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Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQN
Author’s Website: http://www.lorifoster.com
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2 – Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor
Series Best Read In Order: Would work well as a standalone.
Steam Level: Hot

Official Blurb:

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE OF VENGEANCE AND DESIRE

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…

Oh how I wanted to like this book. I adore Lori Foster, and typically enjoy her romantic suspense novels.  Foster has a way of writing the tough gamma male in a way that makes you want to throw yourself into dangerous situations in hope of someday meeting a man like one of her heroes.

That said, this book just wasn’t for me.

What worked for me:

  • As I mentioned, I lurve Lori Foster’s gamma male heroes.  Trace is incredibly tough and focused on one thing – taking down the scum behind human trafficking rings.  He doesn’t have time to be distracted by Priss, and yet fight as he might, he can’t fight his feelings of protectiveness, possessiveness, and of course, attraction.
  • I not only loved the villains in this story, but also the horror and dread we readers were treated to as we watched some of their behind-the-scenes machinations.
  • The UST between Priss and Trace is absolutely delicious, and when they finally do come together, it was not only hot, but supremely romantic as well.

What didn’t work for me:

  • I didn’t really love Priss. Nothing really against her personally, I suppose, but there’s something about virgin heroines in contemporaries that I find unbelievable.  Sure, her circumstances explained the situation, but at odds with that, she was the proprietor of a porn store.  I find it hard to believe that someone who is constantly inundated with sexual images and information would be so naive when it comes to sex.
  • This is THE big negative for me — one of my top pet peeves in romance. I hate when a modest heroine is forced to be naked. Hate, hate, hate this literary device in romance novels.  <RANT> Why oh why do authors do this to their heroines?? Do they think it’s sexy to humiliate the heroine?  Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against exhibitionism. If the heroine gets her kicks by being nude, then by all means, have her strip down at whatever opportunity you want to give her. If the heroine is a modest, chaste woman, however, then why on earth is it necessary to force her to be nude in front of strangers? Is it to make her vulnerable? Do people get their kicks from seeing an otherwise strong female humiliated?  Blah.</RANT>Anyway, I can count five instances where our modest, virginal heroine, ends up naked or sexually humiliated in front of someone.
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     It’s disgusting.
  • I was a little put-off by how accepting everyone was of the fact that
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     I admit I understand the reasoning behind it, but still, I would’ve thought that Molly at least would’ve tried to have been a bit more understanding of her anger after what she’d been through in the previous novel.

 

I actually found it hard to finish this one. By constantly having one of my pet peeves in romance played out over and over, I couldn’t really get into this one. I am still a fan of Lori Foster, and I have to say that she definitely writes both action and romance in a way that keeps you glued to the page, but in this particular case, this book was simply not for me.  Other readers who aren’t put off by that particular literary device will likely thoroughly enjoy this book, so definitely take my review with a grain of salt.
That said, however, I’m unfortunately going to have to rate this one a 1.5/5, as I just truly didn’t enjoy it.