by Lori Foster
Series: Body Armor #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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There’s no resisting a desire like this…
MMA fighter Miles Dartman’s casual arrangement with personal shopper Maxi Nevar would be many men’s fantasy. She seeks him out, they have mindblowing sex, she leaves. Rinse, repeat. Yet lately, Miles wants more. And when Maxi requests his services via the Body Armor security agency, he’s ready to finally break through her defenses—and protect her day and night.
Receiving a large inheritance has brought chaos and uncertainty into Maxi’s life. Her ex has resurfaced, along with lots of former “friends,” and someone is making mysterious threats. Then there’s Miles, who doesn’t ask for anything…except her trust. Pleasure is easy. Now Maxi has to give her heart as well as her body…or risk losing a man who could be everything she needs
Close Contact is the third novel in Lori Foster’s Body Armor series. This is a spinoff series of her Ultimate MMA series. A rural farm setting, suspense, heat and second chances had me devouring Miles and Maxi’s story.
Close Contact is Miles “The Legend” Dartman’s story. He left MMA fighting at the top of his career, and even his closest friends don’t know why. He is now working at Body Armor Security and receives a summons from the owner, Sahara Silver. When he arrives in her office he is shocked and dismayed to see Maxi Nevar, a woman he had a connection with, but who dumped him with nary a word. Maxi’s world is upside down and one of the reasons she cut ties with Miles, but she is in trouble and needs help. Someone she can trust, so she hires Miles through Body Armor.
Maxi has inherited her Aunt’s farm complete with a dozen or more cats. Her siblings are furious, and someone or something appears to be moving things in her home. When she awakens near the pond and has no memories of how she got there, she becomes fearful. We soon discover her fears are founded. Oh boy, the setup was great, and you’d have to be blind not to notice the sizzling chemistry between these two.
Suspense, danger and these two alone on a farm in the middle of nowhere fueled this heated, heartfelt romance that fans are sure to love. While there is heat, Foster also allowed the relationship to develop through conversation, interests, and trust. Their relationship, actions, and words felt genuine and had me rooting for a happily ever after.
Goats, kittens and giant turtles added to the story. I adored the farm setting. Aside from the immediate threats, I found myself envious of Maxi’s digs. Miles is all alpha and visions of him making repairs to the barn and digging post holes left me blushing. Foster gives us his backstory, and we learn how he ended up with Body Armor. We also learn some things about other fighters, and I enjoyed these tidbits. For fans of the series and the Ultimate series, we get to see favorite characters as Miles works to make the farm safe. We also get to spend some time with Sahara, and I cannot wait for her story. Fast Burn is set to release in March of 2018.
The Body Armor series features former MMA fighters from the Ultimate series whose stories we did not get. It is not necessary to read the Ultimate series, and in fact, each novel will work as a standalone, but fans are rewarded with updates and character face time.
Close Contact was another exciting installment. Foster gave us plenty of possible suspects and motives that quite honestly kept me guessing until the end. The story was well balanced weaving both the suspense angle and romance together. Whether you are a fan or new to the series, it offers up the perfect romantic suspense.
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I really need to try Lori Foster. She has been on my list to try for a while now.
This sounds delicious, Kim. Thanks for the review. I’m adding this to my TBR!
Kristin @ Addicted to HEA
AH Damn! Your awesome review has me wanting to pick this one up but I haven’t read the other two from this series. AND I missed her one book on sale Black Friday. GRRRRR, I knew I should of just clicked that button *face palm* I love the sound of the farm setting, too!!
I do like the set up on this one. I’m waiting until I can start back at the beginning with the MMA series, but I’m tempted to leap in. 🙂
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
I do want to read more of Lori Foster. The animals in this one really is appealing to me. I might have to see about adding this to the ever growing tbr pile.
Lover Of Romance
I adore her MMA series, and I had no idea this was a spin off series, so I am grabbing this one.
That book cover sure catches the eye! Thanks for the post.
Melissa (Books and Things)
Oh I need to get back to my Lori Foster reading! I’m not into MMA but I have a feeling I’d like it here. This sounds perfect when I’m really wanting a romantic suspense… but then all her books are perfect for that. 🙂
Geybie's Book Blog
I love hot ex-fighters. Sounds like a great romantic suspense and a hot one as well. Thanks for sharing. Awesome review, Kim. Glad that you enjoyed it. ❤️
Jenea's Book Obsession
I do love a farm setting! And Maxi sounds wonderful and her and Miles, yes please. I would definitely enjoy them together, they sound perfect for each other. Great review!
Yeah this series is on that very big pile, you know if I ever stopped reviewing for pay I could actually read more 😉 LOL Great review Kim
Tyler H. Jolley
I’mg glad you enjoyed the spin off, Kimba.
I always enjoy reading Lori’s books – I want to read them all – working thru her backlist is on my ‘to do’ list.
oh, I adore farm settings and yummy alpha’s 😀 and second chance romances, this sounds like there is a bit of a push and pull in it as well.
I was going to say you had me at rural setting and second chance romance but then I got to the goats, kittens, and giant turtles. 😉 Okay so the suspense and the chemistry between Miles and Maxi also have me curious. This is a series I’ve been meaning to read – well, the first MMA one first and then this one. 🙂 But I’m really, really eager to meet Miles and Maxi!
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
This sounds like such a good installment in the series. I like the sound of the kind of isolated location. And I really like the sound of Miles. Swoon!
I will be adding this my already bloated TBR. Thanks Kim
I don’t think I realized that each series is a spin off from the one before, that is kind of fun and a different take on doing things. I think it’s nice though, especially since she can change settings so well and make it feel like a completely different series all together. I really need to try this author..one day I will get to her.
It is an author that I also need to try! it’s great to see it was another good one there
I love that you present so much different books !
I really enjoyed Miles and Maxi, too, Kim! I found the whole setting to be wonderful, and I loved the way the suspense kept me at the edge of my seat!
Great review 🙂
Haven’t tried reading the series! I would love to go for it! Your review makes me want to start it right now.
I love how each series is a spin-off of a previous one. I read the Love Undercover series but would like to go back and read the one before it and then just follow them down the line.