A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series #4)

A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series #4)

by Lori Foster

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Overview

He never saw her coming…

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.

Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373776566
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series , #4
Edition description: Original
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 82,097
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.42(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin's, Harlequin and Silhouette. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her Web site at www.lorifoster.com.

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Arizona Storm sat quietly on the overstuffed chair, her chin resting on her drawn-up knees, her fingers laced together around her shins. Waiting.

In the quiet, shadowed room, she breathed in the unique aroma of aftershave and gun oil, and the headier scent of warm male. On the back of the chair behind her he'd tossed his jeans and a rumpled T-shirt. Close at hand on the nightstand, he'd placed his freshly cleaned gun and his deadly switchblade.

His discarded boxers lay on the floor.

He fascinated her.

After breaking into his house, she'd removed her sneakers and put them next to his boots by the front door. The air-conditioning, set on high, left her toes cold, but he'd covered himself with no more than a thin sheet.

Again and again, her gaze tracked over him, from one big foot sticking out over the side of the bed, up and over his flat, solid abs covered by the snowy-white sheet, to his chest—not covered by anything except enticing body hair.

With one arm behind his head, his underarm and the dark tuft of hair there were visible. Seeing that almost made him look vulnerable—except that, despite his relaxed pose, the positioning of his long arm made a thick biceps bulge.

At nearly six and a half feet tall, solidly built and finely sculpted, Spencer Lark was one of the biggest, strongest, most impressive men she'd ever met.

And she knew some really prime specimens.

His long lashes shadowed his high cheekbones, but that didn't detract from the bruising beneath one eye. A recent fight? She smiled while picturing it, sure that Spencer had come out ahead. His skill at fighting intrigued her even more than his big bod.

Amazing, but even his slightly crooked nose held her rapt. When and how had he broken it?

She inhaled a deep breath and let it out in a quiet sigh that, given the silence in his home and Spencer's acute instincts, disturbed his slumber.

Arizona admitted to herself that maybe she'd wanted to wake him. After all, she'd been watching him—and waiting—for a while now.

His head turned on the pillow, his legs shifted.

Holding herself perfectly still, she waited to see if he'd awaken, what he'd do, what he'd say. She didn't know him all that well, and yet.. she did.

Sort of.

They'd met nearly a month ago while they were both on a sting. Immediately, they'd butted heads, and he'd infuriated her by interfering with her life.

But worse, he'd robbed her of the revenge she desperately craved.

Sure, he had his own need for revenge, so she understood his motives. She didn't forgive him. Not yet, anyway.

But she did understand.

At least, she thought she did. Once they talked it over, then she'd decide for sure.

He made a soft, gravelly sound as he stretched that long, strong body. His chin tucked in. Muscles flexed. The sheet tented.

Eyes widening, Arizona stared, not really alarmed, but no longer so at ease, either. She had a very dark history with aroused men, so she doubted she'd ever be unaffected by them. But she didn't let it get in her way, not when she wanted something, not when she had a goal in mind.

She knew she should have taken Spencer's gun, at the very least moved it out of his reach. But instead she'd found him in the bed, and before she'd even thought it through, she'd taken the empty seat and settled in to study him while he slept.

Since that fateful day when her destiny had been stolen from her, she'd seen him only a handful of times. She'd tried to stay away. She'd tried to forget about him.

She hadn't been successful.

Stretching, he brought his hand out from behind his head, around to rub over his hair, across his face, down his chest.

As he gave a sleepy, growling groan, that hand disappeared under the sheet.

Arizona's lips parted, and her heartbeat tripped up. She cleared her throat. "Spence?"

Freezing, without moving any other body part, he opened his eyes and met her gaze.

She frowned at him.

He didn't look super-startled, and he said nothing. He just stared at her.

With his hand still under there.

"Yeah…" Semi-satisfied with his frozen reaction, she nodded at his lap. "You weren't going for a little tug, were you? Because as your spectator, I'd just as soon not see it."

He brought his hand out and put it back behind his head, still silent, still watching her. Almost…relaxed.

His gaze was so dark, so compelling, she felt like squirming, damn it. "I mean, I guess I could wait in the other room if it's really necessary. That is, if you don't take too long."

He disappointed her by not reacting. As if he often woke to an uninvited woman playing voyeur in his bedroom, he looked her over, from her bare toes up to her long, wind-tangled hair.

"Been here long?"

"Maybe half an hour or so." Curiosity prompted her to ask, "Were you going to…you know?" She nodded at his lap.

"Most men say hi to the boys first thing."

"Say hi?"

With no sign of discomfort, he shrugged one shoulder. "You broke in."

A statement, not a question. She gave her own casual shrug. "Since you're not dumb enough to leave the place unlocked, yeah, I had to."

He turned his head, but not to check on the time. He saw the gun still on the nightstand where he'd left it and brought his gaze back to hers again. "You know how to make coffee?"

One eyebrow lifted high. "Trying to get me out of the room so you can leave the bed? I'm not squeamish, you know. I mean, with my background, I've seen plenty of—"

He threw off the sheet and sat up, effectively shutting down her snide retort. Ho boy.

"If you don't know how to make coffee, just say so." Spencer stretched again, harder, longer this time. Sitting on the side of the bed, he snagged up his boxers and stepped into them. As he stood, he pulled them up.

They fit like a glove.

He still had a tent going.

And she still stared.

He picked up the gun and, betraying some trust issues, checked to make sure she hadn't unloaded it. Discovering she hadn't touched it at all, he nodded in satisfaction.

As he passed her, he chucked her under the chin. "It's called morning wood, little girl. No reason for alarm." Gun in hand, he went on past her into the bathroom. The door closed quietly behind him.

Belatedly, Arizona shut her mouth. Oh, how she hated when he called her "little girl." As of today, she wasn't quite as young as he thought, and given her experiences, well, she hadn't felt like a kid in a very long time.

Her brows snapped down, and her spine stiffened. She would not let him get to her. Huh-uh. No way.

This was her game. She would call the shots, and if anyone had to be tongue-tied, it'd be him.

She shoved to her feet, but didn't stomp. Excesses of emotion gave away too much. She didn't want him to know how he affected her.

At the bathroom door, voice cold and collected, she stated, "I'll be the kitchen."

Minutes later, just to prove a point, she went about making coffee.

Spencer stood with his hands braced on the porcelain sink, his head hanging, his muscles twitchy.

What the hell?

Sure, he knew Arizona Storm was a reckless, impetuous, headstrong girl. He'd figured that out in the first few seconds of making her acquaintance.

But breaking and entering?

Why the hell had she sat there watching him sleep? He felt…violated. Angry. He felt extreme pity. For her.

Damn, but he didn't want her, not in his house, not in his head. He could control the first.

Hadn't had much luck controlling the second.

Not trusting her to respect his privacy, knowing damn good and well she would snoop without remorse, he gave up the idea of a shower and shave and instead rushed through brushing his teeth, splashing his face and finger-combing his hair.

Since she wasn't in his bedroom anymore, he took the time to pull on his jeans, but rather than mess with the holster, he just stuck the gun in his waistband. He grabbed up his knife, opened it, closed it again and slid it into his pocket.

Barefoot and shirtless, he went in search of Arizona—and he had to admit, anticipation chased away the cobwebs of old memories and lack of sleep.

Seeing her slumped in a kitchen chair, arms crossed, one foot hooked behind a chair leg, jolted his senses even more.

God Almighty, she was a beauty.

Slim, long-legged and generously stacked, with a face like a wet dream, Arizona would turn heads wherever she went. Dark, wavy hair hung down her back, usually in disarray. Honey-colored skin seemed in direct contrast with light blue, heavily lashed eyes. A full mouth, a strong chin, high cheekbones.

He wondered at the mixed heritage that had produced such a dream.

As he stood unnoticed in the doorway, she chewed at a thumbnail. Arizona didn't wear makeup, or polish her nails, or do much of anything to enhance her looks—and she didn't need to. She could wear burlap and men would burn for her.

"Nervous?"

She went still before affecting a bored expression and swiveling her head to face him. "Do you always sleep

'til noon?"

"When I've been up all night, yes." He made a bee-line for the coffeepot but didn't thank her for making it. After all, she'd come in uninvited. "You want a cup?"

"If you have sugar and milk."

"Creamer." He poured two cups and set them on the table, then got the creamer from the fridge. The sugar bowl sat in the middle of the table, framed by salt and pepper shakers.

Like many of the things in his kitchen, they resembled cows in one way or another.

His wife had bought the novelty items years ago.

While blowing on the hot coffee, Spencer ruthlessly quashed bad memories. Arizona loaded her coffee with two heaping spoonfuls of sugar and a liberal splash of the cream.

He watched her lush mouth as she sipped, sipped again.

Shaking himself, he took a drink, and nearly choked. Strong enough to peel the lining from his throat, it was the worst coffee he'd ever tasted. Arizona didn't seem to notice, though, so he manned up and drank without complaint.

The overdose of caffeine would do him good.

Silence dragged out while they each gave attention to their coffee. He wouldn't be the first to break.

Finally she eyed him. "How come you were out late? Carousing?"

Actually, he'd needed to expend some energy for reasons he wouldn't yet examine too closely. Shrugging, he said, "I hit up a bar, found a little trouble." He looked at her. "You know how it is, right?"

To his disgruntlement, she nodded. "Yeah, I did the same. But I fared better than you." Her mouth quirked in a small grin, and she winked. "No black eye."

Had she really been in a bar? Looking for trouble?

Again?

He didn't need to defend himself, not to her, but still he said, "You should see the other three guys."

"Yeah? Only three?" Tsking, she let her gaze drift over him. "Any other bruises?"

"No."

She propped her chin on a fist. "One lucky punch, huh?"

Did she have to appear so amused by idiotic drinking and brawling? "Something like that." Actually it was a thrown chair that had caught him, but whatever. He wouldn't encourage her with details. "So tell me, little girl. What were you doing in a bar?"

She looked away. With one finger, she traced the rim of her coffee cup. "Sometimes," she said low, her voice almost whimsical, "I just need a distraction."

His chest tightened. He waited to see if she'd elaborate, if she'd share details of her tragic background with human traffickers. She had a need to even the score with people already dead, the monsters who'd hurt her badly.

Suddenly she leaned forward. "Can you keep a secret?"

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A Perfect Storm 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 192 reviews.
Ozzy12 More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Great book, great story. I was very entertained.
Debs_Book_Nook More than 1 year ago
Lori Foster has once again brought us into the action packed world of the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor. I enjoyed every minute of this book and the entire series will be in a honored place on my keeper shelf.  Spencer Lark, bounty hunter was first introduced in Savor the Danger, the third book in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. Honorable, tall and sexy, he has no trouble attracting women, but he has seen too much evil in his life and in his role of bounty hunter to trust easily.  Beautiful Arizona Storm is a survivor. A former victim of human traffickers, but you would never know it by her attitude. She has a take charge, kick butt outlook on life and enjoys nothing more than putting away the bad guys. She vows to never be a victim again. But no matter how tough she acts, she is still vulnerable and trust is not a common word in her vocabulary, much less her life. It will take a lot to get through her the wall she has erected around her heart, and only a special person can make it through. She has always been strangely attracted to Spencer but isn’t sure she can trust any man with her body and her heart. When Arizona discovers a suspected trafficking ring, she asks Spencer to partner with her in shutting it down. But when Arizona wants to use herself as bait, Spencer can't help but worry. He knows her past and the last thing he wants is to put her in danger and make it even harder for her to trust.  This uneasy partnership has them both on edge, especially when things start heating up with the case and their feelings for each other. Can either of them learn to trust and believe in love again? Arizona and Spencer's journey will make you laugh, cry and believe that love can conquer all. Run, don’t walk to get this awesome book.
IrelandJS More than 1 year ago
Lori Foster has a real talent for making characters come alive on the page, and this book is no exception. Readers will be glad to know that Spencer Lark and Arizona Storm are back, and their story is just as good as the previous 3 "Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor" books. In "Perfect Storm," Arizona approaches Spencer for help shutting down a possible human trafficking operation - and he agrees mostly just to ensure she doesn't just do it on her own. While Spencer tries to stay close enough to keep her safe, but far enough to resist temptation, Arizona starts to wonder if some men are worth the risk after all.... One of the things I really appreciate about Foster's books is that she writes likable and BELIEVABLE characters. Her female characters -like Arizona - are often strong and independent, but still feminine and occasionally vulnerable. The men in her books are certainly alpha types - strong, bossy, intense - but also protective, and most importantly, know that "no" means "no." In a market where more and more romance novels seem to glorify rape, Foster's books are a refreshing exception. If you're looking for a sexy read that won't leave a bad taste in your mouth, look no further. The "Perfect Storm" is the perfect read for a romance fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this whole series. However, this was my least favorite. The female lead really was too young (just turning 21). That was kind of a turn off. Also, i didn't like how the author kept bringing up the perfect dead wife who was "everything" to him. That may have been, but it makes it too hard to believe he would fall for this immature 21 year old. But still worth reading if you've read the others. ##
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wish Lori Foster would stop writing about victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking. They arent believable.
Mich_Mc More than 1 year ago
In the 3rd book in this series we where introduced to Arizona and although she played a big part in Jackson's story she was still a bit of an enigma. A Perfect Storm takes place a month after we left them and Arizona is still finding herself drawn to Spencer. We began unravelling her past in Savor the Danger but from Jacksons point of view, it affected me more hearing it from Arizona herself. Arizona is the perfect mix of strength and vulnerability, two qualities that don't usually come together. I loved that she retained some naivety and childlike innocence at times, her life experiences left their mark but she hasn't let them beat her down, it was refreshing to see her curiosity but my heart ached for her at the same time. Spencer was absolutely perfect! He was so patient and strong and an absolutely perfect specimen of a man. Honestly I went in to this book expecting it to be my least favourite of the series but I have never been more happy to be wrong. Arizona and Spencer have firmly placed themselves as my favourite couple in the series, I absolutely loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I struggled to finish this. I liked this series, but this one fell short. My problem was Arizona. She was far too rough and abrasive. Juvenile really. Not at all believable as a lead in a romance novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the whole series. It's a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have ever wrote a review but I had to let you know this book was very dissapointing. I was really looking forward to reading this book, loved the series but this book was a HUGE let down. Very Boring!!!!
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: The driving force behind this novel...Arizona Storm. This chick is tough. This chick is smart. This chick is resourceful. This chick will absolutely and completely break your heart, but OMG, Spencer was so perfect in how he handled her. Arizona was a victim for human trafficking for months before they then tried to kill her. This happened to her as a teenager and she has been chasing human traffickers ever since, putting herself out there as bait. She's only 21 years old, but has been through so much during her very short life. She's incredibly scarred mentally and hides it behind this tough, bristly facade. She doesn't know how to be affectionate or accept affection from a man or any of her friends. It is absolutely heartbreaking, especially since she just accepts that's the way she will be for the rest of her life. Spencer plans otherwise. Spencer is incredible. OMG! Arizona is so wounded and scarred and he knows that he can help her overcome her fears. The fact that she's incredibly sexy is no hardship either. I just loved how he handled her. At 6'5" tall, he has got to be an incredibly intimidating guy, but he always handles Arizona with such care and cherish. It made me mushy just reading the incredible scenes between the two of them. There is a 12 year age difference between the two of them that I thought I would have problems with as a reader, but his experience is key to helping her overcome. And the fact is that she's had such horrible life-experiences, she is way older in maturity than her physical age shows. Their story was really beautiful. With this being the fourth book in this series, I was THRILLED that we got to see everyone from all the other book. Everyone showed up in this story and they weren't just brief appearances either. It was fabulous to see everyone again, especially Chris. I loved his scenes with Arizona and the way that he understood her needs before anyone else really got what she needed from them. Overall, I think that this has been my favorite book in the series so far!
RomanceaholicBR More than 1 year ago
I’ve been anxious for Spencer and Arizona to get together ever since both characters were first introduced, because I just knew that together they would be not only explosive, but unstoppable. I do think that newcomers to the series would need to at bare minimum read the previous story, Savor The Danger, to really get a good bead on Arizona before diving into this one, though it seems Ms. Foster did a good job with giving it a “refresher” of sorts on all of the important parts without resorting to infodump. There was tons of sexual tension, loads of danger, and plenty of steamy and romance all tangled together to keep me glued to the pages. The occasionally stilted dialog and the presence of Spencer’s neighbor, however, are what pulled me out of the excitement of the story a bit. Overall, I did enjoy this one. While it wasn’t without its problems, the level of excitement and heat in the story, combined with the fantastic twist at the end definitely made this one a keeper. A solid 4/5 Stars. {I received this title free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Full review appears on The Romanceaholic}
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4 STARSI like Arizona Storm she is fiesty. Arizona has had a hard life her father was abusive and sold her to human traffickers. Arizona does not give up. She escaped from them. Unfortunately she was got and to teach a lesson to the others. Arizona was tied up and thrown off a bridge into a river. Arizona still struggled to survive.Jackson was down by the river and saw her. He jumped in and grabbed her. Arizona thought he was one of the bad guys and fought him. Jackson rescued and brought her into his family. Even paid for her to go to a finshing school. Jackson,Dare,Chris and Trace all live close and work together to stop human traffickers and make good money. Jackson was like her big brother and wanted to keep her safe. They had her working the computers, backgrounds. Arizona wanted more.Arizona on her 21 birthday broke into bounty hunter Spencer Lark's house and sat watching him sleep. Arizona met him on another job and felt she could trust him. She found a bar that she thought was dealing in smuggling. She wanted to be bait and catch the bad guys and free the others that are like her.Spencer agreed to help her because he knew she would do it on her own. Spencer has been fighting his feelings for Arizona. He was 11 years older than her. He wanted to help her get over her fears and protect her.Part of a deal he was making with her was everytime she swore she owed him a kiss. He would help her and go to Jackson up comming wedding.Arizona carries a gun in a ankle holster and a knife down her back and is willing to fight dirty & smart. She has some issues dealing with men and swimming in water. She was working to get over them.This is a good story and I wish their are many more heros out their and less bad guys in real life. I want to go back and read other stories in this group of books. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of a honest review from Netgalley.03/27/2012 PUB Harlequin HQN
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Received from Publisher for Blog TourChallenges: Men in UniformOverall Rating: 4.25Story Rating: 4.00Character Rating: 4.50First Thought when Finished: I expected to be WOW'd by Arizona but really it was Spencer that stole that story!What I Loved: Spencer! I wasn't sure what I would think about him when the story started. He, above anyone else, pointed out his flaws, why he wouldn't be good for Arizona, and several other reasons why a girl should find him a good man but a damaged one. Yet, it was because of all of that and his treatment of Arizona that he became the most compelling character in this story. Arizona had a distinct way of making him prove through actions what kind of man he truly was! It was his treatment of Arizona and his neighbor that really sold his "good man" status to me. Needless to say I loved the man!What I Liked: Arizona! I was already intrigued by her at the end of Jackson's story. She had a horrific past and the more we found out about it in this book, the more I wonder how the poor gal was functioning at all. Instead, while she did have her flaws, she was fighting to live and fighting to prevent people from being used the way she was. I admired Arizona in so many ways. She had a shaky road but managed to work her way through it. While I didn't find her as intriguing as Spencer, I did find her compelling.What was a little lacking: Not enough of the other wives even though we saw the Boys. Since this was the last in the series I wanted a little more time with them.Final Thought: I really loved the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. It was my first time reading Lori Foster but it won't be my last!
Bookshellz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Augusta had many issues after being abused in human trafficking. She was wary of all men and unable to trust them. Spencer saw her for the wounded soul she was and even though he wanted her something fierce, he gave himself multiple reasons why she couldn't be his. The only trouble with that was it didn't curb his desire for her¿and Augusta was only becoming more curious about Spencer and his toned body.This was my first book in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series (and unfortunately I came in at the tail end), but it's not the average Lori Foster romance, in my opinion. Although, yes it is a romance, I felt that it's more basic fiction. I wasn't as impressed with this book as I was with previous romances she's written. There really is no damsel in distress and rescuing hero. Augusta is a woman more than capable of taking care of herself, which is good, but it pretty much tempers the romantic feelings and tender loving care of the relationship between her and Spencer. There is some danger involved, but I had a harder time getting involved in the story and I read it at a much slower pace than I normally would. Since I know of Ms. Foster's previous work, I'm still excited to see what's coming next and look forward to getting back to the front of the line to buy her next book!
elissa_kay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arizona Storm has lived through a lot of hardship in her short life and has come out of it with a need to save others by putting herself at risk. Spencer Lark is immediately drawn to her but wants to protect her from more ugliness rather than let her be in the thick of it. Along the way they come to understand each other and fall in love. The characters here were well-written and snarky, the pacing is very good and it is generally an enjoyable book--the kind I expect from Lori Foster. However, for as long as it is (about 450 pages) there are still a lot of unanswered or unaddressed issues, mostly dealing with Spencer's past, that I just can't stop thinking about, and so that brings the rating down for me. It would have been nice to get those answers instead of visiting the thoughts of the villain, which I don't think was necessary.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review: I have not read any other books by Lori Foster, so this was my first taste of The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, and I must admit, I quite enjoyed it! There are four books that precede A Perfect Storm: The Guy Next Door, When You Dare, Trace of Fever, and Savor the Danger, but I found the fifth in the series to be more of a stand-alone volume. (Not that reading the rest would hurt!) This book packs a lot of punch - fast-paced action, page-turning suspense, a heated romance, and a touch of wit; not to mention a cast of complex characters determined to take down a human trafficking ring. I was captivated by the plot-line from page one! What an intense story - for both the character backgrounds, as well as the case(s) being investigated. Human trafficking is a difficult topic to discuss, and Lori Foster makes an impression on her readers. I was taken aback by the detail / shock-factor found throughout the book; it made the case and the characters seem more real to me. I loved strong-willed and protective Spencer, he was by far my favorite character - I could definitely read another book about him. On the other hand, there was Arizona - her history certainly made her character interesting, but I was distracted by her immature and petty actions. I understand that she is young and "tortured" to begin with, however, I feel like her attitude takes away from the book. It is hard to see how Spencer and Arizona would actually work together (as partners or romantically) because they seem so mismatched age and personality wise. Separate, they are tolerable - even enjoyable - but together they are unrealistic for me. I really liked the ending, especially the parts I didn't expect - (no spoilers!) - my only gripe is that this is the final book in the series. I will have to read the previous books ASAP to learn more about the other characters, particularly Chris, Jackson, Trace and Dare, who I would love to know more about. Overall, I rather enjoyed the story, minus the few details mentioned above, and will definitely read more by Lori Foster. Recommended for romance enthusiasts who like a series with some attitude - and some hot men in uniform! Rating: Bounty's Out (3.5/5)* I received this book from the author (Media Muscle) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster is the fourth book in The Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series. I have not had the opportunity to read the first three books yet. However that wasn't a problem. I was able to keep up with the story line. If you're like me and haven't read the previous books, you can pick this one up and not feel lost in the story.Spencer and Arizona are the couple this book focuses on. Spencer is still hurting from the tragic loss of his wife. Arizona has a heart-breaking past of her own. She doesn't trust anyone and rightly so. Arizona is brave and has good instincts. Spencer is used to being in control. He feels very overprotective of Arizona. She partners up with Spencer to try to take down a smuggling ring.Arizona has a great personality. Despite everything that's happened, she is a fighter. That is a strong appeal to her character. Spencer and Arizona have great chemistry together. They humorously banter back and forth quite a bit. The story line in A Perfect Storm is really exciting. It has a lot of action and suspense. Overall it's a good story. I would absolutely check out the other books in this series as well.
Urbanfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fans of this series will not be disappointed. Spencer has become my new favorite alpha male of the group. He's hot, thoughtful, caring, and a physical force to be reckon with. He also seems the least prolific in the female department compared to the other guys. Well, Dare may be close. We get to know Arizona better and not just the heads strong girl running into danger. The chemistry with Spencer is great but not as hot as with the other guys and their budding relationships. The action centers around the human trafficking but again, it didn't feel as intense as previous problems the guys have found themselves in. This is a nice read for fans of the series, don't get me wrong. You will enjoy it. But, I still would have liked to see the danger more dangerous and the hot a bit more hot. Keeping in mind Arizona's past makes sense how the story plays out though. I read the book in one day, so it's safe to say it's a smooth ride.
Shaiha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
He never saw her coming¿Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring¿and continue avenging his own tragic past¿the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan¿and their chemistry¿shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero¿ * * * * * A PERFECT STORM is the fourth book in the Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor series and I am assuming that it will be the last one. I can't really see where another book would come from unless Chris gets his own book but we will see. Overall this has been a rather good series and I do have to admit that this book in particular has been my favorite.What really sets it apart is Arizona. She has gone thru hell in the past being sold as a sex slave and then rescued. That has really caused some scars that need to be reopened and healed. Luckily she trusts Spencer enough to allow the healing process to start. Some of the scenes between them were almost enough to bring tears to my eyes. Spencer has his own growing to do also. He is an alpha male which automatically makes him protective of any female and even more so to one he cares for. What he needs to understand is that Arizona is a warrior in her own right and to respect her ability to protect herself and others.I think that what I appreciated most about this book was the hard look at human traffickers. It is happening yet so many people want to sweep it under the rug. Ms. Foster has presented it in a way that is palatable to her readers. And the more folks that know about it, the closer we are to stopping it. Kudos to Ms. Foster for presenting a clear look at this uncomfortable subject. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys romantic suspense. I would rate this book a 3.4. ***I received this book at no charge for NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No monies have or will exchange hands.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A character-driven plot that is not action packed but the romance is hot.Opening Sentence: Arizona Storm sat quietly on the overstuffed chair, her chin resting on her drawn-up knees, her fingers laced together around her shins.The Review:Arizona Storm has been dealt a raw hand at life. She was given over to human traffickers while she was still a teenager as a sex slave. She escaped from her captors but then was caught. They decided they needed to teach a lesson for the others in captivity and left her for dead but then she was rescued by Jackson. Arizona is now twenty-one and she is determined to stop the kind of people that once held her captive. The revenge she wanted for her own captors was taken away by Spencer and she does hold it against him but not for long.Spencer Lark is a bounty hunter. His wife was killed three years ago in a robbery gone bad. He has been strangely drawn to Arizona ever since he first saw her but he is hung up on the fact that there is a twelve year age difference between them. Spencer also knows about Arizona¿s past so he knows that she will have problems getting close to someone.Arizona breaks into Spencer¿s home while he is sleeping. Something Spencer finds a little hard to deal with at first but then it doesn¿t bother him. She has come to him with a job opportunity. She has scoped out a business that she believes is a front for human traffickers and she wants Spencer¿s help in infiltrating the place.Arizona is a strong woman but she does have her hang-ups, their names are Trace, Dare, Jackson and Spencer. They just want to protect her but she doesn¿t want to be protected. She wants to catch the bad guys and help fight. She has a weakness towards the underdogs and wants to help them. Arizona has no problem speaking her mind and asking uncomfortable questions. I found Spencer¿s neighbor Marla a little annoying but at the same time I felt sorry for her because of the questions Arizona kept asking her. She wants to know how real relationships work but since she has only been used she doesn¿t understand the workings of a loving relationship.Human trafficking is a heavy subject to talk about and this story really isn¿t an exception. It weighs heavily on the tone of the story. A Perfect Storm is a character driven story. It focuses on the relationship between Arizona and Spencer in depth. It is almost 200 pages in by the time they go to the business to check it out when the action starts to kick in. The tension starts to run pretty high and the one thing that I thought would happen didn¿t happen, thankfully. This is not an action driven story.When Arizona and Spencer inevitably hook up it is hot. Spencer has no problem helping Arizona through her problems. He tells himself and Arizona that it is just to help her with developing a healthy relationship with someone else. Arizona knows that she can only get through her problems with Spencer and Spencer alone. She just hopes that he realizes that before it¿s too late.Overall, A Perfect Storm is a pleasant read even though the subject material is heavy. Arizona and Spencer have a special relationship that helps make each other a better person. I can¿t wait to see if there is more in store for them.Notable Scene:Arizona¿s thoughts were on seducing Spencer instead of where they should have been, so when she saw the dark, indistinct form growing into a long shadow across the walkway, it took a few seconds for the import to sink in.Too late to take the offensive against him, Arizona realized it was Carl lurking in the night.Well, damn. Had he taken the back exit from the bar and circled around to get her? That meant he had to have seen her leave.And it also meant he¿d been watching her . . . maybe Spencer, too.If he¿d hurt Spencer, so help her, she would demolish him.As Carl made a grab for her, she played the helpless victim and let him. He snatched her into the alley with hard hands and careless strength
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this Series so much. Wish their were more books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character is a tough cookie! Falling for the older man was bound to happen. I didn't know that there were other books that led to this one till I finished it. Seemed like I was missing something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story.