Review: "Trace of Fever", by Lori Foster

Filed in Lori Foster , Review , The Danger Lover Posted on June 9, 2011 @ 9:00 am 14 comments

Format Read: ARC provided by publicist for review
Publisher: HQN Books
Length: 400 Pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Book II
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Formats Available: Paperback, Kindle, Nook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website,, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Books-A-Million, Borders, Chapters, Goodreads, Kindle, Nook

Book Blurb:

Caught in the crossfire of vengeance and desire…

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he’ll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man’s dirty smuggling operation. It’s a perfect scheme—until Coburn’s long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.

With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn’t who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn’s downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent….

My Thoughts:

Trace Rivers played a small roll in When You Dare, the first novel in Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. We knew Trace as the focused, rather aloof tough guy who was the confidant and colleague of Dare Macintosh. Trace proves to be a complex character, tough and focused, yes, but he also has an innate sense of responsibility to protect innocents from criminals involved in human trafficking. Trace has a very personal stake in obliterating every last trafficker he finds as his sister was taken and ultimately rescued by Dare.

Trace is now working deep undercover having infiltrated the inner circle of Murray Coburn, a cruel, narcissistic sociopath who has built a lucrative business from kidnapping and selling women. As far as Murray is concerned women are chattel and Trace’s hatred and disgust toward the man is palpable, however as a trained professional he is able to maintain a detached facade working as the creep’s ‘bodyguard’.

Trace has slowly earned Murray’s trust and is getting close to learning his key contacts when Priss Patterson presents herself as his illegitimate daughter, which adds a significant complication to the mission. Trace now must protect Priss from the evil that is Murray Coburn and his psychotic, masochistic lover Helene ‘Hel’ Schumer. Hel is one scary woman who gets her jollies from drugging and torturing Murray’s victims. Yes, they are quite a duo! *shiver*

Priss presents herself as a naïve, modest girl who following the death of her mother wants to connect with her father. Trace sees through Priss’s facade immediately and is determined to find out what she is up to. He is however inexorably drawn to her beauty, and sassy sarcastic wit. The other thing about Priss is that she lies like a champion! Priss is an extremely private person and while it’s evident she has had a hard life the specifics are not revealed until much later in the story. It wasn’t only the well crafted, riveting plot that kept me engaged in Trace Of Fever, I had to know what Priss’s secrets were and why she was after Murray Coburn. Her background is startling as well as sad. Priss does have this amazing cat, and damn, now I want one just like him! lol

Ms. Foster gives more insight into the workings of Trace and Dare’s operation and how they have built powerful connections enabling them to work as mercenaries with anonymity. As well, she introduces their partner Jackson Savor, who like Trace and Dare is a highly trained warrior and is uber cool, extremely hot, and, he is a sniper. I loved this guy, he has a dry sarcastic wit that had me laughing out loud on a number of occasions. As well Jackson has the hots for Trace’s sister which makes for some very interesting dialogue between the two men. lol

Trace tries extremely hard to resist Priss, however the sexual tension builds over the course of the story until he finally succumbs to the need to be with her. Priss is a virgin but not for the usual reasons that we so often read in romances. While she may be sexually inexperienced, she certainly isn’t naïve and you will have to read the book to discover why. I felt the hero and heroine of this novel were both written as having very sensual auras which made the build up to the love scene all the more intense and sexy. Neither Trace nor Priss trust easily and both are forced to lie because they feel they must, it makes for a tumultuous relationship and does cause some frustrations, especially where Trace is concerned. Priss is a headstrong young woman.

I found Trace Of Fever to be a fast paced, suspenseful read with plenty of danger,action and an unusual romance. Trace is another extraordinarily strong and intense alpha hero, but he is also kind and devoted to those he loves. IMHO Ms. Foster’s characterization of the secondary characters in Trace Of Fever was stellar. In addition, the antagonists in this story were such immoral, lethal lunatics it was a relief when they get what’s coming to them. The conclusion of Trace Of Fever is an action packed nail bitter with a plot twist that I didn’t see coming.

Trace Of Fever deals with a very serious subject but it isn’t all danger and suspense, there are a number of laugh out loud scenes that I thought were well placed in a narrative that does reveal the dark underbelly of a criminal organization. I’m continuing to thoroughly enjoy Ms. Foster’s series and am really looking forward to reading Savor the Danger, Jackson’s story and book III of the series.

I give Trace Of Fever 4.5/5 Bookies

Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series
Book I: When You Dare (Now Available)
Book III: Savor The Danger (Available June 28, 2011)


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About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • ChrisS June 9, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Great review. I haven't read this series as of yet. I am even more excited about this series after reading your review and am also curious about the unusual romance.

  • Victoria June 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Excellent review. I love books like this that are action packed. Looking forward to reading it.

  • Blodeuedd June 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Everywhere I look there are reviews telling me how great these books are 😀 I must listen

  • Chris June 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    That's a tasty cover!

  • LSUReader June 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the review. I finished When You Dare a couple of weeks ago, and this one is on my TBR list.

  • Jane June 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I will definitely check this series out.

  • Lea June 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Hi ChrisS: Thanks for your comment! If you read Trace Of Fever, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

    I love RS and this is fast becoming one of my fave series. 🙂

  • Lea June 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Victoria!

    Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy if you read the story. 🙂

  • Lea June 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Hi B:

    I'm loving Ms. Foster's voice and I hope if you give Trace's book a try you will like the stories too. 🙂

    Thank You B!!

  • Lea June 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Hey Chris!

    You are right: Darn tasty! lol


  • Lea June 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Hi LSU Reader!

    I loved Dare's book and this one was equally good – I hope you like it too. 😉


  • Lea June 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Jane!

    Thanks for the comment! I hope you enjoy. 😉

  • Mary G June 10, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Hi Lea
    Loved your take on ths book. I loved this book too. I love Priss with her prissy name but kick butt attitude. Love that scene with the stun gun LOL. I can't wait to read about Jackson & Alani. Loved the way Lori weaved the old & new characters in this book.

  • Debbie's World of Books July 11, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I just posted a review of Trace of Fever last week and I love this series! When You Dare has been my favorite so far and I cannot wait to read Savor the Danger. Jackson sounds like he's going to be a fun character.

    I didn't care so much for Priss though. She almost seemed to have a split personality to me when it came to her naive side and her kick ass side.

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