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Sunday, April 24, 2011

ARC Review: Trace of Fever by Lori Foster

Trace of Fever (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #2)Trace of Fever
Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #2
by Lori Foster
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 31st 2011 by HQN Books
ISBN 037377575X
Courtesy of NetGalley
Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme—until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent….
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My Thoughts:
Trace if Fever is a sensational read full of excitement, danger and temptation!
Trace River’s sister, Alani, is safe and sound from her ordeal with the flesh traders in big part to his friend Dare. Those responsible are dead, but there are still plenty out there in the business to take down and Trace is making it his personal mission to see every last one of them stopped for good.
Priscilla Patterson is out for revenge on her unknown father, Murray Coburn, a big time player in the human trafficking business. When she makes plans to meet and eventually kill him the last thing she expected was the tall, strong and sexy bodyguard, Trace Miller, to anticipate and divert her every move.
Now to protect each other from being exposed they must work together, but is the prospect of revenge worth more then the growing love between them?
Trace of Fever was an outstanding read, though I enjoyed When you Dare more, this is not a novel to miss!
I especially loved the character of Trace. We original met him in When you Dare and his take charge attitude and protectiveness of his sister captured my heart. Other characters from the first novel play a big role in Trace of Fever as well and I love when authors bring back past characters that we love and give they play integral parts in the continuation of the series.
I had a hard time however getting into the heroine, Priscilla. I usually enjoy the snarky leading ladies but Priss' whole attitude just turned me off, though not surprising, the plot and hero more then made up for what I found lacking in the heroine and I was riveted to every page.
The story moved at a quick and even pace, the plot was even more interesting then in When you Dare! Foster threw in several twists and turns that I was not expecting and kept me on the edge of my seat, and the dialogue between all of the characters was witty and entertaining, I especially loved the escape scene in the shower with a certain cowboy-hat-wearing-hunk.
Priss definitely brings the alpha male out in Trace and he becomes very possessive which is uber sexy and he is completely open with his feelings, and that adds to his already vast appeal. Pris is also smart, independent and capable but had a cloistered upbringing. She had a well thought out plan for revenge and didn’t vary from it, even at times were she should of, much to Trace’s dismay. This was both admirable and frustrating and illustrates Foster's superb writing skills in making you feel these two emotions at the same time. The villains are just as well written and really made my skin crawl, this is definitely a darker novel then the first.
All in all; a great, well written romantic suspense that I recommend. I cannot wait for Savor the Danger, Jackson’s story. I loved his smart-ass, out-spoken attitude in Trace of Fever and I am looking forward to seeing a lot more of him! And don’t you just love the covers for this series?!?! *drool*
Rating: 4 - A great read!

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