Under Pressure by Lori Foster

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Blurb:  Leese Phelps’s road hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s brought him to the perfect job — working 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 honour. He’s the last person she expects to trust — and 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 enough.

My thoughts:  Lori Foster is my favorite contemporary romance author and I will read anything she writes. Under Pressure is the first book in Lori’s new series, Body Armor. This series will highlight the stories of Leese, Justice, Miles and Brand from her previous series, No Limits. This story belongs to Leese and his heroine, Catalina. Leese is hired to be Cat’s bodyguard when she is in serious trouble and on the run. Leese is a former MMA fighter who recognized although he was a good fighter–he wasn’t a champion so he left fighting to become a bodyguard. He is determined to keep Cat safe and figure out exactly who and why she is in danger. Cat has information about a serious crime and she is threatened without anyplace to turn. She feels safe with Leese. Over time, Leese and Cat fall in love, have a few adventures as a plan is hatched to capture the bad guys and have to figure out how to make a relationship work between them. One of my favorite scenes involves a creative way Leese had of dealing with a couple of bad guys that had entered Cat’s unoccupied house while he is doing surveillance!

This is a nice story with some good characters. I like how Leese has grown as a character since we were introduced to him in the No Limits series. I liked Cat–she was willing to go it alone because she knew she was in danger. I do think she should have been more forthright in the beginning about some details of what she knew, but that would have shortened the story somewhat and I wouldn’t want that! Another winning story by Lori Foster and a very good start to her new series.

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