Review: Bare It All by Lori Foster

30th May 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Blog Tours, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Bare It All by Lori Foster

Review: Bare It All by Lori FosterBare It All by Lori Foster
Series: Love Undercover #2
Published by HQN
Pub Date: April 30th 2013
Pages: 480
Format: Paperback | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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2.5 Stars

A cop's craving to know more about the woman next door could prove fatal in the steamy new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it...until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice's secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire....

Bare It All had all the elements I enjoy from any Lori Foster book…it had sexy guys with guns, danger, and passion, and if there’s one thing I can say for certain about Lori Foster’s books is that they are always steamy!

While Bare It All was certainly an enjoyable read, it is a long book, and at times it felt like I wasn’t making any progress with it. We do got a lot of story, a lot of it felt like setup for the next book, which I’m guessing will be Rowdy’s, but we do get the back story into Alice that I know I wanted to get. I enjoyed the moments where Reese and Alice spend time together. They were really attracted to each other from the start and every time they were intimate, it was easy and it was STEAMY. They had a few things to work through, and Alice had a little trouble opening to Reese at first, but eventually they got it together. I think Reese was the perfect male for Alice. He was tough but sensitive. Kind of like a big teddy bear. :) And I certainly didn’t expect Alice to be doing the things she was doing. This girl has balls! LOL

The danger didn’t feel as high-stakes as the previous books I’ve read in this series, but there was still a fair amount of it to count. I’m also very curious to see what the conflict will be in the next book as the setup wasn’t too clear on that direction. I liked how this was a sort of mash-up with the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. I had actually forgotten that Alice was in Trace of Fever, which is my favorite book of that series. There is a cameo from Trace of Fever that I loved. I’ll keep a mystery for you guys though. ;)

So if you’re looking for a steamy romance with some action, pick up Bare It All!

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About Lori Foster

Lori Foster is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. As well as writing a variety of romances in all lengths for multiple publishers, Lori has a successful urban fantasy series under the name L. L. Foster. Visit Lori at her website LoriFoster.com

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Review: Run the Risk by Lori Foster + Guest Post

1st Oct 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Guest Posts, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Run the Risk by Lori Foster + Guest PostRun the Risk by Lori Foster
Series: Love Undercover #1
Published by HQN
Pub Date: September 25th 2012
Pages: 379
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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4 Stars

When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her….

Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction worker" who's moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer's crosshairs?

WOWZERS! Are you guys in for one steamy, sexy ride with Run the Risk!! Lori Foster sure knows how to create sexy men who carry guns. Men who are protectors and who love with intensity.

Aside from having the things I’ve come to love in Lori’s books, the suspense, the sexiness, the great characters, Run the Risk also had a lot of humor. I found myself enjoying it even more because of that. While I did enjoy the undercover operation part of the book, it was almost the whole first half of the book, and I kind of wish it wouldn’t have lasted that long. I will admit that I found it odd that Sue’s characters, being a mousy, private person, would so easily jump into bed with a guy like Logan…but that was just another surprise Lori Foster had up her sleeve in this book. In other words, not everything is as it seems in Run the Risk, and I was glad of that. I loved getting to know the rest of the characters once everything was out in the open. One thing I really liked about this cast is that we don’t automatically know who exactly is a good guy or a bad guy.

Run the Risk is a great start to what I can tell will be a great series from Lori Foster. I am already looking forward to what happens next.

Check out the SEXY trailer!

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How do you see the romance community as a whole (your readers and fellow authors)? Where do you see it in 10 years? What’s the best part about it?

The romance community has the most wonderful women and men in the entire world! Unique, friendly, open and caring. We love talking books, of course. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a rapport, a connection to the storylines, how they relate and don’t relate to real life romances, situations and circumstances. Many times readers can find a small part of themselves in the stories. That often opens a dialogue about real-life issues, the trials we have, what we survive and what we celebrate. People are so diverse that every day I hear, see, learn something new from my readers.

The current “open to the public” networking can be worrisome. So many people put their hearts out there for all the world to see. Used to be we kept our lives private and only shared certain aspects of ourselves. Now we share everything and only choose certain aspects to keep private. That’s the only downside to an otherwise amazing connection. When people share too much, they leave themselves vulnerable in so many ways. Identity theft has become a #1 worry!

But I believe societal trends are cyclical. Before my end of time, I’m sure we’ll find people pulling back and rebelling against the “tell all” mode of social networking. In the meantime, it’s just fabulous to have a forum for chatting with readers. I feel like I know so many of them, even though we’ll never meet in person.

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Thanks, Lori!! Go to the RUN THE RISK Blog Tour page to check out even more reviews, author Q&A’s and guest posts, and giveaways!

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About Lori Foster

Lori Foster is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. As well as writing a variety of romances in all lengths for multiple publishers, Lori has a successful urban fantasy series under the name L. L. Foster. Visit Lori at her website LoriFoster.com

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Review: A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster

2nd Apr 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Giveaways, Guest Posts, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: A Perfect Storm by Lori FosterA Perfect Storm by Lori Foster
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #4
Published by HQN
Pub Date: March 27th 2012
Pages: 442
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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4 Stars

He never saw her coming...

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.

Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero…

TENSION!! Of the sexy kind. That’s what this book was. I loved it.

I just couldn’t get enough of Spencer Lark. I thought Trace (from Trace of Fever) would forever be my favorite in this series, but Spencer kind of knocked him off the pedestal! Sorry, Trace! I still love you…second. Trace of Fever is still my favorite BOOK in the series though.

I loved Spencer’s compassion, his loyalty, his competence. I loved that he was an Alpha male without being stubborn or controlling. Yeah, he was a true hero. And he was exactly the perfect person for Arizona.

I liked Arizona…though sometimes I wanted her to talk differently. That’s really my only complaint. Other than that, I enjoyed her character a lot. She’s a true survivor and I was so glad that she was open to get over her weaknesses without changing who she was. I really admired that.

I loved that A Perfect Storm centered so much of its story on Spencer and Arizona themselves. Their chemistry was great and I just wanted them to GET TOGETHER ALREADY! But I tamped down my impatience and the pay-off of when they do is glorious! They were just great together.

We also get a good dose of Dare, Trace, and Jackson working together with Spencer and Arizona, which was AWESOME! Anytime they were all together on the page, made it impossible to put this book down.

While the enemy in this book was another human trafficker, they didn’t seem as threatening as others in this series. All the fight scenes were kick-ass though. And that bar scene! Omg…as the guys say, it was a true “cluster-f***” Haha. Some hilarious moments, along with some definite intense ones.

The story had a great pace to it, especially considering so much of it was just Spencer and Arizona together. Sometimes when that happens it can me the book drag but it never got to that point in A Perfect Storm.

I’ve really enjoyed this series. It’s really fantastic. I really hope Lori Foster will have more books for us, but if not, I’ll be happy with these. :)

Scavenger Hunt

I’m happy to be part of this very cool scavenger hunt, where between March 26 and May 5th the whole first chapter of A Perfect Storm will be revealed piece by piece at different blog! Just go to BookTrib for the full schedule with links to all the blogs!

Here is today’s excerpt, and it’s a good one :)

He disappointed her by not reacting. As if he often woke to an uninvited woman playing voyeur in his bedroom, he looked her over, from her bare toes up to her long, wind-tangled hair.

“Been here long?”

“Maybe half an hour or so.” Curiosity prompted her to ask, “Were you going to…you know?” She nodded at his lap.

“Most men say hi to the boys first thing.”

“Say hi?”

With no sign of discomfort, he shrugged one shoulder.

“You broke in.”

A statement, not a question. She gave her own casual shrug. “Since you’re not dumb enough to leave the place unlocked, yeah, I had to.”

Need more?? Stop by LOVE TO READ FOR FUN tomorrow for the next piece of chapter 1!

Guest Blog

Tackling Darker Themes in a Love Story

Life is a mixture of moments so wonderful, we cry happy tears, and times so trying, we cry in emotional pain. I love it that people are so resilient, that we are strong enough to persevere, and I especially appreciate how love makes celebrating the good times, and getting through the bad times, easier.

For me, that’s what the romance genre is all about. If character A met character B and immediately fell in love to live happily ever after, if they had nothing to overcome, nothing to work through, it’d be so boring. Showing *life,* the trials and the perks, is the best part of creating a story. No one has lived without experiencing both, so I hope I write my stories in a way that feels real. I want my characters to be stronger together, and I want readers to see that it’s believable. It’s one of the most wonderful compliments I get, when readers tell me that they can “relate” to a story, that they find a small piece of themselves in the characters and the situations.

No matter how dark the plot, the characters should be people you know, and people you like. The more reason you have for cheering them on, the more invested you get in the story, the better!

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You are so right, Lori!! Thank you for such a thoughtful post!

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About Lori Foster

Lori Foster is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. As well as writing a variety of romances in all lengths for multiple publishers, Lori has a successful urban fantasy series under the name L. L. Foster. Visit Lori at her website LoriFoster.com

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Review: Savor the Danger by Lori Foster

12th Jan 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Savor the Danger by Lori FosterSavor the Danger by Lori Foster
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #3
Published by HQN
Pub Date: June 28th 2011
Pages: 411
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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3 Stars

She may be aloof, and more pretty than gorgeous, but Alani Rivers is the kind of woman a hot-blooded mercenary can't forget, no matter how hard he tries. So when Jackson Savor wakes up next to the naked, sleeping beauty—with no memory of what happened— he knows he's been drugged…even if Alani doesn't.

After she was kidnapped, Alani vowed never to trust another man again. Still, something about this strong, sexy hero with the tender touch makes her want to believe him. As Jackson hunts down a mysterious intruder, he swears he'll move heaven and earth to keep Alani safe. But what really happened that night? And will the truth bring them closer than they ever thought possible—or put Alani squarely in harm's way again?

Jackson Savor piqued my interest in Trace of Fever, book two of the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. He was cocky and funny and completely irresistible, with his well-worn jeans, cowboy boots and hat. He was still all of those things in Savor the Danger, except now he had a little something else…vulnerability. And it really is too bad he can’t remember any of the details from his night with Alani, considering I wouldn’t mind knowing what all happened myself.

I really had no idea how sheltered Alani was until this book. I knew her brother, Trace, kept her that way, but I never knew the extent. I loved her take-no-crap from the men in my life attitude. She really did seem a lot more meek than that in the previous books, but she can put Trace, Dare, and Jackson in their places with just a look!

The action in this book is not as prominent as it was in the others…mostly because it’s Jackson and Alani in hiding from the people after them. That may be why it wasn’t my favorite of the three books in the series so far.

I did enjoy Jackson and Alani’s chemistry very much though. They were very sexy together. Also! I was very intrigued by the introduction of our next installment’s characters. They seem like they’re going to burn up the pages of A Perfect Storm. (Have you seen the cover of that book?! HolyRainyHotness, Batman! See HERE!) If you haven’t picked up this series yet, you’ve been missing out on some hotties, so go out and find it! :)

 

 

About Lori Foster

Lori Foster is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. As well as writing a variety of romances in all lengths for multiple publishers, Lori has a successful urban fantasy series under the name L. L. Foster. Visit Lori at her website LoriFoster.com

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Review: Trace of Fever by Lori Foster

8th Sep 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Trace of Fever by Lori FosterTrace of Fever by Lori Foster
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #2
Published by HQN
Pub Date: May 31st 2011
Pages: 393
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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4 Stars

Foster delivers the second novel in her edgy back-to-back trilogy--a smoldering tale featuring men who walk the edge of honor.

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme—until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.

With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent…

First off, I’ll let you enjoy the cover of this book for a minute longer. Go on…

*deep sigh* Ok.

The second book in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series by Lori Foster proved to be even better than the first. I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense/military novels, but I have really enjoyed these so far! Trace of Fever had a lot more suspense, danger, and gun action than When You Dare, which was totally awesome. The human smuggling operation Trace is trying to take down is really disturbing, and the people running it are evil!

I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a heroine as much as I enjoyed Priss. She was the endearing, brave, funny woman…I want to be friends with her! Although, I don’t know how that would work, seeing as I’m trying to make Trace MINE! :) I don’t think she’d share with me. Trace was very, very tempting. And sexy. And fierce. *dreamy sigh* I really enjoyed them together.

Together, Trace and Priss made an interesting team. They’re very good at deceiving and lying to their enemy. Trace of course knows how to kick some ass, but I was surprised at Priscilla’s badassness. (Yes, of course that’s a word! :P) She was able to hold her own and didn’t play the role of damsel in distress…ever! In fact, she was so stubborn about throwing herself into the middle of danger. Which irritated Trace to no end.

In this book, we are introduced to Jackson, who is the hero in the next book, Savor the Danger. Oh. My. Word. He intrigued me SO much that I cannot wait to read about him some more!! He cracked me up. Another new character is Matt, Chris’s friend and hairdresser. He was really fun!

We do also see Chris, Molly, and Dare (and his girls!) which I was REALLY happy about because I love them! I love this makeshift family Lori Foster is creating with these characters and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from this series.

 

About Lori Foster

Lori Foster is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. As well as writing a variety of romances in all lengths for multiple publishers, Lori has a successful urban fantasy series under the name L. L. Foster. Visit Lori at her website LoriFoster.com

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Review: When You Dare by Lori Foster

21st Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: When You Dare by Lori FosterWhen You Dare by Lori Foster
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #1
Published by HQN
Pub Date: April 26th 2011
Pages: 448
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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4 Stars

The tougher they are, the harder they fall…

Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure.

Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful, estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all…

Dare Macintosh is so amazingly considerate. He’s tough but he doesn’t act macho. He’s also sensitive and compassionate and is not ashamed to show it, which is different from other tough guys I’ve read. He is confident in his skills but not cocky…a huge plus! I liked that, while guiltily attracted her, Dare takes great care in being so respectful of Molly, especially right after he’s rescued her. His feelings start off as protective, then lustful and then finally turn into love. This wasn’t a love at first sight story, which is understandable considering the conditions in which they met.

Molly suffered through some terrible things while in the hands of her captors, but she is determined to keep it together; for herself though, not anyone else. I really admired that. She isn’t your typical drop-dead gorgeous beauty. She is your girl-next-door cutie, but her personality and demeanor make her sexy. She doesn’t like to ask for help, not because of pride, but because she hates putting people out and because she’s very independent.

I really enjoyed seeing Dare at his home with his girls and his assistant Chris. Chris was great comic relief. I liked his banter, first with Dare and then later with Molly. We also meet Trace, who is the MC of the next book in this series, and his sister Alani. I can’t wait to get to know Trace better, because from what I read in this book, he’s going to definitely be interesting!

On Molly’s side, I hated her father and step-mother. They were rich, stuck-up, and only care about appearances. Her sister I really liked. I especially liked her sister’s fiancé, Jett. The interactions between him and Dare had me giggling, only because it’s so typical of two tough guys to act that way around each other.

This wasn’t a very fast paced book. Not that it was slow, because I was never bored but it also wasn’t a suspenseful page-turner. The pace was just right for this story and the development of this romance. This was my first Lori Foster read and I cannot wait to read more of the “Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor” series!!

Check out the delicious trailer for this series!

 

About Lori Foster

Lori Foster is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. As well as writing a variety of romances in all lengths for multiple publishers, Lori has a successful urban fantasy series under the name L. L. Foster. Visit Lori at her website LoriFoster.com

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Review: Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster

17th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Ready, Set, Jett by Lori FosterThe Guy Next Door: Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #0.5
Published by HQN
Pub Date: February 15th 2011
Pages: 378
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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4 Stars

Three sexy new spring-fling novellas from three of today's hottest contemporary romance authors!

Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster
A vacation from her no-strings romance with her sexy next-door neighbor. That's what Natalie Alexander needs to get her head—and heart—together. But her solo trip south turns into a disaster when gorgeous Jett Sutter turns up with another challenge.

Gail's Gone Wild by Susan Donovan
Single mom Gail Chapman insists on chaperoning her teenage daughter's spring-break trip to Key West. But she never expects to face temptation—in the hunky form of Jesse Batista, the mysterious man in the cottage next door.

Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl
All-work-and-no-play businessman Eric Donovan won't be distracted by a "businesswoman" who's all wrong for him. Beth Cantrell owns a women's erotica shop! And she has a juicy little secret. Can she tempt him to put pleasure before business for once?

(This review is only for Lori Foster’s story, Ready, Set, Jett)

I recently read When You Dare by Lori Foster (look for my review, coming this Thursday!), which comes out April 26, and totally loved it! In it, I was introduced to Natalie Alexander and Jett Sutter. Natalie is Molly’s, the MC in When You Dare, sister. In it, they talked about how they had just come home from spring break vacation, where they had decided to get married. It seemed there was more to their story somewhere, and well, there was! Lori Foster had written their story in this anthology and I just HAD to read it because this couple was just too cute!

Jett is one laid-back, funny guy. Oh, and he’s also very sexy. He is the epitome of tall, dark and handsome, with his muscular body, dark hair and dark eyes. He is also really sweet. He has three younger sisters who he just adores. Every time he interacted with them I felt like squeezing him and saying, “You are so cute!”

Natalie, a school teacher, has never in her life had a fling before. She is normally very reserved, but with Jett she acts uninhibited. She tries really hard to keep her heart out of it, but Jett will just not let her. He is determined to make sure Natalie agree to start dating him exclusively. Especially after he discovers that she’s going to take a trip for spring break. After Jett convinces Natalie to take him with her, she begins to realize Jett is sincere about his feelings for her, and finally opens up to him. I really loved seeing their relationship turn from fling to forever love.

The story ends with Natalie and Jett going to find out why Molly isn’t answering Natalie’s calls or emails, and we see what happens in the book When You Dare. I thought this was a fun, sweet and sexy story and was glad to have picked it up! You definitely won’t be lost in When You Dare if you don’t read this story, but it adds to it in my opinion.

 

About Lori Foster

Lori Foster is a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. As well as writing a variety of romances in all lengths for multiple publishers, Lori has a successful urban fantasy series under the name L. L. Foster. Visit Lori at her website LoriFoster.com

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