⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sweetness mixed with suspense

All Fired Up

A heartwarming story about an ex-con finding family, love, and peace with himself, All Fired Up is one of Lori Foster’s more tender books. With her signature complex characters blended with suspense, this book has a little of everything. I loved Mitch, our broken hero who is man enough to admit that he wants more for himself. He’s a man who has had very little good in his life, and doesn’t know how to trust that it will last once he finds it.

While this can definitely be read as a standalone, fans of the series will love how this book pulls the series together. The story follows Mitch as he seeks out his half brothers – Brodie and Jack. Recently released from prison, Mitch is alone in life and would love the connection of family, though he doesn’t hold out much hope that his brothers will want anything to do with them. He meets Charlotte first, and there’s an instant connection between the two of them… that throws a wrench in Mitch’s plans once he discovers that she’s his brothers’ employee. It’s bad enough that she’s all kinds of too good for him, but the fact that she’s so important to his brothers means that pursuing more will be complicated. Mitch gets more than he bargained for once he comes clean to his brothers, gaining an instant family and learning that he might just be worthy of that. But trouble from his past resurfaces, putting everything at risk.

This is definitely sweeter than other books I’ve read by Foster, and I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, I loved seeing Mitch grow and having our hero be the one in need of healing. On the other hand, it’s almost too much of a slow burn for me – the romance takes a backseat to the family storyline, and ultimately felt a bit rushed. That’s really the only drawback to the book for me though, and I’m sure anyone who has read the other books in the series will find this to be a completely fulfilling read. The writing itself is great, the characters are likeable, and the depth of emotion makes an impact. Thank you, NetGalley, for providing me with an ARC. I am voluntarily leaving a review of this sweet and tender read.

All Fired Up by Lori Foster. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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