Summary from Goodreads:
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..
I have loved Lori Foster’s books since I started reading adult romance about six years ago. She was one of the first adult romance authors I read books by and her storylines, heros, and heroines continue to be among my favorite today.
I really wanted to dive right into this book even though I have not had the chance to read the two previous books in the series. This book is a stand alone and it can be read without having to read the first two books although I love this author so I would recommend you read the entire series. There are mentions of the previous cast of characters from the previous books so if you want to have a better connection with them then I do suggest reading the series in order.
Diving right into Rowdy’s story though was a lot of fun. I feel like my books have really been lacking in a wounded alpha male lately that really fired me up and made me want to make him a book boyfriend. Since I’ve been missing that rough and tough but emotionally deep alpha male I will admit that I fell for Rowdy rather quickly. He has a hard past and he never really did get to enjoy being a kid when he was younger. I admire how much his character has gone through to get where he is today and even though he has his past struggles he is willing to be there for other people. You can tell as a reader that he really does care about each person who is in his life or works for him at the bar. I also enjoyed Avery’s character because she was trying to rise up from the life she was given before she left it. She had courage as well as a nice and spicy attitude that didn’t allow Rowdy to walk all over her. I like when a female lead can stick up for herself and lay down the law, even when faced with a yummy alpha male.
The romance is something that I enjoyed watching between these two. I would say there certainly was an instant attraction but I feel it was lust and not love. I enjoy that Foster took her time to make the romance work and while Foster’s books are not the hottest in romance they do pack a punch. I like that Foster is able to provide tasteful romance to her readers and it is never over done or boring. There is always the right amount of steam in Foster’s books.
Overall, this is a great story that I highly recommend to everyone looking for a great contemporary romance read. Foster has never let me down and this was no exception to that rule. She remains one of my favorite authors.
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