She was like a drug, the very best kind. She'd turned him world upside down, but for the first time in forever, things were starting to feel righ.
She couldn't play with him without getting burned. She couldn't indulge with him without risking a broken heart.
I've been anticipating Rowdy and Avery's story since first meeting them in Worth The Riske. Nothing better than a womanizing bad boy...well maybe if you added a motorcycle and some tattoos to the mix. But I can deal with 2 out of 4 :)
Rowdy Yates is man that is constantly battling the demons from his past. His childhood was a nightmare, and his priority has always been to take care of his sister. He is not above lying, stealing, or breaking the law to get what he wants, and it's certainly landed him in plenty of hot water in the past. The only thing that takes his mind off his troubled thoughts are women. He doesn't really have a type, but all they are are nameless faces in a never ending list. But ever since he met Avery, something about him just calls to him.
He'd fucked his way through a miserable upbringing, using sex to counter the ravages of poverty and abuse. He used it still to rid his mind of plaguing memories. But now, with Avery, the need that consumed him had nothing to do with any of that- and everything to do with her.
Avery is attracted to Rowdy, who in their right mind wouldn't be. The man is pure sex on a stick. But she knows better than to give into his shameless flirting. She has no interest in being another notch on his bedpost, no matter how tempting he may be.
Being sexy as sin, charismatic, and a shameless flirt never leaves Rowdy without a willing woman. But no matter which woman is currently warming his bed, it's Avery's face that seems to come to mind each time.
This was probably my favorite book in the series. I loved that Avery, while having a few hangups, was still a very endearing heroine. She wasn't unwittingly getting herself in dangerous situations and knew to ask for help when she needed it. She wasn't excessively naive and virginal. She knew what she wanted, but she also had the backbone to go after it.
Rowdy, my darling manwhore Rowdy. I have to admit, when Avery walked in on a certain "situation" in the beginning of the book, I wanted to throttle him. But the more I learned about his past, the more I fell in love with him. He was just so imperfectly lovable.
I liked that Avery saw him for the man that he was, and accepted all of him, faults and all.
I also liked that she didn't run from her feelings for him.
The story itself was fairly interesting as well. Thankfully, in the 3rd installment of the Love Undercover series, we finally take a step away from the Human Trafficking plot line. The mystery of the who's after Avery only heightened the interest. I was fairly sure I had things figured out from the beginning on who the bad guy is, and the ending completely flabbergasted me.
Lori Foster didn't disappoint with the steam in this one. There was enough sexual tension to drive me crazy for the first half, and when Rowdy and Avery finally got together...
I can't say that I LOVED this book, but it was still an enjoyable read. There were hints to who the next book will be, and I'm pretty sure I will be skipping it. While Dash is all kinds of sexy, I just can't get myself to like Lieutenant Peterson. I'm not big on ball-busting, super prim and proper heroines. But who knows, maybe I'll cave in and read it.
The ending...well...it was a bit on the cheesy end. Having Avery and Rowdy just survive a crazed lunatic with a gun, it was highly unrealistic for Rowdy to chose exactly THAT moment after to propose. I mean, c'mon!
On a different note, I am absolutely DYING to get a book for Cannon. He was one of my favorite parts of this book. Please please please give us a book for him. Did I happen to mention that he's a fighter? I would squeal like a teenage girl spotting Justin Bieber if Lori Foster gives us another series like her SBC Fighters with Cannon. Seriously, I'm not even embarrassed to admit that.
Getting Rowdy, while being part of a series, can be easily read as a stand alone.
**ARC courtesy of publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
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