Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: Trace of Fever (#2 Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series)

By Lori Foster
Releases June 2011
Source: Review copy provided by NetGalley for review.

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme—until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.

With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent….

After Trace’s sister was taken by human traffickers he has made it his mission in life to kill all involved. He is very protective of all women; he doesn’t want any to suffer like Alani did. He uses his skills to become the number one bodyguard for the evil Murray Coburn. He is very good at his job because being around Murray tests one’s control and skills. He is a sick, twisted individual with an equally sick, twisted girlfriend, Hell. Yes a very appropriate name for her. It was extremely easy to hate these two.

A major wrench in Trace’s plans is a woman who claims to be Murray’s daughter, Priss. Trace tries everything to protect her but she is determined to kill Murray and is not going anywhere. Unlike the other women in this series, she wasn’t taken by human traffickers, her mother was. She wants revenge for her mother. Trace and Priss have major chemistry and even when Murray orders Trace to find out personally if Priss is as innocent as she seems Trace won’t disrespect her. He plays his role well by getting Priss slutty clothes and takes a picture just to get under her skin. Hopefully to scare her off to get her away from trouble, it doesn’t work Priss is determined.

Priss drives Trace absolutely nuts, the way only a man in love can be by the women he loves. Priss is brave and puts herself in danger. He tells her to stay and she moves, he tells her to shh and she talks. I love their relationship. Priss had a sheltered childhood so Trace is her first for many things. However, Matt, the gay hairdresser is her first dance. I love Priss and Matt’s friendship even though Trace might kill him. Trace is surprised by his possessiveness but cannot stop. Poor Matt, I do love him.

We get introduced to the cocky Jackson Savor who we can already tell has a thing for Trace’s little sister Alani. Jackson looks like a beautiful beach bum but he’s just as dangerous as his partners, Dare and Trace. He is reliable backup for Trace when he needs it for Priss. One of the funniest scenes is Jackson saving Priss right out of the shower. Oh yes! I am very excited for Jackson’s book Savor the Danger.

Trace asked Jackson, “Why the hell are you even here?”
Jackson looked far too uneasy for Trace’s peace of mind. “I know you didn’t want me here. I got the message loud and clear when you cut the call. Thing is, your little lady was damned insistent that I do something.”
“Like get stunned and tied up?”
“You try planning with a hellcat breathing fire in your ear, making demands, prodding you-“
“She’s a terror. That name doesn’t suit her at all.”

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