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He never saw her coming... Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring--and continue avenging his own tragic past--the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and He never saw her coming... Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring--and continue avenging his own tragic past--the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him. Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan--and their chemistry--shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero....


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He never saw her coming... Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring--and continue avenging his own tragic past--the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and He never saw her coming... Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring--and continue avenging his own tragic past--the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him. Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan--and their chemistry--shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero....

30 review for A Perfect Storm

  1. 4 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    A Perfect Storm is the fourth book in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and, if you’ve read the first three books, you know the nightmare that Arizona Storm survived. Well, she’s back with a vengeance and she’s going to make sure that no one else has to live through the hell that she did. Spencer Lark knows what Arizona suffered at the hands of the human traffickers, and so despite his attraction to her, he keeps her at arm’s length… until she shows up at his place looking for help taking A Perfect Storm is the fourth book in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and, if you’ve read the first three books, you know the nightmare that Arizona Storm survived. Well, she’s back with a vengeance and she’s going to make sure that no one else has to live through the hell that she did. Spencer Lark knows what Arizona suffered at the hands of the human traffickers, and so despite his attraction to her, he keeps her at arm’s length… until she shows up at his place looking for help taking down a local trafficking operation. Spencer doesn’t have much of a choice because, with or without him, she’s going in, and he’s not about to let her go in alone. With A Perfect Storm, Lori Foster tackled a difficult subject and handled with the compassion and respect women who have suffered as Arizona did are so deserving of. While we didn’t get a lot of the details about what happened during her captivity, we were given a close look into Arizona’s heart and soul, and saw how deeply she was affected. And though she has every right to be frightened or timid, she’s anything but! Her actions, her fears, her demeanor… who's to say how a woman in her shoes should or should not act? But wow, her strength, her integrity… her refusal to allow herself to remain a victim, made this not merely an emotional read, but an inspiring one. And the men… those hot, sexy, alpha males. Spencer, Dare, Trace, and Jackson… I thought they were great before, but now? I absolutely, without a doubt, adore them... and not just for the men they are, but for the woman they accepted, and encouraged Arizona to be; herself. The bottom line – This isn’t your typical romantic suspense. Oh, it’s a very passionate, sexy read, but more than that, A Perfect Storm is powerful, heartbreaking, inspiring… an emotional roller coaster… but in the end, one of the most wonderful romances I’ve ever read. It’s not sweetly poetic or all sunshine and happiness, but sometimes, for some people, real life doesn’t give them that. So why is this love story so special? Because Spencer and Arizona earned it. Through their blood, their tears, their honesty and faith… without even realizing they were doing it, they fought for a chance at love with everything they had in them – and that is what makes their happily ever after so beautiful. My sincerest thanks to netgalley.com and Harlequin HQN for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And most importantly, thank you, Ms. Foster, for writing this book because for some women, this isn't fiction, and they deserve to have stories... happily ever afters that they can believe in... that they can hope for, too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    OMG OMG OMG OMG. YUM. SIGH. THUD. This cover... UPDATE 4.5 Stars. Good Gawd, was there anything I didn't like about this book? Nope, not really. Lori Foster has met all my high expectations for this book. I loved Spencer and Arizona so much. I didn't expect to love a heroine as much as I did. She totally kicked ass and took names. Seriously awesome. Oh, and it was sex-ay. Heh. More in depth review to come as the publication date draws nearer! UPDATE... Yet again This won’t be your typical one- OMG OMG OMG OMG. YUM. SIGH. THUD. This cover... UPDATE 4.5 Stars. Good Gawd, was there anything I didn't like about this book? Nope, not really. Lori Foster has met all my high expectations for this book. I loved Spencer and Arizona so much. I didn't expect to love a heroine as much as I did. She totally kicked ass and took names. Seriously awesome. Oh, and it was sex-ay. Heh. More in depth review to come as the publication date draws nearer! UPDATE... Yet again This won’t be your typical one-person review. We decided to switch things up a bit due to the massive love of this book by Autumn and myself. It will be a combined effort between the two of us. It was that or fight to the death over a book review. I really didn’t want to have to kill Lisa, she’s my partner in crime. I mean, good Lord, was there anything I didn’t like about this book? Nope, not really. Lori Foster has met all my high expectations for this book, and more. I loved Spencer and Arizona so much. I didn’t expect to love a heroine as much as I did. She totally kicked ass and took names. Seriously awesome. Oh, and it was sex-ay. Not even sexy is good enough to express how amazingly sensual and deep, and hot it was. And that, my friends, was just the tip of the iceberg. In this final installment of The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, we delve into the lives of Arizona Storm and Spencer Lark. After finishing Savor The Danger and knowing finding out that Spencer and Arizona’s book was next, we were both already so excited to read this and once it popped up on Netgalley, we both immediately put in our requests and thanks to Harlequin for accepting our requests for such a great book. Besides the fact that Autumn and I both thought Spencer was hot and Arizona was a respectable and strong female lead character, we get to the heart of the story – and the series itself – which deals with a very sensitive topics. The main one would be Human Trafficking. Lori Foster deals with this horrid – but realistic – issue with class and grace and ease that comes from her many years of writing experience that shows, because not many authors can pull off dealing with issues this huge. In the previous books the female characters all had very minor brushes with human trafficking. And I say minor because they were never subjected to the kind of abuse and degradation that Arizona had to deal with. Her father sold her while her mother stood by. Yeah, they wouldn’t win any parent of the year award in my book either. Again, I commend Lori for how she so beautifully dealt with this matter. I was a little worried about whether she’d be too graphic and go to in depth with it, but to be honest, she didn’t. I appreciated that. And don’t get me wrong, she didn’t just gloss over Arizona’s experiences. She just handled it very well. She gave us just enough to feel for Arizona and what she’d been through and how that whole thing didn’t just break her. Arizona had been through hell, but lived to tell the tale. From the glimpse of Arizona that we got in Savor the Danger I was skeptical about her character. I was so glad that my first instinct about her was wrong. She is probably one of my favorite heroines of the year. Her Strength and resilience and no-bullshit attitude really comes through to the reader. I loved how real she was. Her bluntness to certain situations and her honesty with Spencer. They all just floored me and rang true. Spencer is a great male lead. He was willing to help Arizona, but ready to give her up in the end because he felt that he needed to. He didn’t count on falling in love with her or her reciprocating those feelings. In a series such as this I always have the fear of falling in love with characters and then never “seeing” them again. Oh, their names are mentioned once or twice, but there’s never any actual intervention with the characters. Besides Arizona’s straight shooter bluntness and ability to kick some serious ass I loved that we saw the guys and gals from the past books. Not just name dropping either – some real hardcore interaction time. I highly suggest A Perfect Storm if you’ve read the other books in the series or want a great romance book with some action, honesty and humor. You will not be disappointed and I look forward to reading more of Lori’s stories. Review also posted here - Fic-Talk

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stoli

    Wow, I was going to give this book 3 stars, thought about it and figured no, 2 stars, thought about it some more and realized it was a terrible book...1star. Lori Foster made the female character in this story so pathetic and annoying its a wonder if she even likes her own gender. Not only is Arizona Storm a damaged misfit, she acts like a cross between a rebellious teenage daughter and a bratty little kid, no way in hell would she attract an older male lead character like Spencer...oh, except f Wow, I was going to give this book 3 stars, thought about it and figured no, 2 stars, thought about it some more and realized it was a terrible book...1star. Lori Foster made the female character in this story so pathetic and annoying its a wonder if she even likes her own gender. Not only is Arizona Storm a damaged misfit, she acts like a cross between a rebellious teenage daughter and a bratty little kid, no way in hell would she attract an older male lead character like Spencer...oh, except for the obvious- her smoking hot body and biracial beauty which all the male characters drooled over, really?!? Arizona tries to prove she's a 21 yr old "woman" the entire book, but comes off like a 15 year old instead. At one point, her height of immaturity, she accuses Spencer of being a "chubby chaser" over his relationship with his NORMAL body type neighbor- an independent business woman- because the author thought, "hey, not enough pressure is put on woman to be a size zero in the media, let's add it to my books as well," furthering the idea she must have little respect for other women out there. Instead of allowing the main character to grow emotionally, ie. be forced to get a job in the real world and learn how to appropriately interact in social settings with others, the authors solution is to exchange one sexual prison for another; having her live at a secluded secret compound with minimal contact to others and marry a man 11 years her senior. Um, did the author not see the bigger picture here?? It really read like a case of abuse and molestation because the character was so compromised she had the mind of child.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ~ Becs ~

    We first met Arizona and Spencer back in Savor the Danger. Arizona had been sold to human traffickers as a sex slave by her father and, when she attempted to escape, her ‘owners’ recaptured her, bound her hands and threw her into a stormy river to drown as a lesson to the rest of the slaves. Jackson, having been tracking them, saw this and rescued her. Arizona turned vigilante which is how she met Spencer – he is a bounty hunter and he was tracking the same traffickers. We start this one with Ari We first met Arizona and Spencer back in Savor the Danger. Arizona had been sold to human traffickers as a sex slave by her father and, when she attempted to escape, her ‘owners’ recaptured her, bound her hands and threw her into a stormy river to drown as a lesson to the rest of the slaves. Jackson, having been tracking them, saw this and rescued her. Arizona turned vigilante which is how she met Spencer – he is a bounty hunter and he was tracking the same traffickers. We start this one with Arizona still hot on the trail of human traffickers and asking Spencer to help her. Arizona wants to use herself as bait and wants Spencer to watch her back – of course, Dare, Trace and Jackson are involved too and this is how the suspense story pretty much goes down. Arizona is turning 21 in the first chapter of the book and Spencer is a widower in his early thirties and this is where I started to feel a little uncomfortable. He is very attracted to her and she, despite everything that has happened, also feels the same way about Spencer. BUT – I know that she is an adult, a sexy, sensual adult but, as the result of her experiences, Arizona has the emotional maturity of an early teen and actually came over much younger than her years in the narrative and it started to feel a little creepy that Spencer was so into her. I know they both have difficult pasts – Spencer’s wife was murdered after all – but it still just felt wrong. Arizona lacks self-worth on a big scale and it’s understandable. Sex for her has never been consensual, never been pleasurable – it’s all about men having control over women and it was quite sweet that she started to ask Spencer questions about why people liked it so much and he tried to tell her how men like to pleasure women but, again, Arizona felt child-like. She’s like a wounded, starving, wild animal – will come only so far to get something she needs and then will scurry back in terror. It’s very sad. I really loved Spencer – he was everything you’d expect in a Lori Foster hero. To be fair to him, he was infinitely patient with Arizona, treated her well and certainly taught her how good sex can be but it never quite sat right with me. If I had been able to get over this, I think I would have really enjoyed the story. I love Lori Foster’s books and Dare is one of my all-time favourite heroes but I just couldn’t get past it. The age gap didn’t bother me per se – it was the fact that Arizona just felt so child-like despite her obvious sexuality. It was nice to catch up with Dare, Trace and Jackson and Tai, Sargie, Liger and Grim. 3 stars contemporary romantic suspense due to my own hang ups :-(

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    This is the fourth installment of the Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor series which is not due for release for until April but viewed an ARC from the publisher Harlequin HQN via Netgalley. I loved this book and thought it deserved it's 5 star rating! We met Spencer & Arizona at the end of Jackson & Alani's story. Arizona didn't have the best of upbringings and then at the age of 17 she was sold to a human trafficking ring by her father as he needed money for drink/drugs. After enduring a cou This is the fourth installment of the Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor series which is not due for release for until April but viewed an ARC from the publisher Harlequin HQN via Netgalley. I loved this book and thought it deserved it's 5 star rating! We met Spencer & Arizona at the end of Jackson & Alani's story. Arizona didn't have the best of upbringings and then at the age of 17 she was sold to a human trafficking ring by her father as he needed money for drink/drugs. After enduring a couple of months of sexual abuse she managed to escape but was caught again and they nearly killed her but was saved by Jackson (Hero from previous book). Jackson treated her like a younger sister and over the next few years helped her to sort her life out and paid for her to attend school to get a decent education. After such a harrowing ordeal most young women would have crumbled but Arizona was determined that she would not live her life as a victim and she would do whatever she could to ensure that others did not suffer what she had gone through. She had tracked a suspected ring of traffickers but realised that she needed help so turns to Spencer. Spencer is a bounty hunter and is obviously used to tracking and taking down scumbags and soon realised that with or without his help Arizona was going to go ahead with her plan. Spencer is a widower as his wife was murdered several years before. For the first time since he lost his wife he truely finds himself drawn to another woman but despite convincing himself that he still loved his dead wife and that she was far too young for him he couldn't stop the attraction. Together and with help from our other 3 heroes - Dare, Trace & Jackson they successfully take out the trafficking ring. By the end Spencer obviously realises that he loves Arizona and cannot let her go and Arizona feels the same. I thought that Arizona was amazing. She was strong and determined and came across as a tough cookie but at times we saw vulnerabilities and signs of her trauma which made her character believable. I really liked Spencer too, because he had known what she had gone through he understood those vulnerabilities and was careful with her and taught her to trust again and be able to have a 'normal' physical relationship. I am pleased to say that we also got to see a fair amount of other characters in the series - Dare & Molly, Trace & Priss, Jackson & Alani and of course Chris. I really like Lori Foster's style of writing and have read her books for a good few years and will continue to do so. This has been an amazing series and I can only hope that there is more to come!

  6. 5 out of 5

    ♥ WishfulMiss ♥

    This is a re-read for a book I added when I first joined GR but never reviewed. Waaay back in high school :/ And I'm so bummed I didn't love as much as I did before :( Arizona is still a total bad ass and I love her character. Like Jackson and the rest of the gang, I felt for what she went through and yeah, it would be tough to find a way to help her. The struggle they go through to make Arizona feel loved and prove she belongs to their make-shift family was a really sweet part of the book. I lo This is a re-read for a book I added when I first joined GR but never reviewed. Waaay back in high school :/ And I'm so bummed I didn't love as much as I did before :( Arizona is still a total bad ass and I love her character. Like Jackson and the rest of the gang, I felt for what she went through and yeah, it would be tough to find a way to help her. The struggle they go through to make Arizona feel loved and prove she belongs to their make-shift family was a really sweet part of the book. I loved the friendships and the hopefulness of it all. Arizona and Spencer still have crazy good chemistry and their banter was still a highlight of their relationship. But Spencer! Oh, Spencer! I remember loving this character. LF writes some sexy alpha males and Spencer was a big hulking walking talking sex on a stick male. But this time around, I found his misguided intentions to "help" Arizona with her sexual hang-ups annoying! And tbh, offensive. It also pissed me off to no end how he subconsciously acknowledged he had deeper feelings for Arizona, early on, but still manages to flat out refuse to admit it to himself. Every. Single. Time. It got old real quick. He kept saying Arizona deserved better than what he could give her and had the gall to assume Arizona would get attached to him because she wouldn't know the difference between a fling and a real relationship and he would have to gently push her away. It was frustrating and I must be picker now than I was then because I felt Arizona deserved some groveling from this guy. Every time she realizes that he was pushing her away, it hurt her feelings and he knew about it. So yes, a bit of groveling was definitely needed. The ending needed more one on one time with Arizona and Spencer hashing out their feelings for each other. Instead she's placed in danger and he has an epiphany that he loves her and that's it. He states his ILY and Arizona is so happy she recipricates and it's over. They don't even get a HEA! It ends on a HFN. Boo! Three stars because well, I think I just have a soft spot for Arizona and I liked the rag tag team she has at her back. Especially Jackson and Chris. Spencer, sadly, didn't live up to my past infatuation with him. He definitely had potential but I wasn't 100% convinced about his last minute change of mind when it came to Arizona. I prefer a more determined Hero. And definitely one that goes all out to prove himself to his heroine. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[Ages : Arizona is 21 and Spencer is 32. Cheating : None. OM/OW drama : Yes. I honestly can't believe the senseless OW drama in this book. Spencer has a neighbor, Marla, who he has slept with in the past (a total of 4 times) and she is the cliche clingy neighbor who tries to stake her claim on him - even though Spencer made it clear he wasn't interested in a relationship and she agrees. It was weird because she starts off as catty, then ditzy and finally wise by realizing she never had a chance and advising Spencer to wake up and admit he loves Arizona. *smh* I'm not sure what the purpose was of having her appear so much in their story, other than to cause Arizona jealousy. But even that didn't work out because Arizona feels jealous but always pushes it away or something comes up immediately after that pushes this under the rug. Spencer tries to let her down gently *eye roll* but still manages to be a jerk about it. I felt bad Marla, for Arizona and for myself because I liked Spencer less and less each time she was brought up. Granted she wasn't a booty call and Spencer wasn't portrayed as a manwhore but still the fact that his sexual past is so present was not cool. If there is gonna be OW drama, I need definitive closure that she is in the past and Spencer never provides this for Arizona. This was the main reason I knocked stars off from my original rating. Separation : None. Push/Pull : Yes, Spencer pushes Arizona away emotionally for the majority of the book. Main Pursuer of relationship : Its mutual. They both have hang ups but both acknowledge and pursue a physical relationship mutually. Possible Triggers : Sex trafficking (on and off page), rape (off page, heroine's past, through flash backs), vigilante heroine, emotional trauma (on and off page, heroine) and a widowed Hero. HEA/HFN : Ends on HFN with an epilogue a few months later. It was sweet and I loved Arizona with Jackson and Alaina's baby but I needed more. I wish we'd gotten something maybe a year or two down the road that shows Arizona and Spencer in a more serious relationship. She deserved a more concrete HEA, imo. (hide spoiler)]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daphne

    Gone Pecan Favorite Quote: “You are so impressive in so many ways.” He didn’t want her under some misplaced delusion that he was more than himself, more than a hardworking guy, trying to do the right thing whenever he could. Especially with her. “I’m just a man.” “Not even close.” Arizona Storm is a victim of human traffickers. She was traded when she was seventeen years old and endured years of sexual slavery, being sold again and again, until one day she is rescued by Jackson, the hero in Savor th Gone Pecan Favorite Quote: “You are so impressive in so many ways.” He didn’t want her under some misplaced delusion that he was more than himself, more than a hardworking guy, trying to do the right thing whenever he could. Especially with her. “I’m just a man.” “Not even close.” Arizona Storm is a victim of human traffickers. She was traded when she was seventeen years old and endured years of sexual slavery, being sold again and again, until one day she is rescued by Jackson, the hero in Savor the Danger, and her surrogate big brother. So, she understandably has a lot of trust issues. Jackson, Dare and Trace do a sort of vigilante justice work, mostly in the area of human trafficking. Being around Jackson and his cronies, as well as her background, has made Arizona want to be in on their little gang, righting wrongs, kicking butt, that kinda thing. And she seems to be good at it, but, duh, she’s a WOMAN (oh, fragile creatures that are we), so the guys are hesitant to really let her get involved, especially if it means using herself and her body as a decoy. On the fringes of their group is Spencer Lark. Spencer is very attracted to Arizona, but is cognizant of her past and the psychological/emotional toll she must be under because of it, so he tries not to get too close to her. Plus, at 21, she’s a little young for him and he may not quite be over the death of his wife. When she proposes they team up to check out a bar that may be in the human trafficking trade, with herself as bait, he’s kind of wary, but agrees because she’s gonna do it anyway. This whole series has been dedicated to the subject of human trafficking (well, that and big, hunky alpha guys falling head over heels). Granted, not really what you want to read about to escape from everyday life, but Ms. Foster did an excellent job of handling such a delicate subject without going into the particulars of what Arizona and the others actually had to endure, which I don’t think I could have read about. Spencer is my favorite hero in the series. What that man does to my imagination is…well, let’s just say that if you knew, you’d be blushing. He was very honorable and quietly delicate with Arizona, respecting her hang-ups and letting her set the pace. And he could not keep his hands off her. I loved that he never forced his attraction on her, because you would think that even an assessing glance would be innocuous, but coming from where Arizona did, even that could be considered a threat. He carried the burden of his lust for her without being obvious to her about it (but it didn’t escape the attention of the rest of the characters in the story). Arizona is just something else, entirely. In a lot of romantic suspense books where the woman is in danger in some way, these crazy women will often be the one putting themselves in it, or, maybe more accurately, not turning away from it. This was true, too, of Arizona. However, I can understand it in this case. The past is a difficult hurdle to jump, and I’m glad her emotional recovery was not easily achieved in the matter of a few pages. She needed to be the one kicking the butts. She didn’t play the victim. Arizona is probably one of my absolute favorite heroines. She was tough and vulnerable. Not only did she want to be in the middle of the fight, she could actually stand on her own. I loved that in the end, she was the one who saved the day. Sure, I wanted to throw a book at her or tie her to a chair, but she couldn’t be contained. She delivered on all her promises, she wasn’t comfortable letting the guys do all the work. Overall, the book was funny and sad and thrilling. And the love story was believable and inspiring. Everything I was hoping for. I’m going to miss these characters. 5/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kerry sullivan

    I absolutely loved this book. It grabbed me round the throat from the very first page and dragged me kicking and screaming to the very last page. Arizona fascinated me when she appeared in Savor the Danger and Spencer even then seem like the perfect man for her. I really liked that Arizona was a tough cookie and didn't let anyone or thing stand in her way. It really pulled on my heart strings the way she saw herself and I liked that Spencer was patient in trying to get her to see her value. But I absolutely loved this book. It grabbed me round the throat from the very first page and dragged me kicking and screaming to the very last page. Arizona fascinated me when she appeared in Savor the Danger and Spencer even then seem like the perfect man for her. I really liked that Arizona was a tough cookie and didn't let anyone or thing stand in her way. It really pulled on my heart strings the way she saw herself and I liked that Spencer was patient in trying to get her to see her value. But what I liked the most was this was her story of how she get those around her to accept her for who is was rather then who they wanted he to be. This really was a story of acceptance, not just of self but of the past and how that shapes who we become. It was believable and the characters had real depth. it felt like there was real history there and that there lives would continue after you closed the book. Although this is the fourth book in a series I don't think it is necessary to have read any others to understand all the plot nuances and love this one and love it I did!! This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookworm

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Hot, edgy and surprisingly good. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    I wish LF had continued to write this series. I would have enjoyed seeing all the guys working together and how their personal lives expanded. I liked all leading characters in this series. Arizona was hard to warm up to, but then I figured who wouldn't be the way she was after all she went thru. I was glad to see her finally find herself. Sadly human trafficking is not a made up story. It is all too real. I really enjoyed this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

    Arizona Storm is a bit of a conundrum to Bounty Hunter, Spencer Lark. She is young, beautiful and determined to play vigilante. After her near death experience where human traffickers threw her off a bridge into water where they fully expected her to drown, Arizona was saved by Jackson Savor. Jackson quickly claimed Arizona as a sister of sorts and attempts to make up for the awful life she had up to her near-drowning. Arizona tries to acclimate herself to Jackson and his cohorts, but after all Arizona Storm is a bit of a conundrum to Bounty Hunter, Spencer Lark. She is young, beautiful and determined to play vigilante. After her near death experience where human traffickers threw her off a bridge into water where they fully expected her to drown, Arizona was saved by Jackson Savor. Jackson quickly claimed Arizona as a sister of sorts and attempts to make up for the awful life she had up to her near-drowning. Arizona tries to acclimate herself to Jackson and his cohorts, but after all the horror and abuse she has been through in her young life, she has many issues, trust being a big one. For some reason, Arizona has taken to Spencer and trusts him. Later, Arizona, now 21, breaks into Spencer Lark's home while he is sleeping He wakes to find her in his bedroom watching him sleep. Arizona has a proposition for Spencer. She has been investigating a bar and grill that she believes is heavily involved with the trafficking of humans and she wants to shut them down, and she needs Spencer's help, without Jackson finding out what she is up to. Spencer, knowing the danger Arizona will be putting herself in makes an agreement with Arizona and in a round about way includes Jackson and the other men with this task. Spencer's attraction to the beautiful Arizona is obvious, but he keeps pushing it aside with the excuse that Arizona is too young for him. He also uses the fact that he lost his wife to the same human trafficking organization three years prior as a big stumbling block to move on. Out of everyone Arizona knows, Spencer is the only one who truly understands her issues and her motivations. With Spencer's sense of humor and understanding of Arizona, she begins to come out of her emotional shell and experience feelings a normal young female should feel. Spencer is also in awe of Arizona's strength and determination to squash these human traffickers while coming into her own. I have to say it, this was my favorite book in the series so far. First I love Arizona. She is gritty and honest while at the same time completely vulnerable. Spencer and Arizona have this steamy chemistry throughout that just makes for an amazing ride. Both characters, come together so well to overcome their pasts. Lori Foster has such a way of making a couple just mesh that I am in awe of her. An awesome MUST read!!! ~KIMBERLY~

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jess (Gone with the Words)

    Read this review and enter the GIVEAWAY on my blog! --> A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster TENSION!! Of the sexy kind. That’s what this book was. I loved it. I just couldn’t get enough of Spencer Lark. I thought Trace (from Trace of Fever) would forever be my favorite in this series, but Spencer kind of knocked him off the pedestal! Sorry, Trace! I still love you…second. Trace of Fever is still my favorite BOOK in the series though. I loved Spencer’s compassion, his loyalty, his competence. I loved Read this review and enter the GIVEAWAY on my blog! --> A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster TENSION!! Of the sexy kind. That’s what this book was. I loved it. I just couldn’t get enough of Spencer Lark. I thought Trace (from Trace of Fever) would forever be my favorite in this series, but Spencer kind of knocked him off the pedestal! Sorry, Trace! I still love you…second. Trace of Fever is still my favorite BOOK in the series though. I loved Spencer’s compassion, his loyalty, his competence. I loved that he was an Alpha male without being stubborn or controlling. Yeah, he was a true hero. And he was exactly the perfect person for Arizona. I liked Arizona…though sometimes I wanted her to talk differently. That’s really my only complaint. Other than that, I enjoyed her character a lot. She’s a true survivor and I was so glad that she was open to get over her weaknesses without changing who she was. I really admired that. I loved that A Perfect Storm centered so much of its story on Spencer and Arizona themselves. Their chemistry was great and I just wanted them to GET TOGETHER ALREADY! But I tamped down my impatience and the pay-off of when they do is glorious! They were just great together. We also get a good dose of Dare, Trace, and Jackson working together with Spencer and Arizona, which was AWESOME! Anytime they were all together on the page, made it impossible to put this book down. While the enemy in this book was another human trafficker, they didn’t seem as threatening as others in this series. All the fight scenes were kick-ass though. And that bar scene! Omg…as the guys say, it was a true “cluster-f***” Haha. Some hilarious moments, along with some definite intense ones. The story had a great pace to it, especially considering so much of it was just Spencer and Arizona together. Sometimes when that happens it can me the book drag but it never got to that point in A Perfect Storm. I’ve really enjoyed this series. It’s really fantastic. I really hope Lori Foster will have more books for us, but if not, I’ll be happy with these. :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Definitely 4 stars Well, 'A Perfect Storm' doesn't get any points for original title, but it sure does deliver a great story (not too mention a rowr-a-licious cover... hot guy in a white wet T-shirt?? Definite rowr-factor going on). The 'Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor' series started off very promising. The prequel, 'Ready, Set, Jett' was hot and sweet and 'When You Dare' was hot, sweet, and gritty with a totally swoon-worthy hero - and I've reread it several times. Sadly, however, the following Definitely 4 stars Well, 'A Perfect Storm' doesn't get any points for original title, but it sure does deliver a great story (not too mention a rowr-a-licious cover... hot guy in a white wet T-shirt?? Definite rowr-factor going on). The 'Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor' series started off very promising. The prequel, 'Ready, Set, Jett' was hot and sweet and 'When You Dare' was hot, sweet, and gritty with a totally swoon-worthy hero - and I've reread it several times. Sadly, however, the following books IMO were pretty dull and disappointing. But, I'm glad to report this one was just as good as 'When You Dare' and I'm actually sorry I put it off so long. What I liked: 1) Spencer!!! Loved him! He was gentle, caring, but still a total badass and his careful handling of Arizona had me all atwitter. 2)Arizona. I was concerned after having "met" Arizona in 'Savor the Danger' that she would prove abrasively annoying... but she really wasn't. Arizona was a vulnerable package encased in a hard, but beautiful veneer. And I loved how she blossomed under Spencer's special care. What I didn't like: 1) Trace. I really didn't enjoy his book and even though he only made relatively small cameo's in this one I still can't stand him! I would have appreciated more cameo's of Dare, dammit! 2) The whole Marla situation. I get why Ms. Foster had a Marla in this book - to make Arizona curious about being intimate with Spencer - but I think there were many more routes she could have taken. Thankfully, Spencer didn't play the Marla card to make Arizona jealous, but it still made for some awkward moments in an otherwise comfortable book. All in all, it's too bad the whole series wasn't as strong as the first and last books, but at least it went out with a bang!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Another wonderfully yummy Alpha hero from Lori Foster! I can't thank her enough! For anyone who has read any of my previous reviews on this wonderful series that showcase the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor know how much I absolutely love these delicious Alpha Male good guys! We briefly met both Spencer and Arizona in the previous book and I was incredibly happy to hear that Ms. Foster was planning to give them a story of their own, and what a story it was! Spencer Lark is not officially a member Another wonderfully yummy Alpha hero from Lori Foster! I can't thank her enough! For anyone who has read any of my previous reviews on this wonderful series that showcase the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor know how much I absolutely love these delicious Alpha Male good guys! We briefly met both Spencer and Arizona in the previous book and I was incredibly happy to hear that Ms. Foster was planning to give them a story of their own, and what a story it was! Spencer Lark is not officially a member of the 'dynamic trio' that is Dare, Trace and Jackson, but is a bounty hunter who was tracking the head of the human trafficking ring that the trio has been working on destroying. That's how he came into the story. Jackson saved Arizona form the same bad guys some time back and has had her firmly under his wing, or as firmly as Arizona will allow, which is not much. This story opens with Arizona having broke into Spencer's house and is admiring watching him sleep. She needs his help, she wants him to partner up with her to take down business that is suspected forced labor at the very least. This is where the fun begins! There is definitely chemistry from the moment they met, but they both fight it at every turn. The entire first half of the book felt like foreplay, hell even my temperature was spiking at times! I finished this book is almost one sitting, very compelling, super sexy and lots of fun!! If you have not read this series I highly recommend! Especially if you are a fan of major yummy Alpha good guys!! My Spencer: My Arizona: ****This book was provided to me as an ARC by Netgalley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Spencer and Arizona? Just…WOW. They have such insane chemistry, I couldn’t put it down. For real. I read it straight through, in a single day. Arizona is sharp, feisty, loyal. But she doesn’t understand relationships – both friendly and romantic. And it was wonderful seeing how all of her friends support her, give her the space she needs, and constantly draw her back in. Spencer is in love with her. But he won’t admit it’s love, because the woman he loved is dead. But he is drawn to her, on a ph Spencer and Arizona? Just…WOW. They have such insane chemistry, I couldn’t put it down. For real. I read it straight through, in a single day. Arizona is sharp, feisty, loyal. But she doesn’t understand relationships – both friendly and romantic. And it was wonderful seeing how all of her friends support her, give her the space she needs, and constantly draw her back in. Spencer is in love with her. But he won’t admit it’s love, because the woman he loved is dead. But he is drawn to her, on a physical and mental level. I loved how he’s always one step ahead of her, and gives her room to push herself and him, but won’t let her leave him. Arizona might be the strongest heroine that I’ve read. She is comfortable with herself and the decisions she’s made, does her best to deal with her nightmares, and is loyal and works hard to destroy the human trafficking rings that continue to grow. Spencer shows a great respect for her work and her skills, even when the others still treat her a little like a pesky sister. While they make great partners on a work level, their sexual chemistry was kick-ass. It does take a little while for things to steam up, but (1) it makes sense, given her seriously unhealthy past and (2) it was so worth the wait. The plot really helps set up the romantic development between them, and had enough surprises to keep me engaged. It was also great to revisit characters from the earlier stories, although you don’t have to read them to follow this story. Definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anna's Herding Cats

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iehLgm When I need a guaranteed good read Lori Foster is one of my go to authors and she so did it again with A Perfect Storm. Oh I had a good time as Arizona and Spencer's paths, once again, cross and they end up working together--no matter the dangers--to expose a human smuggling ring. Something they both desperately need before they can move on with their lives. It was an exciting ride and one that had me easily falling for b Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iehLgm When I need a guaranteed good read Lori Foster is one of my go to authors and she so did it again with A Perfect Storm. Oh I had a good time as Arizona and Spencer's paths, once again, cross and they end up working together--no matter the dangers--to expose a human smuggling ring. Something they both desperately need before they can move on with their lives. It was an exciting ride and one that had me easily falling for both Arizona and Spencer before I realized. Arizona's a young heroine that just tugged at my heart. She cares so strongly for others that sometimes she forgets her own safety and has 'oh-what-were-you-thinking'? moments but I still really liked her. She's alone in the world and dealing with a past trauma of falling into the hands of sex traffickers and gah she just about did me in with all she's been through. And that she's survived. She's got a tremendous strength about her and is way too old for her years in some ways but in others she's very innocent and curious about life and relationships. I loved the different sides of her and seeing them come out with Spencer. She definitely gave the older man a run for his money and kept him on his toes. Yes. Spencer. Oh he was yummy. Spencer was a calming influence for Arizona. He's a good bit older and one that never reacted how she thought he would. He's not one to rile or anger easily and just accepts her for who she is. He had his own demons but he was there for Arizona and wanted to help her through her issues and curiosities. And oh how I loved that. There were some rather entertaining moments like when he'd try to answer her questions about sex and wind up getting himself all worked up instead which just tickled me something fierce. While the bad guy was pretty obvious it was still a fun ride watching things play out. Not everything turned out quite like I was expecting which made for a good time. There was enough danger and conflict to keep things interesting and that provided a nice backdrop for the romance unfolding. All in all, A Perfect Storm was a very nice romantic suspense that balanced both elements nicely and kept me excited and ready for more. I loved the romance, the characters and watching them find what they were looking for and never realized.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    More of my reviews @ www.obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com ARC kindly received by Netgalley. A Perfect Storm is the fourth book in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series by Lori Foster Arizona Storm at the age of 17 was sold to traffickers by her own flesh and blood and after a harrowing ordeal managed to escape but not unscathed. We learn bits about feisty Arizona, her past and her quest for vengeance in Book 3 Savor the Danger where she was rescued and protected by Jackson Savor as well as give More of my reviews @ www.obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com ARC kindly received by Netgalley. A Perfect Storm is the fourth book in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series by Lori Foster Arizona Storm at the age of 17 was sold to traffickers by her own flesh and blood and after a harrowing ordeal managed to escape but not unscathed. We learn bits about feisty Arizona, her past and her quest for vengeance in Book 3 Savor the Danger where she was rescued and protected by Jackson Savor as well as given a proper education. Arizona is tortured, unpredictable and ready to bolt when things get tough but there was also vulnerability about her and all she seemed to want was acceptance and to belong, I really felt for her as a character and the life she has had to live, it was heart wrenching to read her story but also nice seeing the progress she was making to reclaim her life. Bounty Hunter Spencer Lark has spent 3 years grieving his murdered wife but since meeting Arizona has had a soft spot for her fragility and yearns to protect her, it didn’t hurt that he was also fiercely attracted to her not only for her stunning looks but also for her bravery but their age difference played on his mind (she is 21, he is 32) as did his need for no commitment. As with each of the books in this series, we see the team tracking down those who deal in human trafficking and putting a stop to their illegal operations but this time we see Arizona put herself in direct danger by using herself as a lure to bring the bad guys out. A Perfect Storm moved at a quick and even pace, with an interesting and enjoyable plot and characters you can’t help but love. I thoroughly enjoy the action scenes and the romance is so sweet and progressed at a realistic pace. The characters from each of the other books in the series played an important role; Trace and Priss, Dare and Molly, Jackson and Alani as well as Chris are a great supporting cast and it’s always nice to read updates on each of them. I really enjoy Lori Foster’s writing style and the sexy alpha men she writes about, she writes romance and action in a way that holds my attention and keeps me wanting more. All in all, Lori Foster ticks all the boxes for me with A Perfect Storm - a wonderful sexy Alpha, a feisty yet loveable heroine, an interesting cast of secondary characters and a storyline that keeps me wanting more from this wonderful series. Books in order: 1. When You Dare 2. Trace of Fever 3. Savor the Danger 4. The Perfect Storm

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ~

    This latest book in the series is to me more of a character driven story than action and suspense. Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with that because I think it was the best way to write Arizona's story. I think Ms Foster did an outstanding job with Arizona and Spencer's story. Arizona was sold by her father to a human trafficking ring. She endured many horrors during this time and after months managed to escape only to be caught again and thrown off a bridge to die. She was saved by This latest book in the series is to me more of a character driven story than action and suspense. Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with that because I think it was the best way to write Arizona's story. I think Ms Foster did an outstanding job with Arizona and Spencer's story. Arizona was sold by her father to a human trafficking ring. She endured many horrors during this time and after months managed to escape only to be caught again and thrown off a bridge to die. She was saved by Jackson who took her in and sent her off to school to try not only giving her an education but also some lessons on how to be a young lady. In Jackson's book all she wanted was to kill the woman who took her all those years ago. But Spencer had his own plans for revenge as she was also remotely responsible for his wife's death. He was the one to kill her in the end and Arizona felt he robbed her of the revenge that she felt she needed to bring closure to that part of her life. We find Arizona sitting on Spencer's bed watching him sleep after breaking into his place. She is so full of conflicted emotions. It’s her birthday and she is physically 21 but we the reader can see that in some ways she is very much older than that and in others can see that she still has all the insecure thinking of a young lady with the added confusion on relationships and sex of someone that was sexual abused. She has come to Spence because she thinks she has found another human trafficking ring and she wants Spence to be her back up. This is a huge step for Arizona to ask for help and to even share her feelings. Spencer struggles with his feelings for Arizona. One the one hand he finds her extremely attractive but he also knows she is 11 years younger than him and he still thinks he isn’t over his wife. But he also knows that she doesn’t give trust easy and she always seems to have her nose in trouble and needs someone watching her back. From here we get to watch as Spence tries to get Arizona comfortable with intimacy but always with the understanding that he was not the long term man for her. It was very amusing to watch Spence squirm with the sex questions Arizona would ask - she is very blunt and to the point :) It was a great emotion journey we took with Arizona as she faced alot of her fears not only in having sex with Spence but also with the team and their wives on building a family bond.

  19. 5 out of 5

    E.

    4 1/2 stars! “A Perfect Storm” by Lori Foster is the latest in her enjoyable series about the mercenaries (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor) who have taken on those who perpetrate the heinous crimes of sex trafficking. Arizona is a young woman who was rescued from one such horrible situation by Jackson Savor but has never really had a normal life. She has been gathered into the family consisting of Jackson, his partners and their respective mates but still feels the burning need to avenge herself a 4 1/2 stars! “A Perfect Storm” by Lori Foster is the latest in her enjoyable series about the mercenaries (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor) who have taken on those who perpetrate the heinous crimes of sex trafficking. Arizona is a young woman who was rescued from one such horrible situation by Jackson Savor but has never really had a normal life. She has been gathered into the family consisting of Jackson, his partners and their respective mates but still feels the burning need to avenge herself as well free other victims caught in the same horrific trap. Spencer Lark is a bounty hunter who has crossed paths with the tight-knit group and Arizona feels that he stole her revenge away when he dealt with the woman in charge of one of the horrible organizations. Spencer is startled to discover that the emotionally damaged young woman has blossomed into an adult who has honed her skills with all manner of lethal weapons but hasn’t quite healed from the damages to her psyche. His protective instincts war with his attraction to the female that he feels is too young and fragile for his own self-protective style of personal relationships. Spencer has his own demons to fight and scars of his own to deal with but Arizona just might force them to find a way to heal each other even as they search for a comfortable working relationship with Jackson and and his colleagues. A great addition to a very entertaining series about extremely competent mercenary men who have made it their mission to free as many victims and destroy as many sex and forced labor trafficking rings as possible. Arizona is an enchanting mixture of competent self-confident fighter (I thought I had a lot of things necessary for being prepared in my car trunk!) and insecure damaged former victim. Spencer is a rough-edged protector who wants to compensate for some of the horrors that she has experienced yet has his own issues, not least of which is dealing with Arizona’s self-appointed guardian and colleagues. A testament to the healing power of taking action to combat or eliminate past traumas and the importance of a good support group. A sizzling and heart-warming read that also gives cameos of favorites from the previous stories in the series (2- and 4-footed) while drawing a beautiful portrait of courage.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    I've been waiting for this book to come out since the character of Arizona Storm was introduced. I was really excited to read it and also a little nervous that she would get the book that she deserved. I should be ashamed of myself for not having more faith in Foster's abilities. Arizona Storm has had a really tough life and knows that the one thing that will her to move on with her life is to make sure that what happened to her doesn't happen to anyone else. So despite the men in her life's (Tr I've been waiting for this book to come out since the character of Arizona Storm was introduced. I was really excited to read it and also a little nervous that she would get the book that she deserved. I should be ashamed of myself for not having more faith in Foster's abilities. Arizona Storm has had a really tough life and knows that the one thing that will her to move on with her life is to make sure that what happened to her doesn't happen to anyone else. So despite the men in her life's (Trace, Dare and Jackson from the previous three books) desire to keep her safe and protected, Arizona goes out to stop human traffickers. When she finds a potential trafficking ring, she decides to find someone who can help her take them down. Enter Spencer (Spence) Lark. He's a bounty hunter that has loose connections with the alpha trio. He also is having a hard time controlling himself when around Arizona and when she asks him to partner with her he can't do anything except yes. Especially since whenever he's around her, his brain turns to mush. Spencer also takes it upon himself to help Arizona become more comfortable around men and this leads to some really great scenes. I really admire Foster for putting this story out and doing such a great job of addressing some serious issues. Some authors might have just glossed over Arizona's past and made her just "be happy". However, Foster took the time to think about how an abused and mistreated woman would go about trying to move on with her life and regain her sexuality and trust in people again. I'm really glad she did so because otherwise the book wouldn't have felt genuine. Also great was seeing the alpha male trio again. It was like meeting an old friend for drinks and catching up on their lives. I loved seeing them with their other halves and getting a glimpse at their happiness. Chris was also a nice male specimen and I only wish that he could have his own book. Maybe even a short story in an anthology or something, but I think he deserves a happily ever after. Especially after all the help he gave to the men and women in the book. Great series, and I definitely suggest reading it if you enjoy romantic suspense. This book gets a double thumbs up and 5 stars from me! Thanks to netgalley for giving me this copy to read and review, compliments of Harlequin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paranormal Kiss

    A Perfect Storm is the fourth book in the “Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor” series by Lori Foster. My favorite of the series, hands down. A Perfect Storm focuses on Arizona and Spencer, characters that were first introduced in the previous book, Savor the Danger. If you’ve read the series you will be familiar with both Arizona and Spencer. Arizona is an awesome character. She broke my heart and her courage and strength made me cheer her on. She’s had a difficult childhood and a horrible experience A Perfect Storm is the fourth book in the “Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor” series by Lori Foster. My favorite of the series, hands down. A Perfect Storm focuses on Arizona and Spencer, characters that were first introduced in the previous book, Savor the Danger. If you’ve read the series you will be familiar with both Arizona and Spencer. Arizona is an awesome character. She broke my heart and her courage and strength made me cheer her on. She’s had a difficult childhood and a horrible experience with abuse, yet nothing could beat down her spirit. She is so strong but has moments of vulnerability that will break your heart. Lori Foster really took the time to breathe life into her character and she jumps off the page. Arizona's love interest is Spencer and what a hero he is! If you’re like me you’ll fall in love with him and wish for a Spencer of your very own. He is so perfect for Arizona and so good to her. Their romance was a true joy to read. Lori Foster really nailed it with this one. It’s been awhile since I rated a book 5 stars but for me this one hit all the right buttons. I absolutely loved it. It has everything you could ask for in a romantic suspense and more. It is touching at times and heart wrenching at others. The suspense blends seamlessly with the romance and keeps you glued to the pages. It is exciting, fast paced and completely engrossing. You’ll be hard-pressed to put this book down once you start. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish it and it was well worth the lack of sleep. The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series would be best enjoyed if you read them in order. This book and the entire series is highly recommended for fans of Romantic Suspense. *ARC provided for review purposes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Valia Lind

    *SQUEEE* Full review to come :) A Perfect Storm is the fourth book in Lori's Men Who Walk on the Edge of Honor series. This is the story of Arizona and Spencer. Can I just say I've been antsy to get my hands on this book? So very excited. Now, the story follows Arizona as she is struggling to live a life without fear. Imprisoned by human traffickers she trusts no one and fends for herself. However, with Spencer things are different. He pushes past her limits, forcing her to learn how to live again. *SQUEEE* Full review to come :) A Perfect Storm is the fourth book in Lori's Men Who Walk on the Edge of Honor series. This is the story of Arizona and Spencer. Can I just say I've been antsy to get my hands on this book? So very excited. Now, the story follows Arizona as she is struggling to live a life without fear. Imprisoned by human traffickers she trusts no one and fends for herself. However, with Spencer things are different. He pushes past her limits, forcing her to learn how to live again. The growing attraction between them is ever present, but Spencer fights tooth and nail against acting on it. Arizona insists on putting herself in danger and Spencer dubs himself her knight in shining armor. One of the things I adore about this book is the personal growth both of the characters go through. Arizona needs to learn how to trust and love, but she also doesn't need protection from the bad man of the world. She's a fighter. Spencer, oh Spencer, the gorgeous perfection of male existence. *fans self* He must learn how to love and trust as well, allowing the woman he's falling for to make her own decisions. The partnership these two develop is strong and true. I loved watching them bicker and fight, while struggling not to fall in love. Once again, Lori creates a couple that is envied and adored. She takes real problems, creates real characters and makes you fall in love with every page. A Perfect Storm comes out March 27! If you're looking for romance, adventure, and amazing writing, this books is for you.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Sigh…I can remember the very first Lori Foster book I read: Simon Says. That book hooked me to all things Lori Foster. I loved her writing style, her passionate characters, her descriptive words; the way she created such an amazing story had me spellbound. Nothing has changed. Lori Foster still has it. She has created a favorite series that screams ALPHA male and her books are addictive. These men are not just hot bodies who carry guns, kick ass when necessary, and have mad skills in the bedroom Sigh…I can remember the very first Lori Foster book I read: Simon Says. That book hooked me to all things Lori Foster. I loved her writing style, her passionate characters, her descriptive words; the way she created such an amazing story had me spellbound. Nothing has changed. Lori Foster still has it. She has created a favorite series that screams ALPHA male and her books are addictive. These men are not just hot bodies who carry guns, kick ass when necessary, and have mad skills in the bedroom (or elsewhere…). But they have a sense of humor, loyalty, and mad skills in the bedroom (AND elsewhere, lol). They fight to protect their women-no matter what. And their women are heroines worthy of their men. Arizona has survived kidnapping, abuse above our imaginations, and has such an emotional strength that is phenomenal. She is a born survivor intent on making those responsible for their terrible sins pay dearly. Spencer Lark is determined to show Arizona how not to fear a man’s touch. HIS TOUCH. But finds himself not wanting to let her go. From page one, with Spencer lying in bed and Arizona sitting in the dark watching him…you can feel their connection. Lori has uber skills at providing the reader with a palpable sexual spark and weaves humor in the most surprising ways.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Fans of the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series you will not be disappointed in this latest installment. It might be my favorite so far. Arizona got a story? Oh ya I loved Arizona when we met her in Savor the Danger. Jackson rescued her when human trafficiers threw her over a bridge so she would drown to death but I never thought she would get her own story. I am so glad she did. Dare, Trace, and Jackson treat her like a troublesome but loved little sister but Spencer doesn’t. He may believe h Fans of the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series you will not be disappointed in this latest installment. It might be my favorite so far. Arizona got a story? Oh ya I loved Arizona when we met her in Savor the Danger. Jackson rescued her when human trafficiers threw her over a bridge so she would drown to death but I never thought she would get her own story. I am so glad she did. Dare, Trace, and Jackson treat her like a troublesome but loved little sister but Spencer doesn’t. He may believe he is too old for her but that does not stop his thoughts about her sexually. Spencer wants to help heal Arizona’s emotional scars. She is unable to think that sex or anything in a relationship can be good or pleasurable. Spencer is determined to change her mind. I loved the bet he made with her. It was brilliant. Everytime Arizona cursed, she owned him a kiss. Arizona is determined not to curse but she is not perfect. It’s great. This book had the two main characters grow emotionally while trying to end another human trafficking ring that Arizona uncovered. She wants Spencer as a partner to take them down because she sees him as an equal. Now all the boys need to realize what the fabulous Chris already knew. Arizona is capable of protecting herself and how her life has shaped her into a strong woman. It is a fun to see Jackson and Spencer squirm until they do.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I'm really surprised people liked this book as much as they did. I just found it creepy. The heroine (Arizona) is barely 21, but acts 13 (to give her credit, she does have a reason to). Her horrific past is the main topic of the book, so it is obviously mentioned often, but that just made it all the more uncomfortable to read. Especially when she is having sex with someone who is more than 10 years older than her. I just can't believe that someone who was recently raped repeatedly would find it I'm really surprised people liked this book as much as they did. I just found it creepy. The heroine (Arizona) is barely 21, but acts 13 (to give her credit, she does have a reason to). Her horrific past is the main topic of the book, so it is obviously mentioned often, but that just made it all the more uncomfortable to read. Especially when she is having sex with someone who is more than 10 years older than her. I just can't believe that someone who was recently raped repeatedly would find it that easy to jump into a healthy, adult relationship. The whole book felt inappropriate and bordered on incestuous. I give it 2.5 stars only because I really liked Spencer as the hero. I wish the author would have given him an actual healthy adult to have a real relationship with.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tabatha

    Another huge hit for me with this last installment of the series! I know everyone is swooning over Spencer, but what made this book so great for me was hands down Arizona. I had really high expectations for the conclusion of the series, and Foster didn't disappoint me in the least. The only thing I wanted that I didn't get in the end, was the name of Alani and Jackson's baby! lol I don't know why it mattered to me not knowing the name, but it did!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Autumn (Fic Talk)

    Wow. From the preview we got of Arizona in "Savor the Danger" I wasn't sure if I was going to like her or not. Oh boy, was I wrong. There will be a more in depth review later on for FicTalk, but damn, I did enjoy "A Perfect Storm." It was the perfect way to end a series. Spencer and Arizona were great characters with lots of humor, sexiness, and suspense thrown in.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tina "IRead2Escape"

    Oh, oh, oh. My favorite! Spencer was so sweet and patient. Arizona has been through so much in her short life, yet she was so strong and determined. I loved her honesty and inquisitive mind. A+++

  29. 4 out of 5

    Scooper Speaks

    2.5 Favorite Lines: “He made a soft, gravelly sound as he stretched that long, strong body His chin tucked in. Muscles flexed. The sheet tented. Eyes widening, Arizona stared, not really alarmed, but no longer at ease, either. She had a very dark history with aroused men, so she doubted she’d ever be unaffected by them. But she didn’t let it get in her way, not when she wanted something, not when she had a goal in mind. She knew she should have taken Spencer’s gun, at the very least moved it out of 2.5 Favorite Lines: “He made a soft, gravelly sound as he stretched that long, strong body His chin tucked in. Muscles flexed. The sheet tented. Eyes widening, Arizona stared, not really alarmed, but no longer at ease, either. She had a very dark history with aroused men, so she doubted she’d ever be unaffected by them. But she didn’t let it get in her way, not when she wanted something, not when she had a goal in mind. She knew she should have taken Spencer’s gun, at the very least moved it out of his reach. But instead she’d found him in the bed, and before she’d even thought it through, she’d taken the empty seat and settled in to study him while he slept. Since that fateful day when her destiny had been stolen from her, she’d seen him only a handful of times. She’d tried to stay away. She’d tried to forget about him. She hadn’t been successful. Stretching, he brought his hand out from behind his head, around to rub over his hair, across his face, down his chest. As he gave a sleepy, growling groan, that hand disappeared under the sheet. Arizona’s lips parted, and her heartbeat tripped up. She cleared her throat. “Spencer?” Freezing, without moving any other body part, he opened his eyes and met her gaze.” (p. 12, egalley) Book four in Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge with Honor series is about two people readers were thoroughly introduced to in book three: Arizona and Spencer. We learned Arizona was a former victim of human trafficking and that Spencer was a man seeking revenge on his wife’s killers who happened to participate in human trafficking. We also got a look at the chemistry between the two characters. I was so excited to get my hands on this book. I hoped reading A Perfect Storm would take me back to the good feeling I had while reading book one in the series, When You Dare. In that book I liked the couple, the story and the setting. Of the three, I liked two this go around. I did not care for the main characters, but the heroine, well she drove me nuts. Arizona was sold to human traffickers by her father when she was 17-years-old. After six months in captivity, she escaped, was soon caught and almost murdered. Obviously she was majorly traumatized. I feel sympathy for her lost childhood and the trauma she experienced. However, Arizona acted like a 17-year-old throughout the story. She kept insisting she was grown as the story begins on her 21st birthday, but everything about her screams 17. She is educated, a quick learner and despite her forced sexual experience, very innocent. Her remarks are blunt and sometimes funny. Mostly they came across as immature and childish. I had a hard time believing that the heroine was a grown woman when she came across as 17. What grown woman says: “You’re a chubby chaser?”–p. 32 Or reacts to the following information in the following way? “With significance, Marla purred, “For one thing, he’s big all over.” Arizona’s heart almost stopped. In an appalled whisper, she asked, “You like that?” Scowling, Marla pulled back. “Bigger is definitely better.” Visuals came to Arizona’s mind, but she didn’t have quite the reaction Marla seemed to expect. She wrinkled her nose. “If you say so.” Marla shivered with pleasure. “He’s delicious.” Yeaaaahhhh, she’d let that one go.”–p. 52 My feelings toward Spencer are slightly different. He felt slightly squicky to me. At the beginning of the story the author tells us Spencer “felt extreme pity. For her (Arizona).” He’s been fighting his sexual attraction for Arizona for months because she was too young. She’s now 21, so he’s willing to investigate whatever may exist between the two. Spencer slowly introduces Arizona to the emotional aspect of sex beginning with kissing. Spencer asks Arizona to agree to a bet. A bet in which every time she says a cuss word she must kiss Spencer. He knows that she is afraid yet still presses forward with a plan to force Arizona into becoming comfortable with him. She would kiss him not because she wanted to, but as punishment. He says, “Given your expression, the idea of kissing me would be insufferable, so I’m guessing it should be incentive enough to clean up your language.” (p. 26) Even the following doesn’t stop him from following through with the bet. “I will not hurt you, damn it!” She almost jumped out of her skin with that deep, loud shout. But he looked more offended than threatening, alleviating her concern. “Sheesh. Stop my heart, why don’t you?” At least his outburst had brought her back around, helping her to shake off those odd sensations of worry and…hurt. He literally fumed. “You’re standing there configuring escape routes.” “No way.” How could he know that?” “I saw it in your eyes, Arizona. You have an expressive face.” “Seriously?” And here she’d thought just the opposite.–(p. 31) Spencer goes on to explain foreplay and finding sexual satisfaction, things most teenagers know. He came across as a much older man who is interested in a young woman. In reality, he isn’t too much older than Arizona. Knowing how damaged Arizona is, he patiently imparts his opinion on healthy relationships and sexual relations. Okay, she needs to know sex isn’t “wham, bam, I paid for it ma’am” but when Spencer told a former sexual partner Arizona was “a one-night stand who didn’t understand the concept” (p. 33) I might have gotten a little cranky. There are other story lines taking place. Arizona is discovering her position in the self-made family with whom she surrounds herself and a human trafficking ring needs to be stopped. Those two things are secondary to the main characters finding love. Not relating to the heroine or the hero, transformed the story into a tedious tale. A little past the midway point of the story Arizona started coming across as a twenty-something year old and the story became smoother/more enjoyable. Too bad I’d already spent a good amount of time hating the characters and that cannot be ignored. Liking the last quarter of the book does nothing to write off the irritation I felt early on. What it all boils down to is simple. A Perfect Storm is a character driven romance. If you wind up disliking the main characters like I did, you will not enjoy the book. Scooper Speaks

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads We met Spencer and Arizona in book three of Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and there was a little spark of something between the two. Spencer lost his wife and can’t imagine loving anyone again like he did with her, until Arizona comes roaring into his life and throwing everything off balance. Arizona has no close family, her “adoptive” family of Jackson, Dare, Trace and their wives want to keep her close to help and protect her, but Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads We met Spencer and Arizona in book three of Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and there was a little spark of something between the two. Spencer lost his wife and can’t imagine loving anyone again like he did with her, until Arizona comes roaring into his life and throwing everything off balance. Arizona has no close family, her “adoptive” family of Jackson, Dare, Trace and their wives want to keep her close to help and protect her, but that’s absolutely not what Arizona wants or needs. She doesn’t know how to handle love and compassion and she can’t be wrapped in cotton. Action excites her and it’s a part of who she is and it usually means she finds herself right in the middle of everything; much to Jackson and now Spencer’s dismay. Catching human traffickers is how we open the book. Arizona is doing the research for Dare, Trace and Jackson’s company, but it doesn’t stop her at all from getting out in the field and doing a little recon on her own. She’s targeted a bar that all leads point to a being a front to human trafficking. She wants to go in, get a job and plant herself on the inside to get all the information needed to bring it down. Spencer can’t stand to let her put herself in danger and agrees to partner with her on the case so he can keep on eye on her. The suspense portion of the story is centered around this case as well as an unknown man who sets his sights on Arizona and wants her all for himself. The case surrounding the human trafficking really didn’t dominate the story. It was all about Arizona and Spencer and how together they were able to help Arizona move past some of her traumatic past. She was sold by her father into human slavery and suffered everything horribly imaginable until she managed to escape. She recounts the night she was caught, tied up and tossed into a river and how Jackson saved her. It’s hard for Spencer to hear, but she only opens up to him and he wants and needs to be that man for her. Even with their relationship taking up much of the page time, it was still all about Arizona. I found myself laughing at and with her and admiring her character for how strong and resilient she is. “C’com. Fess up. What’d you say?” He worked his jaw. “I told her you were a one-night stand who didn’t understand the concept.” Un-freaking-believable. “She bought that?” “That you and I would have sex?” With a sardonic glare, he said, “Yeah, she bought it.” “No, I mean that I would track you down here and act all stalkerish and clingy and shit?” His expression didn’t change. “She bought it.” “Huh. That makes me sound really…dysfunctional. And maybe dangerous.” She thought about it and grinned. “Not bad. I can live with that.” Spencer is a very caring, sweet guy. He doesn’t want to see Arizona put herself in harms way, but comes to realize that that’s who she is and who she needs to be. After all that she’s been through, she needs to help people, and he gets that. He struggles through most of the book between wanting to just keep her safe and letting her fight and put herself in the middle of things. He also struggles with his attraction to her, but that doesn’t stop him for long as he tries to help her move past some of her demons while getting closer and closer to her. Where this story lacked for me was the relationship she has with Spencer. I have nothing against age differences, to me age is just a number. But the age difference between Spencer and Arizona really stood out. She’s a newly turned 21, he’s 32 and while eleven years isn’t a big difference, it felt that way between them. Arizona is very naïve and inexperienced when it comes to relationships. She had a horrible past that prevented her from ever feeling comfortable enough around men to try and be with someone intimately. Spencer breaks down those walls she put up, and he was very sweet and understanding and showed her more caring than she’d ever known. I just had a hard time buying the relationship. Arizona, for all she’s gone through, comes across a bit juvenile and immature at times and I didn’t feel any kind of connection that would be long term between her and Spencer. There are some great scenes between Arizona and all the men we’ve gotten to know over the past three books. They want to pull her into their family and Arizona takes a long time to believe them. She’s one that always had a reason to just wait for the other shoe to drop and to see her oh-so-slowly start letting these people into her life for the long haul, it’s very satisfying to watch her accept having people in her life and not fight the love they want to give her. I can’t let a review within this series go without mentioning my most favorite supporting character, Chris. He’s only one page for a very short time, but there’s just something about him that I enjoy every single time he shows up and I love seeing him interact with all the characters, in this case he has a nice moment with Arizona. Spencer and Arizona are both great, interesting characters that I enjoyed reading about. Their relationship together I struggled with a bit, not fully being able to get on board with them. I really enjoyed the characters of Spencer and Arizona individually, but I wasn’t sold on them together.

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