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Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster
(HQN, $7.99, PG-13) 978-0-373-77779-2
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Getting Rowdy is the third book in Lori Fosterís Love Undercover series. The series is primarily set around a brother and sister, Rowdy and Pepper, who grew up with abusive parents and were forced to care for them selves at a very young age. On top of that, they were involved in a murder case and had spent several years in hiding.

The first book of the series, resolved the murder case allowing Pepper to find love and come out of hiding. Rowdy now gets his chance in Getting Rowdy. Rowdy has opened a bar and is finally living a stable life. Heís known for his womanizing ways and never goes to bed wanting. What he really wants though is Avery Mullins, his bartender who refuses to have him. Rowdy would normally never mix business and pleasure, but there is something about Avery that makes him want more than a one-night stand.

Avery Mullins has a secret. She comes from a different life, but has spent the last year living in a run down apartment and working at the bar with Rowdy. She knows he wants to be with her, but it bothers Avery that he flirts and sleeps around so much. If he would get serious about a relationship with her, she might just give in to his advances.

Mysterious phone calls to Avery and mysterious cars hanging around the bar have Rowdy wanting to protect her. It forces him to think about her in a different way. Rowdy makes Avery stay at his apartment to keep her close and safe, but what he doesnít bank on is the changes in his views on relationships, especially with regard to Avery.

Getting Rowdy is a romantic suspense. The joining of the romance and suspense in this story could be better connected, but the plot, for the most part, is plausible. Having read the first book of the series, some of the characters are familiar, but Avery is introduced in the second story which I did not read.

Getting Rowdy could be read as a stand-alone book, though those who have read the whole series will no doubt enjoy this one more.

--Nichole Howell


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