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Run the Risk by Lori Foster
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Read from August 29 to September 24, 2012

Having very much enjoyed Lori Foster’s Edge of Honor series, I embarked on this one full of expectations. She’s always written great romantic suspense novels with incredibly alpha heroes to die for and I was expecting more of the same here.

I have to say I was decidedly underwhelmed by the first half of the book to the point of almost giving up. EVERYONE is lying and hiding something and no one is who they seem and they’re not an easy bunch to like.

Basic synopsis – Pepper and Rowdy Yates are hiding out separately after one of them witnessed the murder of Jack Carmin. Now Jack’s best friend, Detective Logan Riske, has gone undercover trying to get close to Pepper to discover the whereabouts of her brother as he believes that he is the witness and he wants him to help bring the murderers to justice.

So Logan, with a cover as a construction worker, moves into the apartment next door to Pepper and attempts to use his charm to get to know her better. Pepper is hiding under the false name Sue Meeks and never was a heroine more aptly named. As her alter-ego Sue, Pepper is an incredibly meek, downtrodden, dull doormat of a woman who hides herself under over-sized, shapeless clothes, wears not a scrap of make-up and scrapes her hair back in a lank pony tail.

Not surprisingly, she’s shocked by Logan’s advances towards her and they act on their attraction to each other and have what I can only describe as the most uninspiring and unerotic sex I think I have ever read in a modern day contemporary romance. Pepper/Sue will not let him see her naked and will not even allow him to touch her so they have sex with her fully clothed, she only removes her panties for access, and it’s all over pretty quickly. Shockingly, Logan actually thinks this is mind-blowing and goes back for more!

Now, you have to wonder what on earth is under all those clothes. Logan has seen the most identifiable part of her – her face. So, what on earth can she be hiding under her shapeless wardrobe that would instantly give away her identity?? My imagination ran away with me – maybe she was an amazingly famous porn star instantly recognisable by her tits. Perhaps she was a famous topless model or was she even the girl with the dragon tattoo? Possibly, she’s covered in scales and turns into an armadillo at full moon – now that would be a plot twist! If I was Logan, I’d have worried that she had something extremely infectious and nasty hidden under those layers! It’s never explained, sadly.

BUT - this is a game of two halves

The first half was like this……..

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The second half was like this…….

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The novel spins on a knife-edge at the halfway point when a sting goes down and EVERYTHING changes. The first half had been so very slow, so pedestrian, almost like walking uphill through treacle and suddenly everything and everyone changes and the story accelerates faster than a Porsche. Pepper goes from a dowdy doormat to super-hot, badass femme-fatale and has a total personality transplant. Rowdy goes from controlling, sniping, bullying older brother to a mega-protective alpha hero. Logan, who I had disliked intensely in the first half, starts to exhibit all the expected hallmarks of a Lori Foster hero – he’s protective, alpha, growly, loving, caring – he kind of morphs into Dare.

The second half is high-octane, high calibre romantic suspense with almost non-stop action and it’s worth plodding through the decidedly unerotic first half to find the crock of gold awaiting you. Logan and Pepper do finally get their freak on fully naked and we do, at long last, get some sizzling hot action but it’s a long time coming. I have to say that Pepper has a sudden outburst of TSTL which had my eyes almost rolling out of my head but it does lend to the tension as the story ratchets up in intensity.

I found myself liking Reese, Rowdy and especially Dash and I will carry on reading this series and the next book is set up nicely in this one with Reese and his mysterious dog-sitting neighbour Alice.

It’s not vintage Lori Foster but it’s a great setup for what has the potential to be another winning series from her.

3 stars romantic suspense

ARC courtesy of Harlequin via NetGalley

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Reading Progress

09/23/2012
1.0% "Well, I loved her Edge of Honor series so I'm hoping for good things from this one."
09/23/2012
28.0% "Wow - everyone is lying and has something to hide. All the women are hiding beneath shapeless clothes and we've just had the least passionate sex scene I have ever read." 8 comments
09/23/2012
46.0% "Finally........something is happening. We've had more unsexy sex." 12 comments
09/23/2012
65.0% "Ooooh - overdosing on TSTL"

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message 1: by Michelle (new) - added it

Michelle [Helen Geek] worst sex scenes ever? can not wait to hear about this!


Sunny Agreed. Although I thought this was underwhelming, I am looking forward to the next books because of the other characters...lots of potential.


~ Becs ~ I am already crushing on Dash, Sunny!!


message 4: by Glamdring (new)

Glamdring Great review, Becs! I loved reading it, and again you cracked me up! :)))


Monique ~ Sinfully Fabulous review Becs, as always...don't think I will carry on with the series though! Oooooh and the cat, that's me running round the house when I get in from work!!


~ Becs ~ Yes, me too Monique. Mine were all drowned rats when I got in from work today - school uniform and shoes dripping everywhere!

Thanks Glam x


Shawna LMAO! Love your review, Becs! The pics had me cracking up! I loved Lori Foster's Edge of Honor series, but this seems to be getting mixed reviews. I'll probably still read it, especially if I can get it from the library.


Fani *loves angst* Great review Becs! I haven't found the courage to pick it up again; I'm still stuck in the slow, uninspiring first half:(


~ Becs ~ Thanks Shawna - I really think it's worth giving this one a go. The series has great potential and the heroine from the next book is Alice from Trace of Fever


~ Becs ~ Fani wrote: "Great review Becs! I haven't found the courage to pick it up again; I'm still stuck in the slow, uninspiring first half:("

Thanks Fani - it does pick up.


Monique ~ Sinfully Becs wrote: "Yes, me too Monique. Mine were all drowned rats when I got in from work today - school uniform and shoes dripping everywhere!

Thanks Glam x"


Have you got floods too Becs...took me an hour and a half to get home from work! roads flooded!


message 12: by Ian (new)

Ian Love the imagery...finished reading the review and then just sat there watching polar bear and cat for 5 minutes.


message 13: by Diane (new) - added it

Diane Ian wrote: "Love the imagery...finished reading the review and then just sat there watching polar bear and cat for 5 minutes."

I have to admit I was taken in by the polar bear and cat too...ha


message 14: by Michelle (new) - added it

Michelle [Helen Geek] I'm with Ian. Loved, LOVED this. Genius Sweets!


message 15: by ツ Renée (new) - added it

ツ Renée Great review, Becs! I was really worried about this book. I'm glad it picked up in the 2nd half. Will still give it a go with the expectation that Alice's book will be better. LOVED the polar bear - hilarious!


~ Becs ~ Thanks everyone - I just looked at my images and the cat picture had frozen so it was just a picture of an empty bed!! Kind of misses the point there!

Monique - our carpark at the hospital flooded and some of the access roads out to the villages flooded but, other than that, we escaped the worst of it. Hope things are better for you in sunny Wales today :-)


Stacia (the 2010 club) I laughed at perhaps she was a famous topless model.


message 18: by Kristen (new) - added it

Kristen Great review, Becs. The image of the cat running all over the bed says it all. Not to mention, it's quite hypnotic. Lol.


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Hahahahaha, Becs, you're so funny! Awesome review! I can't stop laughing! Famous porn star instantly recognizable by her tits. LMAO


message 20: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Great review Becs!!!!!


Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag I just started reading and I have to say that I am having a lot of trouble getting through it because of exactly what you said:

"EVERYONE is lying and hiding something and no one is who they seem and they’re not an easy bunch to like."

I hope it gets better!! I think this would be the first Lori Foster book that I didn't finish!!


message 22: by ~ Becs ~ (last edited Sep 26, 2012 12:15PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

~ Becs ~ I felt that way Mariann but it does get better.

Thanks Lisa


KindleRomance Reviews Love your animal movies! Nice review.


message 24: by Karla (new)

Karla LMAO...great review Becs! Loved the picture show.


Donna I love your review!! My problem was I liked Sue better than Pepper, oddly enough. I think I just didn't really buy the complete personality change. I could believe the change in looks and in her public persona, but not the change in her private persona. Even the most consummate actor would have difficulty "acting" in the heat of passion!


~ Becs ~ Yes, you're right even if the passion really wasn't very passionate.


Lirajean I'm feeling like I don't need to write a review since I agree with almost everything you wrote. I don't think I'll be rushing to read the next in the series though.


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