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You met Joe Winston in Lori Foster's Wild. Now, the Winston brothers' seductive, bad-boy cousin is back and up against a woman who's immune to his considerable charms. . .or so it seems. . . Irresistible Force--Meet Immovable Object Joe Winston has a routine with women: he exists; they swoon; roll credits. With his smoldering looks, macho style, and irrepressible charm, Joe You met Joe Winston in Lori Foster's Wild. Now, the Winston brothers' seductive, bad-boy cousin is back and up against a woman who's immune to his considerable charms. . .or so it seems. . . Irresistible Force--Meet Immovable Object Joe Winston has a routine with women: he exists; they swoon; roll credits. With his smoldering looks, macho style, and irrepressible charm, Joe can have any woman--except the one he really wants. Secretly, Luna Clark may lust after Joe, but she's made it clear that she's too smart to fall for him. He can just keep holding his breath, thank you very much. But now, Luna's inherited two kids who need more than she alone can give in a small town that seems hell-bent on driving them away. She needs someone to help out. . .someone who can't be intimidated. . .someone just like Joe. Becoming an instant family wasn't exactly what Joe had in mind, but hey, it's a start, and you can't blame a guy for trying every angle. After all, where there's a Joe, there's a way. . .straight into a woman's heart.


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You met Joe Winston in Lori Foster's Wild. Now, the Winston brothers' seductive, bad-boy cousin is back and up against a woman who's immune to his considerable charms. . .or so it seems. . . Irresistible Force--Meet Immovable Object Joe Winston has a routine with women: he exists; they swoon; roll credits. With his smoldering looks, macho style, and irrepressible charm, Joe You met Joe Winston in Lori Foster's Wild. Now, the Winston brothers' seductive, bad-boy cousin is back and up against a woman who's immune to his considerable charms. . .or so it seems. . . Irresistible Force--Meet Immovable Object Joe Winston has a routine with women: he exists; they swoon; roll credits. With his smoldering looks, macho style, and irrepressible charm, Joe can have any woman--except the one he really wants. Secretly, Luna Clark may lust after Joe, but she's made it clear that she's too smart to fall for him. He can just keep holding his breath, thank you very much. But now, Luna's inherited two kids who need more than she alone can give in a small town that seems hell-bent on driving them away. She needs someone to help out. . .someone who can't be intimidated. . .someone just like Joe. Becoming an instant family wasn't exactly what Joe had in mind, but hey, it's a start, and you can't blame a guy for trying every angle. After all, where there's a Joe, there's a way. . .straight into a woman's heart.

30 review for Say No To Joe?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    This was one of the most entertaining books and I absolutely loved it! The beginning had me fooled. I'm not a huge fan of the ultimate player who thinks marriage is worse than jail. The beginning was focused on Joe's playboy ways a bit too much, but once Luna asked for Joe's help, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much Joe was gone for Luna. The story just got better and better from there. Luna is being asked to take over guardianship of her 14 and 9 year old cousins that she didn't even know This was one of the most entertaining books and I absolutely loved it! The beginning had me fooled. I'm not a huge fan of the ultimate player who thinks marriage is worse than jail. The beginning was focused on Joe's playboy ways a bit too much, but once Luna asked for Joe's help, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much Joe was gone for Luna. The story just got better and better from there. Luna is being asked to take over guardianship of her 14 and 9 year old cousins that she didn't even know about. Since their single mom passed away, they've been passed from one relative to another. Luna has been informed there is some issues with the children and the townsfolk so she asks Joe to come with her temporarily to help get things settled. Joe is a former policeman, turned bounty hunter, turned bodyguard. If anyone can deal with any trouble to come along it's Joe. I can't really say enough how much I loved this story. I love small town settings because you get a lot of side characters that play a small but noticeable part in the story. Add in kids who just need someone to love them and I was a goner. Joe, a former playboy, becoming a protector and all domesticated was just icing on the cake. This author had me loving these people in the story so much that I had to go see if any of them have their own book. I'm so excited to see she does, especially Jamie Creed. I'm not sure if his book can hold up to the hype of his character in this book, but I'm not wasting time to go find out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kat Valentine

    This was the first book I read by Lori foster,one of the ladies at my library knew I loved romance books and she picked it out for me and the rest is history!!! I loved this book so much that I started ordering all her books!! Lori foster is my fave contemporary writer all her books are awesome.Her men are all alpha and hot as hell!!! She also writes damn good erotica too and I'm very picky with that genre it has to have a great storyline. Check her out if you haven't read any of her books,their This was the first book I read by Lori foster,one of the ladies at my library knew I loved romance books and she picked it out for me and the rest is history!!! I loved this book so much that I started ordering all her books!! Lori foster is my fave contemporary writer all her books are awesome.Her men are all alpha and hot as hell!!! She also writes damn good erotica too and I'm very picky with that genre it has to have a great storyline. Check her out if you haven't read any of her books,their all awesome!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ARC received for review This is a reprint of a 2003 book, and as far as I can tell hasn't been updated. Joe buys the kids a VCR and tapes. Very sweet romance between Luna and Joe with some intrigue and action and a little angst. Very sweet kids who've had a rough time that you will just fall in love with. There's a bunch of other peeps who I think have had stories or will. Jamie Creed is spooky.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥

    “The wisest people in the world are the ones who know they’ll make mistakes, especially when dealing with kids.” For the Low Angst Love’s (LAL) book of the month (February) challenge I choose “Say No to Joe”, based on a recommendation from Mindy here on GR. And Mindy… you did not leave me astray. I absolutely fell in love with Joe, Luna, Willow, & Austin. I even enjoyed the side characters (Bryan, Scott, Jamie, and Julie Rose), and I’m hopeful for their HEA books as well. What a FAN-FREAKING- “The wisest people in the world are the ones who know they’ll make mistakes, especially when dealing with kids.” For the Low Angst Love’s (LAL) book of the month (February) challenge I choose “Say No to Joe”, based on a recommendation from Mindy here on GR. And Mindy… you did not leave me astray. I absolutely fell in love with Joe, Luna, Willow, & Austin. I even enjoyed the side characters (Bryan, Scott, Jamie, and Julie Rose), and I’m hopeful for their HEA books as well. What a FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC read! This is my first book from Lori Foster. Why have I not picked up one of her books before? I couldn’t tell ya... And it’s to my own detriment, because her writing style and story development it my kinda medicine. Joe is 100% alpha male and 100% swoon worthy. “Austin skipped beside him toward the body shop entrance. ‘Women worry, huh? That’s why we kiss ‘em goodbye.’ ‘Yep. They worry.’ Joe put a hand on his head. ‘Plus it’s just nice kissing them.’ ” We start out with Joe playing opossum… …in order to escape the unwanted attention from two women, while looking like the “cat had mauled, killed, and then dragged [him] in.” Having been snuck up on and blindsided by a two-by-four, our unlucky hero starts off in less than stellar conditions. And in comes Luna... “How little you know about women, my boy. They’re all terrifying, but Luna more so than the rest. I knew the day I met her that my bachelor days were numbered” ...playing "The Wife" in order to scare the unwanted visitors away. "She stared with contrived contempt at both women, raised her chin in disdain, and uttered with complete absurdity and unrivaled fiction, 'I'm his wife. Get out.' " So before you start getting the wrong impression about the 2 women trying to wake Joe up in the beginning, know that our hero is and has been 100% Luna’s since the day he saw her umm… tushy. Just kidding. Just kidding. Luna intrigued him from the very start. But that’s not why she’s there. Luna’s very distant cousin, having passed away two years ago, has left two kids. No one knows who their father is, and no one, not even their Aunt, wants to accept the responsibility as guardian. The children, being threatened with abandonment and foster care, only have their distant relative Luna to keep them from the system. Not only do they need a guardian, but they are struggling within the small community from which they live in. Since their mother’s passing, they have endured constant harassment from various neighbors. Because of the trouble the kids find themselves in, Luna has decided to hire Joe, with his resume as a policeman, bodyguard, bounty hunter, private detective, and etc. Joe, hoping to spend some alone time with Luna, as well as help her and the kids with their troubles, happily accepts her offer free of charge. What Joe (and Luna) thought would be temporary, soon starts to grow on him. He finds that the domestic life suites him, and Luna and the kids well… He can’t imagine life without them. Watching the former badass playboy succumb to the natural chores/responsibilities that are involved when having a family is a real treat ;) And the kids! Gosh the kids!!! I fell in love with Willow & Austin just as much as Joe and Luna. If I could, I would take Luna’s place and mother the toots outa them! They just needed stability, reliability, and of course… LOVE! The whole atypical family dynamic really made this book one heck of an entertaining read. What a joy. WHAT A JOY! I hope you give this one a try, and see how Joe and Luna overcome the obstacles/challenges handed down to them. You wont be able to resist highlighting most of the book while trying to discretely laugh out loud in public places. Overall Rating → 5 “Saying yes to Joe Winston-it has to be one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.” STARS***** Price is Right? → (view spoiler)[ YES ($1.99 on Amazon) Grab it while you can! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00... (hide spoiler)] Love Triangle? → (view spoiler)[ Nope (hide spoiler)] Cheating? → (view spoiler)[ NO (hide spoiler)] Angst Level: High, Medium, Low → (view spoiler)[ low (hide spoiler)] Heat/Language Level: Rated G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17 → (view spoiler)[ Rated R (hide spoiler)] HEA → (view spoiler)[ YES! It was so good I wish there was an epilogue :/ (hide spoiler)] Page Turner? → Yes Would I recommend? → YES! Would I re-read? → YES! Would I read more from this author? → YES! This book was magic. I’m curious if Lori Foster’s other books are just as good. “He said any man can father a child, but only a special man can be a dad.” _____________________________________________________________ $1.99 now on Amazon 1/27/19 (normally $7.99) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00... Mindy recommends this one to those of us in L.A.L.... ***Blindly pushes "1-Click" button*** This reminds me of one of my fav book ever . I'm really really really really really really excited :D

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carvanz

    What a wonderfully perfect read! I dug into this one at a time when everything around me was feeling very dark and heavy and this book absolutely gave to me exactly what I needed. From the moment this hero meets the heroine he knows he wants her, but doesn’t claim it’s love, and remains celibate until he finally has her 3 months later. He was possessive and jealous and above all protective of her and the children she has gained custody of. This heroine was the perfect balance of independent, fei What a wonderfully perfect read! I dug into this one at a time when everything around me was feeling very dark and heavy and this book absolutely gave to me exactly what I needed. From the moment this hero meets the heroine he knows he wants her, but doesn’t claim it’s love, and remains celibate until he finally has her 3 months later. He was possessive and jealous and above all protective of her and the children she has gained custody of. This heroine was the perfect balance of independent, feisty, and vulnerable. I loved how she stood up to the hero without being obnoxious or over the top with it. She wasn’t trying to prove anything to anyone. Her absolute honesty with the children and the hero shined through and I found it so refreshing. I absolutely loved everything about this book and I can’t wait to continue on with the series! Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[ no ow/om drama; H is a manwhore before he meets h - is celibate from that moment on (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    bella farren

    4.5/5 Loved this book. It was exactly what I needed, light and adorable with a dash of emotional romance. I loved the relationship that Joe and Luna created with the children and the added mystery made this book addictive. I loved that Luna wasn't the usual dainty female. She was unique and tough and didn't take shit from anybody. I had a distinct dislike for Joe throughout the beginning of the book, he was sexist and frustrating but as the story progressed and the children were introduced his ch 4.5/5 Loved this book. It was exactly what I needed, light and adorable with a dash of emotional romance. I loved the relationship that Joe and Luna created with the children and the added mystery made this book addictive. I loved that Luna wasn't the usual dainty female. She was unique and tough and didn't take shit from anybody. I had a distinct dislike for Joe throughout the beginning of the book, he was sexist and frustrating but as the story progressed and the children were introduced his character began to improve and mellow. The side characters were amazing, I loved the added dimension they created. There was an air of almost psychic powers with Jamie knowing when and why people were arriving and the kick ass Alyx was amazing, my only complaint was that we didn't see more of her (I'm hoping Lori will put out a novel based on her and the sheriff *sighs*) Lori Foster knows how to write a good romance story, I haven't read a book of hers that I haven't fallen in love with.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

    5 I Wouldn’t Say No To Joe! Stars One of my favorites now is now available in audio!! https://www.audible.com/pd/Say-No-to-... Joe Winston is a ex Cop and present day Bounty Hunter and Bodyguard. Joe, lover of all women is infatuated with free spirited Luna (The Moon Goddess) who works for his cousin Zane’s wife, we first meet Joe in Wild and while it’s not necessary to read Wild first, I highly recommend it! Luna finds herself needing Joe’s help, she’s been named as guardian of her decease 5 I Wouldn’t Say No To Joe! Stars One of my favorites now is now available in audio!! https://www.audible.com/pd/Say-No-to-... Joe Winston is a ex Cop and present day Bounty Hunter and Bodyguard. Joe, lover of all women is infatuated with free spirited Luna (The Moon Goddess) who works for his cousin Zane’s wife, we first meet Joe in Wild and while it’s not necessary to read Wild first, I highly recommend it! Luna finds herself needing Joe’s help, she’s been named as guardian of her deceased cousins two children Willow and Austin. Unfortunately there is trouble in the kids hometown and it looks as though someone is intentionally causing trouble for these poor orphaned children. There are town secrets and it’s up to Joe to keep Luna and the children safe from a unknown threat. Joe wants Luna.....but is he ready for family life and commitments? And how long can Luna say no to Joe?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms

    Say No To Joe? was a humorous romance, the characters were well fleshed out, and I laughed so hard I snorted while I waited for my bus. Which led to someone saying 'bless you' to me :D

  9. 4 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    I see this is lending enabled for Kindle. Would anyone be willing to lend it to me? Thanks for the lend, Michelle!! *hugs*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Say No to Joe? By Lori Foster Actual Rating: 3 stars The good: - The hero, Joe, was seemingly pretty loyal to Luna, the heroine, once they got together - The kids were cute, if a little cardboard-ish - I enjoyed the brief glimpses of Alyx, Joe’s sister The bad: - I was confused whether or not Joe had been celibate after meeting Luna. He claimed he didn’t want any other women, but he’d clearly gone out on at least one date with Amelia and there were two ladies in his house when Luna showed up (which STI Say No to Joe? By Lori Foster Actual Rating: 3 stars The good: - The hero, Joe, was seemingly pretty loyal to Luna, the heroine, once they got together - The kids were cute, if a little cardboard-ish - I enjoyed the brief glimpses of Alyx, Joe’s sister The bad: - I was confused whether or not Joe had been celibate after meeting Luna. He claimed he didn’t want any other women, but he’d clearly gone out on at least one date with Amelia and there were two ladies in his house when Luna showed up (which STILL confuses me...). - Casual sexism. Lots of comments about “real men” and some weirdly snide mentions of Luna being a feminist early on. WTF? - Yet another manwhore hero. Yawn. - OW bashing. For some reason, Joe repeatedly says the other women he dated were vain and shallow, and that was why he never wanted to settle down with them. Except he straight up acknowledges earlier in the book that he doesn’t want marriage or kids and other women have tried and failed to get him to settle down. I don’t see why Foster can’t just have him admit that he wasn’t ready at that point for marriage but is now. Why does it have to be the other women’s fault? Safety Stats:(view spoiler)[ Ages: Joe is 36, no age mentioned for Luna. Cheating: None. OM/OW: Some mention of Joe’s previous manwhoring ways. An ex is still obsessed with him and tries to get her revenge on him. Separation: None. Triggers: None. HEA? Yes, married by the end. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cami

    Sorry, this just didn’t sit well with me through most of the book. I felt as if there were a lot of contradictions. Plus for probably the first 50% of the book I was really confused. I kind of felt as if I came in, in the middle of the book verses starting from the beginning. I did finally gather that this is a spinoff of another series by Lori Foster so maybe since I didn’t read that series it caused me to be a bit lost. I’ve enjoyed some of Lori’s current books but I think maybe ones that were Sorry, this just didn’t sit well with me through most of the book. I felt as if there were a lot of contradictions. Plus for probably the first 50% of the book I was really confused. I kind of felt as if I came in, in the middle of the book verses starting from the beginning. I did finally gather that this is a spinoff of another series by Lori Foster so maybe since I didn’t read that series it caused me to be a bit lost. I’ve enjoyed some of Lori’s current books but I think maybe ones that were written so long ago aren’t my thing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. "Say No to Joe" is a reissue of an early Lori Foster book from 2003 and stands the test of time quite well. It is a warm, funny, sexy romp that your will really enjoy, a romance with humor and a touch of mystery/suspense - I LOVE IT!! Joe Winston is a cousin to the Winston Brothers. We met him in "Wild". We also met Luna in that book too. Luna's family is not close, to say the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. "Say No to Joe" is a reissue of an early Lori Foster book from 2003 and stands the test of time quite well. It is a warm, funny, sexy romp that your will really enjoy, a romance with humor and a touch of mystery/suspense - I LOVE IT!! Joe Winston is a cousin to the Winston Brothers. We met him in "Wild". We also met Luna in that book too. Luna's family is not close, to say the least. Her cousin died 2 years and left 14 year old Willow and 9 year old Austin orphans. Other relatives have tried, and failed, to be their guardians and there seems to be some trouble with the townspeople too. Luna is next in line to try and handle the kids and the situation. Fearing trouble with the townspeople, she tries to hire Joe to help with the situation. Joe has his own reasons to make himself scares for a period of time and agrees to go along as long as Luna understands he really, really wants her. Luna and Joe have chemistry, but Luna does not want to give in to it. They were followed when they left Joe's and what that will mean for Luna and the kids is part of the mystery.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved Luna and Joe story! The kids were hilarious and sweet, really nice intrigue and nice steam factor. A winner!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin Kern

    I first fell in love with Joe Winston when he made his appearance in the Winston Bros. series. He came in as the mysterious, bad older cousin who was able to catch the eye of Luna, a woman who's a polar opposite of him. Personally I could not have found a better woman to fit Joe's alpha male, dominating personality. She's a little spit-fire who doesn't take any of Joe's Me-Tarzaan-You-Jane tendencies. The two of them have a chemistry that's tangible and burns the pages up. Ms. Foster uses Joe to m I first fell in love with Joe Winston when he made his appearance in the Winston Bros. series. He came in as the mysterious, bad older cousin who was able to catch the eye of Luna, a woman who's a polar opposite of him. Personally I could not have found a better woman to fit Joe's alpha male, dominating personality. She's a little spit-fire who doesn't take any of Joe's Me-Tarzaan-You-Jane tendencies. The two of them have a chemistry that's tangible and burns the pages up. Ms. Foster uses Joe to make a smooth transition from the Winston series to the Visitation series where she introduces other characters who are sure to have their own interesting stories. Ms. Foster is also one of those authors who flawlessly creates flawed yet irresistible males and women who are perfectly matched for them. She's always on my top must buy list for the quirky and sexually steamy stories she tells. This is a great buy for anyone who loves a great, sensual romance. Erin Kern author of Looking for Trouble

  15. 5 out of 5

    Syndi

    DnF Not for me. Can not connect with any aspect of this book. Dragging. There is one part where i feel like reading parenting self help. The characters development also minimal. We know joe is perfect alpha male. Tough, loyal, sweet and good parent. Like he has no flaw. The attraction between Joe and Luna is not explored or develop more. And the stalker part is cheesy. 2 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

    3.5 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cherry London

    An entertaining and interesting surprise, if I do say so, a funny yet thrilling story with a mix of all things exciting such as love, attempted murder, and other hidden mysteries, these gave the story an enticing endearing quality, with an explosive and fiery chemistry between Joe and Luna. Their natural caring and love for the kids made them a star in my book, the lustful romance brewing between these two is electrifying and rather spicy. The situations the kids find themselves in is all due to An entertaining and interesting surprise, if I do say so, a funny yet thrilling story with a mix of all things exciting such as love, attempted murder, and other hidden mysteries, these gave the story an enticing endearing quality, with an explosive and fiery chemistry between Joe and Luna. Their natural caring and love for the kids made them a star in my book, the lustful romance brewing between these two is electrifying and rather spicy. The situations the kids find themselves in is all due to certain individual's misconception, extreme prejudiced, lies and betrayal along with their misguided views. The characters of this story are wonderful, the storyline is excellent, and Willow and Austin are really cool kids, not forgetting Luna and Joe they make one crazy couple, this has been an absolute fun and gem of a story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars This wasn't a bad book, but this one definitely wasn't my favorite book from Lori Foster. I just wasn't as compelled with this story like I have been with other books I have read in the past. Usually with her books I am immediately consumed and immersed in the world and the couple. Luna and Joe's romance really didn't do it for me not that they were a bad couple but I kept on comparing them to my favorite couples of Lori Foster's like Rowdy and Avery & Armie and Merissa, who I absolute 3.5 stars This wasn't a bad book, but this one definitely wasn't my favorite book from Lori Foster. I just wasn't as compelled with this story like I have been with other books I have read in the past. Usually with her books I am immediately consumed and immersed in the world and the couple. Luna and Joe's romance really didn't do it for me not that they were a bad couple but I kept on comparing them to my favorite couples of Lori Foster's like Rowdy and Avery & Armie and Merissa, who I absolutely love and adore to pieces. I didn't love and adore Luna and Joe and their romance. Just something about them was off putting in the beginning and it took me awhile to warm up to them. In fact, it really took me awhile to get into the book. I was nearly a third in once the children came into then I started it a little bit more. I really liked seeing them become a family. I thought that was adorable. I also liked that the usual staple of Lori Foster was in the books was the mystery and suspense aspect, and though I may have not been on the edge of my seat like other books, I did appreciate that it was in there, though I will admit there was going on there with it coming from multiple sides. I think that was a big reason that the beginning was kind of overwhelming because that was more of the focus than the romance and the characters. I was kind of disappointed with the character of Joe. He just came off as really brash and arrogant playboy that just had lust on the brain. Granted Armie and Rowdy were very much the same and very wicked but in them it was really charming and endearing plus I knew they hearts gold and more going beneath the surface and I loved them while with Joe at least for me his wicked ways were a turn off especially in how he spoke to Luna. I know this was suppose be their sexual attraction and banter, but I wasn't charmed by it. It was almost too over the top and too much. I get he was a rough and tough guy and that was his focus but he wasn't a turn on for me. What I did like about him the most was when his softer side showed and he acted like father to those kids than I could see his potential, though he still didn't quite do it for me. I wasn't fond of Luna either really. I lied she had that big tender heart for those kinds, but I didn't like her harshness either. I get she didn't want to get hurt was fighting her feelings for Joe but I still was taken aback by her attitude. I needed to see more of that softer side when it came to him. I felt like she didn't really open up to him like she should have. She opened up to Willow emotionally but never him. I wanted to see her vulnerable to him and just expose all the wrong emotions that she experienced when dealing with him. And I also think she fought a little too hard against him in the beginning so that kind of turned me off for too. She just didn't endear me to her. She was a good person for sure but just I couldn't connect to her nor him nor the romance. The romance was disappointing. It just wasn't that got wrenching raw, emotional story that I am usually looking for in romance novels. There wasn't a lot of angst. There was none of this will they won't they kind thing. It felt like forgone conclusion not all their romance aren't but with this one a particular it didn't keep me guessing or on my toes. In fact I just wanted them to get it over with and do it already because it was coming. It almost took too long. For me, it wasn't about anticipation, which is something I enjoy the most, it was just getting there. It felt like a slog. Granted I did like that they didn't just hop into bed right away and it took time for them to get closer and intimate, but there was no real excitement to it. It was kind of ho hum. And I also felt there could have been more emotional intensity between them than just intense lust. That was the prominent focus in their relationship instead of having the balance between the physical and the emotional. It was missing that compelling piece that would have me rooting for them. It was missing something. Did I believe they cared about each other? Yes. Love? Not so sure about that. When the love scenes finally came, it was relief because it took so long to get there. But they did have some passionate moments between them and it certainly met their physical needs. Emotional needs? Probably but I didn't totally feel that. I felt it was more physical than anything. It was just a dam bursting. I did like when she pleasured him and was the only moment I could feel the emotional piece of the relationship. Other than that it was very much lust. Overall, it wasn't the worst story I have ever read but neither was it my favorite. I just took me forever to get into the story and the characters. I wasn't thrilled with the characters nor love story. I wasn't compelled by it and felt times it drug on unnecessarily. I enjoy the children when they came on the scene and that was really when the story started to pick up for me. I liked seeing them become a new family. That was best part. I think if that was more of the story or if started like that I would have gotten into the story more quickly. I get the beginning was all set up and stuff but it was just too long. I know it was meant bring out the anticipation and sexual tension between them but it didn't work me. And Joe didn't work for me in the beginning. He was just too much. I didn't fall in love with them. He wasn't a bad character just didn't do it for me. The suspense and mystery though I was glad it was there, it was a little much because so much was going on and that became the focus instead of the romance. It was just an okay story for me with a few highlights thrown in here and there.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Joe Winston is a former bounty hunter who likes the ladies. Although he hasn't been able to get a certain lady, Luna out of his mind. She's probably the only woman who's ever rejected him and despite the attraction he knows she feels, she keeps on rejecting him. He wants nothing more than to get her in to bed and get all this attraction out of their systems, but she's hell bent on denying him. But she does need him...for his brawn and intimidation factor. Luna is the new guardian of her cousin's Joe Winston is a former bounty hunter who likes the ladies. Although he hasn't been able to get a certain lady, Luna out of his mind. She's probably the only woman who's ever rejected him and despite the attraction he knows she feels, she keeps on rejecting him. He wants nothing more than to get her in to bed and get all this attraction out of their systems, but she's hell bent on denying him. But she does need him...for his brawn and intimidation factor. Luna is the new guardian of her cousin's kids and for some reason, the townspeople where they live are causing problems for the two kids. So Luna asks Joe along to protect them and to find out whose causing trouble for them. This may put Luna into close quarters with Joe, who she wants more than her next breath, but she's not going to hand over her heart on a silver platter to a man who swears against commitment. But how long can she resist him? This did not start out promisingly. Mostly that was because Joe is a misogynistic ass-grabber. Luna first introduces this bit of conflict and called him an ass-grabber, but I thought, maybe they got a bit hot and heavy and once he grabbed her ass she came to her senses and got all angry with him. Our hero wouldn't actually assault a woman would he? Apparently he would. As its told from Joe's point of view, they were flirting and when Luna turned around he couldn't stop himself from reaching out and taking a grab of her ass...completely unsolicited. Only later did he realize that her flirting with him wasn't particular attention being paid to him, just her flirty nature. As if it matters. So yeah. The hero touches the heroine inappropriately without permission and then I'm supposed to feel sympathy for his plight that he can't seduce Luna into bed? Was 2003 really that long ago? Fortunately, Joe matured himself up quite a bit and I was able to continue the story assuming that Joe learned his lesson. So that unpromising start aside, this turned into a decent book. I did really like the fact that Luna is able to make Joe wait. In fact, it isn't until Joe is so damn smitten with Luna that he's ready to commit and trying to think up ways to get her on board with his plans that he finally gets to sleep with her. So that felt like some vindication from his earlier attitude. It was actually quite a relief. There's not so much relationship angst here - most of the tension in the story comes from the mystery of who is out to get the kids, when the person following Joe is finally going to get him and whether the kids are going to be okay. It's not the most suspenseful story - I was able to predict who was out to get the kids pretty early on (and why) but didn't see Bryan coming... The kids were also well written, as they weren't irritating and their ages were spot on with their behavior. Speaking of the kids, the author reveals her buy in of gender stereotypes when she has the teacher praise the boy child for being awesome at math and praises the older girl child for being awesome at English. RME. As a teacher myself, that just got to me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey

    Wow. I can not tell you how much I love this series of books. Lori Foster writes such great men. They are really manly, confident, protective and honourable - what real men should be. And Joe is number 1 in my opinion. I also love the women, they are all sassy in their different ways and have bag loads of gumption. Luna is my favourite so far. I haven't read any of this series in order, but that hasn't spoilt it at all. In fact I've enjoyed piecing all the people together, and I love hearing more Wow. I can not tell you how much I love this series of books. Lori Foster writes such great men. They are really manly, confident, protective and honourable - what real men should be. And Joe is number 1 in my opinion. I also love the women, they are all sassy in their different ways and have bag loads of gumption. Luna is my favourite so far. I haven't read any of this series in order, but that hasn't spoilt it at all. In fact I've enjoyed piecing all the people together, and I love hearing more about them in later books. From reading other reviews I had really high hopes for this book and wasn't at all disappointed, it was everything I had hoped for and more. I really enjoy the mixture of a suspense filed story, combined with a great romance. Of course, you know they will end up together, but that is the point of this sort of book. You are guarenteed a satisfying ending. Whenever I read a Lori Foster, I am always swept away on a dreamy romantic cloud and I find it so hard to put her books down - going to sleep or to work is a real struggle.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Say No To Joe? (Visitation, North Carolina) by Lori Foster   Say No To Joe has plenty of laughs and an abundance of heart. What does it take to build a family? Lori Foster is good at giving questions to ponder in her entertaining reads. What starts out as a battle of wills, evolves into a maturity of the heart. Luna and Joe have much to learn about each other. He's egotistical, she's uptight but when the chips are down, it's better to have someone in your corner. Family, laughter and happily ever Say No To Joe? (Visitation, North Carolina) by Lori Foster   Say No To Joe has plenty of laughs and an abundance of heart. What does it take to build a family? Lori Foster is good at giving questions to ponder in her entertaining reads. What starts out as a battle of wills, evolves into a maturity of the heart. Luna and Joe have much to learn about each other. He's egotistical, she's uptight but when the chips are down, it's better to have someone in your corner. Family, laughter and happily ever after.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This is a re-release under a different cover but it is my first time reading this particular Lori Foster title and just like all her others this is fantastic! This book about Joe and Luna is heart wrenching and comical. The story is a beautiful one where friendship becomes more and family stands up for one another. It has a bit of action in it as well. The characters are too funny and the situations they can find themselves in are too. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Book Stacks

    Monday Book Review ( Net Galley) Is a fun and Spicy Book with all the trade marks of this author. As she weaves a tale of Joe( ex Cop/Bounty Hunter/Bodyguard ) lover of all women and Free spirited Luna (The Moon Goddess).Luna needs help as she works the path of being a guardian to two kids that needs her help in a town with secrets. But Joe knows he wants her but is he ready for family life and commitments. Check this book out it was a fun read with great characters. Happy Monday ! Lisa

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    3.5 The 36 year old play boy is tamed by the free spirited psychic wannabe. Nice story. This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meera

    3.5 This was a light hearted romance and the characters were likeable and the kids were adorable. An enjoyable romance.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This was a very fun book. Joe is the typical alpha male, appealing to women, protective when necessary, and anti-commitment. But his tough guy image is a little tarnished at the beginning of the book as he is recovering from being pretty badly beaten. When Luna shows up at his place to ask for his help she finds him being molested by a couple of women, and has no problem running them off. Luna has been made guardian of two children in a small town that is making a lot of trouble for the kids. She This was a very fun book. Joe is the typical alpha male, appealing to women, protective when necessary, and anti-commitment. But his tough guy image is a little tarnished at the beginning of the book as he is recovering from being pretty badly beaten. When Luna shows up at his place to ask for his help she finds him being molested by a couple of women, and has no problem running them off. Luna has been made guardian of two children in a small town that is making a lot of trouble for the kids. She knows that Joe is the perfect person to help her protect the kids until she can get things settled. She's attracted to Joe, but knows better than to get involved with him. He's not into commitment and she doesn't want her heart broken. Joe is glad to help Luna out. He lets her know straight out that he's also going to use the time to try to get her into bed with him. Luna has never spent any real time around kids, but she is determined to give Willow and Austin all the love and stability that they need. I loved seeing how nervous she was, but her instincts were good and she seemed to know pretty well what they needed. Her own family life had not been all that great, and it gives her great insight into how the kids feel. She is also determined to resist the womanizing Joe, but soon sees a different side to him. I loved seeing her stand up to him when she thought it was important, but pay attention when she knew he was looking out for them. I loved seeing her attitude toward him soften as he got more involved with the kids. Joe has never had to work for a woman's attention before he met Luna. He wants her bad, but she isn't cooperating at all. He's more than happy to help her out with the kids because it gives him the chance to try to talk her into his bed. He doesn't expect to find himself settling in to domesticity and liking it. I loved seeing how good he was with the kids. He has just the right touch with Austin to keep him out of trouble. He was also incredibly sweet with the teenage Willow - I loved his reaction to the errand she asked him to run. As much as he had been resisting the idea of ever settling down, it was so much fun to see him take to family life. There were some really fun things that happened throughout the book. It was always great to see Joe dealing with any kind of domestic issue. I loved watching him with the ever curious and very talkative Austin. He was surprised by how much he enjoyed what he did and that the thought of making things permanent with Luna didn't send him running scared. I also loved seeing Luna as she resisted Joe's advances, even though she wanted him. She had a couple great scenes where she was dealing with the women who were constantly after him. The two kids in the book were wonderful. They had had it really rough since their mother died and were very wary of Luna, who was the most recent in a long line of guardians. Their actions seemed perfectly logical for their ages and what had been happening to them. My heart broke for them as they were so cautious about accepting that Luna was there to stay. There were a couple of mysteries that went throughout the book. There was the question of who was causing the "accidents" that were happening to the kids, and why it was happening. The who was pretty obvious, but the why was something of a surprise. There was also the identity of who was following Joe and why, and was it just one person or were there more. Joe's protectiveness toward his new family sometimes came in conflict with what he wanted to do to get to the bottom of it. Both mysteries got solved at once with a good amount of action and some pretty funny encounters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Caro [The Book Rogue]

    After the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, Lori Foster has proven herself to me, thus I just had to grab something else written by her. Good for me that there's enough to chose from, but I just picked up the first I came across. I'm sure I'll make my way through all her works eventually, though. ^.^ My first thought was that Visitation was a very odd name for a series, because it didn't ring a bell. Then I found out it's actually the name of that town they move to, and when I read the end o After the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, Lori Foster has proven herself to me, thus I just had to grab something else written by her. Good for me that there's enough to chose from, but I just picked up the first I came across. I'm sure I'll make my way through all her works eventually, though. ^.^ My first thought was that Visitation was a very odd name for a series, because it didn't ring a bell. Then I found out it's actually the name of that town they move to, and when I read the end of the book I was perfectly fine with that choice. Seriously, I'm looking forward to having more stories wind around their lake. I'm such a water person. x) Now, onto the main topic, which would be the story in itself, and the main characters Joe and Luna. Joe is definitvely swoon worthy in his bluntness, but I was mainly absolutely for him since he started out beaten and bruised. No, I didn't pity him, I was curious and impressed, so instantly hooked on him. Luna is perfectly to my tastes, too. She is cautious, yet taking risks and stepping over her own shadow if she has to, in this case in the question of bringing Joe along. She did what she thought best, although she might not have been a fan of the idea. I'm glad it unfolded like it did and eventually turned out just like that. ;) The kids were cool, too. Very special characters who I hope to meet again along this series, so I thought the story, although at some parts a lot confusing, was good in regard to romance and conflicts. I loved that Luna and Joe had to force themselves to stay away from each other at first, for several reasons; then they were hiding that they were finally together for the sake of the kids. I really love reading this kind of sitting-between-the-chairs stuff, although it would be interesting to maybe not find a happy ending at each and everyone of them. BUT, I in like the endings in general, and since I also like the characters, I only want the best for them. Just sometimes... I'd be nice to break the habit, you know? Anyways, the story was very good. It had several layers of seriousness, and involved a lot of people, and it was definitvely puzzling enough to hold the interest til the very end, although the style didn't leave your nerve endings raw like a good thriller, since this surely wasn't really the intent. Then, the intent of some smut was clearly there, and I thought it was in a good balance with the story, and the end did Joe actually justice. ;) Area Scan: Style: 4/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 5/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3/5 -- Drama: 3.5/5 -- Smut 4/5

  28. 4 out of 5

    The Belle

    About ten years ago I was living in a small town that was very outside of my norm. My husband at the time was given a wonderful job opportunity out of state and our family needed a change in a big way, so we made the move from big-city-living in Dallas to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Now, as a Texas girl through and through, I never EVER thought I'd come to live in Oklahoma. I enjoyed a Starbucks on every corner and a mall in all four sectors of my perimeter. Broken Arrow was sleepy and slow, and I h About ten years ago I was living in a small town that was very outside of my norm. My husband at the time was given a wonderful job opportunity out of state and our family needed a change in a big way, so we made the move from big-city-living in Dallas to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Now, as a Texas girl through and through, I never EVER thought I'd come to live in Oklahoma. I enjoyed a Starbucks on every corner and a mall in all four sectors of my perimeter. Broken Arrow was sleepy and slow, and I had a hard time adjusting. There wasn't much to do in the part of Oklahoma that we moved to. I spent the first year feeling very much like an outsider. I had a different accent, I liked different sports teams, I didn't go to church. I made a few friends along the way (hey there, Kristy!) and funnily enough, they were transplants too. . . so maybe that's why we meshed so easily. The closest Barnes and Noble was half an hour away and there were none of my (much beloved) Half Price Books stores so I became a regular (and I mean regular) patron of the local library, which was surprisingly huge and stocked full of every book imaginable. Both of my children were in school by that point, and for the first time in 7 years I actually had. . . time. I began devouring books as if there was no tomorrow, drowning myself in vampires creeping through sticky Southern nights and handsome cowboys saving damsels in distress before riding off to rob banks with their faces hidden behind dusty handkerchiefs. For the first time in my life, I picked up a romance novel. The Harlequins were out of fashion and paperback contemporary romance was all the rage, with Lori Foster leading the pack of numerous female authors who churned out spicy stories of hunky heroes and spunky heroines. Say No To Joe? was one of those such books, and I grabbed a dog-eared copy off of a book carousel along with three or four others like it, knowing it would barely last me the week. I liked nothing better than sitting on my back porch with a glass of wine, a few chunks of cheese, some artisan crackers, and the symphony of cicadas and playing children as my companions. I'd met Joe Winston before, in an anthology called Wildy Winston which showcased the Winston brothers in a series of four stories (all contemporary romance). Joe was a cousin of the wild four and made a cameo appearance. Lori Foster decided to give Joe his own story and The Visitation Series was born, becoming a collection of five books all set in and around the same town: Say No to Joe? The Secret Life of Bryan When Bruce Met Cyn Just a Hint - Clint Jamie Joe Winston has asked Luna Clark out more than once, which isn't something he makes a habit of. Usually all he has to do is flash his seductive eyes and bulging muscles at a woman and she's ready to go wherever, whenever he chooses to take her. And if the lady in question doesn't, well -- he just moves on to bigger and better things. But Luna -- she's different, and he hasn't been able to get her out of his head since a kiss they shared at a relative's wedding. She's a little eccentric and wacky, but she's also smart and feisty, not to mention curvaceous in all the right spots and sexy as hell. She doesn't take his nonsense which is perhaps even more attractive than the body he so readily admires whenever in her presence. But every time he's asked her out, she's handed him a quick and resounding "no," so he's given up and has relegated her to a woman of his fantasies instead. When Luna's cousin dies and leaves behind two children, she feels responsible. While she didn't know her cousin all that well, she does know that Chloe left behind a teenager and a younger son, both of whom are attempting to go at it on their own under the careless and unfriendly supervision of an aunt. The woman currently in charge of the two wants nothing to do with the responsibility of raising two unruly children and is ready to move on with her life, leaving the kids in a lurch. No one knows who fathered the kids and as a result, they are due to become wards of the state if Luna doesn't step in. Not able to hold that thought on her conscious for long, Luna decides to step up to the plate. She can find work anywhere and is up for the challenge, with one problem -- it seems someone has been causing trouble for the children in the small town they live in, blaming them for petty crimes and the like, and it almost resembles a plot to drive the kids out of town. But who would bother messing with a couple of orphaned children? Luna knows she needs backup and she knows who she can turn to -- Joe Winston. A bounty hunter among other things, Joe has the intimidating build and menacing stare required to act as Luna's bodyguard and keep an eye on things while she gets settled, and that's exactly what she's looking for. Making it clear that nothing but a professional job is on her mind, Luna persuades Joe to accompany her to Visitation, the town out in the middle of nowhere where she is going to set up shop with kids her cousin left behind. Although he is a little taken aback at her can-do-attitude and willingness to step in and become a guardian to two kids she doesn't know, Joe is all in. Little does Luna know, it actually took zero persuading on her part to get Joe to agree. She's the one who got away as far as he's concerned, and he is more than willing to re-open the door she previously slammed in his face and see where it takes them. As the duo willingly fall into pseudo Mom and Dad roles for the young children, they are both surprised that the the threats keep coming, even with the hulking figure of Joe around. Someone definitely wants these kids out of town, but who -- and for what purpose? It's up to Luna and Joe to figure out the mystery, and perhaps, figure out what's going on between them in the process. Say No to Joe? is one of those books that you can read in a day or two, and there's something about that that I really like. Not every book needs to be deep and meaningful; sometimes you need a little junk food thrown in with your filet mignon and if it's spicy and hot -- mores the better, right? I give Say No to Joe? a 4 out of 5 star rating. I enjoy Lori Foster's novels and her nod to the relatable working man hero who has a tough exterior but a soft core. The right amount of romance and mystery is something to enjoy, and I've read this book more than a few times. The entire Visitation Series is fun, so readers like this first book, I recommend checking the others out as well (outside of Say No to Joe? -- Jamie is my favorite!)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mags

    I have now reread this book a few times and each time I truly enjoy it more. As it is so easy to read, lighthearted, fun, sweet and really just a lovely romance. That always draws me in and keeps me entertained throughout. As all the characters are extremely likable. Especially the two children Willow and Austin and I love the easy relationship that develops not only between Luna and Joe but between them and the kids. As for the story itself it has a little action, a couple of hot moments and ple I have now reread this book a few times and each time I truly enjoy it more. As it is so easy to read, lighthearted, fun, sweet and really just a lovely romance. That always draws me in and keeps me entertained throughout. As all the characters are extremely likable. Especially the two children Willow and Austin and I love the easy relationship that develops not only between Luna and Joe but between them and the kids. As for the story itself it has a little action, a couple of hot moments and plenty of fun ones too. It's also full of likable secondary characters including Joes sister Alyx. Who makes a somewhat memorable appearance in Visitation towards the end of the book. And if your in the mood for something light, fun and sweet. But with plenty of heart then this is the ideal book for you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This is one of my all-time favorites! Definitely my favorite Lori Foster book, Say No To Joe has everything I look for in a good romance. The characters are not only likable, they're interesting and definitely have chemistry that just leaps off the page. Another mark of a great book, Foster has created some equally wonderful secondary characters to really add depth to the story. The plot is great, the character awesome, and the romance is hot and perfectly balanced with the rest of the story. I This is one of my all-time favorites! Definitely my favorite Lori Foster book, Say No To Joe has everything I look for in a good romance. The characters are not only likable, they're interesting and definitely have chemistry that just leaps off the page. Another mark of a great book, Foster has created some equally wonderful secondary characters to really add depth to the story. The plot is great, the character awesome, and the romance is hot and perfectly balanced with the rest of the story. I just can't get enough of this book and it's the first one I reach for when I re-read my old favorites. Definitely worth the money!

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