Foster’s third Love Undercover novel is a steamy delight with characters so beautifully and painfully real that every wrenching, joyful and steamy scene is worth savoring. Her broken alpha hero and resilient, clever heroine share a hot passion that burns away their defenses, making for an intensely emotional and sensual journey. The suspense element adds excellent tension to an already-taut storyline. A secondary cast of multifaceted characters rounds out the novel perfectly.
Avery Mullins has spent a year on her own and is loving every minute of working as a bartender for the utterly sexy Rowdy Yates. As much as she’d like to take him up on his many salacious invitations, Avery refuses to be just another warm body — and to let Rowdy get close enough to learn the reason she’s always looking over her shoulder. Rowdy knows plenty about pain; he is determined to understand Avery’s fears and fulfill her every desire. But when Avery’s past returns to haunt her, will she be forced to choose between the safety she needs or the man she loves? (HQN, Oct., 448 pp., $7.99)