A Perfect Storm
Author: Lori Foster
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….
He’d try. “So why are you here?” Remembering how she’d gotten in, he turned to look at the door. “You didn’t damage my lock, did you?”
“Your lock is fine—shitty, but fine.” She propped her feet on the table in front of the couch. “I’m good at picking locks.”
“Why am I not surprised?”
She stared down the length of her legs and wiggled her toes. Nonchalantly, she said, “I need some help.”
Apprehension shot through him. “With what?” Had she gotten herself into trouble somehow? Was someone after her again?
“Promise me that you won’t tell Jackson about this, either, and then I’ll tell you.”
Fearful for her, he said, “Sure, whatever. I won’t tell Jackson.”
GUEST POST FROM LORI FOSTER
Tackling Darker Themes in a Love Story
Life is a mixture of moments so wonderful, we cry happy tears, and times so trying, we cry in emotional pain. I love it that people are so resilient, that we are strong enough to persevere, and I especially appreciate how love makes celebrating the good times, and getting through the bad times, easier.
For me, that’s what the romance genre is all about. If character A met character B and immediately fell in love to live happily ever after, if they had nothing to overcome, nothing to work through, it’d be so boring. Showing *life,* the trials and the perks, is the best part of creating a story. No one has lived without experiencing both, so I hope I write my stories in a way that feels real. I want my characters to be stronger together, and I want readers to see that it’s believable. It’s one of the most wonderful compliments I get, when readers tell me that they can “relate” to a story, that they find a small piece of themselves in the characters and the situations.
No matter how dark the plot, the characters should be people you know, and people you like. The more reason you have for cheering them on, the more invested you get in the story, the better!
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