This is my first book from Lori Foster, and I am hooked! Sometimes being in a group of bloggers can be a really good thing, yet if your ‘to be read’ list is longer than you are tall, it will be challenging. When the buzz first started around this book, and the offer to read it appeared, I jumped at the chance. (Only book bloggers will really understand – but being offered a chance to tour a new author, with a committed date for the read is a must have: TBR piles grow daily with my own ‘ooh moments’, and this wouldn’t get read for a while without those elements.)
My first introduction to Lori Foster’s Love Undercover series, and what an introduction! I found Rowdy to be completely adorable, and his protective nature combined with his opening up to Avery was perfectly paced and added a lovely romantic tone to the story. Avery’s past secret and the danger that it brought added a nice level of tension and suspense, especially after Rowdy had worked to remove the unsavory hangovers from his newly acquired bar.
Although he is a little rough around the edges, his struggles to polish those edges while not relinquishing his core beliefs yet softening his approach was clever and realistically portrayed. His changes were neither too quick nor too consistently applied in all situations, which is the real way of things, and makes his efforts even more striking.
For her part, Avery is a strong and determined woman, who deserves great kudos for her self-reliance and her determination to not accept less than what she truly wants. Yes, she wants Rowdy – but on her terms, no one night stands, she wants the effort he expends to prove his desire. Her consistent effort to build a friendship and let their trust and respect for one another grow was beautifully developed, and her reluctance to share her secrets until necessary, carrying that burden felt far more real and true to her character than anything else.
I also met a few of the characters from the earlier works in the series, and those glimpses of them, as well as some characters that seem to be poised for their own stories kept me interested and I am more intrigued now to read the others in the series to see what I’ve missed. I didn’t feel that my unfamiliarity with the series or the characters affected my enjoyment of this book: it did stand-alone without gaps or holes.
Title: Getting Rowdy
Author: Lori Foster
Published by: Harlequin
Source: Author via Tour Company, Publisher
Audio Length: 13 Hours: 2 minutes
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An alpha hero's attraction to the one woman he can't have could draw him into a killer's snare in the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster
Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn't the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance including a past that might come back to haunt them both.
Avery spends her nights working for tips and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy's protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she's finally found and the passion she's always wanted.
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company, Publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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