6.16.2011

Book Review: Trace of Fever (Lori Foster)

Synopsis:

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme—until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.

With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent….

Review:

There's something about the bad boy image of a mercenary that gets me all stir crazy. Muscular, manly and alpha; calm, smooth and protective. Lori Foster creates the perfect blend of tough guy and nurturing lover. And despite having a lot of the same qualities Trace and Dare stand alone as characters in their own books.

This is the second book in the "Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor" series and from what I have read, it's the most intense and dark of the series. With a personal vendetta against human traffickers, Trace forges his way into the darkest recesses of humanity. Having read the first in the series (When You Dare; review found here), it almost felt like I, as a reader, had a personal interest in his mission as well. The undercover element of his mission made it a tense and exciting read.

Of course, no bad boy novel would be complete without the complications of a sexy distraction thrown into the plot. But Priss is not just your standard distraction. She is strong, independent and has a personal vendetta of her own. And despite being slightly naive and a little sheltered, she thinks on her feet and even surprised me at a few points in the story.

I loved the extra elements that Lori Foster threw into the story. Murray Colburn was awful enough, but throw in his psychopath girlfriend with a warped obsession with Trace, and the story is suddenly even more intense.

Rating:


This book had a little bit of everything.  Action, suspense, intrigue and romance.  A sexy alpha hero and an empowered heroine.  An evil villain and a twisted plot.  Really, the only thing missing is super-powers.  Oh wait, Trace has those, too!  Well, close enough. ;)

Heat Factor:


Breaking a sweat!

The chemistry between Trace and Priss was smoking from their first encounter. It was almost torture, reading their back and forth banter and the teasing from both ends. By the time they got together, I wanted to scream "FINALLY!" (in a good way, of course).

I would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys a good suspense novel with some steamy romance thrown in.

A copy of Trace of Fever was provided to me for review by the publisher and netgalley.com.

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