Author: Lori Foster
Series: Love Undercover #4
Published by: Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6'4" of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own.
Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter.
This book was my ultimate goal after reading Run the Risk, the first book in the Love Undercover series. I had super high hopes for Dash of Peril. I expected it to be my favorite book of the four because I was drawn to Dash’s easygoing attitude, but it ended up taking second place. Sorry Dash, Rowdy beat you out! I still heart you, though.
I know each book in the Love Undercover series can be read as a standalone, but I had to read the books in order. I’m glad I did. In Dash of Peril we jump right. Foster does give some background info on what led up to their situation, but I enjoyed seeing the set up in the previous book. Not to mention getting to see glimpses of Dash’s obvious interest in Margo. I enjoyed the build-up.
Margo has been working undercover trying to catch some dirt bags who kidnap women and force them into porn. Some of the encounters turn deadly. She enlisted Dash to help her, to be there in case a situation does arise. Then the crap hits the fan and a dangerous game of cat and mouse pursues when they set their eyes on Margo. The situation isn’t all bad though, since it brings Dash and Margo a whole lot closer. Closer and hotter.
Dash was by far my favorite guy of the four when we were introduced in the first book. I love the guys who are calm and collected, with a great sense of humor, and Dash fit the bill. I’m not going to lie, as bad as I wanted to read this, I was very reluctant to be in his head. I was afraid I would see a part of him I didn’t want to and end up disliking him. I had a similar experience with Reese, although he got back in my good graces in this book. There were a couple of minor things that rubbed me the wrong way with Dash, like the hovering. Dude needs to chill sometimes and let his woman handle her business without breathing down her neck. Margo did seem to be mostly okay with this, but it’s not a trait I find appealing at all. I still love you, though, Mr. Dashiel Riske!
Margo was a character I was instantly drawn to in the first book, as well. She’s a no nonsense lieutenant who keeps a department full of men in check. Yeah, I kind of loved her. We get to see a different side to her, a side Dash brings out. The way she was talking in the beginning, and a certain question she asked Dash made me think their … ahem … activities were going to go a certain way; a little more on the kinky side. Ah, but there is so much more to Margo. Dash helps her awaken a whole other side she kept locked away, and it was nice seeing her like that. I especially liked that Dash appreciated both sides of her, finding her ball busting, take charge ways a turn on.
I was happy to see the other three guys so involved in this book. Like I mentioned earlier, Reese got back in my good graces here. I love his teasing and smartass banter – that’s what made me love him back in the first book. It was a lot of fun watching Logan struggle with the budding relationship of his lieutenant and baby brother. And of course, Mr. Rowdy Yates – his nonchalant, bad boy demeanor coupled with his huge caring heart was very much swoon worthy. The man always has to be in the thick of it when it comes to danger. So in the end, they’ve all cemented a place in my heart … Rowdy’s place is just bigger.
Overall, Dash of Peril was a great addition to the Love Undercover series. The very last scene in the book was the perfect way to end the series, it definitely had me laughing! I’m sad to say goodbye to these four couples, but I’m looking forward to Cannon’s book in a new series Foster is working on.
Love Undercover Series