Title: Getting Rowdy
Series: Love Undercover bk 3
Author: Lori Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
An alpha hero's attraction to the one woman he can't have could draw him into a killer's snare in the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster
Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn't the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance-including a past that might come back to haunt them both.
Avery spends her nights working for tips...and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy's protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she's finally found...and the passion she's always wanted.
Review by Heather: I'm a huge Lori Foster fan, and as such I've read almost all of her books. That being said, while I've liked her last several books I haven't loved them. In fact I was getting ready to take a break from her books, but I'm so glad I didn't because I loved Getting Rowdy. It has everything in it that made me fall in love with books in the first place. Bad-Ass Heroes, and heroines who can and do take care of themselves.
When Rowdy was introduced in the first book, there was something about him that made me want more of him. When he first met Avery and the sparks flew between them I found myself wanting more of them then the actual hero and heroine of the book.
Because of the first two books we already know about Rowdy's soft heart, but it's really in this book that we understand the why of it.
And Avery is such a great heroine. She reminds me a lot of Luna from Just Say No Joe, one of Foster's best books. I won't say more than that because I want you to discover her on your own.
What I really loved about this book though was that the suspense wasn't a major part of the story line. It didn't fuel the relationship between Rowdy and Avery. It wasn't the catalyst for them finally getting together. It did cause a little bit of contention between them, but because Avery is no simpering miss she takes charge in way that made me laugh out loud.
This is one of her books that I will read over and over, because it is just that good.
Review by Sarah:I loved the attraction between Rowdy and Avery. I love those titles where a couple's passion has been denied for so long that it is a palpable force between them. This is definitely the case in Getting Rowdy. I loved the development of their relationship, the chemistry, and the story behind the characters. And considering I had not read the previous books in the series, it wasn't difficult to keep up with or get a connection for the characters. But it was pretty obvious that it was a book that was connected with some other characters.
There were a few things that did not ring true for me. First off, if I had just found the guy that supposedly wanted me as bad as Rowdy wants Avery - and then discovered him in his office indulging in a little bit of naughty action in his office with someone else - I think the attraction would pretty much be over. Or at least have taken me a bit longer to work that through in my head and give him another shot than it did Avery. But somehow Foster still makes it work, and she manages to pull the story back in for me. And I still managed to love Rowdy's character, so that is a credit to Foster's writing skills.
However, it seemed that toward the end things started to go a little downhill for me. Probably about the time Rowdy met her parents, it just seemed to shift a bit and lose that edge that made it special. Things seemed a little too predictable, a little to convenient. With so much drama going on I expected to be glued to the pages, but it fell a little short for me overall.
I also thought that for someone that almost had a phobia towards commitment, Rowdy seemed to accept his stronger feelings for Avery a bit too readily. I expected him to fight it tooth and nail - and to indulge in a lot of tears and emotion when it came to getting them past the 'only sex' phase and into the 'forever-after' one. But I was denied that a little in this book. But the passion and intensity in the beginning more than made up for that in my opinion, so I think things sort of balanced each other out.
Overall, a really great book with some amazing characters. Not one you want to miss out on!