on March 26, 2019
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Slow Ride, the new book in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster’s sizzling Road to Love series!
Ronnie Ashford needs a distraction tonight. So when a tall, sexy stranger with eyes darker than sin walks into the bar and flirts with her, she couldn’t be more thrilled. In the morning, she’s meeting the slick, suited-up courier her bosses want to hire—even though she can handle everything on her own, thank you very much. She’ll make him a job offer, do everything she can to ensure he refuses, and get back to work. Alone. But that’s tomorrow morning. The night is still young…until it becomes clear that her much-needed distraction is the very man she’s avoiding at all costs.
Jack Crews can’t stop thinking about what might have been if Ronnie hadn’t walked out of the bar last night. It’s clear she wants to handle things on her own, but he doesn’t walk away from a challenge. Ever. The chemistry between them is electric—there’s no denying it. But when a client turns deadly, can Jack convince Ronnie to surrender control and let him protect her, body and soul?
~~Reviewed by Amy~~
I read this book during the polar vortex. Which was a good thing. With the sizzling chemistry between Ronnie and Jack, I needed those sub-zero temps just to cool me down! If you haven’t tried Lori Foster’s Road to Love series, you’re missing out. Each story is filled with passion, suspense, and raw chemistry. And in Slow Ride, the chemistry between Ronnie and Jack is absolutely explosive.
Ronnie Ashford needed a professional courier to help acquire her employer’s purchases to add to their macabre collection. She felt perfectly capable of working on her own. In fact, she preferred it. But since these trips often resulted in Ronnie being sent to remote locations alone, her eccentric bosses wanted her to have someone, a man, accompany her. And that someone was Jack Crews of Mustang Transport. Ronnie didn’t want a man taking over. She could take care of herself and she’d proven it plenty of times in her not so rosy past. She wanted nothing to do with some super slick, suit-wearing cowboy. Then she met Jack Crews. She didn’t count on the combustible attraction she’d feel.
Jack was intrigued by the petite fireball. She seemed determined to sway him against the job. Despite her disgruntled looks and frank, almost brutal honesty, he liked her. He even enjoyed her barbs and insults. It was obvious she was strong but vulnerable. That her belligerence was an attempt to cover her insecurity. He was more than attracted to her. He wanted the job and he wanted her too. Getting her to accept him wouldn’t be easy but he’d figure it out because he knew she’d be worth the effort.
Ronnie intimidated most men but Jack Crews didn’t scare easily. His calm, unshakeable demeanor threw her. She usually used unreasonableness to keep people from getting close, but when Jack was reasonable, she wanted to be. She wasn’t used to people who went out of their way to counter her belligerence. He made her feel determined to get away even while drawing her in. Not only was he gorgeous, she liked him and she enjoyed sparring with him. Working with him would only be torturing herself with what she couldn’t have. But it looked like that’s just what she’d have to do.
What followed was a slow ride of getting to know each other. Time alone in a car, traveling to make pickups left plenty of time for that. Jack kept Ronnie from retreating by chatting about everything, sharing things about himself. He had such an easy way about him that Ronnie found herself replying and opening up. Something she never did. She expected him to give up on her as everyone else in her life had, but Jack praised her, understood, and accepted her. He made her feel normal. Little by little she let him get closer. And when he kissed her, her thoughts scattered, her resistance melted and left her confused. The more they got to know each other, the attraction they both felt became more than physical. She was used to plodding forward in life alone but Jack gave her a taste of something she hadn’t even known she wanted or dared to hope for.
But just as Ronnie was coming to consider a future with Jack, a stalker from her past returns. Will Jack be able to protect her and will Ronnie trust him enough not to go it alone?
I was as captivated with this story as Ronnie and Jack were with each other. Jack and Ronnie were the very definition of opposites. Jack was so open, friendly, and calm while Ronnie was cynical, taciturn, and pretty off-putting. But Jack saw more than what she presented to the world. He knew that all that belligerence and snarkiness was wrapped up in her past and the hurt she’d been dealt. He was persistent because he liked what he saw in her and knew there was much more to Ronnie Ashford than even she knew. She had such an intriguing, heartbreaking backstory and had hidden and long-buried hopes and dreams for the future she’d wanted. I loved how patient Jack was, letting Ronnie set the tone and pace, winning her over in infinitesimal stages. Showing her what love and family really meant. Helping her to see that the hurt, pain, and fear were all part of her history but Jack was her destiny. Watching them navigate their budding relationship was sweet, funny, and sexy. The chemistry between the two sizzled, but the emotional connection that developed between the two was the most captivating for me. That and the suspense and danger of the stalker kept me turning the pages.
I love Lori Foster’s blend of danger, humor, and passion. Her characters are smart and sexy, and her stories are fast-paced, grabbing your attention from the beginning. I knew I would love Jack’s story as soon as I met him in his brother Brodie’s book. I’m hoping Charlotte and Rosalyn have a book in the works. I’d love to see a romance for the mom who managed to raise these two magnificent men. If you’re a Lori Foster fan, you’ll be thrilled with this newest. And if you’ve never read a Lori Foster book, prepare to be dazzled.