Series: Love Undercover

Dash of Peril by Lori Foster

Posted April 22, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 5 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.

Dash of Peril by Lori FosterDash of Peril by Lori Foster
Series: Love Undercover #4
Published by Harlequin on March 25, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously sensual new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster...

To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6'4" of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own.

Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter.

 

Quick Summary
Dash Riske has always seen the “woman” inside the tough, alpha Lieutenant Margaret Peterson (he calls her Margo). She’s rebuffed him, even when he was helping her in an undercover role. It’s when she’s suddenly attacked that her relationship with Dash changes dramatically and overnight.

 

The suspense?
The story has many moments of high suspense followed by drawn out lulls. In the moments of suspense, it’s very exciting, with lots of action and tension. Margo is tough and resilient and you get why she earned her command. I just wish the pacing of the story was better to keep the tension in place.

 

The characters?
Dash has always been very likable, almost affable. Until this story, I didn’t know much about him and this story served him well. He’s pretty fearless and I really liked how he could see the other side of Margo. It was great to see her vulnerable side and to know her face wasn’t just a veneer, just the more prominent of her personality. There’s a lot to respect about her and I loved how the alpha men under her command considered her formidable and worthy of her role.

 

The romance?
While I really liked both Dash and Margo individually, I struggled with them as a couple initially. Their sexual relationship was sensual, erotic and off-the-charts sexy. It was the foundation for both developing deeper feelings for each other. It just seemed one-sided for most of the story, with Dash chasing in a somewhat subordinate way and Margo being a bit too dismissive of him…not taking the man seriously. In the end it works out but so often I winced during their interactions.

 

The bottom line
Even with my issues concerning the romance, I enjoyed this story a lot. It was interesting and included the characters from the earlier stories. And, I fell for Cannon Colter in the last book and this one set him up nicely for the spinoff series. I’ve really enjoyed Love Undercover and am glad to have seen Margo get the kind of relationship she deserved. It was a fitting end to the series.

 

 

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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