Driven to Distraction by Lori Foster Is Here!
Mary Daniels doesn’t let anything get in the way of her job acquiring rare artifacts for her wealthy boss. But this particular obstacle—huge, hard-muscled, unashamedly masculine—is impossible to ignore. Stuck in a cramped car with Brodie Crews for hours en route to their new assignment, Mary feels her carefully crafted persona—and her trademark self-control—is slipping, and she won’t allow it.
Brodie can’t imagine what secret in Mary’s past has left her so buttoned-up, though he’d dearly love to find out. Maybe then she’d trust him enough to explore their explosive chemistry. But he needs this job, so he’ll play by her rules and bide his time…until an enemy determined to outwit them strikes and he needs to get close—in every way—to protect her. Otherwise they could lose much more than a precious collectible. They could lose it all.
This book struck me as a bit different from what I’ve come to expect from Foster, but every bit as exceptional as her other work. Mary is an interesting heroine. She comes across as professional, strong, independent and somewhat standoffish. We eventually get a few details about her challenging, difficult background and what has made her into the woman that Brodie falls for, and it’s clear Mary sees herself very differently than Brodie sees her. Of course, Brodie is a strong, protective alpha, and Mary wonders, “What would it be like to be that strong, to be able to save not only herself, but others? She had the awful fear that she’d never really know.” The reality is that Mary is a much stronger person than she realizes, and this is a large part of the attraction for Brodie. A huge draw for me was watching Mary discover and reveal her deeper self and rise to the occasion. She becomes courageous in the face of fear, both from external sources and the fear she's carried in her heart for years. She learns to open her heart and trust others, but most beautiful of all, Mary learns that family isn’t made of shared blood or DNA but of unique individuals with quirks and foibles that fate brings together who hold her in their heart and choose to love her, faults and all.
Foster reminds us of the importance of connections and relationships, of opening our heart and taking a chance because the rewards are always worth it. Just like Mary, I fell in love with all of these amazing characters, who Foster truly made feel like family, and I’m eager for the next book. I’m not sure if Howler the dog or matriarch, Ros, was my favorite secondary character, but I’m looking forward to more of all these characters. And that’s the sign of a superb book, when the reader isn’t ready to say good-bye to the characters she still holds close in her heart. So one click this gem, jump on board and enjoy the ride as you’re Driven to Distraction!