I was unable to decide which book to read this week. Both sounded so wonderful! I did my usual and read the first few pages of each book…which stretched into the first chapter.
Wow, both were fabulous. Very well written. So, I fell back to my old stand-by and asked my husband to chose. Here was the winner:
Author: Lori Foster
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release date: November 2004
Eli Conners expected hired mercenary Ray Vereker to be a tank of a guy with forty tattoos–not a gorgeous creature with considerable karate skills. While Eli certainly needs Ray’s help, he thinks she could use a little of what he’s offering…a down-and-dirty, body-scorching passion of the forever kind.
Ray’s as good as any man when it comes to storming enemy compounds and loading an AK-47, but Eli’s strong sensuality and gentle touch leave her shaken and stirred. And really, 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, dizzy, and just a little bit, well, queasy.
The last thing either of these unlikely lovers expects is to be expecting. Suddenly, Ray’s precise, no-nonsense mission is veering wildly off course, derailed by raging hormones, out-of-control desire, and a delirious love that is completely unexpected…
This book started with action, and I was caught up in the mystery. I loved the role reversal of having a female mercenary who was capable of taking care of business. Eli Conners was the perfect hero with looks, muscles, and money. It only put Ray more on edge. If she didn’t need the money, she would’ve refused the case. Despite her irritation with Eli, she couldn’t help notice things don’t really add up with him. He’s smart, capable and couldn’t keep her hands off her?!
The first half of the book really drew me into their lives. I loved learning more about them and their quirks, not to mention the chemistry between them rocked! I adored Eli’s relentless pursuit of what he wanted…her! About three quarters of the way through, the characterization became a little stilted and the last thirty pages fell apart for me. I was expecting the book to end, but the story was stretched out. Don’t get me wrong, I liked that they ended up together. It was the getting them together that felt awkward.
Though this wasn’t my favorite book for Lori Foster, I still liked the underlining story of a female mercenary and the rich boy who fell in love. I would suggest borrowing this book from the library if you want to give it a try.