Blog Tour: Under Pressure by Lori Foster

Welcome to the Under Pressure blog tour post for Lori Foster‘s new series Body Armor! This is a cool bodyguard romantic suspense series features some characters you might have recognize from the Ultimate series!

I’ve got lots of fun things in this post, including a review, excerpt and giveaway! So scroll on down and check out all the fun stuff (:

Blog Tour: Under Pressure by Lori FosterUnder Pressure (Body Armor, #1) by Lori Foster
Series: Body Armor #1
Published by HQN Books on January 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspence, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Netgalley

He can protect anything except his heart

Leese Phelps’s road hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s brought him to the perfect job — working for the elite Body Armor security agency. And what his newest assignment lacks in size, she makes up for in fire and backbone. But being drawn to Catalina Nicholson is a dangerous complication, especially since it could be the very man who hired Leese who’s threatening her.
What Catalina knows could get her killed. But who’d believe the sordid truth about her powerful stepfather? Beyond Leese’s ripped body and brooding gaze is a man of impeccable honour. He’s the last person she expects to trust — and the first who’s ever made her feel safe. And he’s the only one who can help her expose a deadly secret, if they can just stay alive long enough...


So Body Armor is a spin off from Lori Foster’s last romance suspense series Ultimate featuring Leese Phelps. I have to admit, he was slowly winning me over in the old series, so I was excited to see him get his own book! I actually really loved that he admits to the fact that he was kind of a jerk at the start (of the Ultimate series) but now shows us how hard he’s work to become a better person by Under Pressure.

Leese has left the MMA world and has moved into the body guard life which he’s totally loving. Than he get’s an assignment that changes his whole (love) life. Enter Catalina Nicholson, art teacher, daughter of a rich man, knower of a secret that someone would kill to silence forever.

The romance, though somewhat a bit insta-lust/love, was quite cute. I liked that Cat was very open about the fact that she lusted for Leese and I think it helped keep their relationship very honest. I was a little fearful that there’d be too much White Knight syndrome happening, what with Leese coming to Cat’s rescue. But I think it was balanced out quite well. The thing that probably annoyed me was the fact that Cat was very much all about the martyring herself. It doesn’t make you weak to ask for help, sheesh. Anyway, I liked the chemistry between the two and was happy to see them together.

The suspense part of the book was a little cliche (especially the villain), but overall not bad. There’s some action and plotting, and threats uttered.

Let’s talk about the secondary characters! Justice, Leese’s new recruit to the team, is hilarious and adorable and a can’t wait for his book. Sahara, boss of Body Armor, is freak’n queen! She is so sassy and badass and brilliant and I just love her so much!!!

“You need to be careful too, Sahara.”

She cooked her head. “I would tell you that careful is my middle name – ” her expression hardened “- but actually it’s vengeance.”

Overall, Under Pressure was a great introduction to the new series! I loved that we got to see a bunch of old friends, but also got introduced to a bunch of new great characters. With a good dose of suspense and steamy romance, it’s everything you would want in a Lori Foster novel.

{*Thanks to Harlequin HQN & Netgalley for provided the eARC in exchange for an honest review.



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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. You can see the benefit romance books here:

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Leese Phelps stood in the cold early evening air, his breath frosting in front of him. Lights at the nearby bus station blinked in an annoying mismatched pattern. A cascade of foil Valentine’s Day hearts hung loose, almost touching the ground. Not exactly romantic, but then, he wasn’t in a romantic mood.

Behind him, completely hidden in the shadows, his friend Justice complained, “My balls are freezing.”

Still watching the surrounding area, Leese said, “You should try wearing underwear.”

“The ladies would complain. They like me commando.”

Leese started to smile, until a shadow shifted from the right side of an alley that bisected the station from a cheap hotel. He said, “Shh.”

“This is it?” Justice whispered. “You see her?”

“Quiet.” Leese pressed farther back into the darkness, his gaze alert, his senses zinging.

A woman, small in stature, emerged dragging an enormous suitcase with a broken wheel. As it tried to pull her sideways, she relentlessly forced it through slush and blackened snow. Her narrowed gaze scanned the area with nervous awareness.

Leese didn’t move, but still her attention shot back in his direction. She stared, watchful and wary, until he stepped out.

Trying not to look threatening, Leese propped a shoulder on the brick facade of the vacated building. He glanced at her, then away, as if dismissing her.

She continued to stare.

Now what to do?

“What’s happening?” Justice whispered.

“Nothing. Be quiet.”

The girl wore jeans with snow boots, a puffy coat that covered her to her knees and a black stocking cap pulled down to her eyebrows. Straight brown hair stuck out from the bottom.

When she finally looked away, it was to drop the suitcase and whip around, facing the way she’d come.

Two men stepped out, followed by a third.

The third smiled at her. “Going somewhere, Cat? Without saying goodbye?”

Suspicions confirmed, Leese watched Catalina Nicholson take a defiant stance. That didn’t surprise him. As soon as he’d been given this assignment, he’d learned what he could of her.

She came from a wealthy family of lawyers and CEOs, people with far-reaching political and business connections. They were the movers and shakers of the world, influencing other powerful people effortlessly.

But Catalina had bucked convention by becoming an elementary school art teacher, something her family hadn’t liked. She clearly enjoyed her luxuries, but wanted to earn them herself. Some inheritances helped to pave the way on that, but from all reports, she’d proven herself to be headstrong and independent. Small in size but not in attitude.

Here, in the slums of Danbrook, Ohio, she was far away from her usual routine of dealing with middle-class families and their grade-school children.

“That’s right, Wayne,” she said, her voice strong. “I’m leaving.”

“I don’t think so,” the man called Wayne said, and his two cronies moved to surround her. “Not just yet. Not until you pay up on all those promises you made.”

Strangely enough, Catalina looked back at Leese again, her expression a touch desperate.

Even from a distance, he felt her silent request for help.

“Stay put unless you see that I need you,” Leese told Justice. He was pretty sure he could handle things without drawing his gun, but there was always a chance he’d cause a ruckus and then, to protect her, they’d need to make a run for it. “Be ready with the car.”

Justice grumbled, “I miss all the fun.”

His boots crunching in the frozen snow, Leese headed toward her in a casual stride.

Relief took the starch out of her shoulders. If he could defuse things without violence, that’d be for the best. Right now, the bus station was all but empty. But if a brawl broke out, for sure it’d draw attention from somewhere.

As he approached, the men all went still, watchful, before deciding he didn’t matter.


Leese stepped up in front of her, blocking the pushiest guy, forcing him back a step.


“Excuse me.” Insinuating himself between her and the big goon, Leese insulated her from trouble, then turned to face her. Catalina was probably a foot shorter than him, and even in the thick coat she seemed slim all over. She tipped back her head and stared up at him with big blue eyes that were both wary and defiant.

By silent agreement, she trusted him, when that was the very last thing she should have done. No wonder he’d been sent to her.

Leese hefted her bag, which weighed a ton, and maintaining the casual vibe said, “This way,” indicating where he’d been standing watch.

Without bothering to look at the other men, she drew a careful breath, braced herself and nodded in agreement.

Insane. The woman had no self-protection mechanism. She didn’t know him from Adam, but was willing to blindly saunter off with him.

When he’d been assigned this case, not once had he expected it to be this easy. On the contrary. Everything he’d been told had led him to believe it would be a total pain in the ass to keep her safe.

She took two steps.

The closest goon said, “This is bullshit.”

Pausing, Leese huffed out a breath. “Let it go.”

“The hell I will.”

Hearing the elevated voice, he turned just in time to dodge a thick fist. Still holding her bag, Leese landed a knee to the man’s midsection, then flattened him with an elbow to the chin.

The guy’s eyes rolled back and he collapsed like a rag doll, one leg bent awkwardly beneath him, his jaw slack.

Eyeing the remaining two, Leese popped his neck and waited. “Anyone else?”





Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

16 Replies to “Blog Tour: Under Pressure by Lori Foster”

  1. If I was being chased by the bad guys, I’d hide in a first coffee shop! 🙂

  2. I would run to the nearest police station.

  3. I’m a huge Lori Foster fan, and Leese won me over in the Ultimate series, too. However, I wasn’t amazed by this one (my review will go up on Monday). I liked it, but I felt like it was missing something. Cat was a bit frustrating, and I never really connected to their romance. I liked Leese and Cat together, but I didn’t have that oh-my-gosh-these-two-need-to-be-together-forever feeling.

    I am very excited for Justice’s story, though!

  4. I actually haven’t read Lori Foster yet!! She is on a very long list to get to though. This sounds like a great start to a series! Lovely review!

  5. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

  6. Justice was hilarious and I love the new characters introduced. This is going to be a fun series!

  7. Ok, if the bad guys are chasing me I would hope to hide in a spot where I would never be found but I would probably end up under the bed or in the closet which would be the first place they look for me.

    This sounds like a good book. I enjoyed the excerpt. Great review!

  8. I would hide behind my nextdoor neighbor’s pit bull. He is all bark and no bite, but the bad guys wouldn’t know that, ha ha! Thanks for the stellar giveaway! 🙂

  9. Audrey Stewart says: Reply

    It would depend on where I was, and what was near by.

  10. I’d flee to the nearest library! (safe, warm, cozy, filled with books…)

  11. Three cheers for no White Knight syndrome! Hahaha. This sounds really good – it’s been forever since I’ve read any romantic suspense, but I’ve quite enjoyed Lori Foster’s books in the past. LOL, “my middle name is vengeance.” Awesome. 😂

  12. This book sounds great! It’s already on my TBR on GR. I would go to the least expected place available, depending on where I was. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  13. I haven’t heard of this book or author before but it sounds like a fun read. It’s hard to know what you’d do in tricky situations like that, but I’d probably visit a family member for help and go on the lam.

  14. This sounds like a great start to a series! I’ve had Lori Foster on my to read list for way too long!

  15. Somewhere public! Make it harder for them to get at me.

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