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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: September 24, 2013

Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn't the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance-including a past that might come back to haunt them both.

Avery spends her nights working for tips...and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy's protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she's finally found...and the passion she's always wanted.

Ugh I hate skipping books in a series, I really do, but I couldn't NOT read Getting Rowdy (You should have seen me when I got approved to read it, Snoopy dance all the way). I'm only on the third book of the Men of Honor series so I have a ways to go but being a new fan of author Lori Foster and missing the train on the previous book's tour made me forget my reluctance to read series' out of order. Plus, it didn't have any major spoilers so I can still enjoy the previous books.

Rowdy Yates has wanted Avery Mullins since he first laid eyes on her. Too bad for him, Avery has noticed his "no strings, this is only temporary" reputation with women and she's not about to be the next notch on his bedpost. Even though she thinks he's the sexiest thing on two legs. To Rowdy, Avery is different, sure he wants her in bed but he also enjoys just being with her and talking to her. Not that he wants to think about that too much. When someone starts bringing up painful memories and threatens Avery, Rowdy's protective instincts kick into overdrive and soon they both have to trust each other to survive.

I liked the fact that Rowdy and Avery didn't just jump into bed together, the author built up such great sexual tension between the two but also gave them a chance to get to know each other, something Rowdy always avoided with women. Rowdy and Avery had a chance to build mutual trust into a solid friendship that served as a solid foundation for the romance that followed. Their story wasn't rushed and definitely didn't feel shallow or ridiculous.

Let's talk antagonists for a second. I prefer the ones that aren't obvious or easily defeated. It's easy to have an obvious antagonist, but it takes a good writer to create a devious, slick and intelligent villain. I always keep in mind that a hero is only as good as the villain is bad. I knew Rowdy could handle himself in a physical confrontation but how would he fare against a villain who was physically and intellectually fit? That was a true test of not only Rowdy, but Avery and them as a couple. That's what really kept me turning the pages, I wanted to see just how Rowdy and Avery were going to conquer the one person who could tear them apart without having to resort to physical violence.

Readers also get to check in with Logan, Reece, Alice and Pepper who have all had their HEA. Then there was the mysterious Cannon. He's all kinds of young, funny and sexy and I do hope he'll appear in upcoming books.

Getting Rowdy didn't disappoint me. I love romantic suspense and I loved Rowdy. He's incorrigible, with just the right amount of alpha, roguish charmer and softie, he's THE guy. I'm reserving final judgement until I am all caught up with Ms. Foster's books, but I have a feeling Rowdy will be one of my favorites. Avery, although skittish, did do a lot of growing up and by the end of the book, I appreciated her personality more.

I also want to show some cover love because that is one hot cover and I could easily picture Rowdy looking just like that!

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