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Monday, May 30, 2011

Trace of Fever by Lori Foster

Trace of Fever by Lori Foster
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (393 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia

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….

Wow! Talk about anxiety over a heroine’s situation. Priscilla Patterson, with her need for revenge, gets herself into a perilous spot that could devastate of not kill her as well as wreck a secret operation working to shut down a lucrative human trafficking organization.

Reared with fear, caution, and hiding by a single mother who always looked over her shoulder, Priscilla (Priss) seeks revenge on the man who caused her mother to live a life controlled by terror. As the owner of a porn shop, Priss is no innocent in a vicarious sense, but in real life she’s never danced, kissed, or anything more. Yet, she tackles one of the most depraved human traffickers in the sordid business. With her playacting, humor, and sheer determination, she rushes in “where angels fear to tread”. By doing so, she makes life a living nightmare for Trace Miller.

Trace, an undercover agent, is both furious and fascinated with such an innocent claiming to be Murray Coburn’s daughter. Trace, a member of an elite secret ops team, works as a bodyguard for Murray in an effort to get the information needed to bring the human trafficking organization down. He does what he can to keep Priss out of the clutches of the conscienceless, cruel, paranoid Murray, while still maintaining his cover. He struggles to hold on to his persona as an undercover operative as Priss reaches in and claims his heart with neither of them truly aware of what is happening. What fun for the reader to be part of such giving, caring, and exciting love as the story unfolds.

Trace works on the very edge of the dark side in his determination to eliminate as many human traffickers as possible even if it means he has to use Murray’s companion Helene Schumer (aka Hell). The idea is repugnant to him, but he will do what it takes to stop the evil.

Lori Foster, like Trace, works near the edge of the dark side to create Murray and Helen. Their crudity, craziness, and cruelty make them devoid of any redeeming qualities and set the reader’s heart pounding just to think about Priss falling into their clutches. Her close calls are scary.

Ms. Foster also creates some adorable characters like Matt and the cat Liger (love these two). With Molly, Alani, and Alice, the reader sees some of the lasting effects of those caught the buying and selling of human beings. However, the breathtakingly sexy alpha males like Trace, Dare, Jackson, and Chris, that Ms. Foster creates are super special and make the reader believe that the “good guys” will do whatever it takes to make the world a safer, better place.

Trace of Fever, full of chills and thrills, kept me turning pages with its fast action, emotionally-charged scenes, and the ‘so-right’ love that blooms pure and true amid some really horrifying happenings. Lori Foster, a master at keeping tension high, action hot, and love scenes sensual and satisfying, serves up good entertainment and a happy-ever-after that sparkles.