From New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster, comes FAST BURN —the fourth standalone novel in her Body Armor Series!
For the men of the Body Armor agency, the only thing more dangerous than the job they do is the risk of losing their hearts. Don’t miss Brand and Sahara’s epic story. Grab your copy today!
FAST BURN Synopsis:
For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…
The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size, and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.
Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when she needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?
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This is the fourth book in this series and I’m not a regular reader of Lori Foster’s which may have affected how this book appealed to me. As in – it really didn’t. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t connect with the story or the characters.
Story wise, there is a lot of action and it kept the story moving forward, but there wasn’t enough depth of emotion for me. I never got a sense that there was going to be anything that would tear Sahara and Brand apart on an emotional level – no relationship conflict that would drive them apart so that they’d be forced to come back together.
Character wise, I should have connected with Sahara more. On paper, she’s everything I love about a strong female lead – competent, strong, intelligent, and take charge, but not afraid of her femininity. All that was undermined when she let Brand doubt and second guess her capabilities. Let’s talk about that for a minute – time after time Sahara proved her strength and competence and yet Brand still treated her like the wilting damsel in distress. I know it was supposed to be “alpha-male”, but for me it came off as condescending and patronizing. At one point he literally had her resting with her feet up because she bumped her head, despite having no physical side effects from the bump and despite her telling him she was fine. He also made frequent comments about how the men that worked for her only liked her because she was their boss and paid them, despite those characters defending her to Brand on multiple occasions – it felt emotionally manipulative.
Despite all that, I didn’t hate the book. I just did not connect with it at all. I love the up and down rollercoaster feeling of deep emotional angst and conflict resolution and I didn’t get that from this story.
Brand shook his head. “Truth is, Sahara, I can’t see myself working for you.”
Wow. Now that hurt. Peeved, she moved away from him to sit in the chair behind her desk. A power position.
She met his gaze without flinching. “I see.” No, she didn’t.
“You’re too pushy.” He smiled as he said it, taking away some of the sting of that nasty observation. “And too used to getting your way. You love being in charge, but then, so do I.”
Never in her life had she been so offended. “Those insults are your way of telling me you don’t like me?”
She rose from the chair again without realizing it, hands flat on the surface of the desk as she leaned toward him in challenge. “I got a very different impression.”
“I like you,” he confirmed, but then added, “because you’re not my boss.” He surprised her by mimicking her position until their noses almost touched over the middle of her desk.
She didn’t know where to look. His eyes drew her, so dark they were almost black, and always filled with wickedness.
Then there was his firm mouth set in that small, teasing smile that did crazy things to her. High cheekbones, a strong jaw, a masculine nose…
And oh, what that straight-armed pose did for his biceps.
She inhaled…and breathed in the scent of warm, musky male.
It seemed imperative to put some space between them so she slowly straightened.
Brand’s smile widened and he, too, straightened. “Coward.”
“Oh no,” she corrected. “But I have priorities that take precedence over…other things.”
He went back to crossing his arms. “Over me, you mean.”
“Nonsense. You are a top priority right now. I want you on the team.”
“The agency isn’t a team, Sahara. It’s you dictating and others following orders.”
She said through her teeth, “I’m the coach. I direct, encourage and—” Bossed. “—cheer. Rah-rah and all that.”
Not with her, no. He laughed at her.
“Where did you work before you took over here?”
Was he genuinely interested or just trying to move past her obvious irritation? Not that she’d stay irate long. It was a waste of time. She was more about positive forward strides.
Or getting even.
For now she’d work on moving forward by answering his question. “Before Scott disappeared, he often had me involved with the business. I learned everything here from the ground up.”
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About Lori Foster:
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN. Visit her online at LoriFoster.com.