Author: Lori Foster
Series: Love Undercover #2
Published by: Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it...until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.
Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice's secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire....
I read and enjoyed Run the Risk, the first book in the Love Under Cover Series, not too long ago, and looked forward to rest of the series. I’ll be honest, I’m mostly looking forward to the third and fourth book, but am determined to read the series in order. You don’t necessarily need to, but I’m finding it makes reading them in order more enjoyable since all of the characters are very much present from the beginning. The relationships are already forming a foundation before going onto their own respective book, and that’s something I don’t like to miss. But at the same time, Foster does do a pretty good job at recapping.
Bare It All focuses on Reese and Alice. It picks up the day after the previous book left off, and Reese is determined to figure Alice out. She’s such an enigma, and it drives Reese crazy. I wasn’t as hot about these two as I was Logan and Pepper. I really liked Alice’s intuition and her ability to read people so well, but other than that I had a hard time connecting with her. She came across too timid and placid for my taste. There was one time she went into badass mode and I thought I was finally going to get more fire from her, but it fizzled out as fast as it came.
Then with Reese, I enjoyed him in the first book, especially when he was being a smartass and giving Logan a hard time, but I wasn’t feeling him as much in this one. He got a little too jealous alpha male for my taste, and did certain things that rubbed me the wrong way. I know there are people who want that kind of character, so this is purely my personal preference. I will say, though, there were some smokin’ hot scenes.
Although I had a hard time investing in Reese and Alice, I did like their relationships with other characters. I enjoyed Alice and Rowdy together, and even her and Pepper. But I think that had more to do with loving Pepper and Rowdy so much. So I’m glad they had such a presence in this book, because I probably would’ve liked it way less than I did. It needed more Dash, though. Everything is always better with more Dash.
The plot involving human trafficking was interesting, but something I’ve learned after reading the first two books in this series is that I shouldn’t expect too much when it comes to the crime/suspense aspect of it. Don’t get me wrong, there is quite a bit of it, but it’s not exactly my favorite part of the books. The bad guys tend to be more laughable than intimidating or scary, so it’s just hard for me to take it seriously. I know the romance is meant to be the priority, but since I wasn’t exactly into the one in this book, it made the whole thing fall a little flat.
I enjoyed Run the Risk a lot, but Bare It All didn’t do as much for me. I’m just chalking it up as a necessary step to reading the next two books. Rowdy and Dash, here I come!
Love Undercover Series