Review: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

Posted October 15, 2013 by Shari in Reviews / 11 Comments

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Review: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster
Getting Rowdy

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Series: Love Undercover,
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin
Released on September 24, 2013
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Book Tour Provided
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I have been a fan of Rowdy Yates since the first book in the series, Love Undercover. Now he gets his own story in Getting Rowdy with the woman who can tell him no, Avery Mullins.

When we met Rowdy Yates in the first book he is trying to protect his sister, Pepper, from some very bad men. Those men come after him, thinking he is a witness to the crime when it was his sister. During one of this “escape” attempts from the said bad guys, he hides in a closet at a dive bar with a waitress he is very attracted too….Avery. But she brushes him off. She has her own problems to deal with that we only learn about in this story.

Speed ahead two books and we get Rowdy and Avery’s story. Rowdy has now bought that dive bar and cleaned it up. Throwing our drug dealers, painting, getting new fixtures, he sets up a place that is way better than it was. All with the help of Avery, who he makes the head bartender. She suggests the name Getting Rowdy for the bar and it sticks. But still, this bar isn’t in the greatest of neighborhoods.

Avery after all this time has decided not to turn down Rowdy any more and walks in on him with another woman. He never lied. He always asked her first and then told her he was moving on. So why does it hurt so much? While Avery is running away from something in her past, she starts getting threatening phone calls that spook her and Rowdy knows it.

Rowdy hasn’t had an easy life. Always sleeping with one eye open from his parents to adulthood, he doesn’t sleep much. To quell the nightmares and demons, he has sex. Lots of sex! But none of them last for more than a night and he suspects Avery will be no different. He just needs to get his one night and move on. But as things start happening to Avery, he starts making sure she is safe.

The two skate around all their issues and little by little reveal what is going on with each other. They skirt around sex and love over and over, but the little signs along the way show you their true colors. Rowdy is really a good, bad guy. Meaning he is a good guy that does the right thing, but looks and acts like a bad ass when the situation requires. Dominant to the bone, he cares for kids and women alike even if he can’t commit to women.

I loved getting to see past characters…Pepper and Logan, Alice and Reese and even Dash and the head of the police department. We get introduced to Cannon, a young man from the neighborhood who wants a career in boxing, but also cares enough about his neighborhood to patrol it. I look forward to seeing more of Dash and Cannon!

The weaving of two characters so different from each other, but at heart loving people was an interesting mix of issues and hot sex. I enjoyed watching Avery fall in love and not be afraid to admit it even if it pushed Rowdy away. I also enjoyed watching Rowdy absorb that love, having feelings he really has never experienced outside of the love of a sibling.

The two end up fitting each other. No they didn’t rush off to get married….thank God, but they did own up to their feelings and even with that, they are going to have a rocky path ahead of them.

Oh and if you are near a bookstore, stop by Getting Rowdy for a drink, sex and a very good time!

About Lori Foster

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity. You can see the benefit romance books here: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/

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This series has been on my radar for some time. It sounds really good. I love the way you make me like the characters and I’m not even the one who read it.

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LOL, you really should read this series. It isn’t my favorite but I do enjoy them all. Especially Rowdy since he is such a bad boy with a good heart and not embarrassed to admit he isn’t politically correct.

Anna@herding cats
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Shari this isn’t my favorite of hers either. I love her Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor and really enjoyed a couple of her Visitation, NC ones.

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Shari Delighted Read

I was new to Lori Foster with this series, so I need to check out some of her other series! Thanks for the recommendations!

Anna@herding cats
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Oh then yeah definitely check out the Men who walk… This series is what I’d call a spin off on that one. Kinda like what it sounds like she’s doing with Cannon. Alice from book two was a minor character in one of the MWWTEOH books and Trace who shows up in her book in this series is a hero from that series. LOL Did that make any sense? They’re a bit darker I think and were better overall. If you like sports romances/light suspense in contemporaries her SBC fighters are a lot of fun (except My Man Michael–not my… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

This series has been on my radar for some time. It sounds really good. I love the way you make me like the characters and I’m not even the one who read it.

Anna@herding cats
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Ahh yes to all of that. lol I wasn’t really all that wow’ed by Rowdy in the other books but I loved him in his own. I was totally won over by the two of them. I can’t wait for Dash’s book and you know I was really quite taken by Cannon. She really did a great job of introducing him into the series. glad you had such a good time with it too!

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Shari Delighted Read

Dash’s book is next and I want to see him loosen up the lady interest. Cannon…swoons…he is going to be another bad boy I can’t resist! He is getting his own series according to the interview…can’t wait!

Anna@herding cats
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Oh wow, really? I figured he’d just get a book in this series. That’ll be interesting.

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Shari Delighted Read

Yep, Cannon is supposed to have a bigger role in Dash’s book, but he is getting his own book and series in Sept 2014…way to far away for me to be patient about, lol