Published by Mira on March 19th 2018
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For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure — to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size, and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.
Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armour, it’s Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Sahara Silver had very successfully replaced her brother Scott as head of Body Armor since his disappearance, but she has always refused to believe that he was dead and she is determined to find out what happened to him. Sahara is also determined to convince Brand Berry to join the agency’s sexy bodyguards. It’s a job Brand would enjoy when he retires from MMA fighting, were it not for the fact that he could never work for someone as bossy as Sahara, especially given that their chemistry is off the charts and nothing ever happened between them…
I loved Sahara so much, I couldn’t wait to read her story, and Lori Foster does not disappoint! While FAST BURN is the fourth and last book in the Body Armor series, readers can dive right in without missing much. The sparks between Brand and Sahara had been palpable every time their paths crossed, it was only a question of how this conflagration would be handled, and I am so pleased that Ms. Foster didn’t alter Sahara’s personality one bit. Sahara is sophisticated, capable, fearless; a true alpha female. I wish there were more heroines like her in romance novels because Sahara is the type of heroine I really admire, especially since she never, not for one second, acted the simpering miss. Even though Brand was a tad too macho and violent to my taste, kudos to Lori Foster! It’s not easy to have such two strong personalities fall in love and remain true to themselves.
We can always depend on Lori Foster for her quality writing, her crisp descriptions that do not overwhelm the narrative, solid plotting, a steady pace, and great dialogues. Although I felt that a little too much time was spent on Brand’s family around the middle, it was useful and interesting, but a tad too long, in my opinion. The suspense element was superbly crafted, but what astonished me the most was the complexity of the secondary characters. Ms. Foster has, in FAST BURN, some of the best villains I have ever read; they felt incredibly realistic, and it would not have taken much for the main bad guy to be a hero. I thought it was brilliant; credible villains make the heroes shine even brighter. There was one trifle that bothered me just a little, and I don’t know if it will have been corrected in the final version: how tall is Enoch exactly? A few inches shorter than Sahara or a little taller? (Yes, I do tend to notice those exceedingly minor details, alas.)
Another highlight was the unusually complicated family relationships, on both Sahara and Brand’s sides; very different from what we are used to seeing, and tremendously interesting. I also very much appreciated how Sahara and Brand’s romance progressed: in spite of their smouldering attraction, the romance wasn’t rushed, as and I expected not easy to negotiate; it was very satisfying to watch those two strong people try to compromise. While I am sad to see the Body Armor series come to a close, I know that whatever Lori Foster comes up with next, it will be another winner!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.