*I received a free copy of No Holding Back from Harlequin HQN via ARC Publisher. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: McKenzies of Ridge Trail #1
Published by Harlequin HQN on 26 January 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Suspense
Source: ARC Publisher
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.
No Holding Back is the first book in a new series by Lori Foster, and it blew my socks off! Sterling and Cade were intriguing and realistic characters I loved getting to know.
No Holding Back is about a strong female character, Sterling, who had been through literal hell when she was in her late teens. I have a trigger warning on my Goodreads review just in case… However, using her earlier trauma as a strength in order to fight evil is what she does. Not only does she do it well, she also works alone. Sterling is not a trusting person, but she always feels good when she goes to Cade’s bar after work. It’s the only place where she feels like she can relax her guard a little bit. Enough that it’s one of the few places where she’s able to sleep for a little while.
Cade is intrigued by Sterling from the first time she comes to the bar. And with his sharp observation skills, he realizes there is much more to her than meets the eyes. This all changes when one evening, Sterling actually flirts with a new patron at the bar. No Holding Back isn’t only about the romance between the protagonists, it’s also about how goal oriented they are when it comes to their work, and what they believe is right.
No Holding Back is a fast-paced romantic suspense, and there is a mystery that has to be solved. Both Cade and Sterling are secretive, but at the same time, they do feel like they might be able to trust the other person. Maybe by working together, they might reach their goals faster and more safely.No Holding Back is the first book in a new series by Lori Foster, and it blew Linda's socks off! Click To Tweet