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The blurb:

Computer security specialist Elizabeth Martinez has never been able to turn her back on her brother Benny. When his risky lifestyle finally lands him in harm’s way, Elizabeth finds herself dragged into the dangerous underworld with him and into the cross hairs of one of Miami’s death-dealing drug lords. Only after her ex-boyfriend saves her does she realize she might have no choice but to depend on the one man she has tried so desperately to forget.

Former Marine Porter Caldwell never should have let Elizabeth walk away from him all those months ago. She means more to him than anything and now that she’s in danger and turned to him for help, he won’t make that mistake again. When a local gang targets her and she’s nearly killed in a drive by shooting, Porter vows to do whatever it takes to keep her alive. Even if it means turning his back on all that he’s sworn to uphold.

The review:

The book starts with Elizabeth arriving at the home of a major criminal because, once again, her brother Benny is in trouble and has called her for help. He owes Orlando (the major criminal) a bunch of money and Orlando is willing to let Elizabeth trade 6 months of her life in exchange. When she refuses, things get physical until Porter busts in to save the day.

This is the type of romance I adore. Smart heroine, loyal to her family. Strong hero, battling between what his mind says is right and what his heart tells him. I found Elizabeth’s continuing loyalty to her brother (who is without a doubt a screwup) very believable, especially when their past is revealed. Benny saved her from something horrific as a child, something that left him emotionally scarred, and she refuses to give up on him no matter how much logic says she should. This loyalty is what ended Elizabeth’s brief relationship with Porter. He wasn’t willing to stand back while she dropped everything to pull her brother out of dangerous situations.

The chemistry sparked between Elizabeth and Porter from chapter one and continued to build. I loved that build up. They didn’t just dismiss their earlier issues, they talked them out and got to know each other better and because of that, I believed in their happily ever after by the end.

This book is non-stop action. Guns, gangs, stuff blowing up, a couple on the run through Miami. Very fast paced with little downtime.

The only issue I had was how naive Elizabeth seemed during the first half of the book. She constantly argued she wasn’t in danger, even after a gang vandalized her lawn in an attempt to scare her. She believed that since it was her brother that owed the money, Orlando had no reason to come after her. This is a woman who has repeatedly dragged her brother out of crack houses and other dangers AND she is the systems manager at a security firm. With her background, that level of naïveté rang a little false.

Overall, No One to Trust was a faced-paced, steamy romantic suspense with quite a bit of emotional depth. I would recommend it to any fan of the genre.

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Format: eBook
Length: short novel (45,000 words)

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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….

 

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I suggest that budding romance writers write what excites them. Avoid the traps of trying to jump on the bandwagon, or emulate a successful author. If it’s not YOU, you won’t enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy it, why would anyone else?
Some writers prefer stand alone books. Some, like me, have characters that take over and show up again and again.  Some like writing sweet romances, and some like super-steamy and explicit. It is such an amazingly personal thing that you can’t, and should never try to, write for anyone but yourself.
I’ve had books that readers hated. Some that readers *really* hated. LOL. But I’m a realist. I know I can’t please all the readers all of the time. When disappointed readers write to me, I apologize. I AM sorry that they spent time on a book they didn’t enjoy. But will I change what I’m doing for them? I can’t.
What works for me is writing what I want, what I enjoy, the way that I want to write it, and the way that works for me. All writers should do the same.
Another tip for new writers – stay away from critique groups. It’s YOUR book, not a book by committee. Just because your critique partner doesn’t like it, just because she thinks it’s awkward, doesn’t mean you need to change it. The only opinions that matter are #1) yours, and #2) the editor’s.  Your critique partner cannot buy your book. All she can really do is point out typos, which is great, discourage you with criticism, which is self-defeating, or bolster you with praise, which may or may not jive with an editor’s opinion.
So avoid it.
Contests can also be a catch 22. Sure, you get immediate feedback and sometimes you get a connection with an editor or agent. But you also get immediate gratification – something you should get after you’ve _finished the book!_ NOT because you’ve written one to three chapters.
I’ve know unpubs who’ve polished that first chapter a dozen times. It’s been submitted in at least that many contests. It’s even placed in a few, or won in some. But the whole book? Why finish a book when you can send just one chapter in to win another contest?
Contests make it so easy to lose sight of the end goal – which is publication.
New writers – keep your eye on that end goal! As soon as you finish a book and get it mailed off, start another. And another.

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For more information about Lori Foster , visit lorifoster.com. And for a chance to win A Perfect Storm, leave a comment below. The winner will be announced Sunday. Good luck!

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