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The first exciting story in a new, multi-author Harlequin Temptation miniseries American Heroes that will launch with the May 2003 collection Men of Courage. Steamy romance meets irresistible heroics in this brand-new tale. THE BAD GUY Regina Foxworth has no clue why an unknown assailant is out to get a small-town reporter like her. Or why the police won't take her concerns The first exciting story in a new, multi-author Harlequin Temptation miniseries American Heroes that will launch with the May 2003 collection Men of Courage. Steamy romance meets irresistible heroics in this brand-new tale. THE BAD GUY Regina Foxworth has no clue why an unknown assailant is out to get a small-town reporter like her. Or why the police won't take her concerns seriously. So Regina gets a guard dog -- make that a four-pound "guard" Chihuahua! -- and signs up for self-defense classes. But defending herself is not on her mind when sexy instructor Riley Moore has her pinned to the mat. THE GOOD GUY With Regina vulnerable beneath him on his gym floor, Riley breaks out in a possessive sweat. He wants her, but first he has to protect her. She needs more than her "don't-muss-my-hair" style of defense and that ridiculous so-called dog. Riley is ex-SWAT -- and his new life as an evidence tech hasn't softened his lethal training one bit. But Regina isn't quite the princess she seems, and she's about to catch him off guard!


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The first exciting story in a new, multi-author Harlequin Temptation miniseries American Heroes that will launch with the May 2003 collection Men of Courage. Steamy romance meets irresistible heroics in this brand-new tale. THE BAD GUY Regina Foxworth has no clue why an unknown assailant is out to get a small-town reporter like her. Or why the police won't take her concerns The first exciting story in a new, multi-author Harlequin Temptation miniseries American Heroes that will launch with the May 2003 collection Men of Courage. Steamy romance meets irresistible heroics in this brand-new tale. THE BAD GUY Regina Foxworth has no clue why an unknown assailant is out to get a small-town reporter like her. Or why the police won't take her concerns seriously. So Regina gets a guard dog -- make that a four-pound "guard" Chihuahua! -- and signs up for self-defense classes. But defending herself is not on her mind when sexy instructor Riley Moore has her pinned to the mat. THE GOOD GUY With Regina vulnerable beneath him on his gym floor, Riley breaks out in a possessive sweat. He wants her, but first he has to protect her. She needs more than her "don't-muss-my-hair" style of defense and that ridiculous so-called dog. Riley is ex-SWAT -- and his new life as an evidence tech hasn't softened his lethal training one bit. But Regina isn't quite the princess she seems, and she's about to catch him off guard!

30 review for Riley

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This picks up with a miniseries started in an anthology focusing on local heroes. This one involves Riley, a CSI, ex-SWAT member and gym owner. He's loving and lusting after Regina Foxworth, or "Red" who he knows is in trouble and he wants to be there to help her, so maybe he can finally get her to see that he's the one for her. She's oblivious though, until Riley lays a kiss on her and tells her point blank they're going to bed together. After that, she's on board, but still hesitant because of This picks up with a miniseries started in an anthology focusing on local heroes. This one involves Riley, a CSI, ex-SWAT member and gym owner. He's loving and lusting after Regina Foxworth, or "Red" who he knows is in trouble and he wants to be there to help her, so maybe he can finally get her to see that he's the one for her. She's oblivious though, until Riley lays a kiss on her and tells her point blank they're going to bed together. After that, she's on board, but still hesitant because of her past. When Riley realizes that Regina's life is being threatened, his protective instincts kick into gear and he'll do anything to get to the bottom of this, so he and his woman can have their HEA. This is fairly fluffy, with a mild amount of suspense to kick up the action a bit. There isn't really any relationship angst between Riley or Regina - they kinda work out that they're in love and want to be married fairly smoothly. It's drawn out, but decidedly snag-free. But it's Regina's being stalked or threatened that keeps Riley in action, as he chases down burglars and basically does the police's job (for which he takes them to task too). Riley was pretty much a great hero. He's the first to fall in love (and I'm a sucker for stories where the hero falls first) and he's infinitely patient with Regina, which probably makes him a TRUE hero to me. Riley also seems to be a jack of all trades, with awesome fight skills, the analytical mind of a crime scene investigator and apparently the skills of a business owner. Where does he find the time? Regina was quite a bit less enjoyable for me. She's your classic ditz I guess. Not too bright, painfully naive and a little slow on the uptake for some things. I'm pretty sure it was the moment that Regina says she's eager to go in her new home in the suburbs, all alone, without a security system or protection and she KNOWS she's being stalked and threatened by some mystery villain, that I knew I was in for a struggle with her. Most especially when Riley says he'll be staying with her to ensure her security and she gets all prudish and argues about propriety instead of considering her own fricking safety. RME. Hardcore. Then she agrees to get a dog, so she'll have some protection. And she ends up shelling out $600, which she says she didn't have, for a pure-bred Chihuahua because he's so adorable. Meanwhile, she later talks about doing a story on animal shelters and feeling so bad for those animals. Now, I presume she either went to a breeder or a pet store or something - didn't say anything about being at a shelter and she talked like she could have gotten a dog much cheaper elsewhere, so I want to know why she didn't. If she was so caring and compassionate, she'd adopt a mutt from a shelter, wouldn't she? But she takes this dog home and proceeds to spoil it rotten (and being a dog owner, gah, it made me so mad). He pees all over the place and she says, "That's not nice" and then holds him because he looks so remorseful and ends up reinforcing the behavior. She's one of THOSE dog owners. Granted, this was a small part of the story and I could get over her behavior to read more about Riley, but I wasn't really connecting to this heroine or dying for her to be with Riley or anything. I was very meh about her and somewhat annoyed by her.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    I actually read this ages ago, and didn't realize when I got the audiobook. But I still enjoyed it ; ) Read by Candace Tate, it had a smooth flow. Regina is sure that someone is out to harm her but nobody believes her. So she starts taking self defense courses from Riley at the gym he owns. I loved how Riley is besotted with her but tells himself he just has the hots for her. The first half is pretty predictable and reads like your typical 90's (but written in 2003) harlequin. The H isn't abusive I actually read this ages ago, and didn't realize when I got the audiobook. But I still enjoyed it ; ) Read by Candace Tate, it had a smooth flow. Regina is sure that someone is out to harm her but nobody believes her. So she starts taking self defense courses from Riley at the gym he owns. I loved how Riley is besotted with her but tells himself he just has the hots for her. The first half is pretty predictable and reads like your typical 90's (but written in 2003) harlequin. The H isn't abusive but just won't admit he has feelings. He has friends that joke around. She is conservative in style and doesn't ooze sexuality but there's just something about her he can't resist. Anyways, the second half gets more interesting with more back story and Riley confronting the ghosts of Regina's past and kicking their asses. He now is totally sure there is someone out to hurt Regina and is determined to keep her safe. It's pretty obvious from early on why someone is 'after' her. But that doesn't hurt the story any and the answer actually isn't as obvious as you'd think. Safety is all good. (view spoiler)[ no mention of Riley's history except he was married before and she cheated on him with a good friend of his. There's a lot more to his back story but I will leave that for you to discover. He has hookups and nothing more. But nothing since he met Regina. She briefly had a fiancee so she isn't a virgin but hasn't had good sex yet. Like I said... 90's (hide spoiler)]

  3. 4 out of 5

    July

    I found this book hard to get into. In fact I did not even start enjoying the book until past the middle of it. I hope that if there are others in this series they are better. I found the first 4 books wonderful. I was so looking forward to this story of Dorian who is a sniper of the DarkRiver Changelings. He meets up with Psy Ashaya Aleine who helped the children escape from the killer in the last book. The overall book just was long and drawn out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    monica

    En defensa del amor Buena bonita y con mucho romance.una historia corta donde se mezclan la amistad y el amor .me a gustado mucho.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    I liked this book and it's main characters. Riley is way ahead when it comes to his attraction and plans when it comes to Regina. He affectionately calls her "red" for obvious reasons. And she's been on his radar for some time now. But he is taking things slower so that he doesn't scare her off. He's been deeply hurt by a woman before but he recognizes how honorable, sweet and caring that Regina is. He is tender, protective and possessive about her and is hoping that she will see how great that t I liked this book and it's main characters. Riley is way ahead when it comes to his attraction and plans when it comes to Regina. He affectionately calls her "red" for obvious reasons. And she's been on his radar for some time now. But he is taking things slower so that he doesn't scare her off. He's been deeply hurt by a woman before but he recognizes how honorable, sweet and caring that Regina is. He is tender, protective and possessive about her and is hoping that she will see how great that they would be together. I liked the dual P.O.V.'s and how Regina tried to deny her attraction to Riley. There is action as well as romance in this story because there is someone stalking her. Adding to the enjoyment is the antics of , "Butch" Any H.E.A.? Yes and it was well done.

  6. 4 out of 5

    catzkc

    This was nearly a DNF for me - would have been if it wasn't so short. The woman is a pompous, pretentious prude. What single, adult woman in the 21st century is mortified for someone to find condoms in her bedroom? She's also a naive idiot, who, among other things idolizes a local politician like he's the incarnation of JFK. Then there was the whole thing of her shelling out $600 to a breeder for a full-bred Chihuahua, and then later goes on about a piece she did about the local animal shelter and This was nearly a DNF for me - would have been if it wasn't so short. The woman is a pompous, pretentious prude. What single, adult woman in the 21st century is mortified for someone to find condoms in her bedroom? She's also a naive idiot, who, among other things idolizes a local politician like he's the incarnation of JFK. Then there was the whole thing of her shelling out $600 to a breeder for a full-bred Chihuahua, and then later goes on about a piece she did about the local animal shelter and how she wanted to give all of them homes. The only thing good about this one was the cover.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    A guard chihuahua...Enough said!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Nicholson

    As always, Ms. Lori has created another excellent story. Beauty and brains are such an excellent combination! I agree with her though... I'm not crazy about the cover either

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sue Stewart

    Great couple - enjoying this series!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Quinn's Book Nook

    As I mentioned in my previous blogpost, I'm in a bit of a reading slump, so I've turned to a favorite author of mine. Lori Foster writes pretty great novellas, which are perfect for me right now. Riley by Lori Foster is a shorter novel I've read before, and while it isn't a favorite, I enjoyed reading it again. What I Liked: Riley was pretty great. As I've said before, I usually really love Lori Foster's heroes, and that's definitely the case with Riley. He's strong, capable, a bit of an As I mentioned in my previous blogpost, I'm in a bit of a reading slump, so I've turned to a favorite author of mine. Lori Foster writes pretty great novellas, which are perfect for me right now. Riley by Lori Foster is a shorter novel I've read before, and while it isn't a favorite, I enjoyed reading it again. What I Liked: Riley was pretty great. As I've said before, I usually really love Lori Foster's heroes, and that's definitely the case with Riley. He's strong, capable, a bit of an alpha-male, but never obnoxious. Adorable little Butch makes his first appearance. He's such an adorable little chihuahua, and he was probably my favorite part of the novel. He sure is full of personality. I enjoyed seeing how Regina always wanted to be put together. I could totally relate to that. She did frustrate me at other times (more on that below), but in general I liked her. I wanted Riley and Regina to be together. I thought they made a good couple, and I could see how they would complement each other. What I Struggled With: Regina sometimes frustrated me. I mean, at times she'd say things that just didn't feel realistic. And I didn't completely buy her reasoning for why she likes every just-so. The suspense aspect was kind of . . . unrealistic, I guess I would say. And I will admit, I'm not reading this for the suspense. But still it pulled me out of the story a bit because it was silly. Riley was a bit pushy at times, and I didn't like that. He would say things to Regina like "think about Butch. You don't want him to get hurt?" which felt a bit too manipulative for my tastes. Even though his intentions were good, it was a bit much. Final Thought: Riley by Lori Foster was a pleasant read, and I enjoyed it, but I did have some issues with it, too.This review was originally posted on Quinn's Book Nook

  11. 4 out of 5

    TINNGG

    Ok, realistically, if I'm practicing active avoidance of a book, it's time to ditch it. A v. brief bit about why... h, somewhat old-fashioned notions (by today's standards) of when one finally gets busy - not first date, and not with someone you've only known 3 weeks. Feels uncomfortable around men in general, and H in particular H, typical knuckledragging chestbeater - thinks 3 weeks is plenty of time, everything said to h is full of innuendo and suggestion, has staked his claim that h is his, but Ok, realistically, if I'm practicing active avoidance of a book, it's time to ditch it. A v. brief bit about why... h, somewhat old-fashioned notions (by today's standards) of when one finally gets busy - not first date, and not with someone you've only known 3 weeks. Feels uncomfortable around men in general, and H in particular H, typical knuckledragging chestbeater - thinks 3 weeks is plenty of time, everything said to h is full of innuendo and suggestion, has staked his claim that h is his, but can't be bothered to ask her out. She's just supposed to fall over with her legs in the air I suppose. Convenient stalker - to give chest beating asshole an excuse to impose himself into h's live (still without bothering to ask her on a date). Ok, I'm done.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Debs

    Riley can come to my rescue any day! No one writes sexy romantic heroes like Lori Foster. Not only is Riley hot, but he is also a gentleman and the softness in him just makes him that much more intriguing. Who doesn't love a man that takes to a chihuahua his wanna be girl just bought. He brings out the best in Regina, who is beautiful but has very little self esteem. They are a match made in heaven. Just what you are looking for in a suspenseful romance book. Although a previously published book Riley can come to my rescue any day! No one writes sexy romantic heroes like Lori Foster. Not only is Riley hot, but he is also a gentleman and the softness in him just makes him that much more intriguing. Who doesn't love a man that takes to a chihuahua his wanna be girl just bought. He brings out the best in Regina, who is beautiful but has very little self esteem. They are a match made in heaven. Just what you are looking for in a suspenseful romance book. Although a previously published book, these stories never go out of style. 4.5 stars!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    For the first time ever I have given Lori Foster a DNF. I am in love with this author but this book just would not work. Got to 30% and just gave up. The female character is a complete ninny. Dumb, naive and wimpy. And Riley was dominate and cheesy. They did not mesh at all for me. I'm sorry Lori because I truly love your books and will read them until the day you stop writing but just not that one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ~ Stephanie Lynn ~

    Lori Foster has a knack for writing heroes who are strong, dependable and incredibly sexy and Riley definitely fits the bill. Regina is very frou-frou but still a likeable character. Riley's group of buddies are great, I cannot wait for Harris and Butch's stories. Foster writes buddy scenes better than anyone. There is a lot of humor in this book, especially with the guard dog that Regina buys.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Toni Wulfekuhl

    Riley Ex Swat currently works as an evidence tech and owns a gym, where he teaches self defense. He has loved Regina since he met her. Regina small town human interest reporter believes someone is trying to kill her but no one will believe her. So she gets a four-pound "guard" Chihuahua and signs up for self defense classes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    A quick, light weight category romance read! I am a softie for animals, and babies/young children - this particular story features a chihuahua the heroine of the story, Regina, rescues from the pound...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I got the feeling this book in the middle of a series. It was fine as a free standing book but many references were made to things that happened in a previous storyline.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Lam

    Even "cliche" is an understatement. Extreme stereo typing of men and women of the Middle Ages imported to modern age.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This was certainly a very steamy read but it had a story line that kept my attention. I easily read it in one evening.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dalesha R

    Boring!!! To mutch sex I did like the dog

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shelita

    3.5 stars. Really didn't expect the culprits in the crimes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    HT #930 - American Heroes

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen Desmond

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    I read this book as part of a Lori Foster collection, Bodyguard. That cover is much better, but the story is the same!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fran

  27. 5 out of 5

    AuthorIsland

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  30. 4 out of 5

    Booksingarden

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