PASSIONS ARE READY TO POP IN THIS STEAMY NEW ROMANTIC THRILLER FROM AWARD WINNING BESTSELLING AUTHOR LORI FOSTER
From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lori Foster comes UNDER PRESSURE, the first book in her brand-new Body Armor series, featuring her trademark alpha-male heroes and strong-willed heroines, who risk everything to save one another from the deadly forces that seek to destroy them.
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UNDER PRESSURE Synopsis:
He can protect anything except his heart
Leese Phelps's road hasn't been an easy one, but it's brought him to the perfect jobâworking for the elite Body Armor security agency. And what his newest assignment lacks in size, she makes up for in fire and backbone. But being drawn to Catalina Nicholson is a dangerous complication, especially since it could be the very man who hired Leese who's threatening her.
What Catalina knows could get her killed. But who'd believe the sordid truth about her powerful stepfather? Beyond Leese's ripped body and brooding gaze is a man of impeccable honor. He's the last person she expects to trustâand the first who's ever made her feel safe. And he's the only one who can help her expose a deadly secret, if they can just stay alive long enoughâ¦
âRomantic thriller veteran Foster has been honing her skill for a long time, and itâs clear sheâs at the top of her game here. Readers will find themselves, along with her colorful cast of supporting characters, rooting for a happy-ever-after.â
âTeasing and humorous dialogue, sizzling sex scenes, tender moments, and overriding tension show Fosterâs skill as a balanced storyteller. She sets up a continuing story line for the series with the mystery of who murdered the firmâs founder, Saharaâs brother, but this thread never overwhelms the gripping main story, which will leave readers breathless.â
âFoster writes an action-packed story that has everything her readers have come to love about her booksâ¦. Foster continues to prove why she is a mega-talent in the romance world!â
One thing stuck in Leeseâs mind. âYou didnât like the family business?â From what Leese knew, her father had grown a highly successful empire supplying enhanceÂments to new tech gadgets. Smartphone covers, special screens, camera lensesâhe offered something for evÂeryone, and had distribution throughout the country, as well as in select markets around the world.
âNo.â She wrinkled her nose. âI donât fit the mold. Honestly, though she faked it well, my mom didnât eiÂther. She could attend the fancy parties and appear to enjoy them. The transition was almost seamless for her. But when we were alone, she was herself. Really warm and funny, sometimes too strict and overprotective.â She fell silent, then whispered, âWebb was different when she was here. I think she was a good influence on him.â
âShe passed away from cancer?â
âYes. A terrible disease. Holt does a lot of fund-raising for cancer research. I think itâs why Bowen went into medicine.â
âDo you look like your mother?â
She flashed him a smile. âEveryone says I do. She was really petite too. Same color hair and eyes. I always thought my mom was really beautiful, and I know Iâm not, so Iâm complimented when people tell me that.â
Justice, whoâd been so quiet Leese almost forgot he would be listening, said, âOh, I dunno. Youâre awful cute. I imagine if you dolled up, you could turn some heads.â
She laughed. âThank you, but I donât have many opÂportunities to âdoll upâ anymore, thank goodness. Thatâs one of the things I disliked most about wealth. Everyone expected me to look perfect all the time. And Iâm just not the type who can pull that off.â
Leese thought she looked pretty damned perfect, even in her tattered jeans, with her hair tangled and windblown and not a speck of makeup on her face. Her mouth, especially, drew his attention. She had full lips and when heâd kissed herâ
âTeaching art to kids means wearing lots of smocks, not gowns. Usually the smock ends up being pretty colÂorful thoughâpaint, clay, marker. Iâm far better suited to a grade-school art room than an influential committee.â
All in all, Leese thought that sounded pretty nice.
Justice asked, âYou like kids, huh?â
âVery much. My students are terrific, even the more troublesome kids. Theyâre all creative in their own unique ways.â
Leese let her and Justice talk about children and art, knowing it was a distraction for her. She didnât yet want to tell him about her stepfather, but time would soon run out.
When the two of them wound down and Justice ran out of teasing compliments, Leese said, âYou can have a short reprieve, but when we get to the agency, youâre going to need to decide.â
A whole lot of wariness flooded back into her expresÂsion. âDecide what?â
âIf youâre going to make my job easier by coming clean, or if youâre going to leave me muddling about in the dark, which could also be riskier for both of us.â
She released a tense breath. âMaybe a better decision would be to leave so you guys arenât at risk.â
Leese caught her chin, a surefire method to gain and hold her attention. âThatâs one choice you donât have. Whether you like it or not, youâve got my protection.â
Justice added, âIf youâre thinking of dodging him, think again. Heâs pretty good at surveillance.â
Cat scowled at them both. âI think Iâll take a nap, after all.â She bunched up her coat and shoved it against the door like a pillow. âWake me when weâre there.â
So she wouldnât rest against him this time? Too bad. But he wouldnât waste the quiet time. He had a whole lot more research to do, and this time his focus would be on her stepfather and his friends.
With or without her help, heâd get things figured out. Hopefully in enough time to keep her out of trouble.
About Lori Foster: LORI FOSTER is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 55 titles, beloved for her contemporary romance novels revolving around alpha males and the women they fall for. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her website at LoriFoster.com, or check out these online locations where she interacts with readers: Facebook.com/LoriFoster, Twitter.com/LoriLFoster, Goodreads and Pinterest.com/lorilfoster. You can also sign up for her monthly newsletter at LoriFoster.com/Newsletter.