Run the Risk

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When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her….

Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction ...

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Overview

When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her….

Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction worker" who's moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer's crosshairs?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Foster (A Perfect Storm) takes another turn with her reliable romantic suspense formula in the debut of her Love Undercover series. Nothing can stop Det. Logan Riske from getting justice for the murder of his best friend. Certain that villainous club owner Morton Andrews is behind it, the only witness to the crime, Rowdy Yates, is reluctant to give evidence. Logan gets a bead on Rowdy’s sister, Pepper, and goes undercover as her new neighbor to get closer to her and eventually her overprotective brother. What Logan doesn’t anticipate is the intense and unyielding attraction between himself and Pepper. Content to be alone, Pepper tries to resist the advances of her seductive new neighbor, but can’t deny the passion she feels. Thanks to Foster’s skillful storytelling, the chemistry between Pepper and Logan adds to the suspense, even though the love scenes occasionally threaten to overtake the thriller story. Distinctive and passionate, this is not to be missed by Foster fans. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"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

"Steamy, edgy, and taut."

-Library Journal on When You Dare

"The fast-paced thriller keeps these well-developed characters moving...Foster's series will continue to garner fans with this exciting installment."

-Publishers Weekly on Trace of Fever

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

"Steamy, edgy, and taut."

-Library Journal on When You Dare

"The fast-paced thriller keeps these well-developed characters moving...Foster's series will continue to garner fans with this exciting installment."

-Publishers Weekly on Trace of Fever

Kirkus Reviews
An undercover cop courts his plain-Jane neighbor to track her brother, a suspected criminal and witness to his best friend's murder, but finds the tables turned when he falls for her, then must protect her after his investigation sets her against him and puts all of them in mortal danger. Detective Logan Riske will do anything to solve the murder of his best friend, a local politician who stood up to the resident crime lord. Discovering the whereabouts of the frumpy sister of the man rumored to have witnessed the crime, Logan moves in next door and puts the full force of his good looks and magnetic personality toward gaining her trust; to his surprise, they embark on an explosive sexual relationship. Pepper's lonely, difficult past blunts her ability to trust people, but something about her new neighbor makes her want to try. She knows getting close to anyone is dangerous, especially now, with so much at stake. But Logan's a construction worker and a damn fine specimen, at that. What harm could there possibly be in a little sexual release? When the truth comes out and her brother Rowdy is arrested, Pepper vanishes in an attempt to take matters into her own hands in order to save him. Logan realizes he's misjudged Pepper's determination and Rowdy's honor and, moreover, that his miscalculation and Pepper's subsequent actions have put them all in peril--especially the amazing, enigmatic woman he's come to love. Now he'll have to find her, save her, and convince her that despite their rocky, dishonest start, his feelings are genuine, and once they've dealt with the threat hanging over them, he's ready to spend the rest of his life proving it to her. Perennial red-hot romantic-suspense favorite Foster hits the mark with this complicated page turner that, in less deft hands, could have been easily mishandled, but generally reads like a sexy, believable roller coaster of action and romance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373776955
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 105,314
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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 www.lorifoster.com.
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Pepper Yates felt the intense scrutiny stroking over her as she made her way to her apartment building. She'd been feeling it for over two weeks now, ever since her new neighbor had moved in, but she'd never get used to it.

Dangerous anticipation crawled up her spine.

She didn't acknowledge the man leaning over his balcony, muscular arms folded along the railing, shirtless, smiling—tracking her every move.

She didn't, in any way, encourage him. He was out of her league in a big way. His attention made her tense, more so with every incident.

Uncertainty gave her a faltering step, causing her cheap canvas slip-on sneakers to make an obnoxious shuffling sound. Her long skirt kicked around her shins. Her chest constricted.

Keeping her head down, her paper bags of groceries held securely in her arms, she pretended not to notice him.

She should win an Oscar for her performance, because seriously, who wouldn't notice him? If she had to guess, she'd say women came to him easily. He had that type of raw, cocky presence. The kind of presence that left her on edge.

It probably ate him up that she ignored him. That was the only explanation for his continued attention. But what else could she do?

The hot August sun beat down on her head. She would dearly love a cool swim right about now. But not with him around.

Actually…not ever.

It seemed her carefree days of swimming were well behind her. It made her sad to think of all that had been lost, all that she'd had to forfeit, in the name of survival.

But thanks to her brother, she had survived, she reminded herself. And that's what mattered most.

It was also the number one reason she couldn't be drawn in by the new neighbor's lure.

He should have a big D for danger on his oft-naked chest.

As she hastened her steps in, Pepper dropped her head so far that her chin nearly touched her chest.

Of course he called out to her. He always called out to her. It made no sense, but her rebuffs hadn't dissuaded him at all.

The man had a rock-solid ego.

"Evening, Ms. Meeks."

When she'd taken the alias, it hadn't been a big deal, because she wasn't a big deal. Few ever spoke to her. None ever called out to her.

But he did.

She drew a fortifying breath, peeked up at him and gave a subdued nod. "Evening."

He disappeared off the balcony and she just knew he was coming inside to corral her in the narrow hallway.

Why wouldn't he leave her alone?

The apartment building was…unpleasant. Peeling paint from the walls, mold in the corners, carpet with stains she didn't want to investigate too closely.

She knew why she was there.

Why was he?

Dreading every foot that brought her closer to him, she went up the squeaking steps to her second-floor apartment, and…there he was.

Knowing he waited for her, she stalled.

He lounged back against his door, which was right next to hers, arms crossed over his bare chest, his brown hair disheveled, five o'clock shadow on his jaw. He wore only wrinkled khaki shorts that hung low on his lean hips—and he took her breath away.

Seeing him again had the same impact it'd had the first time she'd laid eyes on him. He was so sinfully appealing that it staggered her senses.

What did he want?

Not the usual, not with how he looked, and how…she looked. So then, why did he so relentlessly pursue her?

The long walk to the grocery and back again—something she usually enjoyed—left her hot, damp with perspiration and in no mood for playing games.

At least, not these games.

She had to avoid his gaze or—humiliating thought—he just might see everything she felt, everything she thought.

About him. About the incredible body that he insisted on displaying.

And how she'd like to rub her body all over his…

"Hey."

Before she could figure out a way to dodge him, he pushed away from the wall, his smile welcoming, his dark eyes warm. She swallowed her sigh. "Hello."

"Here, let me help you with that."

Like she couldn't handle a few bags of groceries? Why was he bothering her like this? Flustered, talking too fast, Pepper said, "That's okay, really. I've got—"

He scooped the bags away from her and gestured for her to precede him to her apartment.

"—it." Left empty-armed and unnerved, she kept her shoulders slumped and did her best to bank her reaction to him. "really, Mr. Stark, I don't—"

"We're neighbors, so call me Logan."

She didn't want to call him anything and tried to convey that with a show of umbrage. "Really, Mr. Stark, I don't need any help."

His grin widened. Teasing. Flirting. "You are so prickly."

How could he make that sound like a compliment?

"I am not—"

He snatched her keys from her, too, and short of grabbing for them, which would only make her look foolish, she had no choice but to follow him.

"—prickly," she muttered—probably in a really prickly way. While he unlocked her door, she stared at his broad back. He was tanned, his sleek skin almost as damp as her own.

Her fingers twitched with the need to touch him, to coast her palms over his heated skin and taut muscles.

He turned toward her, and she got the up close and personal view of his chest. It shocked her, but she noticed his small brown nipples, how soft chest hair half hid them…

"If not prickly, then what?"

She glanced up, saw he'd been watching her as she studied him, and wanted to sink into the floor. Her face went hot, her body hotter—but probably not for the reasons he assumed.

"I'm private" Although, the way she'd just looked at him, sort of eye-raping him—oh, God—it was no wonder he didn't understand that.

Every single time he got within her view, she visually molested him. His fault in part, because he always had so much skin on display; she wasn't used to anyone like him, anyone who looked as good as he did.

A touch to her chin brought up her face and nearly stopped her heart. "Saying hi to a neighbor somehow intrudes on your privacy?"

No, no, no. He couldn't touch her. She couldn't let him touch her. Time to escape.

Ducking around him, Pepper swung the door open, stepped in fast ahead of him, then turned to block his way. "I barely know you."

"I'm trying to remedy that, right?" He looked into her apartment with curiosity and surprise. One brow lifted at the mess she knew he saw.

So she wasn't ubertidy. So she was actually a slob. Maybe that would repel him.

"I keep to myself." She awkwardly snatched back her groceries and straightened her spine. "Others should do the same."

"Yeah, maybe I could." Giving up his scrutiny of her cluttered living space, he leaned in her door frame—all six-feet-plus of him. His broad shoulders kept her from closing the door.

Patient, silent, he waited for her to meet his gaze.

Girding herself, Pepper looked up—and felt caressed by his suggestive, intimate attention. She cleared her throat and prompted him with, "You could…what?"

"Maybe stop chasing your skirt." His voice dropped. "If you weren't so damn cute."

Shock took her back a step.

Cute? He must be deranged, because no way was he desperate. Why would he say such an absurd thing? His expression softened. "You don't think you're cute?"

The laugh strangled in her throat, and her automatic "No" sounded like a croak.

Cute? Hardly. She kept her dull blond hair pulled back in a low, unflattering ponytail at the nape of her neck, showcasing a face devoid of even the most subtle makeup. She wore clothes any respectable grandmother would disdain, with shoes so ugly they made her sad when she stepped into them.

She slumped when she walked, mumbled when she talked. Or at least, she remembered to mumble when a certain neighbor didn't push her past the breaking point.

"Well, I think you are," he said, still watching her, his tone almost…pitying.

How dare he feel sorry for her?

Pride rose to the forefront, returning her backbone.

"Is that a joke, Mr. Stark?"

Shifting his stance, he leaned in and—while she held her breath—said with distinct insistence, "Call me Logan."

Oh, good Lord. He was close enough that she felt his warm, moist breath and could see the thick, dark lashes on his eyes.

Bedroom eyes.

Her temperature spiked. "Oh, umm." Those sexy lips lifted into a satisfied grin. "And I'll call you.?"

When Pepper only stared at him, a little dazed, his grin twitched. And man, oh, man, she wanted to kiss that mouth of his.

Kiss it and…other things.

Catching herself, Pepper shook her head and tried to ease the door shut. "Goodbye, Mr. Stark."

His big hand flattened on the door near her shoulder. "Come on, throw me a bone here." Without much effort, he held the door open. "How will it hurt if I have your name?"

What to do, what to do?

He was so pushy that her continued refusal looked absurd.

Grudgingly, she said, "Sue."

Now more amused, he admitted, "I know."

"Beg pardon?"

"You manage the building, so I already saw your name on my rental agreement." He tweaked her chin again. "But I wanted to hear you say it anyway."

Her huff of affront did nothing to get him out of her doorway.

"So." He looked up and down the hallway. "You're a woman alone, and this isn't the best apartment building, or the best neighborhood."

Now he was a master of understatement? "You're insulting my management skills?" Did he think that'd win her over?

"You're only responsible for notifying the owner if rent is late or repairs are needed, right?" Without letting her reply to that, he said, "Let me leave you my number. Anything comes up, or if anyone bothers you—"

"You 're bothering me."

His gaze zeroed in on her mouth. "That's why you're flushed?"

Oh, God. More heat rushed to her skin's surface.

"Really, Mr. Stark—"

"Logan," he corrected softly. "Say it for me. Just once. Then I'll go."

He wanted to…seduce her?

So it appeared. And worse, he succeeded just by presence alone. "Logan," she agreed through stiff lips. "I need to go." Before I do something stupid—like invite you in.

Or kiss you.

Or drag you down to the floor and—

He pulled a card from his pocket. "My number. Seriously. Any problem at all—or if you just want to visit—give me a call, okay?"

"All right." Not on your life. "Thank you."

As if he knew her thoughts, he gave a warm laugh and stepped out of the doorway. "See you later, Sue."

Not if I see you first. "Goodbye, Logan." She started to close the door.

And he said, "Now that wasn't so painful, was it?"

She clicked the door shut in his face, then dropped against it.

Painful? Not exactly.

Stirring? She felt like a blender on high speed, all her emotions, all her dormant desires, churning together in a frenzy.

It had been too long—like forever—and she was too deprived to be around a specimen like him without imagining the impossible. She needed to find a way to avoid him, but she'd have to do it without causing suspicion. And there was the rub.

Avoiding him was suspicious.

Pepper turned so that it was her shoulders against her door. Head down, eyes closed, she struggled to come up with a plan.

Maybe, she reasoned to herself, she was going about this all wrong. Any woman would be flattered by Mr. Stark's attention.

A woman like her, especially so.

Slowly, she lifted her head. Did she have a good reason to engage him in conversation? To get to know him better?

She pressed her hands to her cheeks and fought off a smile.

Yes, that's what she would do. She would stop deflecting him, and instead—she'd shyly reciprocate. If that didn't scare him off once and for all, she didn't know what would.

Logan Riske sauntered back to his temporary digs with a feeling of encouragement.

So he'd had to be pushy. Again.

So he'd had to practically force a conversation on her. At least this time, he'd been successful.

More than successful.

The lady could deny it till doomsday, but he felt her awareness. If her damned brother didn't have her so cowed, she'd probably be knocking on his door right now.

Thinking of her brother, Rowdy Yates, always soured his mood. No doubt Rowdy had run roughshod over her for years, so Logan had to proceed cautiously.

He ran a hand over his chest, considering all the twists and turns of her ruse. It was a ruse—he couldn't be wrong about that. Yes, she looked different from the photos he had, but there was something in the eyes, in the way she looked at him.

Pepper Yates.

After two years of searching, the end drew near.

She was the one woman he needed, the link that'd get him everything he'd worked for.

He thought about the small grainy photos online, the newspaper reports. Her wide-eyed innocence had shown through. She looked a little worse now than she had two years ago, but he supposed running, and hiding, and putting up with her brother could do that to a woman.

His hands curled into fists.

Most everything he'd uncovered had been on Rowdy Yates, but bits and pieces of Pepper had surfaced, as well. He knew she was younger than thirty, and he knew she was shy.

He hadn't known she would be so tall. At around five-ten, she stood only three inches shorter than him. And while no one would accuse her of being pretty, he hadn't known that her light brown eyes would be so expressive. When she looked directly at him, he felt it.

All over.

Her hair was so dark a blond, it was nearly brown. Long, but lank. Dull. Untidy, with frizzy ends, despite her habit of securing it in a ponytail.

And still he wanted to see it loose. He wanted to feel it in his hands.

And speaking of untidy… His quick glimpse of her living room had been a shocker. He'd just naturally assumed that a plain Jane like her would be ultraneat, like the stereotypical mousy woman who lived like a maiden aunt.

Ha! Not even close.

Clothes, magazines, empty cola cans and a pizza box had all littered her small living space. Beyond that area he'd seen a towel on the floor of her bathroom, and through an open door, her unmade bed with a quilt more off the bed than on it.

For some reason, knowing she wasn't a neat freak made him smile. It was such a contradiction to his assumptions.

He again pictured her sloppy bed and wondered if she'd had a sleepless night. He knew for certain she'd spent the night—every night—alone.

Maybe that was why, more than once, she'd stolen a glimpse of his body.

And that rosy flush?

Yeah, that hadn't been annoyance he'd seen stirring in her expressive eyes.

Eyes that couldn't hide her secrets.

Not from him. As a cop, he excelled in uncovering mysteries.

As a man, he knew how to seduce a woman. Sue Meeks—what a joke—would be no different. What he found odd was his own reaction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

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    Plot spoilers by braggerts getting their books for free from the the publisher for their *honest* review. Wonder how the publisher would feel if they knew you were revealing every detail of the book and costing them sales? Plot spoilers should be banned from posting here. Come on bn, do some already. Ppl are sick of this.

    10 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    No spoilers. It was a bit slow beginning. I suppose mostly beca


    No spoilers. It was a bit slow beginning. I suppose mostly because there are quite a few characters being brought together. But it doesnt take long before your mouth drops at a surprise or two and things start moving. Lori Foster style. Terrific story. Great group of characters. Very interesting Heroine here. Different and unpredictable. Prickly, but not annoying. The hero is not your typical LF alpha. Which is why Logan & Pepper are perfect. Really enjoyed the story. My favorite line, "The only risk I want you to have is my last name." Awww....

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    ~~ANOTHER FAVORITE 2012 RELEASE~~

    Thanks to the publisher, Harlequin, and NetGalley for the chance to read this early!

    Like all of Ms. Foster books it was packed with action, and a smoking hot romance. If you are/were a fan of her Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor
    series – then you will love this as they are very similar in style. I loved reading Run the Risk, book #1 in the Love Undercover series by Lori Foster.

    The romance between Detective Logan Riske and Pepper Yates is smoking hot. The actual plotline of the book revolves around the unsolved murder of Logan’s best friend and a few other subplots. Logan is determined to locate Rowdy, Pepper’s brother, even if he has to use Pepper to do it. We also get introduced to several WONDERFUL new characters; and thankful the author has already scheduled future books for them.

    ~Reese Bareden, Logan’s Partner, releasing in Spring 2013 his story - Bare It All (2nd book in the series).
    P.S. If your read Lori’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series then heroine, Alice, maybe be familiar – she was in Book#2, Trace of Fever.
    ~Rowdy Yates, Pepper’s Brother, releasing in Fall 2013 his story – Getting Rowdy (3rd book in the series).
    ~Dash Riske, Logan’s Brother, releasing in 2013 his story – Dash (4th book in the series).

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

    Run the Risk is the first installment in Lori Foster's new Love

    Run the Risk is the first installment in Lori Foster's new Love Undercover series, and it had everything I have came to expect from a Lori Foster book - a decent plot, well developed characters, unexpected twists, action, tension, romance, and sizzling hot sex scenes.

    Pepper Yates is living a quiet life as Sue Meeks when a sexy male moves into her building and starts to pay attention to her, little does she know the man in question is actually a Undercover Detective Logan Riske who is looking for Pepper's brother Rowdy in order to get to the bottom of his friends murder.

    When I first started this book I wasn't quite sure what was going on, "Sue" was a very shy, quiet heroine who was full to the brim with secrets. I couldn't quite get a grasp on what she was hiding, her actions puzzled me more than once and to be honest I enjoyed it. When we start to unravel her secrets and meet the real Pepper things really start heating up! Logan angered me at times, but I understand the reasoning behind his actions.

    I love when you can't puzzle out the entire plot by the end of the first chapter, in fact I was still debating which side people where on until the final confrontation. I know there is going to be at least 4 books in this series and we meet all the main charcters in this book. I can't wait to get to the bottom of their secrets!

    ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved it

    Really great book. Kept me entertained all the way.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

    4 STARS In Run the Risk is the first of a series called Love Un

    4 STARS In Run the Risk is the first of a series called Love Undercover. It has lots of twists and turns. Was not sure who all the good guys and bad guys were till the end of the book, it kept me guessing. Detective Logan Riske is going undercover working in construction in his brother's company. He moved into a apartment next to Pepper Yates who is posing as dowdy Sue Leeks apartment manager. Logan is determined to find Rusty Yates who witnessed a murder of his good friend by a club owner. It took him two years to find Pepper and he wants to be close to her to find her brother. Logan knows the club owner has a bunch of crooked cops on his payroll. He is in charge of the task force to bring down Morton Andrews. Logan comes from money but both his brother Dash and him chose to work for a living. He likes being a cop. He trusts his boss that she is cleaning up the police force. He also trusts his partner Reese.They are the only two who know what he is up too. His boss does not trust Reese. Reese does not trust Lieutenant Peterson. Rusty and Pepper don't trust any cops because they saw so many crooked cops with Morton. They tried to go to a newspaper with the truth but he ended up with his throat cut. Pepper is hiding herself both looks and personality. She misses jogging,sex and her brother. While Logan is hot Pepper tries not to stare but she wants him and decides to have him but under her conditions. She stays dressed the curtans and lights off and he can't touch her. Logan agrees and they have sex a few times. He is dying to know what she is hiding. Liked the story, the characters but not all the sex scenes and swearing in the book. I liked how it kept me guessing what really was going on. I want to see what happens next in Love Undercover. 09/25/2012 PUB Harlequin Imprint HarlequinMIRA

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    Good Read

    I have to admit the hardest part for me to understand was why Pepper insisted on the "undercover loving" and Logan went along with it! But everything worked out in the end and it is a good lead in to the next book in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Complainers

    Stop complaining about plot spoilers and just enjoy the book. You're very tiresome.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Wonderful.

    Exactly what I was looking for when I bought the book. You won't be disappointed.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    This is my first book by this author and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!

    This is my first book by this author and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!! Can not wait for the next book. I am soooo glad this the beginning of a series.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

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    Another Hit

    This another great book by Lori Foster. I love all the men in the book, They are strong and brave. Pepper is a feisty heroine who has her match wrap around her finger. I can't wait for the following story Reese and Alice

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2012

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE this one

    This was a great read, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a story with everything!!
    Enjoy!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2012

    Definitely a Rainy Day, curl up on the couch w/a blanket book!

    Lori Foster is a fairly new author for me. I have loved the books I have read so far and always look forward to the next one, especially in her Love Undercover series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    I couldn't be bothered to finish

    I only got about 1/2 way through when I decided I had wasted enough time on this book. Very disappointing.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Worth the Riske

    I enjoyed the book. Although there was danger, the relationship between Logan and Pepper seemed to be the focus. Both Logan and Pepper struggled with what they wanted as well as what needed to do and deception. But realized the risks taken were worth it.

    Very good start to a new series. Can't wait for Reese's story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2012

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    Good first read of a new series

    How do you catch a killer when the only witness is on the run and can't be found? Answer: you go undercover and try to get close to the witness' sister. Two years ago, Detective Logan Riske's best friend was murdered. With no evidence and no witnesses, the culprit is still roaming free, but Logan wants justice and revenge. When he learns that the witness Rowdy Yates has a sister safely tucked away away, posing as an apartment building manager, he decides to go undercover as a construction worker and fellow tenant to get closer to her. Where she is, her brother can't be far away. But meeting Sue Meeks aka Pepper Yates is both the best and worst thing that could have happened to him. His mission and his growing feelings for Pepper could cost him the woman as well as her life. There is a lot going on in this book, and it delivers on many points: humor, action, suspense and hot sex. I giggled my way through the first few chapters with the introduction of Sue aka Pepper and Logan. She was so painfully shy, that when faced with all the manly naked chest manliness of Logan, her reactions were actually very comical. However, her wicked thoughts belie the buttoned up prude hiding beneath long skirts, over-sized sweaters and unkempt hair. She can't fathom why a man as good looking as Logan would try so hard to break down her resistance and her carefully erected barriers. But when he does, he certainly doesn't hold back. The relationship between Rowdy and Pepper kept me questioning whether she was a door mat or just absolutely devoted to her brother. He literally was "Big Brother". I felt that Pepper's anger directed at Logan dragged on a little too long (around nine chapters). I understood why she felt betrayed and angry, but her idea of payback was to initiate sex and walk out immediately afterwards. The next morning Pepper would act like nothing was wrong or be antagonistic. By the second round I got bored and skipped the sex scene to get back to the action. There were two subplots to set up the next books in the series, and while I came to like Rowdy eventually, his detour into a restaurant where he becomes infatuated with a waitress did nothing for this story except add on extra reading material. Now I can guess who his love interest will be when his book comes out. I really liked Alice. She was quiet, standoffish, but there was a quiet strength about her that I really enjoyed. Apparently she made her first appearance in Trace of Fever [Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor, Book 2]. Overall, I enjoyed this new series, and I'll probably read the rest when they come out. Thank you Harlequin (Imprint: HarlequinMIRA) and NetGalley for the ARC. Disclaimer: A review in exchange for the ARC was not promised. The views and opinions expressed in this review are my own, and in no way represent the views or opinions of the publisher/distributor.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Loyal Fan Disappointed

    I have read everything Lori Foster has written, this book I feel has come up short. Very slow beginning but I kept reading and it did get better but not to the point of her last series.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Loved it!

    Loved it!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Loved it

    I will ready anything Lori writes :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

    Promoted as a mystery/romance; turned out to be thinly veiled po

    Promoted as a mystery/romance; turned out to be thinly veiled porn. Since the story had not shown up by page 48 I sent this book to my archives.

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