Review: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

Posted March 20, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 8 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Getting Rowdy by Lori FosterGetting Rowdy by Lori Foster
Series: Love Undercover #3
Published by Harlequin on September 24, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

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.

 

This book couldn’t be more aptly named as it’s all about getting rowdy (as in acting up) and getting Rowdy, the main character.

 

In the two earlier books in this series, Rowdy emerged as this murky person, not really certain on what side of the law he was actually operating. Now that his beloved sister, Pepper, is married to a police detective, getting this aspect of Rowdy became more important.

 

Enter Avery Mullins, the former waitress who saved his butt at the shady bar where she worked before Rowdy bought it. He promoted her to head bartender and now wants her…really bad. He’s a notorious one night stand kind of guy and she’s wanting none of that, even though she’s kind of crazy about him. When her past reaches forward into the present and puts her at risk, it’s a game changer in their relationship.

 

Rowdy isn’t a character you’re going to fall for from the start. Though he’s not a traditional “player” as he’s a woman magnet who doesn’t turn many away and he’s typically not the aggressor. But he sleeps with a LOT of women and is very clear there’s zero chance of relationship or second encounters. No way was he going to win me over. Well, famous last words.

 

The more the story evolved, the more I GOT Rowdy. As he and Avery become closer, she’s able to reach beneath his exterior and uncover who he really is, what’s really important to him and why he’s alone. Their relationship slowly developed as both got to know each other and those lustful feelings deepened into something more precious.

 

The bottom line
I ended up being crazy about Rowdy and no one is more surprised about that than me. This is a really good story, the best of the series to date as both characters were wonderfully developed, each having a nobility that worked well together. Very nicely done for a guy I was intrigued about but not really impressed with initially. Oh, and there’s a guy named Cannon who was introduced here that I want to know LOTS more about.

 

 

Jonetta + Cat

About Lori Foster

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Berkley, Silhouette and Samhain. She is currently with Harlequin.

Lori believes it’s important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

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8 responses to “Review: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

  1. If I remember right, Avery really pulled Rowdy out of his shell and got to the root of him. This was a great read, I’m glad you liked it. For some reason, my head is picturing Cannon really young, I have no idea why, but I’m concerned I’m not going to be able to get into his story (if/when he gets one). I’m onto Dash next. Love Lori’s trailers for these books.

  2. TheBookNympho

    I loved Foster’s Buckhourn series. I need to try this one out. I’ll have to see if my library has them on audio.