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3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,415 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
This was not what Eli Conners had expected. With a name like Ray Vereker, the mercenary he'd hired to rescue his irresponsible brother should have been a tank of a guy with forty tattoos and a prison record. But the gorgeous creature demonstrating her considerable karate skills - on an unfortunate bar troll who just grabbed her below the black belt - is all woman and all b ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 266 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Brava / Kensington (first published May 28th 1999)
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Aug 23, 2014 Tammie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of romantic action, funny moments, strong heroines, and alpha heroes

One of my favorite Lori Foster books of all-time. Ray Vereker is just such a friggin' bad mama-jamama. She thrives on the fight; is completely in her element opening up a can of whoop ass. Eli is drawn to her immediately. He knows she hides behind her tough exterior and refuses to let her do the same with him. The sparks flying between them will singe your fingers! When the mission is over, Eli makes it clear things aren't over between them. He's the absolute best kind of alpha male. Love him! F
Laura the Highland Hussy
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I really enjoy Lori Foster's Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor and Love Undercover series, so I was super excited for a chance at one of her backlist. This one is slightly different than her others, though.

When Eli Connors needs to get his brother back after he was kidnapped for ransom in Central America, the agency he contacts that specializes in mercenaries sends him the meanest and the best soldier they’ve got. Ray Verekner.

What Eli doesn’t know is that Ra
Apr 30, 2013 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Girl Rambo meets Boy Executive. Ray is a female mercenary hired by Eli to rescue his brother from a band of South American guerillas. Eli is skeptical of Ray's abilities when they meet until she lays two drunks out for him. This girl has some moves. Eli is instantly attracted and so is Ray, which is a big problem for her. She starts breaking her rules: she never gets involved with a client and she always works alone. Eli makes her want him and he insists on accompanying her on the rescue.

It has
Eli Connor's brother is kidnapped and he hires Ray Vereker to find him and rescue him. Only instead of a man, Ray is a woman and an attractive one at that. They head out to Central America to rescue the brother and things get a little hot.

This book by Lori Foster, one of my favorite Romance authors, is not a favorite. It wasn't bad but it didn't grab me like many of her books do. It had all the right elements and should have worked for me. I didn't hate it, though. It had some good scenes and qu
Lisa Kay
One of my favorite Lori Foster’s; a nice, quick read. Ray Vereker is a hired mercenary who makes the mistake of agreeing to take Eli Conners along with her to rescue his younger half-brother, Jeremy, a photography student, out of Central America. Not much birth control available in the jungle and this tough Rambo-ette ends up knocked up by her client; the tone of the book changes slightly then, but it’s still a fun read to see if she, her younger brother, Matt, and her dog, Precious, can mix wi ...more
Paula Legate
I really enjoyed this book. The banter between Eli, and Ray kept me laughing throughout the story. Eli needed a guide to help him navigate the jungles of Central America. His kid brother has gotten in trouble and ended up as a prisoner. It was up to Eli to rescue him. Eli contacted a agency, and asked for the meanest, mercenary that the agency had. He was shocked, when he met Ray for the first time in a smoke filled bar. Ray was a woman. She was not just any woman. With her skill set, she could ...more
Feb 15, 2009 Rebyj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most Lori Foster books the flow of the story moves along at a nice pace, I usually can pick up one of her books and read it thru. Maybe because it was an older publication (2003)I have some criticisms however I have to point out her writing has evolved over the years and gotten better of course. I'm enjoying reading about the controversy over her new book " My Man Michael" . People love or hate but they're buying and talking about it! It's on my wish list to buy eventually but since it's ...more
May 09, 2011 Charlene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This was a very light, chick-lit type book...not that there is anything wrong with that, I've just found myself wandering past those types of books. Lately I've been reading some really dark, depressing types books and I thought I would change it up a bit and throw in this light read just for fun. I'll admit that there were a few parts that I literally laughed out load but mainly I just flew right through it unentertained. Apparently I've moved on from these types of books and didn't even realiz ...more
Aug 11, 2008 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading "Saving Brian" and not quite liking it, I gave Foster a second chance as most of the reviews said it did not seem like her typical work. They were wrong! "Unexpected" had the same eye roll moments, where the main character is so unrealistic, the plot predictable and humor is far and few between. Foster is good at coming up with fresh and original story lines (although unrealistic) and a definite pro at writing sexual scenes. It's your modern day Harlequin romance novel so if that i ...more
What a waste of potentially good and strong female character. Unfortunately, the supposedly strong and independent heroine became a double-minded mess after she had s3x with the hero. She says one thing just to say she in commanding only to do the opposite after the hero coaxed her into his thinking which made the heroine to my way of thinking as full of bluster with no force behind. Add her over the top insecurities and the fact that the heroes family had to convinced her with praises and bribe ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Tracey marked it as could-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I'm calling it quits on this one. I just couldn't get interested. Which is surprising since Lori Foster is one of my all time favorite romance authors. Don't worry though, I won't let this cloud my judgement for any future Foster reads.
This was a great, entertaining story. Loved the hero and his relentless but gentle way to make the heroine fall in love with him. Loved the heroine - a nice surprise- and her actions and reactions, especially her feelings about her pregnancy.
HERO is a Leader, assertive, sexy, who hires a guide/bodyguard to rescue his kidnapped brother. The bodyguard is a tough woman, tomboy, a loner, very different to any woman he's ever met and he sets out to make her see they belong together.
May 04, 2016 April rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I don't even know where to start...but here goes. The book at a ton of potential. Female, kick-ass, mercenary hired by attractive businessman to save his brother in the jungle? I am there!! Ray seemed like the kind of heroine I could get behind - she sized up the opponent, enjoyed handing out beatings, and was doing all this to help her little brother pay for college - and then she met Eli and lost her damn mind. She was dumb in love. Literally, and idiot. I lost all respect for her the minute s ...more
3.3 Stars. Public Library 6/1/15. I liked the story idea but didn't care for the attitude of the characters. It's hard to make a girl tough yet vulnerable at the same time especially if she is a mercenary saving people. Ray our lovely h missed her mark as kick-ass yet vulnerable instead she came off as cocky and moody. Eli our H is wealthy yet tough and extremely bossy for someone who needed to hire a mercenary. It's hard to come off as alpha male when you have to hire a professional to help sav ...more
Kristal McKerrington
Lori Foster creates an intense suspense story from the get go. The heat of a brothers kidnap and undeniable attraction between two rugged individuals.

Eli Conners is a man to whom could hold his own. His secret past is now in play thanks to his younger brother getting kidnapped. He had been lonely and until now Eli hadn't known. Ray opened his eyes to much more than his heart.

Ray Vereker is a woman who has a strong spirit and an a aggressive streak in her. She soon breaks all of her rules and fin
Kristal McKerrington
Lori Foster creates an intense suspense story from the get go. The heat of a brothers kidnap and undeniable attraction between two rugged individuals.

Eli Conners is a man to whom could hold his own. His secret past is now in play thanks to his younger brother getting kidnapped. He had been lonely and until now Eli hadn't known. Ray opened his eyes to much more than his heart.

Ray Vereker is a woman who has a strong spirit and an a aggressive streak in her. She soon breaks all of her rules and fin
Snigdha Prakash
I think the book was more than average in certain points and just about average in other areas.
The plot was actually the most average part, I think.
It could have been a lot lot better, it had so much potential. But somehow Lori Foster did not use the full potential of it.
The characters were pretty good.
I am in love with Eli. I have a new book boyfriend. Enough said.
About Ray. She was good. Pretty kickass. The only problem was that I felt in the most part of the book, she was just trying to prove
Aug 12, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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A fun, steamy story but a little on the superficial side. Some of the issues the characters had could have been explored a little better.

Good light reading, but by far not one of my favorites from Foster.
Laura DeSimone
May 06, 2014 Laura DeSimone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Eli Connors hired mercenary Ray Verrek he was not expecting a woman to walk into the bar. When Eli insists on accompanying Ray to rescue his brother from South America, she goes against her better judgement and allows him to come along. Ray tries hard to fight her attraction for Eli, but fails. Once his brother is rescued and they return home, she finds out she got a little more then she bargained for, Ray is pregnant. Will there be a happily ever after for this couple? You will need to rea ...more
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Eli Conners expected hired mercenary Ray Vereker to be a tank of a guy with forty tattoos—not the feminine ideal with lethal combat skills. While Eli certainly needs Ray's help, the rest of him is thinking he might have something to offer her. . .

Ray's as good as any man when it comes to storming enemy compounds and loading an AK-47, but who could blame a girl for succumbing to mind-blowing temptation in the steamy jungle? But now it's back to business. If only Ray wasn't feeling hot, bothered,
Oct 28, 2014 Wyrdness rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
2.5 stars.

I thought I'd like this more because Ray was meant to be a tough mercenary. Whilst she did come across as if she could have been that character the story never really gave her the opportunity to truly shine without Eli playing the "you're my woman" card and trying to drag her out of danger. It got a bit annoying that he wouldn't just let her do the job he'd hired her to do because he found her attractive.

I was also not impressed that the set-up and rescue took 3/4ths of the novel and
Jan 15, 2011 May rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Found at a used bookstore, the blurb on this + knowing I've liked a few of this author's books + needing some contemporary reading = win.

Unfortunately, the book was a total and utter fail. The set up takes 3/4 of the book, so what you're left with is a poorly put together boring "rescue" and then a "oh I'm pregnant. Let's deal with all my insecurities". It was bizarre to me that the cover material was what happened at end of book.

The heroine of our tale has "special skills" that nobody believe
Apr 10, 2009 Alexis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, my-reviews
This was the first Lori Foster book I read, and also the oldest. I have read some of her more recent work and am glad to say her writing has greatly improved. Or maybe she got a better editor, but whatever it is, the writing in Unexpected stinks. As do the character development and plot.

Eli Conners hires Ray Vereker from some mysterious agency after his brother is kidnapped in Central America. Apparently, she's the best they've got. She's in semi-retirement, but needs a big paycheck, even thoug
Jane Stewart
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Taylor Freeman
2.5 stars

Found this book in a clearance bin for $1.68 so I bought it and figured I'd give it a shot.

I liked certain parts of the book but over all it was more action than I usually enjoy. So it was harder for me to fall in love with the characters.

I liked Eli but sometimes Ray got a bit annoying.
It seemed very fast paced even with the book being a decent length of pages.

It wasn't a bad story just wasn't my favorite.
Terry-ann Chrisie
After finishing lori foster men of honor series I needed a rebound stand on it's on novel and so I saw this n thought what the hell, why not.

Best decision ever,it did start off slowly but then again I may be biased from reading the honor series that just had me hooked from chapter 1.

Unexpected is a great story, tension spiked the characters are loveable and I love Eli..

Just read it..
Aug 04, 2014 Mallory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a lot lighter than some of the other Foster series I've read, but that's why I liked it. I love how serious and dark her series can be, so I was expecting something a lot deeper and was pleasantly surprised at this lighter tone. The characters were still well developed and interesting, but there was more humor and less major criminal, psycho influence! A great beach/ summer read!
This was different from most Lori Foster's books, as it stars one bad ass heroine. Not that her other heroines aren't all awesome, but Ray is kickass! I loved that this was her story, that's she such a strong character, but has a soft vulnerable side that she doesn't want anyone to see. And I love that Eli was able to bring that out in her.
Danielle Renee
Oct 02, 2015 Danielle Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lori-foster
I got a lot out of this one. I loved the midol/pms reference! As usual, I don't like to do spoilers type reviews. It was a first for me reading about a woman being the hired "muscle" and really enjoyed it. Most of the books I have recently read have primarily had men at the lead. I could read more stories like this one.
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“She sleeps a lot these days ” Matt explained. “And she’s emotional to boot. If I didn’t love her so much I’d probably strangle her.”


“Yeah.” Matt Vereker a younger, masculine version of Ray, gave an ear-to-ear grin. “Pregnant women are like that, you know.”

“Preg—” The bottom dropped out of his stomach. Eli fumbled for the chair behind him then fell into it hard. His head swam. She wasn’t seriously ill. “She’s… ”

“If you can’t even say it, how the hell do you think Ray feels.”
“If I ever coo at a man, Ray thought privately, I hope someone shoots me.” 0 likes
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