{Review} Ready, Set, Jett! by Lori Foster


{Review} Ready, Set, Jett! by Lori FosterReady, Set, Jett! by Lori Foster
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #0.5
March 1, 2011
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 117

Our Rating

3 Stars

A vacation from her no-strings romance with her sexy next-door neighbor.

That's what Natalie Alexander needs to get her head—and heart—together.

But her solo trip south turns into a disaster when gorgeous Jett Sutter turns up with another challenge.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Ready, Set, Jett! by Lori Foster

I’m more than a little addicted to Lori Foster’s books.  The problem is that I read them so quickly, picking up the next in a series immediately after finishing a previous one, that I don’t stop to write even the shortest review.  And since reviews are best written when the story is still fresh, being something like 20 books behind isn’t really conducive to writing them later.  However, I recently got my hands on a copy of her latest, Under Pressure, which has swept me back into the intertwined worlds of some of my favorite characters.  And that, of course, meant I had to start rereading them all.  Hopefully I can stick to my guns and knock out a few well-deserved reviews while I’m at it, but I suppose that remains to be seen…

A sort of prequel novella in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, Ready, Set, Jett! by Lori Foster is actually one I hadn’t read before.  Not sure if that’s because my little library at the time didn’t have it, I didn’t realize there was a book before number one in the series, or if I just went with my usual bias against novellas.  In any case, it was kind of cool to get a “new to me” story from one of most entertaining series I’ve picked up in years.

The Verdict:  I first “met” Natalie and Jett in When You Dare, the first full-length novel in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series.  They stumbled upon her sister Molly at the height of suspense and brought a few laughs to an otherwise tense situation.  So getting Natalie and Jett’s story here was a nice little surprise.

Natalie can’t keep her hands off her hot neighbor Jett, but she’s determined to keep her heart out of it.  Their steamy trysts have been going on for months now, but Natalie has known too many men more interested in her family’s money than her, and while she and Jett certainly have chemistry, she doesn’t want to ruin a good thing by trying to turn it into a real relationship.  Jett, on the other hand, is more and more taken by the aloof middle school teacher every time they’re together, and he’s working on a plan to get her to open up and be real with him, maybe turn their pseudo-relationship into something real.  He’s just got to get Natalie comfortable being around him for more than just a tumble in the sheets, and he’s got a plan to make that happen.

Their story moves quickly, as novellas almost always do, but given the time they’ve already spent together, it doesn’t feel too rushed.  With a stray dog, nosy sisters, and a crazy winter storm in the mix, Natalie’s walls come down more easily than she expected.  She sees the real Jett, not just the muscle-bound neighbor she lusts over, and it’s hard not to want a guy who doesn’t bat an eye at taking in a stray dog.  Natalie and Jett’s journey from hooking-up neighbors to something more isn’t fraught with drama; it’s just a short, sweet, sexy story of two people admitting they feel a lot more for each other than they’d initially planned.  And OMG, there are some seriously sexy scenes in it!

I suspect that if I’d simply read this novella before the rest of the series, I’d have been disappointed.   It’s short, it doesn’t cover a lot of story territory, and it ends with a cliffhanger to start the first full-length book in the series.  But as a cute backstory to a couple I really liked meeting in When You Dare, Natalie and Jett’s little novella is actually a lot of fun, and it’s great to get some insight into the whirlwind romance that she and Jett surprised Molly with in the next book.  I’m only giving it 3 stars because… well, there’s not a whole lot to it, and while I certainly enjoyed it, it doesn’t make sense to give it the 5 stars I would the longer books in this series.  But you should definitely read When You Dare, then this one for the story of Natalie and Jett, and then the whole rest of the outstanding series.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
2 star rating
Plot & Pace
2 star rating
4 star rating
Style & Editing
4 star rating
Story Conclusion
3 star rating
Overall Rating 3 star rating

About Lori Foster

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity.

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