Author: Lori Foster
Publication: HQN Books; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
Description: 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….
My Thoughts: I liked this most recent episode in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. This is Arizona's story. Arizona was a victim who was rescued by Jackson after her captors beat her, tied her up, and threw her into a river in the middle of a storm. Jackson now thinks of her as an adopted younger sister. But Arizona is determined to take charge of her life and to take revenge on the traffickers who tried to make her a victim.
She meets Spencer when he steps in and kills the trafficker that Arizona was after. Spencer sees a beautiful young woman that he wants to protect. He also sees a woman that he thinks is too young for him and who needs to be handled carefully because of all she went through. Arizona isn't going to put up with that. She is strong and a survivor and wants to be accepted as an equal by Spencer, Jackson and the other men.
I especially liked Arizona's brash confidence in her abilities and her take-no-prisoners attitude. She isn't going to let her past hold her back from getting what she wants. I did get a little upset by her recklessness and the way she seems to undervalue herself.
Spencer is an epic sort of hero. He is strong, smart, protective and, once he gets over his hang-up about her age, he's the perfect mate for Arizona. He will let her do what she needs to do and will do his best to love and support her. Their's looks like an excellent partnership in the making.
The main focus of this story seemed to me to be the relationship between Spencer and Arizona. The plot to take down traffickers at a bar seemed to really be in the background of this story. This is a great story if you are looking for a relationship story. However, the suspense part of a romantic suspense novel was slighted.
Foster has an engaging writing style and a real talent for writing alpha heroes and the women who manage to tame them.
She flagged a hand between them. "The little picnic was nice."I received this one in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.
Exasperation got the better of him. "Eating fast food in the front of a truck at a deserted park prior to using yourself as bait to draw in the worst type of creep doesn't count as a picnic."
She blinked at the long string of nonsense. "Oh, well..." She opened her purse and got out a stick of gum. "It did for me."
Shit. Now he felt like a jerk. "Yeah," he reluctantly admitted. "Me, too."