Driven to Distraction by Lori Foster
Series: Road to Love #1
November 20, 2018
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When desire gets this hot, you’d better buckle up…
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.
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I have a confession. This is a little hard to admit, but I have to let you know that… Driven to Distraction is my first read from Lori Foster.
I know, I know. You’re thinking ‘Where have you been? Have you been under a rock?’ Honestly, I have no excuse. None. I’m ashamed of myself to be perfectly honest. After reading Driven to Distraction, I am absolutely beside myself that I haven’t picked up a book by Lori Foster before now.
If you yourself have not dived into a Lori Foster book please hear me with my regret and do not wait any longer!
Driven to Distraction was an utterly delicious read! I am beyond stocked that this is the start of a new series because I fell in love with every single one of the characters! Lori Foster made all of her characters in the book, Mary, Brodie, all the side characters, and even Howler so real and unique that I just could not put this book down!
The instant chemistry between Brodie and Mary is intoxicating. I could not get enough of the two of them! When they were apart and the one was missing the other – I WAS MISSING THEM TOO! The dialog between the two of them was witty and clever and just so spot on. There were times when I was gripping my kindle waiting to see what would happen and times were I was laughing outrageously loud.
A part from Mary and Brodie, a few other things stand out in this book.
1) It’s got suspense to it. Mary and Brodie work for an eccentric art collector and drive all over acquiring his pieces. They must beat the other collectors to these items and someone might be out to sabotage them.
2) Howler. Oh what can I say about Howler? I love when authors make the animals characters in their own right and Howler is certainly one of my favorite characters.
3) The side characters. They add so much to the story that I just CAN NOT WAIT to read more books in this series!
Driven to Distraction is a must read and one of my favorite reads of 2018! I can’t say enough wonderful things about it!
Mary had a hundred questions about him, but she didn’t want to chance stirring Brodie’s curiosity again.
Her past was strictly off limits.
The music, a mellow, country tune, drifted in the air. She was more of a rock-and-roll woman, but she appreciated the sight of Brodie moving ever-so-slightly with the music, his fingers tapping against the steering wheel.
If a boulder could be relaxed, she’d say he was just that. Yet, while his expression seemed peaceful, his shoulders stretched his dark T-shirt and his biceps bunched and flexed with each small adjustment.
How exactly did a man go about getting a body like that?
“Do you work out?”
Mouth kicking up in amusement, he glanced at her. That dark-eyed gaze flashed over her before he returned his attention to the road. “You realize that’s a pickup line, right?”
Oh Lord, his eyes were…well, amazing. And hot. If it wasn’t for the unfamiliar lick of heat that intense look caused, she might’ve been embarrassed. Instead, her reaction threw her off.
Oh, she had her fair share of male attention, but usually it left her indifferent.
Not so with Brodie Crews.
Her MO was to steer clear of interested, or interesting, men, but really, what harm would it cause to look? She’d see him during this ride, then not again for a while. For that reason, she’d looked her fill—without being obvious.
His profile fascinated her, the way those thick, dark lashes shadowed his eyes, the high bridge of his strong nose and the curve to his mouth. His dark, thick hair held a slight wave, and no matter how many times he tunneled his fingers through it, it fell forward over his brow. The growth of whiskers on his jaw made her curious to know how it would feel to her fingertips.
And her lips.
“I’m just wondering,” she said, trying to play it off as idle chitchat. “You’re muscular for a man who makes his living driving a car.”
“I also work on cars.” He slid her an intimate smile. “As you know.”
The reminder of her first sight of him sent another flush over her skin. Coolly, she replied, “Is that what you were doing? I got an entirely different impression.”
“Because of the way Gina groped me?”
He said it without an iota of shame, making her jaw loosen and her mouth fall open.
Obviously, she was out of her league.
Brodie chuckled. “If I hadn’t been struggling to stay upright, I’d have shaken her off sooner, but Gina can always sense weakness. She thought she’d sneak in there while my defenses were down.”
“I’m not at my best after a night of drinking.”
“Then why did you do it?” Personally, she’d never seen the draw. She sometimes had wine on very special occasions, which were few and far between. Drink, drugs…they caused a loss of control, leaving you not only vulnerable, but oblivious to all that really mattered.
“I’ve turned her down more times than I can count.” Brodie’s mouth went sideways, then he scratched the top of his head. “She’s persistent, I’ll give her that.”
“Is she in love with you?”
“Ha! No, not even a little.” Laughing, he shook his head. “Gina likes me okay, but that’s it. Mostly she wants bragging rights to say she’s banged Jack and me, both.”
It took all Mary had not to drop her jaw again.
Thank you so much for sharing! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR