Thursday, January 26, 2017

4 stars-- A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #4) by Lori Foster

When I need a guaranteed good read Lori Foster is one of my go to authors and she so did it again with A Perfect Storm. Oh I had a good time as Arizona and Spencer's paths, once again, cross and they end up working together--no matter the dangers--to expose a human smuggling ring. Something they both desperately need before they can move on with their lives. It was an exciting ride and one that had me easily falling for both Arizona and Spencer before I realized.

Arizona's a young heroine that just tugged at my heart. She cares so strongly for others that sometimes she forgets her own safety and has 'oh-what-were-you-thinking'? moments but I still really liked her. She's alone in the world and dealing with a past trauma of falling into the hands of sex traffickers and gah she just about did me in with all she's been through. And that she's survived. She's got a tremendous strength about her and is way too old for her years in some ways but in others she's very innocent and curious about life and relationships. I loved the different sides of her and seeing them come out with Spencer. She definitely gave the older man a run for his money and kept him on his toes.
As he gave a sleepy, growling groan, that hand disappeared under the sheet.

Arizona's lips parted, and her heartbeat tripped up. She cleared her throat. "Spencer?"

Freezing, without moving any other body part, he opened his eyes and met her gaze.

She frowned at him.

He didn't look super-startled, and he said nothing. He just started at her.

With his hand still under there.

"Yeah..." Semi-satisfied with his frozen reaction, she nodded at his lap. "You weren't going for a little tug, were you? Because as your spectator, I'd just as soon not see it."
Yes. Spencer. Oh he was yummy. Spencer was a calming influence for Arizona. He's a good bit older and one that never reacted how she thought he would. He's not one to rile or anger easily and just accepts her for who she is. He had his own demons but he was there for Arizona and wanted to help her through her issues and curiosities. And oh how I loved that. There were some rather entertaining moments like when he'd try to answer her questions about sex and wind up getting himself all worked up instead which just tickled me something fierce.

While the bad guy was pretty obvious it was still a fun ride watching things play out. Not everything turned out quite like I was expecting which made for a good time. There was enough danger and conflict to keep things interesting and that provided a nice backdrop for the romance unfolding.

All in all, A Perfect Storm was a very nice romantic suspense that balanced both elements nicely and kept me excited and ready for more. I loved the romance, the characters and watching them find what they were looking for and never realized.

**this is a throwback review. poor thing's been languishing in my drafts folder for about 4 years. lol
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...

Amazon | Goodreads | Foster on HCBS
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