Q&A and Book Review: Run the Risk by Lori Foster

I am so pleased to be hosting Lori Foster's latest book, Run the Risk on Acting Balanced today!  You can check out an excerpt and enter to win a copy of the book by clicking here.  Don't forget to read and comment on this post as an extra entry into the giveaway!

You can also catch more of the book tour by checking out: http://booktrib.com/blog-tour-run-the-risk-by-lori-foster/ which has more great excerpts, reviews, contests and interviews!


1.      What book are you reading now?

This might change by the time the answer is posted, so how about I mention BOTH series that I’m loving? Jill Shalvis’s “Lucky Harbor” series. I’ve already read (and loved) “Lucky in Love,” and “At Last,” and I’ve already purchased “Forever and a Day.”
I’m also reading Erin McCarthy’s “Fast Track” series. I’ve finished “Flat Out Sexy” and “Hard and Fast.” She has a lot more in the series, so I see myself with plenty of reading to do for the next few months.

2.      When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Not until after I sold my 3rd book. J Before that, I still didn’t say too much about writing. I didn’t want to be a one-book wonder, and two books could still be a fluke. So I waited. In fact, I’m still pretty uptight about telling it to strangers. Not sure why.

3.      What inspired you to write your first book?

Reading great stories! Romance blew my mind. Great dialogue, engaging characters that drove the plot, happen endings... love it all. I’d always been a day-dreamer and a right-brained oddity. J I decided to write that 1st book (and then the 2nd and 3rd and 4th) just for me. “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” –Toni Morrison.
When I went to a writers’ con and met a bunch of writers who’d been working on their 1st chapter for 5 years, I thought, hmmm. Maybe I have what it takes.

4.      How did you come up with the title?

RUN THE RISK is about Logan Riske. Ages ago, readers would write me and say that they couldn’t remember which hero had which title. It made sense then to put a part of the hero’s name in the title to make it easier for readers. But after this series, I think I might switch it up again. HQN is giving me such amazing covers that I hope readers will remember the image, if not the title.

5. If you could invite any four people (real or fictional, living or dead) to a dinner party, who would you invite and what would you serve?

In inviting guests, I'll go for fictional folk every time. Four heroes from yummy romances that have remained favorites:
Douglas Sherbrooke from "The Sherbrooke Bride," by Catherine Coulter
James Mallory from "Gentle Rogue," by Johanna Lindsey
Cadeon Woede from "Dark Desires After Dusk," by Kresley Cole
Alec Kinkaid from "The Bride," By Julie Garwood.
Oh my, can you imagine how fun that'd be! I'd set up a buffet with beef and pork and chicken and then just sit back and watch them interact! lol

My Review:

As a long time fan of Lori Foster who was disappointed that the Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series wrapped up, I was so happy to see that Ms. Foster has fashioned Logan Riske to be a very similar type of hero, although as an undercover police officer he has to play by more rules.  I love the interplay between Logan and his love interest, Pepper Yates and the suspense that keeps both the romance and the story hopping - they're both in positions where they feel they need to lie... which always leads to tension!   My only negative is that it did take some time to introduce the characters and get into the meat of the story, but since I know that this author always delivers, I wasn't too worried about the framework development... If you've read and enjoyed the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series or just like a good romance with some seriously hot tension, then this book is one that you need to add to your TBR pile!

This is the first book in the Love Undercover Series and introduces us to the characters who will be featured in the second through fourth books:

Bare It All (May 2013)
Reese Bareden is Logan Riske’s friend and also a detective, who hooks up with a female character from the the Men Who Walk the Edge Series to fight against injustice.

Getting Rowdy (October 2013)
Rowdy Yates is brother to Logan’s heroine. He’s still walking a fine line between breaking the law, and enforcing it, until he meets the right woman.

Dash (TBA)
Dash Riske is brother to Logan Riske. Dash is in construction, but a female officer pulls him into the high stakes of undercover work

Don't forget to leave a comment here and then head over to this post to read an excerpt from Run the Risk and enter to win your own copy!