Close Contact by Lori Foster

Close Contact by Lori Foster
Series: A Body Armor Novel
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full length (364 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

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.

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I have some catching up to do because I enjoyed Close Contact so much, I have to go and find the first two books in the Body Armor series. I didn’t need to have read the first two to enjoy this novel which I greatly appreciated. It’s because the characters from the first two showed up to help out Miles and Maxi that piqued my interest. Even as secondary characters, they were delish. This book had a lot of pages but I whipped through the book because the pace, the action, the romance, the intrigue, and the suspense and mystery of who was behind Maxi’s harassment kept me glued to its pages. What a great read!

My favorite aspects of this story are the cats and how Miles interacted with them. They play important roles in a few pivotal scenes. I adore a big, tough hero getting purrs from a kitty so that right there makes Miles the perfect hero. I have a hard time describing Maxi because she’s many things – confident and vulnerable, sweet yet determined, and loyal to a fault. It’s her loyalty and gumption that put her in harm’s way. It seems an odd reason to put her in the cross hairs of criminal intent, especially because she is so nice and caring to everybody she meets, but since when do criminals make sense?

The very first chapter sets up the mystery. It starts off with one puzzle but things quickly heat up to the point that Miles calls in his buddies to help out. I love that part of Ms. Foster’s novels. There’s the sense of friends becoming family, of caring, loyalty and a great sense of fun and camaraderie. It always makes me happy to be a reader during those times because I feel like I’m right there, part of the community. I also like watching Maxi be overwhelmed by how many people actually show up to help out. She’s totally bemused because everyone accepts her for who she is and they do not doubt that she’s in danger. That has to be the best feeling ever – acceptance.

It’s not that the heroine has no family, she does but there’s significant tension and some bad juju in the past. So much so that I was ready to write them off as completely unlikable. Ms. Foster had a different goal in mind and I reluctantly concede that she made the right choice. I still think they need an attitude adjustment and they don’t deserve the wonderfulness that is Maxi, and that’s all I’ll say.

The good stuff is when Maxi and Miles get together in the carnal way. Ooh la la, was that spicy! They are so good together and I think they fell in love more and more every time they fell into each other’s arms. In the beginning, the words were hard for either one to say, but they showed it with their actions and how they treated each other. I liked that too.

The villain was hard to figure out until one of the internal dialogue scenes. The book is mostly told in third person for both the hero and heroine, but I was able to peek into the villain’s thought process from time to time. It was one sentence that made me shift from one possible culprit to another. I was right! But the reasoning and the motive behind it was actually kind of sad.

Close Contact is awesome. I had so much fun. It was a great weekend read and I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan but haven’t read it yet, romantic suspense lovers, and even first time readers because it’s a solid standalone read. Anyone who hasn’t read a Lori Foster book is missing out on some great writing and awesome heroes and heroines. This author does romance right.

Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery

Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (400 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

With Joy, Love and a Little Trepidation, Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You to the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother’s


~ The Misfit ~

As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing—keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom’s wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family’s view of her—and how she views herself—forever.


~ The Free Spirit ~

When Sienna’s boyfriend proposes—in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud—he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say “I do” even if she’s not sure she does?
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~ The Cynic ~

Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As Mom’s wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she’s forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide if she’ll let pride stand in the way of her own happily-ever-after.

Four women, four romances and all occurring amongst the emotional backdrop of the zaniness of an impending, very pink wedding means chaos and fun, tears and cheers for readers of this awesome novel by the talented Ms. Mallery.

The book has many points of view but it’s focused on the three sisters of Sienna, Rachel and Courtney and their interesting heroes of Greg and Quinn. The tricky romance between Courtney and Quinn is the most prominent because Courtney has the biggest secret and the most to overcome. Quinn is really good for her and he’s a hunk. The spiciest scenes occur between the two although eventually Rachel and Greg surpass them with one wonderfully important moment, and even that inspired a few giggles later on.

Rachel’s romance with Greg is the hardest because there’s a history to overcome. By the same token, it’s the most rewarding because they’re just so good for and with each other that I was cheering for them throughout the book. I liked their chemistry. Even though they had some serious issues to work through, I could see the love still burned between them. They both had to face their flaws and faults, own them and then have the courage to go from there. I enjoyed how the author put them through their paces.

Sienna’s story was focused more on her finding her inner strength and believing in making choices that are best for her and not what others expect or demand. Readers will eventually clue in on who is the right person and I like the gentleness of the revelation. As far as I’m concerned, Sienna had a narrow escape because the guy could have put her in a position of being like the very women she’s made her life’s mission to help. I could see that and I was rooting for her to not to fall in love. Isn’t that weird? For a character that seemed to be the strongest, she was actually the weakest. I was fascinated.

The fourth woman is the girls’ mom, Maggie. I can empathize with her more than I thought possible. Why? Because my MIL had that same kind of influence on my wedding as Maggie’s mom did to her. Imagine my surprise that I could relate so well with a character even to the point of having pink as the wedding color. Unlike Maggie, I didn’t have to wait for a second marriage to go pink, LOL – nor did I go quite to the extremes she did. I mean, really, kazoos? Crack me up. As a backdrop, Maggie and Neil’s wedding was a delightful story arc and made the story a delight to read.

The one thing that is solid and enduring throughout Daughters of the Bride is the sense of family, love, affection, forgiveness and caring. The novel is a book that makes a person feel good once the final page is read. All their life threads, though intricately interwoven, are tied up nicely with happy ever afters that are satisfying, are believable and leave a warm afterglow. Oh, and I’d be remiss not to mention the bees. For some reason I thought them to be a perfect comedic foil. Love the name!

A yummy surprise is the inclusion of recipes at the end. For those that want the book glow to continue, you can create a food memory to go along with the storyline.

Daughters of the Bride is a novel written from the heart. It’s about relationships and love mixed up with quirky mishaps making it relatable, believable and engaging. This is a well written, amazing book that is not to be missed. If a reader has never read a book by Ms. Mallery, then this is a wonderful book to start with. I really enjoyed it.