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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Book Review: Run the Risk (Love Undercover #1) by Lori Foster

Run the Risk
(Love Undercover #1)

By Lori Foster

Narrator: Jim Frangione


When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend’s unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her…

Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new “construction worker” who’s moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer’s crosshairs?

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Viviana's Review:
This is the first full length novel I read by Lori Foster! I've seen the cover everywhere and I'm sure you all can see why (YUM!). As this book was everywhere and I've heard how awesome Lori Foster is as an author, I of course HAD to add "Run the Risk" to my TBR MOUNTAIN!
Though not a new story line (undercover cop falls for person he was investigating/set to protect) Lori does tell a good story. At the beginning of the book you get to know both the heroine and hero. Their interaction with each other run the range of awkward, funny, tense, sexual and of course misleading to some extent as both have their secrets.

I really enjoyed Logan's character. He was your alpha male undercover cop, trying to run things all by the book, needing to find out information that, as the synopsis said, may help find out who is responsible for murdering his best friend. So you also know he has his heart in it and is already emotional about this case as it was his best friend that was killed. He was also funny and sarcastic. He had me busting out laughing a few times!! Which, while at work, was in interesting situation. LMAO!

Pepper was interesting. We were told from the very beginning she's in hiding so we knew she wasn't exactly what she was portraying. Yet, there was something about her that at times, I found a little 'off putting'. It's hard to pin point exactly what it was but it just nagged at me. Like that feeling of knowing you're forgetting something but have no idea what it is.

The story was a bit slow moving at the beginning and while it did have it's funny moments, I was wondering when we were going to get to the action. And no, get your mind out of the gutter. Not THAT action, but the part where we start finding out what some of these secrets are. Once I got to that point, I was LOVING it! Woohoo!

Of all the characters in "Run the Risk" both Reese (Bare It All) and Rowdy (Getting Rowdy) intrigued me the most! Each had unique characteristics and of course Alpha Males. However, they drew you in as you knew they more complex. I was happy when I read that books 2 and 3 would be their stories. Review for "Bare It All" will be available soon! Oh, can't forget Dash!! Logan's brother! He'll get his own story as well!

This was a good start to a new series.

Narrator Review: I was pleasantly surprised when I began to listen to "Run the Risk" as Jim Frangione was the narrator. I had tried to "re-read" the Black Dagger Brotherhood series which he narrates and found it difficult. I have grown accustom to narrators like Phil Gigante or  Eric G. Dove who create very unique voices for each of the characters they portray. Jim 'reads you the story' while both Phil and Eric almost reenact the story. So once I decided that I would let Jim read me the BDB series, it was okay. However, for both "Run the Risk" and "Bare It All" Jim did a great job of narrating! I'm really looking forward to listening to book 3 "Getting Rowdy" in the series.

Rating: 3.5 Stars - I really, really liked it! 

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