He’s tantalizing trouble she can’t resist…
Charlotte Parrish has always wanted a certain kind of man: someone responsible, settled, boring. Bad boys need not apply. But when her car leaves her stranded and a mysterious stranger with brooding eyes and a protective streak comes to her rescue, she can’t deny how drawn she is to him. In town searching for family he’s never met, Mitch is everything she never thought she wanted—and suddenly everything she craves.
Finding his half brothers after all these years is more than Mitch Crews has allowed himself to wish for. Finding love never even crossed his mind…until he meets Charlotte. She’s sweet, warmhearted, sexier than she knows—and too damn good for an ex-con like him. But when his past comes back to haunt him, putting Charlotte—and the family he’s come to care for—in danger, Mitch isn’t playing by the rules. He’s already surrendered his heart, but now he’ll risk his life.
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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The warm, muggy night closed around him, leaving his shirt damp in places. Sweat prickled the back of his neck. Inside Freddie's he'd find air-conditioning, but he'd never again take fresh air for granted. He valued every single breath of humid air that filled his lungs.
The moon climbed the black sky as time slipped by. How much time, he didn't know: he'd stopped keeping track the second he saw her.
Headlights from the occasional passing car came near him but didn't intrude on the shadows where he stood.
Transfixed by her.
Damn, he wanted that mouth.
In the short time he'd locked eyes on her, a dozen fantasies had formed — most of them based on her naked lips, the way she occasionally pursed them, how she twisted her lips to the side in frustration, even how she blew out a breath. The whole package was nice ... but it was her mouth that kept him unmoving, staring. Imagining.
Slight of build, she served as a bright spot in the dark gloom. Understated and yet something struck him as undeniably sexy.
Once he'd noticed her, he couldn't look away.
After speaking softly into a phone, she bit her plump bottom lip, and her expression showed frustrated defeat.
The lady had made several consecutive calls. Was she in need of assistance? Given the way she'd circled a car, occasionally glaring at it, he thought she did. Judging by her frown, there wouldn't be any help on the way.
Since getting out of prison a year ago, Mitch had spent an excess of time with women. Hell, next to fresh air, freedom and steak, sex topped his list. He'd immersed himself in human contact, the gentleness, the carnality.
He'd taken satisfaction in pleasing someone else while abating a base need. Hell, watching a woman come gave him as much pleasure as his own release.
So he'd gotten his fill and then some — all while making plans to change the course of his life. To make it better. To carve out a meaningful future.
Here he was, where he needed to be, determined, resolute ... and sidetracked by a gorgeous woman.
That in itself left him edgy with curiosity. No other woman had snagged his attention this way. He knew zip about her, and yet seeing her had heat building beneath his skin.
He tried to look away, but his attention kept zeroing back.
It was like seeing something you hadn't known you wanted, but immediately recognizing it as necessary.
Even dressed in jeans, a T-shirt and flip-flops, he knew the lady had nothing in common with him. Innocence all but screamed from her slender body and reserved manner. To someone with his jaded background, that put her in the "do not touch" category.
His fingers curled and his palms burned. Yeah, he wanted to touch her despite that.
And he didn't look away.
From the shadowed corner just outside the bar, he watched her thumb dial another number into her phone. While holding the phone to her ear, she paced. The overhead glow of the security light touched her in select places, alternately highlighting and then shadowing her understated curves.
High cheekbones framed a slender, straight nose. She tucked a few drifting curls behind a small ear. Though rounded, he saw the mulish determination in her stubborn little chin.
And that mouth ... thoughts of it under his mouth — and on his body — tightened his jaw until his molars ached.
For the first time in years, he wondered if he could put off his agenda for a bit, say something to her, see if there was something between them despite the seemingly obvious roadblocks.
Opposites attract, and all that.
He'd made this trip a center point for a new future.
In this Podunk town he'd subtly uncovered what he could about Brodie and Jack Crews. That was the priority after all. Moving forward, leaving the past behind. It started with the Crews brothers. Hitting the bar tonight might have gained him more insight into them.
But would a slight detour — the type with long curly brown hair and a sweet little body — matter so much?
If he listened to his dick, the answer was no. His balls were giving a resounding "go for it" as well.
His head though ... Hell, his head claimed he could afford a delay. In the grand scheme of things, it wouldn't matter.
Since arriving in town, he'd discovered that the men were well liked, each of them married, and they had an odd but interesting business called Mustang Transport. Locals claimed they dealt with mundane shit as well as serial killers and psychopaths. Somewhere in the middle, the truth lurked.
He'd also heard about their mother. He'd been hearing about her for as long as he could remember. For very different reasons she interested him almost as much as Brodie and Jack.
He had no connection to Rosalyn Crews, but meeting the men felt important in a way nothing else ever had. He couldn't explain it, even to himself. He'd gone through life making damn sure he needed no one, and that he wanted only for things he could get for himself. Now, much as it chapped his ass, he wanted something else — and it depended on Brodie and Jack Crews. It didn't have to happen right away, though. He wouldn't mind burning off some energy before making that initial contact — especially if he could convince this woman to give him a few hours of her time.
He noted every small movement as she spoke into her phone. He couldn't catch every word, but the low murmur of her voice stroked over him. He was pretty sure she left a message.
Suddenly she held the phone back and stared at it. Hot annoyance tightened her mouth and brought down her brows.
"Perfect. Just freaking perfect."
He heard that loud and clear.
Jamming the phone into a back pocket — a tight fit over that sweetly rounded backside — she dropped her head with a throaty groan that traveled along his spine like a sensual stroke. Her eyes closed, her mouth flattened, and the damp night drew her long, light brown hair into coiling curls.
He'd love to tangle his fingers in her unruly hair.
As if spurred by her innate energy, the curls moved, bouncing a little, drifting with the breeze. Judging people had kept him alive. With this woman, he sensed she didn't indulge in downtime very often. Even standing still, she seemed to ... spark with energy.
Curiosity cut into him, mingling with the carnal interest.
Had she been stood up? Walked out on a date?
Just then she growled, "Dead. Stupid phone." The thump of her hand to a metal lamppost sent a dull clang ringing over the area. "Now what?"
Ah, well that answered his question.
White teeth nibbled her bottom lip in consideration. Considering, she glanced at the bar, shook her head once, and returned to pacing.
Clouds covered the moon, amplifying the darkness.
She was far too petite to be stranded alone.
Doesn't mean she wants a quick fuck, he argued with himself.
The young woman stewing in front of him might be more likely to sell brownies at a local bake sale, but engage in a hot one-night stand? Probably not.
Sure, she was standing outside a rowdy bar all alone on a late night — but then, so was he.
So what should he do? Be smart and turn away, or see if she needed help? He remained undecided when two men exited the bar with a lot of noisy fanfare.
The woman glanced up, then quickly away with a roll of her eyes — but not quickly enough to avoid notice.
"Charlotte, hey! Whatssup?" With a leer, a mop-headed man added, "You waitin' for me, sugar?"
Mitch caught the way his unshaven bud snickered, proving the irony in the question.
"Definitely not," she replied, her tone crisp and clear.
Mitch liked the sound of her voice. Not all girly or too sweet, but firm and no-nonsense.
He did not like how the two dunces eyeballed her anyway, stumbling in her direction despite her preferences. "Ah, c'mon now, don't be like that," the talkative one said.
His idiot friend guffawed, stumbled and heckled some more.
Charlotte — nice name — propped her hands on slim hips and issued a dire warning. "You'd be smart to keep walking, Bernie."
"How come you're here alone?" He tried a teasing voice that Mitch suspected did the opposite of entice. "You know where to find me this time of night."
"Drunk, as usual. Yes, I know." Annoyance squared her narrow shoulders. "Not that it's any of your business, but I finished a late delivery and was heading home, then had car trouble." She added with menace, "Help is on the way."
"I'll keep ya company until then."
"No, you will not."
"But I'm already here." Intent brought Bernie closer.
She didn't exactly look afraid, but more like fed up. Before Mitch gave it enough thought, his feet carried him out of the shadows and immediately drew her attention.
Soft blue. Now that he saw her eyes more clearly, he found them every bit as compelling as her mouth.
Alert, maybe a little wary, she zeroed in on him. Her lips parted and she blinked twice.
You're sealing your fate, sugar. He tried a smile of part interest, part reassurance.
Her gaze went beyond him, searching the darkness, and then snapped back again. "Where did you come from?"
With his attention only on her, Mitch held up his hands and avoided a direct answer. "Just seeing if you need any help."
Emboldened by liquid courage, the two men blustered at him. "G'lost, asshole. She don't need nothin' from you."
As if Bernie and his bad grammar didn't hover there beside her, Charlotte asked, "You're new around here?"
Mitch gave her a long look. What, did she know everyone in Red Oak, Ohio? Probably. He could jog the main street, one end to the other, without breaking a sweat. "I've been here a few days." Whether he was passing through, or sticking around, wasn't her business. Besides, for now, he wasn't sure.
Brazen stupidity urged Bernie to step up in front of him. "You ain't listening. I told you to —"
Disgust curved Mitch's mouth into a mean smile meant to intimidate. "You're right. I'm not listening to you." Insulting disregard took his gaze over the smaller man before he dismissed him. "I'm talking only to her."
By size difference alone, it was beyond ludicrous for Bernie to issue a challenge.
And yet, he did. "Are you fuckin' stupid?"
Charlotte's voice, now edged with anger, interrupted anything Mitch might have replied or done. "You've been warned, Bernie. If you don't knock it off right now, you are not going to like the consequences."
Still, the fool didn't listen. "I said," Bernie blasted, his breath putrid, "for you to get lost." A scrawny fist, aiming for Mitch's face, swatted through the air.
Bad move, asshole.
Instincts could be a son of a bitch. Mitch leaned away from the weak hit ... and at the same time automatically jabbed with his right.
His fist landed right on Bernie's chin.
Eyes rolling back, the smaller man started to drop.
Infuriated that he'd lost his grip in front of Charlotte, Mitch caught the front of Bernie's shirt and held him on his tiptoes. "You," he whispered between barely moving lips, "need to learn when to quit." Familiar anger surfaced despite his efforts to tamp it down ...
And a small, cool hand touched him.
Struck clean down to his toes, Mitch peered first at those pale, tapered fingers with short, neat nails resting lightly against the roped muscles of his sun-darkened forearm.
Fucking sexy, that's what it was, highlighting all their differences, especially those of strength and capability.
Her face drew him next, the delicate lines, smooth skin ... that mouth and those eyes.
That wild hair.
"I think," she said softly, a smile teasing her mouth, "if you let Bernie go now, he'll make a hasty retreat." Slanting those mesmerizing eyes toward old Bernie, she added with silky menace, "At least, he better."
Keen awareness nudged out anger.
Everything about her appealed to him.
She stood to his left, and the heady scent of her skin and hair — like baby powder and flowers — teased his nose.
He drew a deeper, fuller breath, filling his lungs with her and knew he could happily drown on that scent.
Slowly, wanting to keep her close, Mitch unclenched his fingers and allowed Bernie to stumble back to where his buddy helped to prop him up.
Unconcerned with that, Charlotte's fingers shifted in the lightest of explorations before she snatched her hand away.
Interesting — especially that splash of color on her cheeks.
She looked up at him, gave a wan smile, and whispered, "Thank you."
"For popping him?"
Curls bounced as she gave a quick shake of her head. "For not doing him more damage." She wrinkled her nose, leaning closer to confide, "You could have, I know."
Huh. No recriminations?
She actually thanked him?
Not what he was used to, but he'd take it. "So —"
Eyes almost crossed, Bernie spat. "You used ta be such a nice girl."
And just that easy, he fractured Mitch's newfound calm. Fury brought him forward a step. "You'd be wise to leave now."
Too drunk to see the danger, Bernie glared at Charlotte.
In what felt like a gentle reminder, she touched his arm again.
Their eyes met — and she smiled.
Son of a bitch, how had she known? No, he didn't punish smaller men for idiocy. He didn't settle things with his fists — unless he had to. Annoyance narrowed his eyes, but otherwise, he hid the churning confusion.
"You okay?" she asked, her eyes big and sincere.
Jesus. She wanted to soothe him? An abrupt nod eased her worried frown.
"Good." She gave him a pat.
Mitch stewed. It grated that even out of prison, some things hung with him. Like react first, think later, rather than take chances.
Behind bars, it was safer that way.
I'm no longer in prison. Eventually that'd sink in. Coming here, to this small town, would be yet another step to ensuring that it did.
Bernie's friend, helping to hold him upright, muttered, "Fuck 'em. Lez go," in an effort to save face for them both.
"Do," Charlotte said in quiet command, and with audacity she shooed them away.
Un-fucking-believable. But what mattered to Mitch was seeing them go.
And that left him alone with her.
After a second deep breath, something new occurred to him: Charlotte had gotten dangerously close to a volatile situation.
She didn't know him — if she did, she wouldn't have dared.
She shouldn't trust him — but she hadn't hesitated to intercede.
Ballsy. Also foolish.
And why that impressed him, he couldn't say.
Even though she now stepped out of reach, Mitch felt her, her concern, the sizzling contact where her flesh had met his — on your arm, you ass — and the inquisitiveness in the wide eyes that kept peeking at him.
Get it together. To help with that, he watched the two men travel the sidewalk until they disappeared out of sight.
Would they come back? He didn't think so. Cowards never did.
"Sorry about that," Charlotte offered, her gaze probing. "Bernie is stupid when he drinks."
Mitch had the distinct impression Bernie was always stupid, but whatever. "You scared him." He tried a smile to put her at ease, even though he hadn't yet relaxed.
Her laugh was as nice as her voice. "Oh, it's not me he has to fear."
Well, shit. She meant him? Had his harsh reaction bothered her after all? "I didn't mean to —"
"You were justified, but I really was impressed with the way you pulled the punch. Not many men could do that."
Unsure what to say, he tugged at his ear. It wasn't bragging to say he could've destroyed Bernie with very little effort. Instead, he'd left him with a face, so maybe his reaction wasn't so bad after all.
"I wasn't talking about you, though." Charlotte's lips teased into a small smile and her voice went husky, as if to share a secret. "Bernie didn't want me to tell on him."
Barely able to get his gaze off her mouth, Mitch asked, "Because.?"
"He'd get more than a punch."
Well, if she had someone that protective, she had to be in a relationship, which meant he shouldn't be flirting with her. Disappointment settled in his gut, but hell, he was used to disappointment. As cavalier as he could manage, he asked, "Husband?"
"Men I work for, actually." She tucked back a curl, hitched her purse strap up her arm, and laced her fingers together. Watching him, she stated, "I'm not married."
A charge of relief rocked through him and he knew right then, he'd figure out a way to have her. With new intent, he stepped closer. "Glad to hear it."
His nearness caused a catch in her breath. "You?"
"Free and clear." In more ways than one. Shifting closer, Mitch deliberately inhaled her scent. God, he'd missed that, a woman's musk, the fresh stirring fragrance of her skin and hair.
Maybe sensing his intent, Charlotte touched her throat, flustered, surprised, and if her smile was anything to go by, pleased with his interest.
"I look forward to getting to know you better." Right now would suit him fine. "Hopefully sooner rather than later?"(Continues…)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This has been my favorite book in this series. I thought the characters of Charlotte and Mitch were complex, yet endearing. There were a lot of ups and downs and complicated history to be dealt with, which was accomplished in a very believable way. I loved the interaction between characters from previous books in the series and the message of family that is woven into each one. I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest review.
Charlotte and Mitch’s love story in All Fired Up, book three in the Road to Love series by Lori Foster, was an amazing, wonderful, sweet, and enjoyable tale. Reading this book reminded me why I loved reading books by Lori Foster; as if I am actually watching the story as her words become a movie in my head. Charlotte knew what she wanted in a man and when she accidently met Mitch she knew he was the one. This was before she even had the chance to get to know him. Finding his half brothers was more than Mitch ever thought. Finding love was never something he expected, at least until he meets Charlotte. Charlotte is not only sweet, warmhearted, and sexy, but she sees the real Mitch, not the ex-con. Mitch thought he left his past behind when he moved, but unfortunately, it finds and haunts him; putting his new family and Charlotte in danger. Mitch will risk his life to keep everyone safe. I loved how tender Mitch was as well as a hard worker, deserving of a chance to be loved and to love. Charlotte was the perfect match for him. Ms. Foster is an amazing storyteller who wrote a wonderful story that is definitely not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sexual chemistry, amusing banter, and endearing characters giving Charlotte and Mitch a chance at love, happiness, and a future neither expected. I highly recommend All Fired Up to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I have to admit that I read this book more out of curiosity then because I was looking forward to it but now I’m glad I did read it. The first book was okay but the second was not my favorite so I didn’t know what to expect. I really enjoyed Charlotte in the other books and she was even better in this story. Mitch reminds me so much of my brother-in-law; it was scary but made the book that much better. Charlottes loving and caring personality is exactly what was needed to make this my favorite of the three books. I did receive this book so that I could leave an honest review.
Charlotte Parish has always wanted a certain type of man. And then her car breaks down and leaves her stranded, and rescued by a complete stranger. Or to be so attracted to that stranger. She never thought she would want someone like him-but she is finding that he is everything that she needs. Mitch is in town to meet to find the family that he has never known. He has never been looking for love or even thought about it. Charlotte is everything that he never knew he really wanted or needed. But now his past could be coming back to bite him and throw everything he truly wants into jeopardy. This one is definitely a slow burn but I thoroughly enjoyed it! Mitch and Charlotte have this connection right from the start and they both draw each in ways that you don't really expect. The story drew me in right from the start and I loved that it didn't seem like anything was forced or rushed. The whole book seems to be at the perfect pace. Mitch and Charlotte both have been through things that might bring others down, but they are so strong that they are able to move on and try to make a better life for themselves. And I completely loved that! You don't have to read the first 2 books in order to read this one, everything is perfectly understood even if you haven't read them yet. All in all-a very enjoyable read!!
I received the ARC of All Fired Up from NetGalley and the publisher and this is my fair and honest review. Wow, is all I can say. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series but for me this one was the best of all three. I loved Mitch and Charlotte as a couple, and the interaction between Mitch and his new found family. I love how important family is in this series, it makes you feel like you are apart of them as you read along I would definitely recommend this book to others.
This is my first read by Lori Foster, and I've gotta admit that about halfway through, I was still waiting for some romance, something other than sultry eyes and lingering looks. Seriously, we're talking somewhere around 200 pages into an almost 400-page read, and I'm still waiting for the romance to get going. However, that little annoyance was just that, a little annoyance. Because somewhere in there, while I waiting, I realized that I really liked these characters, and I wanted to know more about them. The whole Crews family is relatable and absolutely lovable. Even Elliott, who is most certainly a jerk when it comes to relationships and responsibility. Yet, somehow I still found myself rooting for him. We do finally get some romance, and yes, I felt like there could've been a better buildup, but I liked both characters enough by that point that I wanted them to be happy. The author also gives us a bit of danger, and our baddies are a bit over the top in their badness, but they did add some tension. In the end, this one was more of a family drama than romance, but I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this family.
In All Fired Up, Mitch Crews had recently come into town to learn more about the family he had grown up hearing about but never been a part of – his family. Mitch’s dad had been in and out of his life during his childhood and worse was that Mitch’s very existence had been kept a secret from everyone in the Crews family. Mitch knew that revealing to his half-brothers that – surprise – they have a brother they never knew about was risky but he had nothing left to lose. He was an ex-con from the wrong side of the tracks and despite wanting to build a relationship with the brothers he never knew, he was all too used to life throwing him curves. He kept telling himself to squash the hope that anything good would come from this experience but he was secretly hopeful for something good. One set of curves he never expected was those of Charlotte Parish. Mitch had first seen Charlotte when her vehicle’s tires had gone flat. While she was waiting for someone to help her, Mitch felt that she was in danger when she was approached by two drunk men and even though he hadn’t wanted to make his presence known in this town, he couldn’t let this woman get hurt. Little did he know that Charlotte could handle herself and that his act of chivalry would put him in a direct confrontation with the exact family members he was hoping to avoid running into just yet. As luck would have it not only had Charlotte snagged his immediate and exclusive interest but she was also deeply involved with his family. Nothing was going according to plan but somehow it was working out better than Mitch ever hoped for, which made him very suspicious. Let the games begin! I wasn’t sure how I felt about Mitch at the start of All Fired Up. I thought he was a little lecherous at first because he was all in the shadows and thinking very naughty things about Charlotte, ha ha ha, BUT as it turns out he was a good and honorable man. It was just that Charlotte was a woman he couldn’t help himself around, she drew him in. I loved his character and I felt so much for him, especially because of his childhood. Charlotte was also spunky and even though she was a little awkward around Mitch at the start, she quickly calmed herself and what developed between her and Mitch was so sweet and swoony. The past that came back to haunt Mitch was pretty serious and almost brought the direst of consequences. I loved how Mitch’s family really pulled together to take care of their own. Loved the deep family connection feeling this story gave to me. It was such a powerful feeling. All Fired Up had me fired up from beginning to end and this is a story that I would definitely recommend. This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Heartwarming, sexy, exciting and action packed journey filled with intriguing charters, witty dialog, heart racing twists and thrilling passion...... was a edge of your seat read! I really enjoyed this interesting journey of self discovery and reflection. Excellent reading.
All Fired Up by Lori Foster has been my favorite in the Road to Love Series. It was so fun to read the brotherly love from Brodie and Jack for both Mitch and Charlotte. The hot steam coming from Mitch and Charlotte is HOT HOT HOT. Another amazing book from Lori Foster. I did receive and ARC in exchange for an honest review.
"I started reading this book in the evening and couldn't stop. I was up until 2:00 A.M. reading and had to be up at 4:45 A.M. to get my husband off to work, but I didn't want to go to bed without finishing the story since I knew I wouldn't sleep wondering what happened. It was worth it!! Mitch has to be one of my very favorite heroes. WOW! I honestly hated coming to the end of the story!! Charlotte is wonderful, too. She's a woman I'd love to have as a friend. This book grabbed hold of my heart and had me feeling so many emotions. I cried, laughed, got angry, swooned, and felt so invested in the story. This is Lori Foster's best book yet!" I'd give it 10 stars if I could! I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest and heartfelt review.
Be still my heart! The third time is indeed the charm when it comes to the hunky heroes Lori Foster has delighted us with in her Road to Love series. I've adored them all, but in her latest ALL FIRED UP, we meet Mitch, the half-brother that they didn't know they had, and he is delightful! Raised by the queen of dysfunctional mother's, Mitch has lived a harder life than most and finds himself looking for a place to belong. He's an ex-con with a heart of gold and looking up the brothers he always knew he had out there somewhere seems like the right thing to do. He never expected to find a woman he can't resist, or for danger to follow him to town! As we know from loving Charlotte in the previous two books in the series, she's sweet, she's tough and she gives as good as she takes with those feisty guys she thinks of as brothers. She's never thought a bad boy was her type ... but man she's can't resist Mitch from the very moment she meets him. How will that play out when he's stepping into the family she's already a part of? I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story of redemption. The characters draw you in from the very start and if you've read the rest of the series, you will love seeing so much of Brodie, Jack and the fam again. Really enjoyed Mitch and Charlotte!
He had no one left so he went to Mustang, Inc to meet the woman who was not like his mother. He found the family he never had. A family he’d never dared to hope for. I enjoyed the build-up of the relationship. Being reminded of past characters is like a family reunion. I really liked this story. It is my favorite if the trio.
ALL FIRED UP is probably the best one I have read of this series. Here, Mitch has gotten out of prison and come to town. He meets Charlotte at a bar and is immediately attracted to her. He helps to rescue her from some aggressive drunks. It turns out that he is in town to meet the half-brothers he had heard so much about- the very men that Charlotte works with and whose family she has been figuratively adopted into. As they unravel the past and explore their family connections, Charlotte and Mitch find that they have a lot of potential as a couple. At the same time, things from Mitch's past catch up to him and add a good amount of suspense to the story. This is a solid read with plenty of steamy romance and a heavy dose of what it means to be a family. The book has some elements of not only drama but also suspense. I really loved seeing Charlotte's story and learning more about her- she was intriguing character in previous books, and this brings it all together nicely. Would recommend for fans of the earlier books and fast-paced romantic suspense. Please note that I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
"All Fired Up" (Road to Love Book 3) by Lori Foster is a fantastic read. I loved Mitch and Charlotte's story. This is a terrific addition to this series, packed with romance, passion, twists, humor, family, entertaining characters, rescue animals, and more. I loved catching up with the Crews family. I seriously hope we get more from this entertaining cast of characters in the future. Highly recommend to all fans of romance, family, and series. **ARC given via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*
All Fired Up by Lori Foster is the third contemporary romance book in the Road to Love series. It worked well as a standalone novel. The novel also has an extra layer of suspense in it so, to me, it falls into a version of a romantic suspense novel. When Charlotte Parrish has car trouble, she is accosted by a drunk leaving a nearby bar. A stranger, Mitch Crew, comes to her rescue. He has come to town looking for his half-brothers who he has never met. When his past catches up with him and Charlotte and Mitch start falling for each other, the heat and the suspense builds to a satisfying conclusion. Foster does a great job of building up to a steamy romance as well as plenty of suspense and action. The well-developed main characters are compassionate, strong and personable. Foster does a great job of including elements of a family drama in the book in addition to the romance and suspense. At times, it is steamy, heart-breaking, heart-warming, humorous, and tender. I have only read one other book by this author, but I am looking forward to reading more. If you like a well-written romance with some suspense and family drama, then this may be the book you have been seeking. I definitely want to read the first two books in the series. Many thanks to Harlequin – Romance (US & Canada) and Lori Foster for a digital ARC of this novel via Net Galley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
Another intriguing and fast paced book. I really enjoyed getting to know the new characters! You get more backstory and an adorable new dog is added to the mix!! Howler makes more cameos, who doesn't love Howler?! Growth and happiness abound, with action and drama, and plot twists! I love the Crews Family! I was provided an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review.
Mitch is my favorite Crews brother & Charlotte was the perfect match for him. I really enjoyed their story, and it was fun catching up with the rest of the Crews family, including all of the pets. Mitch's sister-in-law Ronnie cracks me up! She and Ros are always entertaining and I love the banter between all of the characters. This is a great series! I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary Advance Reader Copy from NetGalley.
This is my second book in this series and I am loving it! I like how Jennifer brings back the characters from the previous books. This is a beautiful story of two people who try to ignore their feelings for each other but at the end, can’t fight it anymore. Alyssa is serious, efficient, organized and smart. She keeps Jonathan life well organized, as well as makes him laugh, when she comes out with facts when you least expect it. I enjoy reading Jennifer’s books because she makes me feel like I’m right there feeling what the characters are feeling. Great work, Jennifer! Can’t wait for the next installment to this series. I voluntary reviewed an advanced reader’s copy.
Wow!!! Very well written, romantic suspense. Love Mitch & Charlotte, this just flows so well that it kept me glued to the pages and just seems real. The characters have depth and the plot is not rushed. They are totally opposite yet still have some similarities, Mitch is a loner by choice, Charlotte is a loner by lack of chance. He is all alpha yet she is feisty and bold enough to stand up to him. I haven't read any of the others in this series yet but LOVE this loving, compassionate, forgiving and loyal family circle! Very touching & suspenseful story which made me laugh, almost cry and rejoice. I received an advance review copy via NetGalley at no cost and without obligation from the author.
4.5 Stars This is the third book in the series and it's my favorite. I loved Mitch and Charlotte together. They're really adorable together. I loved the side she brings out in Mitch. This is a big journey and step for Mitch. Meeting his half brothers. Right off the bat Mitch's plans go awry, but in the best way possible. Learning Mitch's back story makes it all the more special the relationship he builds with his family. It's not going to easy or comfortable, but oh so worth it. It's not all sunshine and roses because Mitch's past is not staying in the past. Trouble is coming a knocking and it's not pretty. I was so happy with how things worked out for everyone including Ros and Elliot. Mitch's dog Brute is so sweet and I'm so glad he found his forever home. This book has it all; heart, heat, humor, and suspense. This book should go on your must read list. You won't be disappointed.
ALL FIRED UP is the third instalment in Lori Foster’s contemporary, adult ROAD TO LOVE erotic, romance series. This is twenty-nine year old Mitch Crews, and twenty-five year old Charlotte Parrish’s story line. ALL FIRED UP can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary. Told from several third person perspectives including Charlotte and Mitch ALL FIRED UP follows the building romance between is twenty-nine year old Mitch Crews, and twenty-five year old Charlotte Parrish. Mitch Crews is an ex-con whose been searching for the half-brothers Brodie and Jack, but a woman in trouble gave Mitch the opportunity to save a lady in distress bringing him face to face with the brothers he has never met. Enter Charlotte Parrish, Brodie and Jack’s foster sibling, and the woman with whom Mitch will fall in love. What ensues is the building romance between Mitch and Charlotte, and the potential fall-out when Mitch’s past comes seeking revenge. Mitch Crews grew up in poverty with an drug addicted mother, whose boyfriend all but destroyed Mitch’s life that landed our hero in prison in an effort to protect the woman who should have protected Mitch Crews. Release from prison gave Mitch the opportunity to find the family he never knew including the woman that called to his heart. Charlotte Parrish was a member of the Crews family, not by blood, but by heart and soul. Working as Jack and Brodie’s office manager, Charlotte finds herself loved and protected by everyone including the brother they never knew. The relationship between Charlotte and Mitch is one of immediate attraction but Mitch’s past is determined to destroy the people he loves. The death of his mother, and subsequent demolition of their house places Mitch in the crosshairs of a man who believes Mitch owes him his life. Determined to protect Charlotte, Mitch reluctantly allows his brothers to help with what has to be done. Charlotte knows Mitch is the man with whom she wants to spend the rest of her life but first the must take down and stop Mitch’s past from destroying them all. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are reintroduced to Mitch’s half-brothers: Brodie and his wife Mary (Driven to Distraction), Jack and his wife Ronnie (Slow Ride); their mother Rosalyn, their father Elliott, and police officer Grant Colvin. The requisite evil has many faces. ALL FIRED UP is a story of family, friendship, betrayal and revenge; a story of second chances for our story line hero, and a happily ever after for Charlotte and Mitch. The premise is engaging, suspenseful and entertaining; the characters are strong, energetic and protective; the romance is seductive and captivating. ALL FIRED UP is a wonderful and exciting addition to Foster’s ROAD TO LOVE series.
I'm giving this 3rd installment to Lori's Road To Love series 4.5 huge stars! Brodie and Jack Crews are given a huge surprise when they are joined by Mitch. With his history, Mitch isn't sure he deserves anything. Especially not a family as wonderful as the Crew's. Charlotte has more steel in her backbone than most men and I loved that about her. All Fired up has so much between the pages. Surprises, bad guys, steamy times and humor. Mostly though this book is about healing broken souls. Mitch is a beautifully broken man trying to be better. To overcome his past, to claim something he's always longed for. I also loved the good look we got at Ros and Elliott's relationship. Possible book? Hope so. I'd love to find out how Elliott makes all his mistakes up to Ros. Anyway, don't miss this book! Thanks Lori for the opportunity to read and review!
A Romance full of surprises! A fantastically fast paced read with a slow burning romance. This was intriguing right from the start with so much revealed, I dropped my jaw a few times. I loved the characters, open, honest and real. Charlotte was not your badass heroine, but what she did have was compassion and fierce protective instincts. Mitch was a lot tougher, but deep down he was an honorable and caring man, who'd had the luck of the hesperus, that is, until he met the Crews family. Family is everything! There's drama, suspense, action all here, with a lot of anticipation to keep you flipping pages, along with a bit of happy heat. The furbabies, especially Brute, Mitch's dog, played a huge part in here and I loved it all. This is a stand alone with it's own HEA. I would, however, suggest reading books 1 and 2 in this series because they are that good, but will also add to the depth of feelings in this book. The whole Crews family is included throughout and now brings up another scenario that I would love Ms. Foster to write into this series.
Another must read from Lori Foster! You immediately fall in love with Mitch & Charlotte. You not only feel their pain and sadness as they struggle for answers but also their joy, hope and longing for family. I love this family's dynamics where you find yourself laughing out loud at moments, or on edge waiting for justice or just having an ahhh moment. I highly recommend reading All Fired Up as it covers it all!
After losing her parents at a young age Charlotte Parish was taken in by the Crews family and it didn't take long at all for her to feel like she belonged with them, quickly finding her place as a daughter and sister. Which is probably the driving force for her craving to have one of her own, she wants to find someone with the same dream, a responsible man with a stable job, good heart, and someone ready to settle down. Then Mitch wanders into her world, and saves the day when she finds herself stranded alongside the road, and suddenly her list of qualifications for a mate don't seem quite as important. He is everything she didn't want in a mate, he's a bad boy through and through, and for some reason her heart wants him... a man that is anything but stable or ready to settle down. She knows he is the kind of man that could break her heart, but she just can't ignore the undeniable sparks that they share! All Fired Up is an opposites attract story that comes brimming with heart-squeezing emotion, family drama, action-packed suspense, and of course some steamy romance too! I really enjoyed this latest installment in the Road to Love series, it had the perfect amounts of everything needed to keep me captivated and swimming in feels the whole way through. These two slow danced around one another, keeping each other at arm's length, the sparks constantly simmering, and me dying of anticipation. I adored these characters, they both had rough starts at life, and it did my heart so good to finally see them find the true happiness that they deserved... they are my favorite pairing of the series! I highly recommend you get your hands on this one, it's good on the heart and destined to have swooning like a fool throughout! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, via NetGalley request, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest and unbiased opinion.