Review: Under Pressure by Lori Foster
Source: Received for review
Publication date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: HQN Books
Series: Body Armor #1
About the Book:
He can protect anything except his heart
Leese Phelps’s road hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s brought him to the perfect job — working for the elite Body Armor security agency. And what his newest assignment lacks in size, she makes up for in fire and backbone. But being drawn to Catalina Nicholson is a dangerous complication, especially since it could be the very man who hired Leese who’s threatening her.
What Catalina knows could get her killed. But who’d believe the sordid truth about her powerful stepfather? Beyond Leese’s ripped body and brooding gaze is a man of impeccable honour. He’s the last person she expects to trust — and the first who’s ever made her feel safe. And he’s the only one who can help her expose a deadly secret, if they can just stay alive long enough…
I loved almost every Lori Foster book I’ve read and I was curious to see what Leese’s story would end up being. Sadly I’ve fallen into the minority of not enjoying this book as much as her other series. It’s possible this is because I have read the Ultimate series (which this is a spin off of) and it seemed such a jarring change since we never see the transition Leese made from MMA to being a body guard. At the same time it makes reference to this just being a year later so I found some of it hard to believe that Leese was as good of a body guard as he’s made out to be after so little time. He demonstrates so many skills that I had my doubts he could have excelled at so quickly (I could be wrong of course but it was just the feeling I got).
I also wasn’t too enamored over Cat. I felt like it came up way too much over how she was lying to everyone, keeping secrets hidden from Leese, etc. After awhile I was like we get it, you’re lying to him and you have no plans of telling him any time soon, please stop mentioning it. She eventually grew on me enough to care what happened to her but I never fell for her like I have previous heroines.
My favorite characters actually ended up being Sahara and her assistant. I can’t wait to hear more about her story and find out what happened to her brother. It’s only touched upon in this book but I assume it will come later in the series.
The story itself was interesting and kept you guessing as to what would happen next which I always enjoy in a story. All in all I would say Lori Foster is always worth reading but I’m hoping to enjoy the next book more so.