Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #4
Published by HQN
Pub Date: March 27th 2012
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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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. :)
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.”
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!
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!
You are so right, Lori!! Thank you for such a thoughtful post!