Author: Lori Foster
Page Count: 379 pages
Genre: romantic suspense
Copy for review provided by Meryl Moss Media Relations in anticipation of an honest review
Back Cover Summary:
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?
This book was a second chance romance in a lot of ways- the characters get a second chance to do things properly after royally screwing up the first one in the first half of the book, and I took a second chance with romantic suspense from this author after being thoroughly underwhelmed with my last encounter, Savor the Danger. Although this book wasn't without its flaws (most aren't, let's face it) I do think that this offering was a lot more tightly plotted and the characters were definitely more interesting to me.
Pepper's sole goal in life is protecting herself and her brother Rowdy from the human trafficking scumbag who's out to kill them. Her path crosses with Logan's when he's investigating his best friend's murder and thinks she and her brother may be leads. She's hiding undercover as a demure bluestocking, he's hiding undercover as a construction worker, but neither of them does a good job hiding their mutual attraction. Sparks fly.
Fast forward to when Pepper has learned the truth about Logan and is all kinds of mad. She has a right to be, sure, but these moments were where the book had its strongest times. Logan realizes that he didn't handle things well when he first met Pepper, but he thinks that she's the real deal and he's going to do a better job the second time. He's determined, in a non-creepy way, that there will be a second time, and he's determined that it will be better. That was the nugget of romance that kept me reading- I knew the bad guy was going to get caught and I didn't care about the heckling that everyone took from Dash and Reese, two other officers who are helping to keep Pepper hidden, but I kept reading because I enjoyed that despite all the other half-hearted deception, Logan was honest that he was going to legitimately pursue Pepper and Pepper was honest that she was going to make him work for it. That felt authentic and that worked for me.
The ending, too, was very sweet, where these two make decisions about their future. Logan wins the prize for cheesiest yet sweetest proposal (come on people, it's not that much of a spoiler) and you'll just have to read the book to find out.
Is this my next favorite book of all time? No, but it was a much stronger and tighter offering and a good start to a new series. I would be interested in finding out what happens next.
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He disappeared off the balcony and she just knew he was coming inside to corral her in the narrow hallway.
Why wouldn’t he leave her alone?
The apartment building was…unpleasant. Peeling paint from the walls, mold in the corners, carpet with stains she didn’t want to investigate too closely…
She knew why she was there.
Why was he?