

Witness in the Dark is the first book in a brand new series by Allison B. Hanson. I will take a guess and say that the series will be about the members of the Team Phoenix. It would be a shame if it's not. The members of this team seemed like good people. Witness in the dark is a good begin ...more

By Coral October 28, 2017

Witnessing a horrible murder in front of her, Sam is now in hiding as the murderer now uses his position in power to silence her. Garrett tasked with protecting Sam as they are being pursued by assassins, finds it hard to ignore the growing attraction between them.

The plot is pretty much self-explan ...more

By Bec July 08, 2018

Deputy Marshal Garrett McKendrick is exceptional at his job and has never gotten involved with a witness. However, there's something about Samantha 'Sam' Hutchinson that he can't seem to resist. But when she discovers the truth of what he's hiding, will he be able to convince Sam that he was keeping ...more

By Heather December 20, 2017

Definitely not what I expected!!!

Loved Sam's character; all she wanted to do was the right thing and it was costing her everything. She was witness to a murder, one committed by a high ranking politician who will do anything to keep her quiet no matter what the cost. His reach goes farther than expe ...more

By Cathy November 27, 2017

Witness in the Dark by Allison B. Hanson
Love Under Fire #1

What would you do if you were the only eyewitness to a murder? Would you call the police? Would you be willing to testify? Would doing so be worth risking your life? Would you be willing to turn your back on everything and everyone to do what ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review December 02, 2017

Witness in the Dark by Allison B. Hanson is the First Book in the new Series called "Love Under Fire". This is the story of Garrett McKendrick and Samantha Hutchinson.
Sam was a witness to a murder where powerful man is to blame. Instead of acting like nothing happened Sam moves forward to testify.. ...more

By Stephanie December 27, 2017

This was a great read. This is most definitely a suspense romance with a lot of twists.
Samantha is trying to have a normal day at work. However, after her boyfriend breaks up with her, witnessing a murder, and being betrayed over and over again she is reaching her breaking point. So the only way to ...more

By Kim October 23, 2017

Witness in the Dark, is full of suspense and steamy romance. Sam is a kick-ass woman. Started out she doesn't want to be a burden, but then she really takes to the one on one hand to hand combat and shooting training. Good thing too, it comes in handy more than once. My favorite scene was also the m ...more

By Melinda October 29, 2017

Wow, what a great story. I really enjoyed this book. Witness in the Dark, has a little of everything humor, suspense, and sexy romance. Sam and Garrett had amazing chemistry. This is the first book I read by Allison Hanson but won't be my last. This story keep me intrigued from the beginning to the ...more

By Amanda November 21, 2017

A hot steamy book full of suspense and a fantastic storyline, some humour thrown in and steamy chemistry between the main characters! I looking forward to reading more books by this author! ...more

By Cynthia January 16, 2018

I was in a facebook group that hosted this author. I throw my name in the hat for a signed book at the same time the host asked me if I would be interested in reviewing it. YES YES of course I would it sounded like a wonderful read by a new author I had never hear of. I got the ecopy and shortly sta ...more

By Yvonne November 12, 2017

This is the first book I read by this talented author, and it definitely will not be the last. I absolutely loved it.
Samantha (Sam) Hutchinson is taking a break behind the pizza restaurant she works at, so she can read a text from her boyfriend, soon to be ex. She hears a cry and ends up witnessing ...more

By patrick December 19, 2017

This story begins with Samantha Hutchinson witnessing a crime and after reporting it and ending up in the hospital people still not believing her. Everything begins to change for her when U.S. Marshall Garrett McKendrick arrives and he is the first part of her detail to protect her. She realizes her ...more

By J November 14, 2017

I REALLY enjoyed this book. It had the perfect mix of what I look for in a romantic suspense book. Plenty of action perfectly balanced with some down time to get to know the characters. I enjoyed getting to know them and their back stories. I loved that the heroine stood up for what she believed in ...more

By Miriam December 03, 2017

This a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

What a wild ride as Samantha has to run for her life when she witnesses a murder. When the police don't believe her when she names the killer, and then has men shooting at her, Garrett helps her escape but what she doesn't know is that he has a huge secret ...more

By Jennifer November 04, 2017

Sam is in the unenviable position of having been dumped her boyfriend (over the phone no less) when she witnesses a murder.  While she is shocked initially she soon realizes that the murderer is a well-connected politician and soon she is running for her life when her identity is leaked.  Garrett is ...more

By Eva November 27, 2017

when samantha hutchinson finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time in witness in the dark, she doesn't expect her honesty to put her life in danger. but doing the right thing puts her in the crosshairs of some powerful people who have no scruples when it comes to silencing her permanently. ...more

By Dawn November 06, 2017

I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, so here goes:

This book starts with a bang and then never slows down. It is packed full of action and kept me riveted from the first page until the last. Sam is a strong, independent heroine, and Garrett is her perfect match. Both char ...more

By Linda October 22, 2017

Wow! One of the best books I've read in awhile! I wish I could give it more than five stars!!!! I loved the characters, from Sam with her sudden problems that made me care about her, to Garrett, the sexy marshal who, despite pulling a gun on her, is all that stands between her and certain death. Add ...more

By Bette November 24, 2017

Fantastic book that is high energy with tons of action, suspense, a bit of humor, and romance. Great characters that are well developed, a nice pace to the story, and great writing made this a very enjoyable read.

Samantha Hutchinson was definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time and now she's r ...more

By Amanda February 20, 2018

Short review. First book by author Allison B. Hanson that I have read but not my last. When Sam accidentally witness a murder her life is forever change, now she's endanger and having to run for life. Luckily for her she's not alone she has Deputy Marshall Garrett helping her and determine to help h ...more

By Mags November 21, 2017

**I was kindly provided with an ARC by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review**

This was an enjoyable story. That had a good mix of suspense, action and romance. And it certainly drew me in from the start. Plus it had a couple of twists and the characters were likable, especially Sam. ...more

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Allison B. Hanson

About the author

Allison B. Hanson

One very early morning, Allison B. Hanson woke up with a conversation going on in her head. It wasn’t so much a dream as being forced awake by her imagination. Unable to go back to sleep, she gave in, went to the computer, and began writing. Years later it still hasn’t stopped. Allison lives near Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her contemporary romances include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense. She enjoys candy immensely, as well as long motorcycle rides, running and reading.

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