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A Perfect Storm - Nice characters, but a relationship miss,
This review is from: A Perfect Storm (Hqn) (Kindle Edition)We met Spencer and Arizona in book three of Lori Foster's Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and there was a little spark of something between the two. Spencer lost his wife and can't imagine loving anyone again like he did with her, until Arizona comes roaring into his life and throwing everything off balance. Arizona has no close family, her "adoptive" family of Jackson, Dare, Trace and their wives want to keep her close to help and protect her, but that's absolutely not what Arizona wants or needs. She doesn't know how to handle love and compassion and she can't be wrapped in cotton. Action excites her and it's a part of who she is and it usually means she finds herself right in the middle of everything; much to Jackson and now Spencer's dismay.
Catching human traffickers is how we open the book. Arizona is doing the research for Dare, Trace and Jackson's company, but it doesn't stop her at all from getting out in the field and doing a little recon on her own. She's targeted a bar that all leads point to a being a front to human trafficking. She wants to go in, get a job and plant herself on the inside to get all the information needed to bring it down. Spencer can't stand to let her put herself in danger and agrees to partner with her on the case so he can keep on eye on her. The suspense portion of the story is centered around this case as well as an unknown man who sets his sights on Arizona and wants her all for himself.
The case surrounding the human trafficking really didn't dominate the story. It was all about Arizona and Spencer and how together they were able to help Arizona move past some of her traumatic past. She was sold by her father into human slavery and suffered everything horribly imaginable until she managed to escape. She recounts the night she was caught, tied up and tossed into a river and how Jackson saved her. It's hard for Spencer to hear, but she only opens up to him and he wants and needs to be that man for her. Even with their relationship taking up much of the page time, it was still all about Arizona. I found myself laughing at and with her and admiring her character for how strong and resilient she is.
Where this story lacked for me was the relationship she has with Spencer. I have nothing against age differences, to me age is just a number. But the age difference between Spencer and Arizona really stood out. She's a newly turned 21, he's 32 and while eleven years isn't a big difference, it felt that way between them. Arizona is very naïve and inexperienced when it comes to relationships. She had a horrible past that prevented her from ever feeling comfortable enough around men to try and be with someone intimately. Spencer breaks down those walls she put up, and he was very sweet and understanding and showed her more caring than she'd ever known. I just had a hard time buying the relationship. Arizona, for all she's gone through, comes across a bit juvenile and immature at times and I didn't feel any kind of connection that would be long term between her and Spencer.
There are some great scenes between Arizona and all the men we've gotten to know over the past three books. They want to pull her into their family and Arizona takes a long time to believe them. She's one that always had a reason to just wait for the other shoe to drop and to see her oh-so-slowly start letting these people into her life for the long haul, it's very satisfying to watch her accept having people in her life and not fight the love they want to give her.
I can't let a review within this series go without mentioning my most favorite supporting character, Chris. He's only one page for a very short time, but there's just something about him that I enjoy every single time he shows up and I love seeing him interact with all the characters, in this case he has a nice moment with Arizona. Spencer and Arizona are both great, interesting characters that I enjoyed reading about. Their relationship together I struggled with a bit, not fully being able to get on board with them. I really enjoyed the characters of Spencer and Arizona individually, but I wasn't sold on them together.
Blog rating: 3.5/5