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Unexpected [Paperback]

Lori Foster
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25 Sep 2003
With a name like Ray Vereker, the mercenary Eli Conners had hired to rescue his irresponsible brother should have been a tank of a man with tattoos and a prison record. But the gorgeous creature demonstrating her karate skills on an unfortunate bar troll is all woman and all business.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing (25 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758205481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758205483
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 905,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Foster is arguably the star of Kensington's steamy erotica imprint, Brava." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lori Foster is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many contemporary romances.

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heroine to be proud of 29 Jun 2004
Finally a heroine who is as good if not better than the hero. It makes a change to find a female who knows how to take charge and kick butt!! I realy enjoyed this book and found it funny and sad in all the right places and it was nice to see a hero who could learn from and lean on a woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating fall read! Very highly recommended 1 Oct 2003
By C. Penn - Published on Amazon.com
Ray Vereker breaks all her rules in accepting her latest assignment. Leaving behind her hammer and tool belt, Ray picks up her weapon to find Eli Conners' missing brother. While she acquiesces to Eli's demand to take him along, Ray remains determinedly in charge of this rescue mission. For years Ray has been a successful mercenary, yet this assignment somehow feel much different than all the rest, threatening to spiral out of her control as she discovers an unexpected attraction to her employer.
Even as he tries to grow closer to her, Ray remains an enigma for Eli. He knows her abilities, her experience and her success, but he does not have names or dates. She does not look cutthroat enough, powerful enough, or hardened enough to pull of this assignment. Indeed, Eli finds it hard to believe that Ray is a mercenary until he sees her in action. But his desperation to get his brother out of Central America and her insider's knowledge mean that he must risk everything on this unexpected woman, even it means his heart.
Author Lori Foster's ability to pen sultry, titillating romance is not exactly UNEXPTECTED, and fans will be delighted that she once again delivers in spades. Ray's combination of fierce warrior strength and carefully concealed femininity results in a dazzling character. Likewise, Eli's determination to get closer to her despite her reserve resoles in unexpected challenge and pleasure. Indeed, Eli and Ray prove why Foster has become one of the hottest authors in the business. UNEXPECTED comes very highly recommended.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Is Fantastic 6 Sep 2003
By Judy - Published on Amazon.com
Eli Conners has requested for the meanest mercenary that the agency has available. He needs help in rescuing his younger brother from a dangerous situation in Central America. The merc he gets literally takes his breath away. Ray Vereker is not your ordinary mercenary, for one thing, she is a woman. Her looks and delicate features are deceiving. Ray has sharp skills and knowledge to take on any man or woman. Ray can handle any situation but she didn't plan on this amazing attraction to Eli. Eli makes her feel and see things that she has never let into her life before and it scares her more then any mission.
Eli realizes a woman like Ray comes along once in a lifetime. He really has his work cut out for him trying to convince her that they have what it takes to make it as a couple. Add to that mix, now there is a baby on the way, which really makes their situation more interesting.
Lori Foster has another hit on her hands. This story has such depth and passion. It sizzles and will make you laugh out loud. This book is a must have.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steamy jungle romance and a kick butt heroine 12 May 2005
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
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After discovering that his brother has been kidnapped in Central America, Eli Connors sets out to hire the baddest mercenary he can find. Imagine his surprise when he comes face to face with Ray Vareker, a petite yt lethal woman. Soon she is beating up the bad guys in a bar fight, and Eli knows he has found his man (or rather woman) for the job.

She reluctantly lets him go with her to Central America and after a little while, they succumb to the sexual tension for some sex in the jungle. After an exciting and harrowing escape, all return home. But Ray managed to bring a little something back from Central America when she discovers that she, the least maternal mammal on the face of the Earth is pregnant.

I thought that this was one of Lori Foster's best books. For one thing, it is a stand alone book, and does not have all those awkward paragraphs devoted to explaining relationships when characters from say the Winston books are re-introduced throughout the series. Also, the dialogue is fresh - not cliche-ridden like many of her books. And lets face it, Ray is one bad mama - a flawed heroine we can all admire.

For pure escapism, steamy romance, and an adrenaline rush, check this one out.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly bad! 19 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Foster introduces several romance themes into this book, but none of them work. First, the idea of a tough female mercenary leading a daring rescue in Central America is a good idea; but Ray isn't so tough except for knowing some martial arts and the rescue isn't very dangerous. Ray and Eli just fly in, grab Eli's brother, and fly out. The only tension is sexual, wondering when and where it would finally happen. Second, we already know from the cover of the book (notice the stork) that Ray turns up pregnant, which I don't mind in a story; but it was not "unexpected." Third (and last), we head on out to the ranch at the end. It is too little and too late to turn this one into a Western. Sorry, but I recommend avoiding this one entirely.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally... a heroine just as tough as a hero 21 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
For once there's a female lead who can stand toe to toe with the male lead and not come off as obnoxious or unlikable. I love reading romance and it isn't always easy to keep myself from wanting to throttle a wimpy, foolish female "heroine." Lori Foster's Ray is no simpering, weak fool. She can definately hold her own in any situation and that's what I loved most about this book, not to mention the steamy love scenes! Ray is a nice mix of strong and vulnerable. I highly recommend this book because it's not often you find a strong female protagonist who can throw-down in a fight or in the bedroom.
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