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Monday, June 25, 2012

A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster

A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (442 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

He never saw her coming…

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….

Toughness overload!

I know when I open a book by Lori Foster, I'm in for a treat. This book met my expectations. It's hot, sweet and packed with action. The writing is tight and kept me in my seat. Yeah, I stayed up late to finish the book because I couldn't put it down.

Spencer and Arizona are quite a pair. I'd read people complaining about the age difference between them. She's rather young (21), and he's a tad older than her, but it's not unrealistic. I didn't see the age difference as a deterrent. Heck, I forgot their ages from time to time. I liked both characters and felt this installment in the series was a strong one.

Ms Foster's story deals with human trafficking. This is not a subject for the weak spirit and might not be for all readers. The things Arizona was forced to do are hard to stomach. Ms Foster writes it with a fluidity that kept the topic from being too harsh or preachy. I liked how she handled things. To that end, Arizona struggles with her past. There are moments when it didn't come across to me that she'd been through some really rough stuff. That said, I can't assume how anyone whose been in the situation Arizona's been in, how they would deal with life. Sometimes she came across a bit immature and other times almost too tough to believe. I saw this behavior as a coping mechanism and it didn't bother me as much as it could've.

Still, there is a lot of tenderness and a great deal of heat in this book. Reading how Spencer and Arizona have their story is quite touching. I'm glad I got this book for review and will happily read it again.