Series: Love Undercover #3
Published by Harlequin HQN on September 24th 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Jim Frangione
An alpha hero's attraction to the one woman he can't have could draw him into a killer's snare in the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster.
Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn’t the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance—including a past that might come back to haunt them both.
Avery spends her nights working for tips… and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy’s protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she’s finally found… and the passion she’s always wanted..
For the most part, there is something about Lori Foster’s books that are so comforting to me. Usually the heroes are alpha, but not assholes. They are usually nice guys, and I am such a sucker for that. I’ve read the vast majority of Lori Foster’s books, but for some reason I never got around to Getting Rowdy. Finally I picked up the audiobook for the narrator, but unfortunately, I didn’t really care much for this one.
Getting Rowdy is about Avery Mullins and waitress at Getting Rowdy’s Bar and Grill, and Rowdy Yates, the owner of the restaurant. Rowdy is a player and not into commitment, but he’s been smitten with Avery since be first met her. Although Avery is attracted to Rowdy, she doesn’t want to be just another notch on his bedpost. Avery is also hiding out from someone from her past.
My biggest issue was that I really didn’t care much for Rowdy, which is not normal for a Lori Foster book. In fact, the opening of the book involves Avery catching Rowdy fooling around with another woman. Obviously they aren’t in a relationship, so there isn’t any cheating. But . . . I wouldn’t feel really good seeing a man who has been pursuing me constantly for months fooling around with other women.
Although Rowdy certainly had his good qualities, I just couldn’t understand why Avery would be interested in him. I mean, sure he’s good looking, but I don’t think that would be enough. And because I didn’t care much for Rowdy, I never was really into their romance.
I did like Avery, though. I didn’t really have strong feelings for her, but. l liked her. She’s a hard worker, and sweet. She’s certainly no pushover. But she didn’t really leave an impression on me, either. I also found the suspense to be mediocre. That’s not really a deal breaker for me, but still, I wanted to make note of it.
Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster was a bit of a letdown for me. I just could never love the hero, which affected how I felt about the whole story. There are so many other Lori Foster books that I love, but this one just didn’t win me over.