Book: Run the Risk
Author: Lori Foster
Article Type: Book Review, Blog Tour, Giveaway (US/CA)
About the Book: When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend’s unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her .Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new “construction worker” who’s moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer’s crosshairs?
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Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 3.75
Breaking it down a little more to understand why I say stick with the story despite the not strong beginning.
First Half Rating: 2.50 (pacing, character likability)
Second Half Rating: 5.00 (everything comes together)
First Thought when Finished: Run the Risk has an explosive last half that will make you want the next books in the series NOW!
What I Thought about the Story: Run the Risk is the story of a woman (Pepper) and her brother(Rowdy). They (one of them not saying who) witness a murder and now are on the run. Next you throw into the mix the best friend of the victim, Detective Logan Riske, and his unstoppable quest for justice (or revenge)and you have got a story that is boiling with excitement. I really felt that Run the Risk hit it’s stride at about the halfway point. I love Lori Foster’s writing (especially her Romantic Suspense) and feel like this book was a great setup for the rest of the series. The case was solid, the introductions of future lead characters spectacular, and it was just the pacing (in the first half) that was a little off for me.
What I Thought of the Characters: Run the Risk is centered around Pepper (Sue) and Logan. While I liked their characters individually, it took awhile for me to feel the connection between them. Pepper is strong, smart, and willing to do anything to stay under the radar (frumpy look, downtrodden personality). Logan is loyal, hot-headed, and willing to do anything for justice (seduce the frumpy girl, pretend to work construction). In the beginning this is a problem because what Logan wants and Pepper wants clashes. I think my biggest problem with the romance was that I didn’t buy the “insta” attraction because of how far Pepper was going to “hide”. Once Pepper was back to being herself though, I felt their chemistry was off the charts. Again, once you hit that 2nd half the story just kind of all falls into place. The best characters were Rowdy, Reese, Alice, Peterson (spelling), and Dash! I think this book did a great job of setting up all those characters. I can’t wait till their books come out (next year–so sad)!
Final Thought: Run the Risk was a really good introduction book to the rest of the Love Undercover series. I think fans of Lori Foster will end up adoring this series!
Thanks to the folks at the Book Trib I have a copy of Run the Risk by Lori Foster to giveaway to one lucky reader. Here are the rules:
- Must be from the US or CA
- Must enter by Oct 16th by Midnight
- Must fill out the Rafflecopter form
- Go check out the rest of the stops on the Book Trib Blog Tour Page
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