Source: Library

Body Armor Series by Lori Foster

Posted December 22, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Body Armor Series by Lori FosterUnder Pressure by Lori Foster
Series: Body Armor #1
Narrator: Alexander Cendese
Published by Harlequin Audio on January 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
Source: Library
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

He can protect anything except his heart

Leese Phelps’s road hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s brought him to the perfect job — working for the elite Body Armor security agency. And what his newest assignment lacks in size, she makes up for in fire and backbone. But being drawn to Catalina Nicholson is a dangerous complication, especially since it could be the very man who hired Leese who’s threatening her.

What Catalina knows could get her killed. But who’d believe the sordid truth about her powerful stepfather? Beyond Leese’s ripped body and brooding gaze is a man of impeccable honour. He’s the last person she expects to trust — and the first who’s ever made her feel safe. And he’s the only one who can help her expose a deadly secret, if they can just stay alive long enough...

I was worried when I finished reading the last book Foster’s Ultimate series the “leftover” guy would not  get their own stories. I was happy to find out Mrs. Foster wasn’t going to leave them hanging. The Body Armor series is a spin-off of the Ultimate series.

Leese started out as a douche bag in the Ultimate series, but he turn around quick to be one of the good guys before that series ended. Now he’s back as the hero of his own story. Leese is the first guy from the fight group to branch out into security work and it really suits him. Of course he breaks the cardinal rule and falls for the woman he is hired to project.

Catalina (Cat) is on the run because of something she overheard. She’s from a rich family but wants nothing do to with that life. She has an instant attraction to the body-guard who shows up at the right time in order to help her from a small danger. As Leese keeps Cat safe from a larger danger, they fall for each.

Under Pressure is a nice mix of suspense and romance.

I don’t know why the publishers pick male narrators for Foster’s novels. Maybe they are going for the male’s POV but the stories aren’t necessarily written all from the hero’s POV. I almost switched to the ebook because Alexander Cendese’s female voices drove me nuts. He has one of those deep voice that’s suited for  “I’m Batman” or the movie voiceover guy who says “In a world…”, the females sounded like a drag queens. LOL He has a nice voice but he may be more suited for a different genre with no female voices.


Body Armor Series by Lori FosterHard Justice by Lori Foster
Series: Body Armor #2
Narrator: Alexander Cendese
Published by Harlequin Audio on March 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Source: Library
Amazon | Goodreads

Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…

Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she's sweet and intriguingly innocent. It's a risk-free assignment, until he's required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.

Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it's not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that's real, raw and absolutely against the rules…


Justice is another guy introduced in the Ultimate series and like Leese he left the MMA fight scene to work in security. I was intrigued by Justice since the first time he hit the page in the Ultimate series and that intrigue grew seeing him as a secondary leading character in Under Pressure.

Justice is a huge, scary looking guy. Of course his woman would be the opposite of him. But once you get past both their books they are alike on the inside. They have huge hearts and seeing them fall for each other was sweet and sexy.

Hard Justice continues the mix of suspense and romance.

While I’m still not in love with Alexander Cendese’s female voices, I am learning to get past it to enjoy his performance. I liked his portrayal of Justice.

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.

Body Armor Series by Lori FosterClose Contact by Lori Foster
Series: Body Armor #3
Narrator: Alexander Cendese
Published by Harlequin Audio on 11-28-17
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads

There's no resisting a desire like this....

MMA fighter Miles Dartman's casual arrangement with personal shopper Maxi Nevar would be many men's fantasy. She seeks him out, they have mind-blowing sex, she leaves. Rinse, repeat. Yet, lately, Miles wants more. And when Maxi requests his services via the Body Armor security agency, he's ready to finally break through her defenses - and protect her day and night.

Receiving a large inheritance has brought chaos and uncertainty into Maxi's life. Her ex has resurfaced, along with lots of former "friends", and someone is making mysterious threats. Then there's Miles, who doesn't ask for anything...except her trust. Pleasure is easy. Now, Maxi has to give her heart as well as her body...or risk losing a man who could be everything she needs.


I like that each story in the Body Armor series seems to have more suspense than the last. Plus the fact this couple knew each other before hand makes the sexy times more believable.

While Justice in Hard Justice has been my favorite guy in this group of friends, Close Contact is my favorite book in the series so far. Why? Miles and Maxi’s romance doesn’t feel like and instant love like the previous couples. They may have only had three “night stands” with each, but they connected on a level neither was sure about until they see each other again two months after Maxi walked out on Miles without a trace.

Seeing Miles and Maxi move past their physical attraction and mind-blowing sex into a trusting and loving relationship was very satisfying. Foster made me care about this couple’s future and had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who the bad guy was causing trouble on Maxie’s land.

While Alexander Cendese’s narration on the series has grown on me and I binge listen to catch up on the series. I will read the next book, Fast Burn. The biggest reason being his voice for Sahara Silver, the boss of the Body Armor company is the one that bugs me the most. I need to find her voice for myself when I read because I have a feeling her story with Brand Berry will be a good one.

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.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: two-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Guthrie Brothers series by Lori Foster

Guthrie Brothers series by Lori Foster

Posted December 15, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

read it, track it is a way for me to track books for my reading challenges and the reviews will be super short. My Goodreads status when I started Don’t Tempt Me: I in fact did not switch to the ebook since I knew I could finish it at work in one day vs. taking a few nights to read it before bed. Another status up on the narration: I will say by the time I finished Don’t Tempt Me I got use to Will Damron narration. I feel like his voice and delivery would be better served with a different genre than romance. While the narration was not my favorite I did enjoy the story and continued to the next book in the series.   […]

Audio Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Audio Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Posted November 20, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Madeline (Maddy) Whittier has literally lived in a bubble for most of her 17 years, afflicted with a rare disease affecting her immune system. She’s never left her house, living a lonely existence with her mother and nurse, Carla. That is until new neighbors move in next door and high school senior Oliver (Olly) Bright sees her watching them from her window. He shares his IM address and they begin an odd but enchanting online relationship that was destined to develop into so much more.   I really enjoyed this story, especially listening to the talented Bahni Turpin’s performance. The writing was cleverly crafted, the characters well designed and the story’s proposition challenging. Is mere existence living and is it worth the risk […]

Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

Posted November 9, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

read it, track it is a way for me to track books for my reading challenges and the reviews will be super short. There’s no doubt I’m going to be entertained by a Jill Shalvis title. Chasing Christmas Eve is a great addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series. The mishaps Colbie has as a writer are so funny and I wonder if Mrs. Shalvis has experienced any of them herself. Chasing Christmas Eve is a fun and fast listen. Karen White does a nice job with the characters and the feelings. About Karen White Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to […]

Audio Review: Divine Evil by Nora Roberts

Audio Review: Divine Evil by Nora Roberts

Posted November 6, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    An oldie but still goodie!   Clare Kimball is a sculptor whose work has gained notoriety and success in the art world. Just as she should be basking in the acceptance of critics and buyers, Clare abruptly decides to leave New York and return to her Emmitsboro, Maryland, her hometown and site of so many painful memories. After having worked as a detective in Washington, DC, Cameron (Cam) Rafferty has also returned to Emmitsboro as the sheriff, escaping to a much quieter life on the streets and in his home. Neither Clare or Cam could have foreseen the evil that lived inside of the town, even though her nightmares were born there.   What a truly creepy story! At least 13 men in […]

Audio Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Audio Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Posted October 25, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Eleanor Oliphant is one of those characters who I find hard to describe in ways that won’t lead you to have the wrong impression. She’s socially awkward, painfully direct and lives a life of isolation outside of her job. There are really good reasons why her emotional growth is stunted and that’s revealed deliberately over the span of the story. When she meets the new IT guy at her job, Raymond, who also has his own brand of social issues, the two of them form their own brand of friendship that slowly develops and leads them out of their self imposed compartmentalization.   I very much enjoyed this story, particularly how it was told…without excessive description and explanation. Eleanor delivers the narrative in […]

Audio: Take Out by Margaret Maron

Audio: Take Out by Margaret Maron

Posted October 20, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

    I read the first eight books in the Sigrid Harald series in the late 1990s, when I was still reading primarily mysteries. I’d fallen in love with Margaret Maron’s Deborah Knott series and went on to this series. The 8th book was published in 1995, so I was delighted to see a new book this year, more than 20 years later! Sigrid Harald is a very distinct character which makes her all the more authentic and memorable. She is a police detective in New York City working on homicide cases. I was surprised to find even after all this time I remembered details of her life and the stories. Maron has a real way with characters and plot. This series is a police […]

Audio Review: The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

Audio Review: The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

Posted October 10, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Ronni Sunshine is a famous but mildly aging actress and the mother of three daughters. By her own admission, she failed as a parent, so much so that as adults, they have very little interaction with her or each other. In fact, her middle daughter, Meredith, moved abroad to London in order to put some serious distance between them. Now that Ronni is facing a serious illness, she wants to make things right with her daughters and bring them together at her home in Connecticut.   I found this story fascinating in how Ronni’s narcissism and self absorption manifested itself in each of her daughters. The eldest, Nell, became aloof and emotionally challenged, except when it came to her son. Her middle daughter, […]