Bare It All (Love Undercover Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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A cop's craving to know more about the woman next door could prove fatal in the steamy new novel from New York Times best selling author Lori Foster

As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it…until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

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Overview

A cop's craving to know more about the woman next door could prove fatal in the steamy new novel from New York Times best selling author Lori Foster

As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it…until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice's secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire—and into the line of fire….

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hidden pasts and magnetic attraction add heat to Foster's second romantic thriller in her Undercover series (after Run the Risk). Alice Appleton survived a kidnapping related to a human trafficking circle. Now hypervigilant, she barely lets her guard down, except with her neighbor, hunky police detective Reese Bareden. Letting Reese stay with her breaks the rules of Alice's self-imposed exile from the world, but their "powerful need" for each other transcends other considerations. When Alice attempts to save a girl from being trafficked, she stumbles into the middle of a drug ring. Reese is determined to keep Alice safe from drug lords and from her own do-gooder instincts. Foster hits every note (or power chord) of the true alpha male hero, and the heroine is vulnerable enough to be relatable but never needy. The side stories are a little distracting, but the central story is a compelling read from start to finish. Agent: Karen Solemn, Spencerhill Associates. (May)
From The Critics

"A red-hot page-turner."

—#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole on When You Dare

"Foster has an amazing ability to capture a man's emotions and lust."

—Publishers Weekly on A Perfect Storm

"A sexy, believable roller coaster of action and romance."

-Kirkus Reviews on Run the Risk

"Steamy, edgy, and taut."

-Library Journal on When You Dare

Library Journal
All Alice Appleton wants is to close herself off from the world. Her own experience as a victim in a human trafficking case makes her live with a touch of fear yet a need for revenge. Det. Reese “Bare It All” Bareden is a big, handsome distraction who lives in the apartment next door. Alice comes out of her protective shell to incorporate Reese’s police expertise with her insider knowledge as she continues to rescue young girls who are often stolen from the streets. Reese and Alice display a volatile mixture of professional shrewdness, personal vulnerability, and spontaneous lovemaking, which keeps the pages turning.

Verdict Bare It All is the second book is the “Love Undercover” series, following Run the Risk. Unfortunately, the choppy dialog distracts from plot development. Readers may also tire of Reese’s and Alice’s introspective and wandering thoughts about their budding relationship. Foster is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and the recipient of the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy and Contemporary Romance. This title is an optional purchase.—Joyce Sparrow, Kenneth City, FL
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460311950
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: Love Undercover Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 10,074
  • File size: 477 KB

Meet the Author


Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin and Silhouette. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. She’s had top-selling books for Amazon, Waldenbooks and the BGI Group. For more about Lori, visit her Web site at lorifoster.com.

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As she came toward him, Alice's baby-soft hair hung loose, silky tendrils drifting over her shoulders. Her big brown eyes, so innocent and yet so aware, watched him intently, the way she always watched him. She smiled, and that smile did remarkable things to him. Made him ravenous, when he'd never quite experienced anything like that before. Lust, sure. But such a powerful need? No, never.

Only with Alice.

Very close now, so close the warmth of her touched all over him, she brushed her nose against his jaw, his neck, his ear.

He groaned. Out loud. He heard it but could barely credit that the sound came from him.

From a gentle nuzzle.

Against his ear.

It was insane, but it took very little from her to get him painfully aroused.

"Reese?"

He wanted her mouth on him. He turned his face toward her, and he felt her breath. Hot. Then her tongue.

Wet.

"Oh…um, Reese?"

She sounded so tentative that he smiled as he reached for her and opened his eyes. His hand encountered dense fur, and the expressive brown eyes staring back at him weren't Alice's.

They weren't even human.

His dog, Cash, panted at the sign of life. Delighted to have him awake, he barked, turned a quick circle and…licked Reese's face.

Again.

"Shit." Reese dodged the dog's sloppy fondness while trying to get his bearings. The dream had felt so incredibly real. And so welcome. He shifted—and found himself cramped from head to toes…on a sofa.

Alice's sofa.

Lifting his head, he looked down at himself. He wore only boxers, and as was usually the case when he first awakened, they were tented. Hmm.

Where had the sheet gone? Ah, over the side of the couch to the floor.

Levering up to one arm, Reese attempted to orient himself—and there stood Alice at the foot of the couch, fully dressed in summer slacks and a sleeveless blouse, her hands locked together in front of her and, yes, her soft brown hair hanging loose.

But now, with him wide awake, her hair looked tidy, like Alice, not sexily rumpled as it had been in his dream.

She watched him, but those soul-sucking brown eyes weren't on his face.

They stared with absorbing attention at his morning wood.

Great. Playing kissy-face with his dog was bad enough. Scrambling for the sheet now would only make him look more foolish. He wasn't used to finding himself in tricky, uncomfortable situations. At least, not with women.

As a police detective, sure, he'd often found himself discomfited by perps, though not in boxers while sporting mahogany.

Alice was many things—a neighbor, an enigma, an irritant and a subtle bombshell.

And obviously, based on that ramped-up dream, she was also the current focus of his fantasies.

He cleared his throat. "Up here, Alice." Her curious gaze rose to his face. "Thank you. Now if you don't mind, you could turn around a moment. My modesty is beyond compromised, so it doesn't really matter to me, but with your face already going pink, I'm not sure—"

"Of course." Turning, she gave him her back. Posture stiff. Air uncertain.

That lovely fawn-colored hair fell just beyond her shoulders.

"Sorry about that." She strode, fast and unsteady, to the patio doors that led to her small deck. She'd left the door open, allowing in a muggy, late-August breeze that teased her beautiful hair.

Given the heat of his interest, air-conditioning would have been nice, but since this was Alice's apartment, and she'd been generous enough to let him crash on her couch, he wouldn't complain. Much.

"What time is it, anyway?" Sitting up, Reese reached for the sheet, but Cash sat on it. The dog watched Reese, his furry ears perked up, his expression hopeful. Reese grinned. After tugging out the sheet and covering himself, he patted the couch beside his thigh. "C'mere, boy."

The dog bounded up with over-the-moon enthusiasm. Because of the undercover sting they'd just wrapped up, he'd spent as much time away from Cash as with him—and still he and the dog had bonded.

"It's a little after one o'clock."

And she hadn't awakened him? How long had she been sneaking around the apartment?

How long had he lain there without even a sheet?

He was generally a light sleeper, so either he'd been really out of it, or she was…stealthy.

That thought bothered him and meshed with other concerns he had about Alice. Her keen observance of everything around her, combined with her cautious air, planted awful background possibilities into his head.

Then there was the way she'd come onto the scene yesterday, a big, loaded gun in her hand…

"Cash hasn't been out for a few hours. I was trying to lead him through without waking you, but he saw you there on the couch, and then you made…a sound."

"A sound, huh?" Given the erotic dream, he could just imagine.

"Cash sidetracked to you and—"

"I thought he was you." When her shoulders stiffened more, Reese felt devilish enough to say, "And I was having this rather sexual dream."

Wide-eyed with something akin to astonishment, she faced him, stole a peek at his lap and, when she saw he'd bunched the sheet there, she met his gaze. "What do you mean?"

"You and me." He gestured between them. "And damn, but the dream felt real." Reese scratched under Cash's furry chin. "You were near me. Breathing on me."

Indignation brought her brows together. "Breathing on you?"

Wondering when she'd catch on, he gave a sage, serious nod. "You nuzzled my ear, and I felt your hot tongue—"

Backing up fast, she bumped into the screen on the patio door and almost fell through it. After an accusatory scowl at Reese for making her stumble, she checked the screen, saw that it remained in the track and cleared her throat. "I would never—" She searched for a word and came up empty.

"Lick me?"

To his surprise, she kept quiet, but her mouth—and her expression—softened.

"No? What a shame." He gave the dog a few pats, which encouraged him to shower Reese with more affection. "But apparently Cash would."

Realization dawned. "Oh." A smile twitched. "You felt Cash trying to wake you, and you thought.?"

"Yeah. Helluva way to start my day. I mean, I'm fond of him, but." Reese looked her over. "Not that fond."

"He's adorable!"

"Sure he is." Reese had only recently gotten the dog, and while he'd never considered himself a pet-lover, he and Cash were getting acclimated—with Alice's help. "I just don't want you mistaking my…" He nodded at his lap. "Reaction."

Though she covered her mouth, a short laugh escaped, anyway.

That laugh was as mesmerizing as her smile, and his sheet-covered boner twitched. "Keep it up, and I'll never get it under control."

Rather than backing up or blushing again, she chastised him. "Really, Reese. It's not something to talk about."

"Not something to be embarrassed over either." But he sort of was, anyway. What was it about Alice that affected him so profoundly—and so physically? "Not to minimize your appeal, but it happens to most guys in the morning."

"When they awaken, you mean?"

"Yeah. It's called morning wood, or in this case, afternoon wood, I guess."

"I see." She tipped her head to study him. "But when you knocked on my door this morning, you were wide awake, fully dressed and had just finished working."

He'd also been aroused over the possibility of spending more intimate time with her. Knowing he shouldn't tell her that—yet—he scrubbed a hand over his tired eyes.

"Yet even then," she continued, her tone mischievous and teasing, "you had a…um…"

Having her talk about it wasn't helping. Reese trapped her gaze with his own. "An erection."

"Yes." A little too matter-of-factly, she nodded. "You had one then, also." Though the color in her fair skin intensified, she didn't look away. "You told me not to worry about it."

"I know what I said." God, he wanted to kiss her. If she'd been any other woman, he would have.

But he hadn't known Alice that long, and what he did know of her kept him from pushing things. Already, thanks to the fiasco the day before, she'd seen the hazards of his job.

Wasn't every day that murderers and hoods, the very criminals he investigated, showed up on his doorstep. It was even more uncommon for those offenders to get the drop on him. Usually he was great at his job. But yesterday…yeah, he'd suffered a first-class cluster fuck—and Alice had managed to get right in the middle of it.

Maybe that's why he'd been dreaming of her. She'd been helping out by watching his dog while he and his partner closed in on their quarry, and then when shit went sideways yesterday, she'd recognized the deadly situation and sent in reinforcements.

He eyed her understated, prim facade that hid so much intuition, bravery and cunning. "You will never have reason to worry about anything with me."

"Okay."

She was the most curious woman, and that, too, could explain his unaccountable reaction to her. "Just like that, huh?"

"I know you're honorable."

Sensible Alice. Of course she was right—he was honorable, most especially where women were concerned. But in the short time they'd known each other, how could she possibly be that confident about his intentions?

She couldn't.

So he'd taken in a stray dog—a dog she now adored. So what? He was polite, mannerly, dressed well and had his own proper persona. It meant nothing, and she should realize that.

Yet from what he'd seen so far she had great instincts.

The type of instincts usually honed in the field.

When she'd agreed to let him sleep on her couch, he'd thought to use the time alone with her in her apartment to do some in-depth talking. His curiosity about her was extreme, almost as sharp as his attraction.

But once she'd made up the couch for him, he'd sat down and exhaustion had all but pulled him under. Their talk had stalled.

Then.

Now he had all the time in the world. Or at least for the rest of the day. "Alice—"

"I should take Cash out. Again." She smiled at the dog with consuming love. "We both know he'll only hold it for so long."

She had the prettiest, sweetest smile—when she smiled. Not that she seemed to know it. Hell, if it wasn't for his dog, or the carnage in his apartment.

Remembering the carnage, the very reason for being on Alice's too-small couch instead of his own spacious bed, Reese groaned.

Alice paused in her attentions to Cash. "Are you okay?" She inched closer. "Did you get hurt yesterday?"

"I'm fine." But frustrated. Yesterday, in the culmination of a lengthy investigation, a damn parade had trooped through his apartment. Friends, suspects and heinous thugs. Murderous thugs. Thugs so ugly, their souls were surely black and decrepit.

Rowdy Yates, a "witness"—what a joke that had turned out to be—who should have been in protective custody, instead had gone to Reese's apartment to snoop. Alice had recognized that Rowdy was up to no good and had called Reese. He'd gotten to his apartment only minutes before his lieutenant also showed up.

They'd all been taken unawares by the lowlifes, and while a gun stayed on Rowdy, Reese and the lieutenant had been handcuffed to the headboard of his bed. That he and the female lieutenant butted heads more often than not made it an especially unpropitious situation. Lieutenant Peterson hadn't taken it well, and his efforts to shield her had been met with much resistance.

Instead of getting the protection afforded all witnesses, Rowdy had ended up a target for death. He had abilities, which included breaking into Reese's apartment to snoop, but against two gunmen set on executing him? The odds had not been with him. If they'd killed Rowdy, they would have next turned those guns on Reese and the lieutenant.

Without Alice's help, there would have been several dead bodies in his apartment, instead of just one.

And hell, one was bad enough. It wasn't easy to get death out of the carpet, curtains and off the walls.

Fortunately, sensible Alice had assessed the situation and sent in Reese's good friend Detective Logan Riske as backup. Because Logan possessed a lethal skill set unique to only a select few, he'd gotten the upper hand—but not before taking a bullet to the arm.

Chaos had reigned for a couple of minutes, all but destroying Reese's bedroom. In the end, they'd apprehended one gunman and another man who'd played lookout at the front of the apartment building.

The worst villain Reese had ever known had died from a broken neck. Never again would he threaten anyone.

Reese eyed Alice with renewed interest. At the tail end of the bloody melee, not long after Reese had been freed from the cuffs, Alice had shown up in his apartment with a big gun held in her slender, delicate hand.

She was a good judge of character, but then, so was he. And in his gut, Reese knew his straitlaced, often silent, skittish, timid and sexy-as-hell neighbor would have used that gun with fatal precision.

It made his blood run cold and ramped up his interest in her and her past. So many unanswered questions. He knew Alice was good with his dog and that he liked her. He definitely knew he wanted to get her under him.

But so far their relationship had been so odd, he didn't even know her last name yet. Alice…something or other.

Insane.

She inched closer still—just as she had in his dream.

"You have some dark bruising."

Reese followed her concerned gaze to his wrist and saw the ugly marks there, testament to how he'd tried to free himself from the key-lock metal cuffs—his own friggin' handcuffs—that had been used against him.

"It's fine." Never had he felt more helpless than when he'd been in those restraints, knowing that his own failure could facilitate the murder of others. Never again would he be caught unawares.

Once was more than enough.

Alice hesitated. "Are you hurt anywhere else?"

Other than his pride at being taken off guard in his own apartment. "No." He wanted nothing more than to move past it all.

She accepted that without an excess of coddling. "Your friend will be all right?"

"Logan? He's a detective, like me."

"I thought so. When I saw him yesterday, I knew he was safe."

Safe? The things she said always had double meanings. "Just as you knew the others were dangerous?" Alice had seen people come into the apartment building, and somehow she'd known they weren't friends. Not only was she astute, but she also wasn't afraid to react—thank God.

"Yes." She gave him a level stare. "I can usually tell."

How? Reese wanted to know. It wasn't as if criminals walked around with a damn sign on their foreheads. God knew, if they did, his job would be a hell of a lot easier.

As a detective, he'd dealt with enough shady characters that he'd gained something of a sixth sense about them. He noticed things, slight nuances that others missed.

But what had happened in Alice's life to give her that edge? "Logan is fine. You met Pepper?"

"Yes. She stayed in my apartment with me while Detective Riske went to your aid."

"Call him Logan—I'm sure he'd insist." Reese thought of the moment when he'd realized Logan had been shot. He hadn't let the wound slow him down, until blood loss had done that for him. "He's home with Pepper now, healing and no doubt being pampered."

Because of Alice's quick thinking, Reese and his friends were all alive, and a very bad character dealing in every aspect of corruption, including new ventures into human trafficking, was dead.

Reese had a lot of regrets for how things had gone down yesterday, but he didn't feel even a smidge of remorse over that.

Alice tipped her head. "Logan and Pepper are in love?"

"He is for sure." It wasn't like him to talk out of turn, but he heard himself say, "And that added to the craziness of the sting. Cops going undercover do not fall in love with key witnesses."

"Why not?"

"Complications, for one thing. Hard to think rationally when you're emotionally involved."

"He didn't seem emotional to me. As soon as I related my suspicions, he took over. He stuffed Pepper into my apartment, prepared himself the best he could and warned us—unnecessarily, I might add—to keep the doors locked."

"Knowing Pepper, that had to be a laugh a minute."

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    Another Keeper from Lori Foster. Bare It All is following Reese

    Another Keeper from Lori Foster.

    Bare It All is following Reese Bareden (introduced in Run the Risk), a sexy, capable alpha male who’s keen interest in his prim and proper neighbor Alice has all his protective and possessive instincts coming to light. Being a cop and knowing how to read the signs, Reese is determined to find out what has a fragile little thing like Alice running so scared.

    Lori Foster definitely knows how to write a sexy and exciting story, with a dream guy that can hold his own - who that protects what’s his against all odds - and a woman that you can’t help but root for.

    Alice has some dark things in her past that have taught her to never let her guard down and to always be prepared. The guilt that consumes her is real to her and I really felt for her and her struggle to move on. Reese is a complication she didn’t see coming and it was a sensual journey of self discovery and acceptance that had me reading until the very end. Alice, with the help of Reese finally starts to really overcome her fears and insecurities. I love the fact that hard core Reese is thrown upside down at every turn by quiet and unassuming Alice. She proves that looks can be deceiving and it keeps Reese on his toes around her. I enjoyed the range of emotions Alice experienced throughout the book, she really came to life for me as a character. Of course, Reese and his irresistible charm (both emotional and physical) added to the burning chemistry that sparked a hot wire between them.

    A lot of times in romance novels the male, the female or both deny the emotional intensity between each other. I hate when they chock up the emotional intensity as ‘just great sex’! It was refreshing to read a direct, no beating around the bush way to love for these two. Another plus for Lori Foster, her heroine was not completely helpless, she was smart and resourceful from the get go and (Spoiler!) stays that way throughout the book.

    For die hard fans of Lori Foster this one is another keeper. If you are into the strong alpha male protecting his not so helpless female than this is one you definitely want to check out. After all you can’t go wrong with a kick ass, exciting plot that has a smoking hot hero, a courageous heroine, a healthy dose of danger, mystery and a beautiful love story. Throw in the steamy bedroom scenes and the adorable Cash and this is another favorite on my keeper shelf.

    * * * If like me you were hooked on unpredictable and hunky Rowdy Yates from Run the Risk (the 1st book in this three part series), you’ll love the teasers that will wet your appetite for more of him in this installment. Look for Rowdy’s book – Getting Rowdy, out Sept. 2013 – to find out more about him and feisty Avery. I will be pre-ordering that . . . right now!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    Terrible!

    The repitition was terrible. The story line could have been good. But she danced over and through thoughts like she had no editor. Almost like there was a page limit for book, and she had to fill the space

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Not good

    ## First, let me say I'm a huge Lori Foster fan. That being said, I hated this book. Alice was freakish and Reese was just plain weird. They had zero chemistry, sexual or otherwise. And the dog received more page time than the hero. Ugh, and the secondary character Rowdy was a man-whore pig. I can't believe after that douchebag move with Avery, Lori is writing them their own story. I won't be buying it. Skip this one.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    I am a Lori Foster fan, but this book was awful.  Boring, strang

    I am a Lori Foster fan, but this book was awful.  Boring, strange characters and awkward conversations.  I would not recommend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2013

    Having reread Run the Risk and immediately behind it went straig

    Having reread Run the Risk and immediately behind it went straight into Bare It All, I really expected to love it. Hmmm...yeah, not really. I don't even know just how to say it. I really liked Alice. But she turned out to be more than a little needy, insecure in herself. And Reese turned out to be a bit of a bully. Using her feelings for him to make her do what he wanted. Dictating her every move. Really, I did not like this one at all. I am still looking forward to Rowdy. Though I am kind of afraid he is going to be a disappointment too. I liked him in this story but for his usage of women. Usage. I will continue on with it though, hoping for the best.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    So so

    It was alright. I was more interested in rowdy and avery. I WAS a rowdy fan, but now i hope avery makes him suffer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Disappointed

    I wanted to like this book because I really liked Reese and was intrigued by Alice after reading the first book. Unfortunately, the way the romance was developed between the characters just didn't work for me. Given all the issues Alice obviously has at the beginning of this story as well as the strange way she talks and interacts with the other characters, Reese's intense attraction (and near-constant state of physical arousal) comes off as kinda creepy rather than romantic. I'm all for lust and hot sex, but IMO, Alice just wasn't at a point when she should have appealed so strongly to a normal guy.

    I give Lori Foster credit for creating an unusual heroine. Alice is an interesting character who deserves her happily ever after. If some of her issues had been resolved first, this story would have been a lot better. I like that she wasn't your typical heroine, but she was a little too strange to be a credible romantic lead.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Good Read

    This book took me a little longer to get into. I was about half way through before it really started to pick up for me. I was interested in how she incorporated Trace. I had not read the book about Trace in his series, but I will go back now and pick that one up. This to me was more of a love story, a little less action, but still good!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Alice could have been a stronger person.

    Alice could have been a stronger person.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Just not worth it

    In one word muddy,and befote the end tedious. I usually find fosters work engaging, but this book rambled around with no clear direction. I gpt ywo thirds of the way through it and just gave up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Great

    But read in order.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    Bare It All is a really good book.  It did seem to go by slowly

    Bare It All is a really good book.  It did seem to go by slowly in some sections and in others the story flew by. I enjoyed it and would
    recommend this book.

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

    Absolutely loved this!!!  I knew I liked Reese before but he's e

    Absolutely loved this!!!  I knew I liked Reese before but he's even better now.  I waited a bit to read this one and it was totally worth the
    wait.  I was so thrilled to see Trace make an appearance.  Everything about this book just fit so perfectly.  I love to see the progression
    of all the people and the relationships.

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    Reviewed by Aubrey Book provided by NetGalley for review Review

    Reviewed by Aubrey
    Book provided by NetGalley for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    WOW! Bare It All was a fantastic read. I loved it. I fell in love with all the characters. Reese and Alice were a perfect fit. I definitely need to go back and read the first book of the series. The story line was very well done. I kept wanting to read to see what twists and turns were going to come next.

    At first I did not see how Alice and Reese would fit together in that Reese is a no nonsense man and Alice is a meek and quiet. But as soon as Reese and Alice are in the same room sparks fly between them. Both are a little broken and are unable to trust people very easily. The heat and sex between Alice and Reese is intense and very well written.

    Alice gets herself into the middle of trouble when she tries to save a woman from a drug dealer. The main plot is around how to break open the drug operation. Reese wants to make Alice’s life safe for her without having Alice involved. The secondary characters fit into Reese and Alice’s life nicely. Logan is Reese’s best who is engaged to Pepper. Pepper’s brother is Rowdy who helps bust open the drug operation. I really want to read Rowdy’s story. He is a man that doesn’t want more than sex from women. I really want to see how Lori writes Rowdy’s story.

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

    4 stars I liked Bare it All. But it had to much swearing and se

    4 stars

    I liked Bare it All. But it had to much swearing and sex scenes. The plot was a little complex. A bunch of the same characters that have been in her books before are back. I always like to see them again. Though I felt I had missed out and want to know more about Trace's story line. I missed that one.

    Bare it All takes place right after Run The Risk ends. Reese's apartment is a crime scene. He needs a place to sleep so he is offered Alice's couch. Reese feels he owes Alice a lot. He wonders how she summed up the good guys and bad guys so fast and was able to give Logan a gun.

    Who knows if they would have all survived if Alice hadn't noticed everything and reacted right. Reese was handcuffed to his bed. So was his boss. Rowdy would have been killed. Logan and pepper would have walked right into the mess without a gun. Only Logan was shot in the arm.

    Rowdy stopped by Alice's apartment he realized to that she was scared of something. He was used to watching over his sister and keeping her safe. Now that Logan was going to do that job he was at loose ends. He did not like how calm she was after the shooting when she said," It's better when they are dead" Instead of getting all of her story Alice was getting into his head.

    Alice was afraid of Reese and his dog would go back to his place. She was nervous after everything that had happened. She had been dog sitting Reese's dog he had rescued. She worked out her apartment and kept to herself. Only talked to Reese after he got his dog.

    Reese did a quick search of her apartment and found a bunch more weapons but not all. When she confronted him he admitted to it. She showed him all her weapons. Alice had been kidnapped and held for over a year. She was not going to be helpless anymore.

    Reese and Rowdy were joining forces to keep an eye on her. While Alice and Pepper were shopping at same time Reese & Logan were interviewed by prosecutor and internal affairs. (because they fired and killed bad guys in Run the Risk) After Pepper left Alice noticed two cars meeting and saw a girl with bandaged arm taken from one car to another. She knew something was wrong and followed them to a seedy place.


    She talked to guy to let her use his phone for help and once in the room the guy got between her and the door. She tasered him got restraints on him and then tasered him again got him handcuffed to pipe. She got the girl out of their and asked her if she wanted to call the cops. or she would take her where she needed to go. She wanted the bus station. So Alice gave Cheryl money for ticket. Her special cell number and a code word if she was in trouble.

    Rowdy got stopped at a light and lost her for a bit but found her as she was coming out of house with Cheryl and followed to bus station. Called her and told her to go back in and wait till he got back. Rowdy went back to the house and saw two other guys go in and three guys go out. Then followed Alice back to her place.

    Lots of action, gun fights, fist fights and falling in love. Because Alice did what she did and not only the one girl was taken to be a drug mule their was a ring. Rowdy never thought he would be helping the cops and calling them friends. Now one was going to be his brother-in-law. I can't wait to read Rowdy story in the future.

    I was given this ebook to read and asked in exchange to give honest review by Netgalley.
    Expected publication: April 30th 2013 by HQN 480 pages ISBN-10: 0373777612

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    Alice Appleton had been mixed up with a human trafficker, escape

    Alice Appleton had been mixed up with a human trafficker, escaped and then lived in fear of being found and the pay back. She keeps everything about her past hidden, but that is really hard when her friends are trying to be so nice and helpful and then she gets involved with Detective Reese Bareden. The story itself was really interesting and exciting but I found the first 20% or so confusing.  I think this was mainly because I kept getting Reese and Rowdy confused (their names are too similar). I had no idea which one actually owned the dog!




    I really liked Rowdy but I had already read Getty Rowdy and liked it a lot so I thought I would like this one too, but no. 
    Reese was a well developed character who was very serious about his job as detective, very kind and thoughtful. I didn't like Alice at all. She was so strange, with reason. But she was just odd and I couldn't relate to her. All she ever seemed to want was to have sex with Reese.




    I felt like I missed a book about Alice since there were so many hints about her secrets that I just didn't know about. I thought it was odd that the men were always taking their shirts off. The author seems to have a thing about men's bodies and bare chests.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    It took me a bit to get into this narrator, but once I was immer

    It took me a bit to get into this narrator, but once I was immersed in the story it was amazing.  I love the story itself from the get-go.  Foster somehow made this novel simultaneously cute & sexy, racy & suspenseful.  

    Foster brings another heartbreakingly brilliant alpha male to the forefront with this tale. t was almost comical at times watching him fight against his desires.  I appreciate how multifaceted each character in this novel is, be they main characters or supporting cast.  No one is one sided. I also loved seeing them all come together.  

    Overall?  I felt like I was watching a crossover episode of my favourite shows.  It was brilliant and I can’t wait to reread it in print.  It’s one of those stories that stays with you.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    Just finished this book in the wee hours of the morning because

    Just finished this book in the wee hours of the morning because I could not put it down. This is the second book in the Love Undercover series and I absolutely loved it. I liked the first one just fine but I think this one was great! It was hot and suspenseful. Very fast paced and everything moved wonderfully. I was also excited that the heroine, Alice, who was one of the secondary characters in Trace of Fever was the lead in this story. Loved her and I loved, loved, loved Reese. Getting Rowdy will be my next read so I'm excited to continue this series and I'm really looking forward to Dash's story. I imagine that's going to be fun to read :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

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    Enjoyed this so much.

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    First off, I want to say that I really list Lori Foster's books

    First off, I want to say that I really list Lori Foster's books and have enjoyed her series' particularly the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and the SBC Fighers. However, I did not enjoy this book as much as I have others. I like alpha males, but the way Reece took over and acted like he knew best just rubbed me the wrong way. Also, it felt like the men talked down to the "little women" and were subtly laughing at them. I get that alpha men don't like to admit to weakness, but it also frustrated me the way that they talked about the women when they were concerned about the men being injured. I liked the end of the book much better when it felt like the women were treated more as equals (around the time the Trace - from the MWWtEoH series) I did like Alice, she was quirky and straightforward.

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