Title: Fast Burn
Author: Lori Foster
Series: Body Armor
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: 3/20/2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 384
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…
The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.
Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?
I really enjoyed this conclusion to the Body Armor series. All of these heroes have been around since the prior Ultimate series, and I loved seeing them come into their own as bodyguards, after prior careers as MMA fighters.
Brand Berry is still an active fighter with the SBC: the best, most famous MMA fighting organization. However, he’s been debating retiring after he’s had some familial obligations pop up that he wasn’t expecting, with his biological mother’s health. He has also been considering going to work at the Body Armor bodyguard agency, with his 3 best friends. The boss certainly wants to hire him. She’s been courting him for months. The problem is, he doesn’t want to work for Sahara, he just plain wants her.
Sahara Silver owns the Body Armor agency, and she’s made it a premier operation that is beyond reproach. She inherited the agency from her much older brother, Scott, after he was presumed dead while out on his yacht. However, Sahara doesn’t believe Scott’s actually dead, and she hasn’t given up looking for him. She has a PI on retainer tracking down every possible lead, and she won’t give up until she finds him. Meanwhile, however, she has made the agency her own, and hired great people, especially her most recent acquisitions, 3 former MMA stars. There’s a fourth man who’s been playing hard to get, Brand. But she’s determined to have him, one way or another.
Brand and Sahara’s chemistry was fantastic, and I loved the witty banter between them. Sahara was quite an awesome and strong heroine, and I loved how she didn’t really NEED Brand looking out for her, but decided she liked it anyway. Brand was still waffling on being a bodyguard, but when Sahara is kidnapped he has no hesitation about rescuing her, and keeping her safe from there on out. They really complemented each other well, even though they both really like being the boss, which caused more than a few issues between them.
The suspense plot in this book just wasn’t as exciting for me as the prior ones have been, and I’m not sure why exactly. I can’t pinpoint my issue with it, it just didn’t strike me as suspenseful as the prior stories had been. That being said, I still enjoyed that aspect of the plot, and I loved the characters so much, that it didn’t overly affect anything for me.
I love all of the side characters in this series, including the other Body Armor guards and their ladies from the prior books. I love seeing them all still happy and together after their stories have been told. The 4 guys really are great friends, and I love the dynamic between them. I also enjoyed getting to know more about Brand and his family situation. His parents were wonderful, and I loved that bit of background for him. I’ve been excited to learn more about Sahara from back in book 1 when she was introduced, and I loved what I learned of her in this story. Brand and Sahara really worked well together, and I loved her whole approach to her life and her business, and how she wasn’t afraid of going after everything she wanted with Brand.
Overall this was a great addition to the series, and a very well done conclusion. I look forward to the next series from this author, which I’m sure will be fantastic, as always.