First in the series I read, however can be read as a stand-alone. Romantic suspense is my favourite genre and this one delivers on all fronts, including an independent, smart, and resourceful heroine who leads the group of hunky ex-MMA fighters with confidence.
Fast Burn is fourth in Lori Foster’s Body Armor series, but don’t worry if you haven’t read the rest. This one stands perfectly well alone.
Sahara Silver is the female CEO of Body Armor, an elite bodyguarding agency. Recruiting highly-skilled MMA fighters, she’s turned her business into the go-to agency for celebrities in the spotlight. Keen to add Brand Berry to her stable of former MMA employees, he’s the one man who seems impervious to her wiles. Or rather, not in the least interested in working for her… only in her, personally.
When trouble comes for Sahara, Brand’s the one who is there for her, even more than her loyal employees. Building a relationship in the midst of disaster isn’t optimum conditions, but it can certainly make for a strong bond, and that’s what happens for this pair.
While (slight spoilers) Sahara gets kidnapped and into sticky situations several times, she’s definitely not a wilting female. Quite the opposite, and though on several situations she’s outmanned and outgunned, her plucky determination and resourcefulness had me rooting for her all along.
Unfortunately, Brand got a bit caveman at times for my taste. He and Sahara came to an agreement early on that she would be the boss when it came to ‘work’ situations and he would be in charge at other times, which would be perfectly fine - except that he constantly argued with and tried to overrule her in situations where she was clearly more experienced than he was. All ‘for her own good’, of course.
Being an alpha male is one thing. Being an alpha a-hole is something else, and I’m afraid Brand tipped over the line into the latter for me. So even though I loved Sahara and this was well-written and edited, I really can’t give it any more than three stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
I loved Brand - sexy, alpha male and an MMA fighter? Yes please!! I loved the story - action, suspense and plenty of steam! As per usual with a Lori Foster book, I couldn't put it down BUT ... I didn't like Sahara much at all, she's my least favorite female lead in Lori's books so far. I just struggled to connect with her, she was too bossy all the time and the way she was willing to endanger herself just so she could prove how tough she is was quite annoying. Although she does realise by the end that it's ok to lean on someone else's strength and it doesn't make her "weak". Otherwise, I loved Fast Burn and highly recommend it!