Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Run the Risk by Lori Foster

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?

I have to remind myself sometimes that not all heroines are the same. Even when I'm yelling mentally at some stupid move, I can't make assumptions about what the character is going to do next. I can try but the author usually has their eye on the HEA better than I do so I should probably leave them to it, eh?

What I'm trying to say there is that I didn't always like Pepper Yates. In fact she down right annoyed me in the beginning because I hate people who seem to be trusting where no trust is deserved. When she's still feeling her way with Logan but listening to her brother I was not pleased; maybe I'm impatient? Their relationship was rocky enough and to watch her shove it even more in the wrong direction was a pain - looking back now that I've finished though I can say that Foster made it work. Logan isn't the innocent angel in this; he's working on a case to avenge his friend and come hell or high water he's going to make it happen, no matter who he has to go through. I ignored the 'but she's so plain, why do I like her?' moments because they were (thankfully) few and far between. I don't want to read about the heroes confusion over why he likes the nice/cool but 'plain' heroine. 

But as I said, there's not a lot of that before Pepper and Logan are butting heads with the truth laid out on the table. Pepper doesn't want her brother threatened but is also chafing under the rules of her virtual imprisonment (voluntary though it is). We're treated to a lot of action, sparks, and interesting sexy times. I call them interesting because even though they were hot the emotions weren't there for a while. There was two much hurt and misunderstanding for the love that began growing between them to show itself. But of course this is a contemporary romance so they get their HEA and the strings that Foster leaves for Rowdy (Pepper's brother) and Reese (Logan's fellow detective) have me excited for the next books. I'd recommend it because I think in the end this is going to be a really satisfying trilogy.

Overall Feeling - B

Series - 1) Run the Risk 2) Bare it All (April 2013) 3) Getting Rowdy (September 2013)

**Title requested from NetGalley**