Author: Lori Foster
Publisher: HQN an imprint of Harlequin
Format: Mass-Market Paperback
Release Date: April 2012
How I Read It: ARC from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations
Rating: 4 Crowns
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…
(from the back of the arc)
Normally I am not a big fan of romantic suspense although this novel truly captured my attention. I wanted to know more about the main characters as well as the secondary characters. And the plot was brilliantly paced and had me continually flipping the pages, it also had me up into the wee hours of the morn so I could finish the novel.
While this novel can be considered a standalone novel, I would highly recommend read the previous novels in Lori Foster’s Men Who Walked The Edge of Honor series, which I did not and I felt a bit lost on certain aspects of the book. However, I have purchased the first three books and cannot wait to devour them.
1.Is there a specific element in your writing that you find most challenging?
Research. I’m a small town Podunk, with limited life experience. Just about anything I write, I have to research. It’s a bother.
2.Which author inspires you most?
I started writing out of a love of Linda Howard, Catherine Coulter, Johanna Lindsey, Julie Garwood, Jayne Ann Krentz... They all inspire me!
3.In every book of this series, there are animals who are rescues: why do you make animal rescue a priority in your writing?
It’s a priority in my life! I LOVE animals and I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like them. I DETEST anyone who is ever cruel or even negligent to animals. Currently we have 1 little dog, 4 indoor cats, and numerous feral cats that we’ve caught and taken to the vets to spayed or neutered, given their shots, and then released again. They “hang out.” They come to the porch to eat, but they won’t come in. I’ve tried.
4.What do you draw from to write some of the more salacious parts of your novels?
Well, I’m a Podunk, but I haven’t lived in a convent. I see television, I see life, I observe. And I have to admit, I’ve been happily married for a very long time. So... yeah.
5.Do you think that romances with dangerous elements are more fun to write?
I love writing romances with kick-ass characters. Whether there is real danger or not, I want to know that a character can handle him/herself. Alpha dudes are my favorites. I sort of like the woman-in-distress, guy to rescue theme. But I also enjoy the broken wing hero (emotionally hurt) who needs a strong woman to break past his barriers. Fun, fun.
All of it is fun! Writing is a blast. It’s almost a crime that I get paid to do something I enjoy so very much.
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