Book Review: Bare It All by: Lori Foster

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: HQN

Publish Date: April 30, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Mass Market Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it...until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice's secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire....

Review: After the events in ‘Run the Risk’, Detective Reese Bareden is determined to figure out his enigmatic neighbor, Alice Appleton. She’s very comfortable with firearms, she’s hyper-aware of her surroundings, and she’s very wary of opening up. Yet, opening up to him is just what Reese wants Alice to do, emotionally and physically. As Alice’s past starts to bleed into the present, Reese has the feeling he’s going to need all the help he can get protecting her. But Alice isn’t as fragile as she may seem…

I liked Alice a lot in the first book of the “Love Undercover” series, ‘Run the Risk’, so I was very happy she got her own book in ‘Bare It All’. She and Reese are thrown together after the events in ‘Run the Risk’ and Reese Bareden is determined to learn all her secrets. Yet, when he does, he is desperate to protect her and he’s also falling for her. As their relationship progresses, both emotionally and physically, he is struck by her strength – especially when she gets herself involved in a situation which may be too much for just the two of them to handle on their own. I adored Alice and really felt for her as her past was revealed. She’s courageous and honorable, always willing to help others in need. Reese was very alpha male, but I was glad to see he was able to tone it down (sometimes!). Rowdy Yates featured heavily in this book, too, but as Alice’s confidant and Reese’s non-cop partner. I enjoy strong female characters and Alice definitely fits the bill! I also thought Ms. Foster was able to balance out the plot and the steaminess well, exploring both without losing impact or too much momentum.

Love Undercover series: Run the Risk (1), Bare It All (2), Getting Rowdy (3), Dash (4)


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