Monday, March 15, 2010

Review of "Back in Black" by Lori Foster

Ahh, here I am, back again with another review - "Back in Black" by Lori Foster. Disclaimer: This book was purchased for my by a family member. I was not given the book, nor money, in exchange for a review.

From the back cover: " Drew Black, president of the SBC fighting organization, is as controversial as they come. But this hotheaded entrepreneur is a perfect match for his popular sports club venture: uncompromising and extreme. Maybe too extreme. With a reputation for saying what he thinks, Drew's been causing a lot of friction. That's why someone's been called in to clean up his image - before he does any permenant damage.

The lucky lady is Gillian Noode, a PR expert who has smoothed out the rough edges on many a man. But Drew is rougher than anyone she's ever met, and he refuses to change for any woman, for any reason. To make matters more complicated, Gillian's starting to like him raw. Now opposites aren't simply attracting - they're igniting. But in the rising heat, who will end up on top? "

Well, as a whole, I really liked this book. But I did have a few issues - the biggest of which is that the back of this book? Totally doesn't do it justice. There's actually two couples highlighted in this book, Drew and Gillian of course, but also Brett and Audrey. And in fact, I think they're story is just as important, or maybe I just like them better. Alright, I'll admit it, I wanted Brett. But I really liked Drew and Gillian too.

Actually, that brings me to the second thing I didn't like - I think Gillian and Drew moved a little too fast. It was their second or third meeting, and they had sex. It just seemed a little too.. whirlwind for me. This, however, could be a personal taste sort of thing.

Those really are the only things I didn't like about this book. I loved the characterization, and I really loved the antagonist. I think the ultimate baddie of the situation was amazingly done, and such a complex character. I thought all the characters were passionate about their chosen profession, and they just felt genuine. I'm actually rather interested in MMA fighting after reading this. I always thought that was one of the signs of a good book, when it makes you interested in not only the book, but anything connected to it.

This is actually the first book I've ever read by Lori Foster. I have read a short story in an anthology I picked up years ago, but that was barely a taste. So using "Back in Black" as my main example, I'd have to say I'm definitely a fan. I hope to be able to check out other books soon - and actually, I think I have an anthology ( "Tails of Love" ) featuring Lori Foster and a few other familiar authors in my To Be Read pile.

I am going to give "Back in Black" by Lori Foster a FOUR POINT FIVE out of FIVE. I really, really enjoyed it, and I can't wait to find and read more by this author in the future, especially more of this grouping of books. I don't think it's really a series, though it seems there are recurring characters in each.

Happy Reading, and check out "Back in Black," or anything else by Lori Foster!
~!~ Morning Glow

1 comment:

Marcia James said...

Hi! I'm also a fan of Lori's and had the opportunity to be one of the authors who contributed a story to her benefit anthology, TAILS OF LOVE. All of the authors' compensation goes to a no-kill animal shelter in Ohio, and it's a great cause! Lori has spearheaded a number of benefit anthologies, and the next one, THE GIFT OF LOVE, comes out in June. I hope you'll move TAILS OF LOVE to the top of your To Be Read pile. ;-D

-- Marcia James ;-)