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Introducing The McKenzies of Ridge Trail, an all-new sexy contemporary romance series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster. Not needing him won’t stop her from wanting him… Trucker Sterling (Star) Parson is no stranger to the challenges a woman faces, both in her industry and in life. But she can take care of herself. She’s never needed—or wanted—a man around.. Introducing The McKenzies of Ridge Trail, an all-new sexy contemporary romance series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster. Not needing him won’t stop her from wanting him… Trucker Sterling (Star) Parson is no stranger to the challenges a woman faces, both in her industry and in life. But she can take care of herself. She’s never needed—or wanted—a man around...until she meets Cade McKenzie. The take-charge bar owner sets off all kinds of alarm bells for Sterling, but he also sets her heart racing. Cade’s lived in Ridge Trail long enough to know trouble when he sees it, and the moment Sterling—Star—walks into his bar, he knows trouble’s come to call. Secrets run deep in the small town and Cade can tell Star’s got as many as he does, leaving him itching to uncover every last one. But finding common ground will mean trusting one another, further feeding an intense attraction that’s growing impossible to resist. Don't miss No Holding Back, the exciting first book in Lori Foster's The McKenzies of Ridge Trail trilogy, available January 26, 2021. Preorder your copy today!


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Introducing The McKenzies of Ridge Trail, an all-new sexy contemporary romance series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster. Not needing him won’t stop her from wanting him… Trucker Sterling (Star) Parson is no stranger to the challenges a woman faces, both in her industry and in life. But she can take care of herself. She’s never needed—or wanted—a man around.. Introducing The McKenzies of Ridge Trail, an all-new sexy contemporary romance series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster. Not needing him won’t stop her from wanting him… Trucker Sterling (Star) Parson is no stranger to the challenges a woman faces, both in her industry and in life. But she can take care of herself. She’s never needed—or wanted—a man around...until she meets Cade McKenzie. The take-charge bar owner sets off all kinds of alarm bells for Sterling, but he also sets her heart racing. Cade’s lived in Ridge Trail long enough to know trouble when he sees it, and the moment Sterling—Star—walks into his bar, he knows trouble’s come to call. Secrets run deep in the small town and Cade can tell Star’s got as many as he does, leaving him itching to uncover every last one. But finding common ground will mean trusting one another, further feeding an intense attraction that’s growing impossible to resist. Don't miss No Holding Back, the exciting first book in Lori Foster's The McKenzies of Ridge Trail trilogy, available January 26, 2021. Preorder your copy today!

30 review for No Holding Back

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms

    *I received a free review copy of No Holding Back. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.* No Holding Back is the first book in a new series by Lori Foster, and it blew my socks off! I loved Sterling, she had definitely been through hell. She was therefore far from trusting, but she was a very strong character, both physically and emotionally. Cade was a fantastic character as well, fighting the good fight - all in secret - he felt like there was something *I received a free review copy of No Holding Back. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.* No Holding Back is the first book in a new series by Lori Foster, and it blew my socks off! I loved Sterling, she had definitely been through hell. She was therefore far from trusting, but she was a very strong character, both physically and emotionally. Cade was a fantastic character as well, fighting the good fight - all in secret - he felt like there was something about Sterling from the first time she came into his bar. This story is a fast-paced romantic suspense, and I loved how complete it made me feel. There's a lot of action - both in and out of the bedroom - and I enjoyed the fact that Cade did not steamroll over Sterling's wants and needs, he treated her as a partner in every way of the word.

  2. 5 out of 5

    T.J.

    Lori Foster grabs you in the first line of No Holding Back and doesn't let you go until the last word of the last chapter. I love stories with complicated characters full of depth and dimension. You get that by the truckload in No Holding Back. First, there's Sterling Parson, Star for short. She's independent, direct, and has learned the hard way not to trust anyone. But on the inside, she's still a scared, lonely teenager running from a danger she can't seem to escape. The only thing that helps i Lori Foster grabs you in the first line of No Holding Back and doesn't let you go until the last word of the last chapter. I love stories with complicated characters full of depth and dimension. You get that by the truckload in No Holding Back. First, there's Sterling Parson, Star for short. She's independent, direct, and has learned the hard way not to trust anyone. But on the inside, she's still a scared, lonely teenager running from a danger she can't seem to escape. The only thing that helps is her mission to ensure what happened to her doesn't happen to another human being. Even if it kills her, and it probably will. Then we have Cade McKenzie...sigh. He is all the things I love in a Lori Foster hero; tall, built, good-looking, deadly-dangerous, extremely alpha, and once he falls for a woman, he's all-in and committed to making her his. Cade has his own secrets to hide...it's the only way to protect his family. When Cade and Star's missions intersect, they must learn to trust each other. Not an easy task, but if they don't, someone could end up dead. Star about Cade: "He could pretend to be an average guy, he could wear the trappings of a simple bar owner, but she knew better. He hid something, maybe something as monumental as her own secrets." Cade about Star: "At a few inches shy of six feet, her body toned, she walked with a self-possessed air that he recognized as more attitude than ability. She wore that swagger like a warning that all but shouted Back off." Character shout outs to Cade's cocky brother, Reyes, and his brainiac sister, Madison. Can't wait for their stories!! Oh, yes, and Bernard, the "butler and chef, pretty much everything" with a soft spot for a homeless cat and her kittens. If you're a fan of Lori's Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, you are going to LOVE No Holding Back! Edge of your seat romantic suspense, alpha heroes, kick-butt heroines, and bad guys that keep you reading with the lights on. What more could you ask for?! Check out this first book in Lori Foster's newest series; The McKenzies of Ridge Trail

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jewlsbookblog

    What a great start to a new series! Human trafficking, a one woman rescuer, and a vigilante family...I gobbled this one up in time!! Sterling (Star) Parson was a prickly pear. She was difficult to get to know, making it very interesting peeling back all her layers! She was a tough nut to crack and definitely a survivor, but she was also a protector with a battered heart. What to say about Cade McKenzie...hmmm, I pretty much loved the guy:) He was a tad over the top on abilities, but his protectiv What a great start to a new series! Human trafficking, a one woman rescuer, and a vigilante family...I gobbled this one up in time!! Sterling (Star) Parson was a prickly pear. She was difficult to get to know, making it very interesting peeling back all her layers! She was a tough nut to crack and definitely a survivor, but she was also a protector with a battered heart. What to say about Cade McKenzie...hmmm, I pretty much loved the guy:) He was a tad over the top on abilities, but his protective attitude and the way he nurtured Sterling and coaxed her out of her shell-heart melting! Cade and Sterling had fantastic chemistry! When she had her hackles up and was giving him a ton of grief-haha-I loved their battle of wills. All that heat scorched across the pages like nobody’s business and oh boy! Combustion!!! I loved the McKenzies. They were a wonderful cast of supportive characters. Dad was like a military general and sister-Madison-the techie. His brother, Reyes...so he’s kind a a horn dog, but has a heart of gold and I’m anticipating his book like you wouldn’t believe! TW-human trafficking and physical abuse is described. I received an advance reader copy from the author and this is my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie Utterly Unashamed

    3.5 just what I needed stars Yesterday was one of those days where I had a lot going on, and need just a good ole suspense-ish romance to get me through the day. I wasn't in the mood for drama and angst. I wasn't in the mood for comedy. I just need something that would be easy, but still keep my attention. Lori Foster is always perfect for that mood. Her writing is always on-point, keeps you pulled in, but doesn't mess with your emotions. Sterling (aka Star, aka Francis) was abducted when she wa 3.5 just what I needed stars Yesterday was one of those days where I had a lot going on, and need just a good ole suspense-ish romance to get me through the day. I wasn't in the mood for drama and angst. I wasn't in the mood for comedy. I just need something that would be easy, but still keep my attention. Lori Foster is always perfect for that mood. Her writing is always on-point, keeps you pulled in, but doesn't mess with your emotions. Sterling (aka Star, aka Francis) was abducted when she was 17 and was forced into sex trafficking ring. The opening scene is a flash back to that time when she escapes. Then we fast forward to present day. I loved her, I loved that she has made a life out of helping save others from the awful experience she had. She is now a trucker (yup, a trucker) because so many people go missing around truck stops and are trafficked through them. Because of her past, she holds herself back from everyone. Has absolutely no thought of ever locking herself to someone. Her goal is to help as many women as she can, not fall for the owner of the bar she spends time at. His gaze locked to hers, catching her perusal, and his firm lips quirked in a small "you're not immune" smile. It made her mouth go dry. He couldn't know that could he? Yet he looked as if he'd just read her every admiring thought. One of the places she stops at regularly is a bar, that you guess it, our hot ass Hero owns and works at. Cade knows that there is something up with Star and from the start works to figure it out. What Star doesn't know is that Cade and his family are fighting the same evils she is. This book was so great. I loved how Cade didn't stop on Stars strength, but helped her. And even more, I loved that when Star knew she was in over her head she was strong enough to bow out and get help while still being a complete badass. Cade's family, especially his brother Reyes, are great. “The timing is fucked, but I need you to know something. I love you." This was a solid read, and Foster will continue to be a go-to author for me when I just need a good romance. The audio on this was decent too. One quick note, the ending is a little rushed and cheesy, but it still worked for my mood. And I can't wait for Reyes' book! This books has some mild triggers for my safety gang: abuse and sex trafficking (it is talked about, and the abuse is described - but the trafficking is mentioned in past tense not descriptive). Instagram | My Blog | Facebook

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. In the beginning of this book I thought this series would be a throwback to her earlier wonderful series "Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor" and "Body Armor". It's not. The elements of strong, sensitive hero and take charge heroine are here, but it just isn't as good. I have to say up front that "Human Trafficking" is a trope I just don't like, so that may have something to do wit Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. In the beginning of this book I thought this series would be a throwback to her earlier wonderful series "Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor" and "Body Armor". It's not. The elements of strong, sensitive hero and take charge heroine are here, but it just isn't as good. I have to say up front that "Human Trafficking" is a trope I just don't like, so that may have something to do with it. Sterling (Star) Parson is a woman on a mission. She is a loner and doesn't need help from anyone. She is an independent trucker which allows her to pursue her passion - finding and helping women who have been trafficked and putting the men responsible out of business. Cade McKenzie's family has been touched by the evil of human trafficking and they all have decided to dedicate their lives to ending it, any way possible. He works as a bartender so he can help any way he can. When Star walks into his bar he senses a kindred spirit, a woman with a purpose and trouble. They each have secrets, but one thing they share is an off the charts passion for each other. But, will that be enough when trust is nowhere to be found?

  6. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    The tale begins when we meet Sterling in a horrible situation. Then we meet her again when she walks into Cade’s bar. Tough, hyperaware and on a mission… what she doesn’t know is that the sexy bartender who makes her feel safe is on a mission too. From the McKenzie family, to sassy Sterling (Star) I was all in. Foster delivered suspense, humor and heat in this first in series contemporary romance. Secrets, goals, and desire kept me flipping the pages. Foster did a wonderful job of balancing the su The tale begins when we meet Sterling in a horrible situation. Then we meet her again when she walks into Cade’s bar. Tough, hyperaware and on a mission… what she doesn’t know is that the sexy bartender who makes her feel safe is on a mission too. From the McKenzie family, to sassy Sterling (Star) I was all in. Foster delivered suspense, humor and heat in this first in series contemporary romance. Secrets, goals, and desire kept me flipping the pages. Foster did a wonderful job of balancing the suspense angle as we got to know Sterling and Cade. The suspense thread hits on a relevant topic that may cause triggers for some. View Spoiler » Cade didn’t push Star even when his alpha male wanted him to. Instead, he heard her and treated her as an equal. All of which made him incredibly swoon-worthy. The McKenzie family and their housekeeper/chef who stole scenes have me excited for the series. Their story touched me and I loved the operation they are running. Foster set up the next book and I cannot wait to read Reyes story. (Cade’s brother) His sister Madison is the tech geek, and you’ll love how feisty and determined she is. The back-and-forth banter between brothers and then between Sterling and Reyes had me rolling. It served as a tension breaker against the darker suspense thread. I laughed, swooned, and held my breath as the outside world slipped away. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  7. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    4.5 stars Sterling (aka Star, aka Francis) feels comfortable in Cade’s bar, enough that she can doze off there, although she doesn’t fully trust Cade himself until he rescues her from an attempted kidnapping. As the two of them get to know each other, they discover how much they actually have in common-they are both dedicated to rescuing women from human traffickers. But Star is on her own, while Cade has the back up of his father, sister and brother. Can they accept a stranger in their midst to c 4.5 stars Sterling (aka Star, aka Francis) feels comfortable in Cade’s bar, enough that she can doze off there, although she doesn’t fully trust Cade himself until he rescues her from an attempted kidnapping. As the two of them get to know each other, they discover how much they actually have in common-they are both dedicated to rescuing women from human traffickers. But Star is on her own, while Cade has the back up of his father, sister and brother. Can they accept a stranger in their midst to continue their essential work? And can Cade keep her safe when her past decides to take her out? I loved Cade. He’s the entire package, strong, confident, caring and yet willing to let Star do what she needs to do as part of the team. Star is likeable, strong, and dedicated to keeping others from suffering what was nearly her fate. The heat between the two protagonists sizzles, and the eventual sex scenes do the same, but the sex doesn’t interfere with the story. All in all a delightful book. My only complaint is the heroine has too many names which can make it hard to keep up with who is who. But the suspense, the story, and the characters make this a great start of a new series. Review copy provide for a voluntary review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Shavalier

    No Holding Back is the first in a new series by Lori Foster. This is our introduction to the McKenzie Family . This book is the typical heat and suspense we have come to love. Star is used to working alone but ends up with some unexpected help from Cade and his family . She quickly finds herself attracted to him. They become an item and work together to help solve a human trafficking ring . This action packed romance keeps you on the edge of your seat with a serious real life issue. Looking for No Holding Back is the first in a new series by Lori Foster. This is our introduction to the McKenzie Family . This book is the typical heat and suspense we have come to love. Star is used to working alone but ends up with some unexpected help from Cade and his family . She quickly finds herself attracted to him. They become an item and work together to help solve a human trafficking ring . This action packed romance keeps you on the edge of your seat with a serious real life issue. Looking forward to the next book in the series. I received an ARC for my honest opinion .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    3.5* No Holding Back brought me back to the days of The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series! That series was one of the first I read by Ms. Foster and will always be a forever favorite. While NHB had a similar feel to When You Dare, with the kidnapping/human trafficking storyline, this book is definitely a little darker and grittier than most of her recent books. I liked how strong Sterling was, how she's able to hold her own when it came to not only the bad guys, but with Cade as well. I appre 3.5* No Holding Back brought me back to the days of The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series! That series was one of the first I read by Ms. Foster and will always be a forever favorite. While NHB had a similar feel to When You Dare, with the kidnapping/human trafficking storyline, this book is definitely a little darker and grittier than most of her recent books. I liked how strong Sterling was, how she's able to hold her own when it came to not only the bad guys, but with Cade as well. I appreciated how protective Cade was with her, but still able to accept that she wasn't going to just let him take over and control things, especially when it came to dealing with her kidnappers. They worked very well together, along with the rest of Cade's family. I enjoyed the action and intrigue of this story, I think a bit more than the romance, if you can believe it! I got a kick out of Reyes, Cade's brother, and I'm looking forward to his book. I think he's in for a run for his money when it comes to Kennedy, and I can't wait to see what her story is.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Madm007

    First of all, I am so happy to see Ms Foster writing hot, edgy, heroic romance once again. Seems a long time since I've been fully immersed in a great hero style from her, with a twist I loved. Sterling or Star, is a true survivor, bent on saving women from human traffickers. The best way she had of doing that is becoming a big rig driver, easily explained away. Who better to be at truckstops, or driving up and down the same routes often, always blending, but still being a loner. Cade, a bartend First of all, I am so happy to see Ms Foster writing hot, edgy, heroic romance once again. Seems a long time since I've been fully immersed in a great hero style from her, with a twist I loved. Sterling or Star, is a true survivor, bent on saving women from human traffickers. The best way she had of doing that is becoming a big rig driver, easily explained away. Who better to be at truckstops, or driving up and down the same routes often, always blending, but still being a loner. Cade, a bartender with a hidden agenda, has good instincts and his were saying there was definitely something up with Star, when she often came in to just sit back in a corner and sleep, but he also wanted her in the basest of ways. He broke a Cardinal rule and ended up bringing her to his family's fortress near Ridge Trail, Colorado. These two are so well matched in all ways, recognizing each other for equals, feeling a yet unexplained bond between themselves, and respect! A ton of action in here, heat to scorch, and an amazing journey start to finish! There's more goodness to come in this series and I, for one, can hardly wait for the next one. A stand alone and happy ending for Cade and Star, there is more coming from the McKenzie operation.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rose Fraser

    Another great read by Lori Foster, so good! I love this story so much. Lori goes in a different direction in No Holding Back, but. she tells the story with her usual heat and heart. I love it when the Hero and the heroine join forces to fight a common enemy instead of fighting each other. Cade, when crossed, is a force to be reckoned with, but he also has a soft spot for family and Sterling, or Star, as he likes to call her. Sterling is a strong woman, but she recognizes and accepts her limitat Another great read by Lori Foster, so good! I love this story so much. Lori goes in a different direction in No Holding Back, but. she tells the story with her usual heat and heart. I love it when the Hero and the heroine join forces to fight a common enemy instead of fighting each other. Cade, when crossed, is a force to be reckoned with, but he also has a soft spot for family and Sterling, or Star, as he likes to call her. Sterling is a strong woman, but she recognizes and accepts her limitations. She is not foolhardy. Together she and Cade work, along with his family, to rescue women in distress. This is Cade and Sterling’s story, but I’ll bet we’re going to get to know other members of the Mc Kenzie family, and I say, “Bring it”.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Lori Foster does it again. Man this book! I could NOT put it down. Mystery, a bad ass heroine and alpha men make this one amazing read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Vigilantism, revenge, and passion all play huge role in this first book in a new series by prolific author Lori Foster. Sterling Parson, with a nickname she no longer wants used - Star - is a truck driver who takes breaks at a bar that is on her route. She feel safe there and spends many hours there. She draws the attention of bar owner Cade McKenzie and at it does not take him long to recognize that she is in danger. He offers her safety but the question is whether or not she can trust him. Sterl Vigilantism, revenge, and passion all play huge role in this first book in a new series by prolific author Lori Foster. Sterling Parson, with a nickname she no longer wants used - Star - is a truck driver who takes breaks at a bar that is on her route. She feel safe there and spends many hours there. She draws the attention of bar owner Cade McKenzie and at it does not take him long to recognize that she is in danger. He offers her safety but the question is whether or not she can trust him. Sterling is soon injured so her trust really becomes at play because of the very reason she spent so much time at that bar. She had something happen to her when she was a teenager and it is that experience that led her to become a vigilante of sorts. Revenge comes into play when someone she is after will do anything to bring her to an end, but not without having her suffer greatly. Then there is the undeniable passion that is evident between Sterling and Cade. The connection is all too palpable and proves to only be a matter of time before they give in. However, while this is explored, her safety is something that is very important to him and he never once loses sight of this. I found this to be a remarkable story. The ultimate joint goal both Sterling and Cade had was to stop sex traffickers. However, Sterling worked on her own, whereas Cade worked with his family. Whether or not they could all work together only time would tell. I found this book to be an absolute fantastic read because it dealt with very serious issues without becoming too graphic. Another fabulous aspect of this book was how Sterling and Cade's relationship grew. I love how it started off on a protective basis but grew to passionate proportions, yet neither of them ever lost sight of the victims of the horrendous actions of sex traffickers. As this is the first book in a new series by Lori Foster, I am eager to read the following stories, and would love to see this remarkable family take down more disgusting traffickers. I have always loved Ms. Foster and have read countless books by her and have never once been disappointed. This new book kept me riveted from beginning to end, bringing me conflicting emotions - from feeling sad for the victims, yet rooting for the expected happily ever after. Many thanks to Hqn and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    Wow, if there’s ever a time when a book merits more than 5 stars! I read to be entertained. Most of the time, that entertainment comes in the form of a quick, light, easy, and fun read. A perfect fit for my day. This book had more. Very reminiscent of her Edge of Honor and Undercover series which are some of the best stories I’ve read. This story is about Cade (and his family) and Sterling (Star). She’s a trucker with a dark history, he owns a bar on a trucking route. Both have a purpose. Both h Wow, if there’s ever a time when a book merits more than 5 stars! I read to be entertained. Most of the time, that entertainment comes in the form of a quick, light, easy, and fun read. A perfect fit for my day. This book had more. Very reminiscent of her Edge of Honor and Undercover series which are some of the best stories I’ve read. This story is about Cade (and his family) and Sterling (Star). She’s a trucker with a dark history, he owns a bar on a trucking route. Both have a purpose. Both have secrets they’re protecting, but when trouble arrives, they’re going to have to trust the other and work together. Mystery, danger, chemistry, and some badass heroes to fall in love with. Can not wait for the rest of Cade’s family to have their stories… and hopefully a certain little feline is featured in them as well. As always, Ms. Foster creates people and places so real and easy to cheer for, it’s no wonder she’s been on my auto-buy list since the beginning of her writing career! I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ARC received for review I love Ms. Foster's books, and this one sounded great. It just started out weird to me, and then the bad guy (or is it girl) was just off to me. It took me two days to read (I know that doesn't sound like a lot but I read fast and it should have only taken me a day). At times it dragged, and I had to power through. I loved Cade and his care of Star plus his siblings are pretty great. His dad is a butt. Loved Star and Rafe's (Cade's brother) sniping at each other. Here's ho ARC received for review I love Ms. Foster's books, and this one sounded great. It just started out weird to me, and then the bad guy (or is it girl) was just off to me. It took me two days to read (I know that doesn't sound like a lot but I read fast and it should have only taken me a day). At times it dragged, and I had to power through. I loved Cade and his care of Star plus his siblings are pretty great. His dad is a butt. Loved Star and Rafe's (Cade's brother) sniping at each other. Here's hoping Rafe and her book is better...will he ever get his cat back

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars See the full review & more at HarlequinJunkie Talk about unputdownable! No Holding Back introduced us to the incredible McKenzie family in Lori Foster’s newest series. Filled with suspenseful moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat as well as passionate scenes that will also have your heart racing, this was truly a story to savor. Lori Foster is one of my favorite contemporary authors. I’ve said before how much I adore her sexy alpha heroes and her smart, capabl Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars See the full review & more at HarlequinJunkie Talk about unputdownable! No Holding Back introduced us to the incredible McKenzie family in Lori Foster’s newest series. Filled with suspenseful moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat as well as passionate scenes that will also have your heart racing, this was truly a story to savor. Lori Foster is one of my favorite contemporary authors. I’ve said before how much I adore her sexy alpha heroes and her smart, capable heroines so I’m happy to say that Cade and Sterling fit that description perfectly. But they were uniquely their own as well. Just like other novels of Foster’s that I’ve devoured, there was a definite element of suspense and action mixed in with the romance that worked exceedingly well in this storyline... Read More

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lacey Thorn

    Never disappointed Lori Foster books are always a win for me, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. Cade and Sterling are fire. I can’t wait for the rest of the stories as I’m hoping both Reyes and Madison will get their HEAs. If Lori isn’t on your auto buy list, she should be!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Francis

    As expected, I loved this book. It captured me from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. I love that Cade and his family aim to take down human traffickers and that Star is SUCH a badass heroine. Their chemistry was off the charts. Cade’s family was a wonderful addition and I cannot wait to read his brother’s book! I am going to be on the edge of my seat until it comes out. Such a sweet story told so well. I received an advanced copy from NetGalley.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    This book captivated me from the first page. Human trafficking is real and scary and this book brought it the forefront. There was a great cast of characters and the first book in the McKenzies of Ridge Tail is a great start to a new series. Star is a young victim who decides never again and goes about finding a way to save as many girls as she can. She is strong and bada$$. She doesn't trust and when Cade steps in to help she lets him know she is one woman team. Until one day she finds herself i This book captivated me from the first page. Human trafficking is real and scary and this book brought it the forefront. There was a great cast of characters and the first book in the McKenzies of Ridge Tail is a great start to a new series. Star is a young victim who decides never again and goes about finding a way to save as many girls as she can. She is strong and bada$$. She doesn't trust and when Cade steps in to help she lets him know she is one woman team. Until one day she finds herself in need of help. She grudgingly accepts help, only to discover he can be very helpful. There is great chemistry between them even tho Star isn't sure she can ever trust. Cade is ex military and I love his honor and courage in facing the demons in her life. I can’t wait for the next book in this series! I received an early copy of this book for my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    4.5 stars Rating this was hard, possibly because the subject matter was difficult, but extremely well handled, which was so appreciated. Sterling and Cade are two great characters to read about, and they made a fascinating couple. Dealing with such a heartbreaking subject, human trafficking, a strong lead was needed, and Sterling was one of those characters who you pull for. This was one of those books where you want to ask not just yourself, but everyone you know how this keeps happening, why thi 4.5 stars Rating this was hard, possibly because the subject matter was difficult, but extremely well handled, which was so appreciated. Sterling and Cade are two great characters to read about, and they made a fascinating couple. Dealing with such a heartbreaking subject, human trafficking, a strong lead was needed, and Sterling was one of those characters who you pull for. This was one of those books where you want to ask not just yourself, but everyone you know how this keeps happening, why this issue is still topical? Starting with a teen “Star” being taken and brought to be sold and trafficked, you see how it affects her later in life. And, this seems so odd to say, she was lucky. Now as an adult, Sterling uses her history to help others. Then you have Cade’s family, his siblings and father, also affected by human trafficking, but in a different way, one that affects them all to current day. His family takes matters into their own hands. Theses two definitely butt heads, but they also send sparks shooting through the air. Reading this has the feels and the heartbreak, there were also the moments when I sighed in happiness, shook my head at the antics of Cade’s younger brother, and wanted to climb in and personally throttle certain coconspirators.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    If all you’ve ever had was yourself to depend on, pain & fear, how do you let someone into your life? Sterling escaped from an abduction and has been in a journey to rescue women from traffickers ever sense. She has fear as a constant companion, so much so that she really didn’t get a good nights sleep. She had one place where she felt safe enough to nap. She didn’t know why but she trusted “him” to keep her safe. Cade didn’t know why he was drawn to the woman but he was. She was full of anger, a If all you’ve ever had was yourself to depend on, pain & fear, how do you let someone into your life? Sterling escaped from an abduction and has been in a journey to rescue women from traffickers ever sense. She has fear as a constant companion, so much so that she really didn’t get a good nights sleep. She had one place where she felt safe enough to nap. She didn’t know why but she trusted “him” to keep her safe. Cade didn’t know why he was drawn to the woman but he was. She was full of anger, attitude & fear. He had been trying to slowly get her to trust him. Since she left immediately after his first talk with her, he was afraid he’d scared her off. He couldn’t put a name to his feelings yet but knew that he was concerned about her. His instincts were telling him to stay close. I love this start to the new series. Ms. Foster has brought her customary detailed character development to the characters in this series. Her descriptions are so detailed, as a reader, you instantly have a picture in your mind. The plot somehow moves at the perfect pace - giving enough detail to keep you reading but not so much that it bogs the story down. I just love the way this story drew me in from the start & kept me hanging until the end. I can’t wait to read the next in this series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beatrice

    I received an advance copy from the author and this is my honest review What a greatbook even if it has to do with Human trafficking, a one woman rescuer, and a vigilante family... Sterling (Star) Parson She was a but strpmg and was also a protector with a battered heart. Cade McKenzie... his protective Cade and Sterling I loved their battle of wills. The McKenzies, Dad was like a military general and sister-Madison-the tech person His brother, Reyes... with a heart of gold. Did not want to put this I received an advance copy from the author and this is my honest review What a greatbook even if it has to do with Human trafficking, a one woman rescuer, and a vigilante family... Sterling (Star) Parson She was a but strpmg and was also a protector with a battered heart. Cade McKenzie... his protective Cade and Sterling I loved their battle of wills. The McKenzies, Dad was like a military general and sister-Madison-the tech person His brother, Reyes... with a heart of gold. Did not want to put this one down.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)

    Star Parson developed a thick skin a long time ago and it has suited her well being in the line of work that she is in. Being a truckdriver is typically something one would label a man's job, but she has found a way to make it her own, and also use it to do her true mission in life, save people from human trafficking. She blends in, scans the other drivers, and can quickly pick out someone who doesn't belong, her instincts are usually spot on. That is until she runs across bar owner Cade McKenzi Star Parson developed a thick skin a long time ago and it has suited her well being in the line of work that she is in. Being a truckdriver is typically something one would label a man's job, but she has found a way to make it her own, and also use it to do her true mission in life, save people from human trafficking. She blends in, scans the other drivers, and can quickly pick out someone who doesn't belong, her instincts are usually spot on. That is until she runs across bar owner Cade McKenzie... that man found a way to sneak past her radar and wander straight into her heart! No Holding Back is an action-packed tale riddled with edge of your seat suspense and intense toe curling romance. As I settled down with this one I had an inkling that I was going to be in for a real treat and boy was I ever! I loved the tough as nails heroine, it's not too often you find one of those that can honestly stand toe-to-toe with the man vying for her heart. Star was not only impressive on paper, but inspiring as well. She had made it her mission to save others from a very ugly world, and she didn't care if she lost herself in the process, she was selfless and so strong. And when that world got a little ugly and a little too close it was Cade who came to her rescue, and he did an outstanding job at saving the day.... and stealing my heart right along with Star's! These two were pure magic together, they brought intensity, passion, compassion, and strength to every page... I loved everything about them! I look forward to more additions to the series, if they are anything like this one I know I will love them! Got to say Ms. Foster really outdid herself with this one, it took the top seat as my favorite read from her to date! Highly recommend!! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest and unbiased opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a new series for Lori Foster. It’s about a girl named Star. In the beginning of the book you get to see what happened to Star when she was 17 years old. Because of her past Star has been shaped, to the person she currently is, when you meet her at Cade’s bar. Cade has been watching her for a while and knows something is going on with her and he wants to help. Cade is a tough ex military ranger who is always helping protect those in need. Those two have an instant connection and Star give This is a new series for Lori Foster. It’s about a girl named Star. In the beginning of the book you get to see what happened to Star when she was 17 years old. Because of her past Star has been shaped, to the person she currently is, when you meet her at Cade’s bar. Cade has been watching her for a while and knows something is going on with her and he wants to help. Cade is a tough ex military ranger who is always helping protect those in need. Those two have an instant connection and Star gives as good as she gets. You also get to meet Cade’s family. He has a brother, sister, father, and a close family friend, who has a true love of cats. The whole family is fighting for the justice of the innocent and they have trained for any event. The characters are wonderfully written and I can’t wait to see what happens in the second book! I was given an advanced reader copy for an honest review of this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This is the first book in The McKenzies of Ridge Trail series and it is an edgy romance that reminded me of her other series The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor. I will caution those with triggers to proceed with care as the story opens with a vividly detailed scene. Sterling is a truck driver and spends her time driving up and down seeking women who may be taken against their will. Cade is a bartender who has a second sense when it comes to Sterling as if there is more to her than meets the eye. This is the first book in The McKenzies of Ridge Trail series and it is an edgy romance that reminded me of her other series The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor. I will caution those with triggers to proceed with care as the story opens with a vividly detailed scene. Sterling is a truck driver and spends her time driving up and down seeking women who may be taken against their will. Cade is a bartender who has a second sense when it comes to Sterling as if there is more to her than meets the eye. To say that these two have heat is an understatement. Filled with action and drama this is one book to add to your tbr list. As an avid reader of Ms. Foster’s books, she once again delivers relatable characters that anyone can fall for and handles a sensitive topic with aplomb. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series! I volunteered to read a copy of this book provided by Netgalley.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Cruz

    This new series based on a family that after a tragedy have become vigilantes of sorts, is not for the faint of heart. A series in which life is not black and white . The lines between the two is blurred and makes you wonder how one would react in similar circumstances where human trafficking is so real and justice is sought. The first story in the series centers around the older son , Cade McKenzie, owner of a bar who in reality keeps tabs on what illegal things are being planned by some patron This new series based on a family that after a tragedy have become vigilantes of sorts, is not for the faint of heart. A series in which life is not black and white . The lines between the two is blurred and makes you wonder how one would react in similar circumstances where human trafficking is so real and justice is sought. The first story in the series centers around the older son , Cade McKenzie, owner of a bar who in reality keeps tabs on what illegal things are being planned by some patrons. Tucker Sterling/Star, is one of the patrons who frequents the bar. She stops by whenever her trucking route brings her close by. She somehow feels safe enough there that she frequently stays in a corner table and on occasion dozes. Her past has molded her present. She’s a survivor determined to help women in need. Cade suspects she’s trouble, but is very much drawn to her. With a plot full of twists and turns, a very bad and evil man that is not only trafficking but also is after Star/Sterling, a complex family, and of course romance, this is definitely one story that will keep you on the edge of your seats from the first page to the last. Kudos to the author for reminding the reader that human trafficking is very real in our country. As a nation and as individuals we need to help those in need. A reality hardto accept. Thanks goes to the author for bringing up this topic. I am looking forward to more stories in this dynamic series. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets

    Author Lori Foster killed it in this first book of the McKenzies of Ridge Trail series…literally and figuratively. The strong heroine in this story, Sterling Parson (Star), is out for revenge, working under the guise of being a truck driver, and taking refuge in the local bar. Cade, a bartender in the small town bar, knows more about Star than he will let on, but he won’t let her know until he has to, for her safety. The frequenters of the bar know to stay away from her, but she doesn’t seem to k Author Lori Foster killed it in this first book of the McKenzies of Ridge Trail series…literally and figuratively. The strong heroine in this story, Sterling Parson (Star), is out for revenge, working under the guise of being a truck driver, and taking refuge in the local bar. Cade, a bartender in the small town bar, knows more about Star than he will let on, but he won’t let her know until he has to, for her safety. The frequenters of the bar know to stay away from her, but she doesn’t seem to know her limits. The McKenzie family dynamic is a mix of strong-minded individuals with a dark, twisted history and a very strong connection. The storyline is intense, deep, tragic, romantic and protective. 4.5 stars for this wonderfully written romantic suspense. **possible triggers... human trafficking abuse

  28. 5 out of 5

    Reading In Pajamas

    Review: NO HOLDING BACK by Lori Foster https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bHg Publication Date: January 26, 2021 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4 Stars I enjoyed the first book in this new series. I was hesitant due to the human trafficking angle but found that it wasn’t too graphic for me to handle. The storyline was exciting and filled with tension – keeping me guessing on a few particulars until the end. Some parts seemed to drag a bit, but I chalked that up to being t Review: NO HOLDING BACK by Lori Foster https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bHg Publication Date: January 26, 2021 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4 Stars I enjoyed the first book in this new series. I was hesitant due to the human trafficking angle but found that it wasn’t too graphic for me to handle. The storyline was exciting and filled with tension – keeping me guessing on a few particulars until the end. Some parts seemed to drag a bit, but I chalked that up to being the first in a new series and learning about the McKenzies’ mission in life. As for the main characters, Sterling is strong, assertive, and confident while still being likeable. Cade was reluctant to be forced into a way of life, but darn good at what he does. He is protective with alpha tendencies, yet still able to appreciate Sterling’s abilities and intelligence. They made a believable and good couple. The romance built to a nice sexy love story. Cade’s family dynamics built through the book and culminated into the camaraderie that I love in a series. I’m anxious for the next book, hoping it’s about Cade’s brother. That should be fun. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~ Kindle https://amzn.to/2Z3dccq

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I feel like reading Lori Foster books are like spending time with an old friend. I know that this was a new series for her, but the writing style is just so wonderful that it feels like you already belong. I really enjoyed the set up for a new group of books. I thought Cade was an excellent first hero and Sterling was a perfect fit for him. She was such an interesting character with her hard outer shell, but such a caring heart. Seeing her connect with Cade and his family was fantastic. I can't I feel like reading Lori Foster books are like spending time with an old friend. I know that this was a new series for her, but the writing style is just so wonderful that it feels like you already belong. I really enjoyed the set up for a new group of books. I thought Cade was an excellent first hero and Sterling was a perfect fit for him. She was such an interesting character with her hard outer shell, but such a caring heart. Seeing her connect with Cade and his family was fantastic. I can't wait to see what else this series brings, but I sure do hope that Bernard and the cats are back!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    From this first page Foster grabs your attention tackling a known problem of human trafficking. You’re immediately invested in Star’s character needing to know more of her trauma and how she overcomes adversity and opens herself up to trust again. You feel the strength and honor in Cade's character. With his background and skills, he stands for justice. Star and Cade have great chemistry but also a deeper connection based on life’s experiences. A must read to see how these two combine their pers From this first page Foster grabs your attention tackling a known problem of human trafficking. You’re immediately invested in Star’s character needing to know more of her trauma and how she overcomes adversity and opens herself up to trust again. You feel the strength and honor in Cade's character. With his background and skills, he stands for justice. Star and Cade have great chemistry but also a deeper connection based on life’s experiences. A must read to see how these two combine their personal and professional lives. A great start to the new trilogy and can’t wait for the next book in this series!

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