Run The Risk by Lori Foster (Love Undercover #1)

 

Available: Sept 25, 2012 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Harlequin

My Copy: NetGalley

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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I have long been a supporter of Lori Foster’s writing and have loved everything by her that I have gotten the chance to read. Her last series (Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor) blew me away and so I eagerly snatched this one up to read it. Unfortunately this one failed to grab me and often left me wanting to put it down.

The first half of the book felt incredibly slow to me. Logan is undercover trying to get revenge for a murdered friend and his only link is Pepper Yates. He takes up residence as her neighbor and slowly tries to integrate into her life under the name of Logan Stark. First off, I busted out laughing (in a good way) at the idea of STARK and PEPPER because of, hello, Iron Man. Maybe Iron Man doesn’t exist in this world, but I thought it was funny.

My main gripe is the utter unbelievably in this one. Pepper and her brother are in hiding because of a crime one of them saw. Logan wants her brother because of this same thing and the information he can give that would bring down a major crime boss. So Pepper is in hiding, posing as a mousey, plain woman living in a crappy apt building in the next county over from where the crime was committed. The next county over people. Now if you had witnessed a heinous crime and needed to go into hiding from a crime boss who supposedly has eyes everywhere, would you go one county over? Hell  no. You’d get out of the state at least. It never jived with me that they would stay that close and never be found, no matter how Pepper disguised her body and personality.

The entire first half of the book is Pepper in hiding and it seemed that nothing happened. The story dragged along and even when we were getting things from Pepper’s view, I felt left in the dark. I had no idea what was going on and the arc of the story stalled completely. I wanted more information sooner and more action. The second half of the book kicks it into high gear as things start coming together but by that point I wasn’t invested enough to care about where the story went. Once Pepper goes back to her real self her demeanor changes completely. Gone is the mousey, insecure woman and in her place is a smokin hot confident woman bent on revenge of her own. Had I seen that woman at all, even in the parts coming from her view, I would have been okay with the change. The only time her real personality shines through at all was while her and Logan were having sex…which was funny because I didn’t understand WHY they were having sex. I guess Foster was trying to get across the idea that what is underneath and personality count for more than looks and yay for Logan for seeing that (and for using her in his personal agenda?). Then to have her actually be hot was a slap in the face to the reader. Sure, it’s whats underneath that counts…and lookie there, underneath she’s hot. Sigh.

The action stays true to Foster’s writing and was engaging and it moved the stalled plot along nicely when I almost gave up and put this one down. There is lead in to book two throughout the story and I will admit to being intrigued by Logan’s partner and his reclusive and shy neighbor.

I am disappointed I didn’t enjoy this one but maybe book two will lead me back to a series I have high hopes for. I did read the entire book so….

I give Run The Risk by Lori Foster 2.75 stars

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