I received this book for free from the TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Close Contact by Lori Foster
Series: Body Armor #3
Published by HQN Books on December 1, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery & Detective, Romance
Source: TLC Book Tours
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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 mindblowing 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.
Lori Foster is an author that I’ve heard great things about but I’ve never gotten around to reading, and I’m very glad that I picked up Close Contact, book three in her Body Armor series. Easily read as a standalone novel, Close Contact follows Maxi Nevar’s turbulent life after she inherits her grandmother’s secluded farm and multitude of farm cats. Soon after moving in and taking over where her loving grandmother left off with the neglected farmhouse and surrounding acreage, Maxi is the target of strange happenings on the farm–and she can’t shake the feeling that someone has been inside her new home multiple times. But when she wakes up on hard ground on the far side of her pond after clearly being drugged, she’s had enough and she seeks out help from the Body Armor Agency–and more importantly help from ex-MMA-fighter-turned-bodyguard Miles Dartman. Even though Maxi and Miles only saw each other three times before Maxi disappeared from Miles’ life a few months earlier, neither one has forgotten about the other.
When Miles is hired by Maxi, they return to her farm and immediately get to work making security enhancements to her property, and so many people come out of the proverbial woodwork. Both Maxi and Miles learn so much about each other’s lives that they never had a chance to learn before, and that initial attraction is still there burning hot between them. Miles is still the same trustworthy, fun-loving, nice guy with a dangerous edge, while Maxi has gone from a high-end, put together personal shopper to a down-home country farm girl seemingly overnight–but it suits her and she’s content. While Maxi tries to keep Miles at arms distance emotionally, she has no problem getting physically closer to him again. But will it be enough for either of them and can either one of them fight their feelings very long?
Close Contact has an entertaining mystery surrounding who is targeting Maxi, trying to force her to sell her farm. But there’s also questions about why Miles quit MMA, which is something even the other fighters don’t know, and why Maxi doesn’t interact with her brother or sister. The unanswered questions brought up in the beginning of the book are slowly revealed to the characters, and I really enjoyed discovering the answers. I really loved how strong Maxi stayed throughout all of the ordeals, as well as how Miles never strayed from her side and protected her at all costs.
I give Close Contact a 4.5 out of 5. The suspense throughout the book builds and several suspects emerge, and while the culprit isn’t entirely unguessable, it’s still enjoyable and thrilling as the danger mounts and the crazed person zeroes in on our heroes. Maxi and Miles’ burgeoning romance is rekindled in a will-it-be-more-than physical kind of way, and I really loved Miles as a character. While Maxi was likable, I wished she would just say what she really wants more often. The other bodyguards and their wives, as well as their boss Sahara were welcome side characters, and they brought a nice variety and added action to the book. I really look forward to reading the next book, which features Sahara and another fighter Brand.
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About Lori Foster
Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin and Silhouette. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her Web site at www.lorifoster.com.
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