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...
Lori Foster's series Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor just keeps getting better and saved the best for last. A Perfect Storm unites two characters that we've had brief, but very memorable, glimpses of and pits them against each other in an emotional game of cat and mouse amidst the continuing danger of human trafficking. What results is a sexy story full of knuckle biting action with likable characters trying to overcome their past to make a future.
Arizona had a rough time growing up as a child in the world of human trafficking. She had to grow up way before her time and wants to finally experience the things she should have on her own terms. She's a tough girl who doesn't want to rely on anyone but senses she has feelings for widower Spencer that she wants to act on. Seeing her struggle to get others to let her live her life on her terms is heartening to see. Not only is she emotionally strong, but physically too as she tries to bring down another human trafficking ring.
Spencer's emotionally scarred too after the murder of his wife and the path of revenge he undertook to avenge the murder in a previous book. Getting talked into helping Arizona with her latest mission to right wrongs puts him into close contact with her which he's trying to keep from happening as he's attracted to her but keeps from acting on. She's much younger than him and after all the things she was forced to endure he doesn't want old painful memories to resurface. It's a noble gesture and one of the many reasons to like him. Unlike the other men in their agency Spencer trusts that she can take care of herself and lets her.
Once they finally give into their feelings they make a great couple. They balance each other out beautifully and their sexual interludes are sweetly satisfying and super sexy. The action scenes involving the human trafficking ring were exciting and action packed and didn't overtake the rest of the story. The glimpses of past characters were seamlessly interwoven throughout the story without taking away from the interactions between Arizona and Spencer. The only thing missing from this story and series was a HEA for Chris. He's been such a distinctive and supportive character throughout the series that I'd like to see a definitive ending for such a unique character.
A Perfect Storm is my favorite story in this series and if things were to end now I'd be satisfied with what's transpired. I still believe there's more stories to be told and will definitely jump on board again when/if Ms. Foster returns to this highly emotional world.
My rating for this is a B+
*I borrowed this from the public library for my own entertainment.