by Lori Foster
Series: Love Undercover #4
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Romantic Suspense
A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously sensual new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster... 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.
If you have been staying Caffeinated you know, I have been lovin’ the Love Undercover series by Lori Foster. Dash of Peril is the last book in the series, but don’t sigh because her next series features Cannon a character we first met in Getting Rowdy. Dash of Peril features kick-ass Lieutenant Margret Peterson and Dashiel Riske, Logan’s sexy brother. Mini-review: Edge of your seat suspense and smokin’ hot romance made this one a keeper.
Dashiel “Dash” has been interested in Margret “Margo” throughout the series and has even helped her while undercover on her current case. Someone is kidnapping girls, drugging and raping them, and a few have turned up dead. Margo has set herself up as bait and when the villains attempt to grab her, she finds herself injured and in danger. Dash steps in to watch over her, much to Margo’s annoyance and the tale that unfolds was sexy, intense and filled with danger. I will admit I have been waiting for Dash’s story and hints from previous books assured me it would be with Margo. I admire this tough as nails woman. She has risen through the ranks, cleaned house and the men respect her. They don’t, however, see her as a woman. But Dash sees the soft feminine woman beneath the shield. Foster peeled back Margo’s kick-ass, take no prisoners, by the book facade and revealed the complex woman. Dash is a construction and design company owner who still likes to put on a tool belt and work alongside his men. The man is smexy personified. While he is definitely a ladies’ man, he is also level-headed, caring, honest. He totally gets Margo and loved watching their relationship unfold. While, for some, it may feel like insta-love the slow build and attraction throughout the series made them feel genuine to me.
We see other beloved characters and their reaction to Margo and Dash was hilarious. The conversations, faces, and banter had me giggling. We learn more about Cannon, an MMA fighter with a heart of pure gold, and I cannot wait for his story. From police corruption to the seedy world of porn Dash of Peril offered an intense plot filled with dark suspects that kept me on the edge and our characters in constant danger. Foster does an excellent job pacing the plot, weaving in suspects and action and while still giving us a heated romance. She added elements of dominance and submission to Margo and Dash’s romance and it felt natural and plausible. This notched up the heat for me and wasn’t overdone. The overall plot arc for the Love Undercover series came together in this final book. Foster tied up loose threads and gave us a clear picture of our villains. Margo’s family was outlandish, disturbingly dysfunctional and it was easy to see how Margo’s persona came to be.
From the romance to the action Foster had me engaged. Dash of Peril was a sexy, intense and satisfying conclusion to the Love Undercover series. No Limits, the first in Foster’s new Ultimate series will feature Cannon and release August 26, 2014. I for one cannot wait!
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