Driven to Distraction
by Lori Foster (Author)
November 20, 2018
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.
Some authors have a framework around which all stories are developed. With Lori Foster, It is always a big story, with more than a bit of suspense, This one is a surefire winner, sexy and funny with scorching chemistry. The plot is constructed such that although it is a big story, it is understated and doesn’t eclipse the characters. Few authors can paint such a detailed picture of the leading characters that the reader becomes as familiar with them as with their next-door neighbor, perhaps more. And as in many of this author’s books, there is a dog with personality who has a starring role in the story.
Mary with her red hair and freckles clearly has body image dissatisfaction. Her self-talk is all about her dissatisfaction, both with herself and with others. She is anxious about many things; her ability to please her employer, her ability to keep her job, how others see her and she is always waiting for the other shoe to fall. When she goes to meet Brodie, concerned about making a good first impression, she is so disturbed by her first impression that she tries to control the situation, to back away, to no avail.
Brodie is hung over, shirtless and working on his car with a woman hanging all over him. When he sees Mary, his perception upon taking inventory is vastly different from Mary’s. He sees, a prissy although a gorgeous young woman who is clearly less than impressed with him. She has come with clear instructions that she is to hire Brodie to acquire an ‘artifact’ of sorts for her employer. Her employer has chosen Brodie and isn’t interested in making a change at Mary’s request. She is not the easiest woman to like with her controlling behavior and negative attitude. Brodie would cut her loose if it weren’t for the money. This job brought with it a big payday needed for his business. He is determined to do the job and take care of Mary despite her resistance.
The author quickly sets the stage for the journey which, as you might imagine is much more complicated than anticipated. Mary’s employer knew what he was doing when he selected Brodie as Mary’s driver. He had done his research. He sees that Mary has no life-balance and intends to shake her up a bit in this partnership. An unforeseen danger lies ahead. Mary has much to learn about herself, about trust and about how important she is to her work family.
Some things about this story are a bit farfetched and yet they work to add flavor to this mixture of Rom-Com and Romantic-Suspense. I’m quite anxious for Book 2 in this entertaining new series.