Title: A Perfect Storm
Author: Lori Foster
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #4
Release Date: March 27th 2012
Publisher: HQN (Harlequin)
Source: Media Muscle
Links: Amazon | Goodreads | TBD
My Rating: 3.5 stars
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…
I’ve been a long time fan of Lori Foster. Her steamy romance novels have frequented my bookshelves since high school. So when her newest series, Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, was released last Spring, I inhaled the first few books in quick succession, and thoroughly enjoyed the wild ride they took me on. And that’s why it pained me to have to wait a year for the latest book in the series. Turns out, A Perfect Storm was definitely worth the wait.
As a fierce female with a dark past, Arizona has intrigued me since she first appeared in Savor the Danger. And the little cat and mouse game she found herself in with Spencer made me even more eager to get my hands on their book.
With as many books as I’ve read since reading the first three books in this series last year, I was surprised to find that I remembered a lot of details from the previous stories. Yes, each hero had his own book and accompanying romance, but each was also set in a bigger, interwoven plot arc. And Foster eased me back into that arc with a comfortable familiarity, despite the grim reality of what the fearsome team of mercenaries were facing. Yet, it was thrilling to be back in their world, fraught with danger but still sprinkled with easy humor.
But, because I felt fully up to speed on the situation, I did find the beginning of A Perfect Storm to be a bit slow going. The main reason I didn’t care for the beginning was the way Arizona was portrayed. It disturbed me to see her painted as a beautifully broken, would-be woman with a childlike wonder towards sex. Yes, I could understand that the fact that she was a sex slave for traffickers needed to be explored and dissected as part of her character development, but it was still uncomfortable and made me very hesitant towards supporting the romance between Spencer and Arizona.
However, as their story progressed and intensified, they reached their break point and somehow made it work. It was then that I felt much more at ease with them, and soon after, I was once again surprised to discover that they had earned the title for my favorite couple in the series.
Overall, a well done conclusion to an enticing series that left me with a warm and fuzzy happiness for the unlikely family that came together despite their turbulent pasts. The hopeful and promising note A Perfect Storm ended on is exactly what I love most about reading romances.
1. Can you tell us something about yourself that not a lot of your readers know?
Hmmm. I’m artistic. I love to doodle and paint (water colors and acrylics are my faves.) I LOVE being on or near the water, as in a lake, on a boat, tubing or skiing. I write with very loud hard rock music playing. Kid Rock and KORN are faves.
2.You are constantly writing–do you have any quirks that come out as a result of that?
My mind wanders. You might be talking to me, and I’m off listening to dialogue in my head. It’s sooo rude. I try not to, but… it happens. Movies help. When I’m at the movies I can get engaged in even a mediocre flick, mostly action and horror, but I do see other things.
3. What is your favorite book?
Of my own? Hmmm. Probably “My House, My Rules,” from one of the Bad Boy anthologies.
4. What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Starting a book. I love those first few scenes, getting to know the characters. Least favorite part is doing any type of edits. Bleh. I especially detest copy editor remarks. I don’t know why.
5. Is there a specific element in your writing that you find most challenging?
Research. I’m a small town Podunk, with limited life experience. Just about anything I write, I have to research. It’s a bother.
Uncomfortable with the moment, Spencer floundered, trying to find something to say. He hadn’t known her that long, and their acquaintance had been fraught with danger. As a bounty hunter, he’d been tracking criminal psychopaths—and the psychopaths had been tracking her.
Arizona, being outrageous in every way a person could imagine, had used herself as bait. Along the way, Spencer had met Jackson and learned a little about their history.
They presented their relationship as that of friends, or maybe siblings. But the nuances of their connection made anything that simple impossible. Not with Arizona’s looks and not when Jackson had saved her life.
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