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I Belong


Early Review: Run the Risk by Lori Foster

Title: Run the Risk

Author: Lori Foster

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Love Undercover (Book 1)

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

Format: Paperback, 379 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373776950 (Harlequin)

ISBN-13: 978-0373776955 (Harlequin)

Reviewed by: Michelle

Synopsis:

Nothing can shake a cop from pursuing justice-except a beautiful witness marked for death, in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster’s sexy new series…

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 the past five 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?

Quick & Dirty: This hot romance is about love found in all of the wrong places, but most definitely worth the risk.

Opening Sentence: Pepper yates felt the intense scrutiny stroking over her as she made her way to her apartment building.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I have to be honest. I haven’t read many of Lori Foster’s books, but the ones that I have read, oh boy. Run the Risk is the first book in Foster’s latest series, Love Undercover. True to many of Foster’s stories, she really knows how to write a leading male. Foster knows how to write romance well, so it’s safe to say that you will not be disappointed in Run the Risk.

Pepper Yates, aka Sue Meeks, has spent the last few years blending into the background, not receiving attention, and doing all that she can to become a Plain Jane. Pepper has done her best to hide from Andrew Morton, a dangerous club owner, and stay hidden. Logan Riske is an undercover detective looking for Pepper. Logan wants to solve the mystery of his best friend’s murder, and vows to do whatever he can to get her cooperation. Cleverly disguised as someone else, Pepper and Logan become strangers, trying so hard to obtain their goals while this slow attraction builds up. There isn’t much that Pepper can do to resist Logan, and unfortunately “Sue” will have to suffer the consequences.

Pepper is a good leading female. Despite everything that she has had endured, it is evident that she is a survivor. I don’t know many fictional females that would sacrifice so much of who she is and her personality to protect herself and her brother. She has suppressed so much that it doesn’t take much from Logan to tempt her in more ways than one. Pepper is lonely, longing for a companion, a friend, and yes, even a lover.

Logan is hot. From the first scene that he graces our presence, you can feel his sex appeal. There wasn’t much that I didn’t like about Logan. He’s a detective, with a mostly good moral code, who is looking for justice for his best friend. But I love how he is with Pepper and with Sue. I like where Foster brings him, as a character and as a person. He has many layers to him, and I wanted to find out everything.

Run the Risk has a unique environment. I came to know the characters in the most unconventional of settings, but with Foster’s talent, I still loved them both. I really appreciated that Pepper wasn’t a regular damsel in distress and had her own sets of strengths and weaknesses. I liked her tortured past and how it molded her, and the story. I will say that I felt the pacing of the beginning few chapters dragged a little. I felt that there was a lot of set up involved, with a lot of details. And I admit, I may or may not have felt this way because I was anxious to get to know the characters.

Run the Risk was a great first story into the Love Undercover series. If the rest of the series is anything like this one, I’m definitely a fan already.

Notable Scene:

It was so incredibly tempting to stay put, to turn and snuggle into him, to kiss him.

And have him kiss her.

To start all over again.

If she stayed even a second more, the tears would get the best of her. So instead she scuttled from the bed, slapped down her skirt, and rushed back to his living room where she collected her purse. Seeing through a blurry haze of regret, she opened and closed his door quietly, grateful that he hadn’t followed, that he hadn’t questioned her, or…even seemed to care all that much.

Choking on her own vulnerability, eyes damp with sadness, she let herself into her darkened apartment.

Now, after Logan, the small, worn-down space felt more lonely than ever.

Love Undercover Series:

1. Run the Risk

2. Bare it All (April 2013)

3. Getting Rowdy (September 2013)

4. Dash (TBD)

FTC Advisory: Harlequin Books provided me with a copy of Run the Risk.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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