Spotlight & Giveaway: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

Posted September 23rd, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 186 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Foster to HJ! 

Hi Lori Welcome back to HJ! Thanks for celebrating release day of GETTING ROWDY with us!

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your Novels?

Lori FHmmm… Well, I’d say honorable, caring, intelligent Alpha heroes are #1. It disturbs me that so many equate Alpha with jerk. That’s so not true. Alpha just means leader of the pack – the guy who step up and put it on the line to help others, to take charge of a situation, to make the right decision to protect others even if it puts his life in danger.

Also, I like to think that I write smart heroines who aren’t door mats.
And I strongly believe that any good, lasting relationships has to include really awesome sex. So that’s always in there too.

Please summarize your latest release Getting Rowdy for the readers here ….

Readers first met Rowdy in “Run the Risk,” his sister’s story. Now he finally has his own book, and it’s my absolute favorite ever. I hope readers enjoy it as much as I do.
Rowdy grew up on the streets and has spent his life protecting his sister. For him, sex is just relief from the reality of life. Until he meets Avery, and she changes his outlook on everything.
They’re both very strong personalities, but while Avery is fleeing danger, Rowdy is in the habit of openly embracing it. I think this is one of my sexiest stories ever – because Rowdy is one of my most carnal heroes.

Please introduce your characters Rowdy Yates & Avery Mullins:

GRNow that Rowdy Yate’s sister has married a cop and settled down, Rowdy, who is never far from her side, decides to stick close, which requires him to settle down some too. He buys a bar in the same area where his sister lives – and where Avery Mullins works. Unused to real lasting relationships, Rowdy is still coming to grips with his new, more domestic life complete with family and friends, when he starts to fall for the very stubborn, smart, and determined Avery.

Avery, too, has made a new life for herself and it doesn’t include involvement with an overly sexual man like Rowdy. Despite his rough upbringing, she trusts him – just not with her heart. The very last thing she wants is for Rowdy to again be put in the line of danger because of her. But now that Rowdy realizes a problem from her past has come back to haunt her, he’s not about to leave her unprotected.

How would you describe your Characters in one sentence?

Rowdy is street smart, hard, coarse and capable, with a core of honor and loyalty.
Avery is determined, intelligent, motivated, fair, and a good judge of character.

What do you like best about your characters? Least? Admire most/ Least?

I like that no matter how harsh his life has been, Rowdy has retained his sense of honor and loyalty to his sister. It’s admirable that, although he can be lethal, it is never unfairly. What I like least about Rowdy is his enjoyment of violence, the fact that he often turns to violence to relieve tension. Not that he ever hurts anyone innocent, but if there’s a fight brewing, he’s happy to be in the middle of it.

I love it that Avery wasn’t afraid to give up her comfortable lifestyle in order to prove herself when necessary. I especially admire it that she could see through Rowdy’s dark exterior to the golden hero underneath – and the fact that, even though he’s more than capable, she doesn’t want him putting himself at risk for her. I also admired her backbone. It wouldn’t be easy to stand toe to toe with a man like Rowdy, but she did!

What do  your characters do for a living?

Rowdy bought a bar and turned it around from a real dive to a thriving and popular hang out. Avery was a waitress but Rowdy promoted her to the bartender because she’s hardworking and great with people.

Are your characters ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?

A combination, I’m sure! Rowdy is a very savvy, smart guy, but Avery repeatedly throws him for a loop and more than once he reacts emotionally instead of thinking things through.
Avery is more emotional, but she’s definitely smart too, and she’s able to reason out most of Rowdy’s reactions so that she can truly understand him.

Was it love at first sight for your character? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

I think for Rowdy it was “something” at first sight, he just didn’t know how to label it. He wanted her, couldn’t have her, but didn’t walk away. He went against his own usual reactions by hanging around, trying again and again, and even buying the bar where she worked.
For Avery, she was flattered of course, and intrigued, but too prudent to complicate her life with a player like Rowdy – until she got to know him better. Then she had the smarts to know that being with Rowdy could be a highlight of her life, and she didn’t want to miss out.

What are your characters most proud of about their life?

Rowdy is very proud of his sister, Pepper. They’re as close as two siblings can be.
Avery is proud that she was able to leave her old safe, secure life behind and make it on her own.

How do your characters feel about life right now? What, if anything, would they like to change?

Rowdy is uncertain, and that’s a very alien feeling for him since he tends to see things in black and white. He wants Avery, but for how long? And could she ever be happy with him long term?
Avery knows that she’s in love, but Rowdy has had such a difficult life that she doesn’t want to complicate it further with her own baggage.

It takes them each a while to realize that if they’re together, everything else will work itself out. But they’re both smart, so eventually they get there. 🙂

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Inhaling in a bid to regain control, Avery said more calmly, “What you do in your own time is your own business.”
“That was my own time – time I wanted to spend with you, but you weren’t interested.”
Dropping the uniform shirts, Avery propped her hands on her hips. “That’s your excuse?”
He eased closer. “Sorry honey, but I don’t need an excuse.” Oh so gently, he smoothed back a curl that had escaped her ponytail. “I’m a grown man, it’s my bar, and I wasn’t expecting anyone to show up so early, especially not you.”
“Perfect!” She snatched up the shirts again, anxious to be on her way. “I guess that’s settled then.”
Rowdy caught her arm. “Hold up.” She started to jerk free, until he said, “Come on, Avery, give me a chance to explain.”
It wasn’t the smartest move, because every second with him chipped away at her resistance, but she paused anyway.
“All right, let’s hear it.” This ought to be good.
But then again, maybe not.
* * *
To give himself a moment to think, Rowdy took the garments from Avery and tossed them back on the breakroom table. With her looking so mulish – and so damned cute – he would prefer backing her up to the wall and following his instincts instead of talking.
But he could just imagine how she’d react to that.
Rubbing a hand over the back of his neck, he tried to figure out what to say, and how to say it.
Overflowing with belligerence, Avery crossed her arms. “Any day now.”
“Give me a second, will you?” He propped a hip on the tabletop and scrutinized her. “You might not know this, but I’ve never explained myself to a woman before. That is, a woman other than my sister. But even with Pepper, it was generalizations. Never anything detailed about when, where, or who I had sex with.”
Avery bristled. “You don’t have to explain to me either.”
“I think I do, but it’s complicated by the fact that you work for me.”
When he said no more, she lifted her chin. “How so?”
Rowdy had never had a problem with plain speaking. He saw no reason to start complicating things now. “I have a major jones for you, Avery. You know that.”
Her jaw loosened. “Oh my God. You are so –”
“But as your employer,” he interrupted, “I could cross a line here if I’m not careful.”
She choked. “Seriously, Rowdy? This is you being careful?”
To hell with it. Brushing his knuckles over her cheek, down her throat, he said, “I want you. All the fucking time.” Even when I’m with other women. He opened his hand on her shoulder, urged her closer. “And it’s not going away any time soon.”
She softened the tiniest bit, but still said, “Looked to me like it went away just fine this morning.”
Seeing the hurt she tried to hide with sarcasm, he shook his head. “No honey, not even close.”
Her mouth tightened. “So your date was just –”
“You’re confusing things now. I don’t date. What you saw was sex, plain and simple.”
“Oh my God.” She pressed her hands to his chest, but not with any real conviction at pushing him away. “I don’t want to hear this.”
“She knew what it was.” Rowdy easily held on to her. “I didn’t sugarcoat things, and she agreed one-hundred percent.”
Anger darkened her blue eyes and lowered her voice to a rasp. “I can’t imagine why you’re telling me this.”
Because what you think of me matters. Rowdy slid his hand to the back of her neck, keeping her near. “I get the feeling you saw me with her and you took it personally.”
“Your ego is showing.”
Knowing he’d hit a nerve, Rowdy dipped his head, brushed his nose over her hair. “You think it was a rejection or something.” He inhaled her scent, and tightened all over. God Almighty, the way she stirred him…
“Honestly,” Avery whispered, “I don’t know what to think.”
“Think about saying yes instead of no.”
She drew back a small fist and punched his ribs.
Grinning, Rowdy hugged her. After the long day at work, it felt better than good to hold her. “I shouldn’t tease?”
“Definitely not.”
“Okay.” He kissed her temple and leaned her back so he could see her face. “Seriously then, I’m sorry if it hurt you in any way. Never my intent, believe me.”
She looked up at him, her blue eyes big and soft, her hands now curled into his shirt – holding on to him. “Then why did you do it?”
At least she wasn’t storming off, Rowdy told himself. She sounded far more reasonable than he could have hoped for. “I didn’t want her in my new place, and she didn’t have any privacy in hers.”
Eyes flaring, Avery finally shoved him away. “Ass!”
To be on the safe side, Rowdy moved to lean in the doorway, but she didn’t try to leave.
She only went to the other side of the table – out of his reach. “That’s not what I meant. Yes I’m surprised you’d do such a thing here at work. But I was asking…” She shook her head. “Never mind.”
No, he wouldn’t let her do that. “Why was I with her in the first place?”
After a long hesitation, she gave one sharp nod.
He didn’t want to detail the extent of his own failings, but he also didn’t want to end the night with her pissed off. He considered making up a believable story, but he knew he wouldn’t lie to her.
What he saw in her beautiful eyes touched him.
She wanted him to have a good excuse because she wanted a reason to give in to him.
To chase off his personal demons he’d spent the night in a sexual marathon. He should have been well spent, and he had been.
Before Avery.
But now, with her so close, being alone with her, seeing that particular look in her eyes, he instead felt like he’d spent a month being celibate.
He’d tell her the basics and it’d have to be enough. “Women have usually come easy to me.”
“There’s a newsflash.”
From the day they’d met, before he’d bought the bar, Avery had seen him picking up women. Not something he was proud of, but not really anything he’d try to hide either. He was a grown man and he more than enjoyed sex.
Determined to stay on track, Rowdy ignored the jibe. “When I get turned down, it doesn’t matter.”
“Why would it?” Like an accusation, she said, “There’s always another woman waiting.”
He shrugged, accepting the inaccurate claim. “That’s not the point.” Once again, he moved toward her. He couldn’t seem to help himself. From day one, Avery had drawn him, not just physically but in other, more disturbing ways – ways he didn’t want to analyze too closely. “I’ll try to explain if you let me.”
She crossed her arms. “I’m all ears.”
No, she was all backbone and pride and, even when trying to conceal it, hot sensuality. “When I get turned down, and believe me, I do, it doesn’t matter because I don’t care enough for it to matter.”
She half turned away. “Guess I should remember that, huh?”
Rowdy brought her back around, and though it unnerved him, he admitted the truth. “With you, it matters.”
She searched his face, but wasn’t convinced. “That’d be easier to believe if I hadn’t busted you just this morning.”
He had to get her past that. “I needed a distraction, that’s all.”
Dubious, she asked, “Sex?”
“Best distraction I’ve ever found.”

186 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster”

  1. Sandy Xiong

    I haven’t read the book yet but even so, I won’t be able to picture an actor playing the hero. I have never been good with giving a face to a hero before

  2. Anita H.

    Without reading the book, I’d say I immediately pictured Jeremy Renner for the role 🙂 So love Lori Foster….can’t wait to read Rowdy’s book!

  3. Mary Preston

    I would cast Hugh Jackman in absolutely everything. Even if he is too old, not for me, or doesn’t fit the role.

  4. Jan Murphree

    Well have not read…hope to soon. But I think Hugh Jackman would make a great Rowdy!, Love the interview! Thanks for the give away!

  5. Lori Allman

    I have seen so many pictures of Clint Eastwood’s son today….on my gosh he would be wonderful!!

  6. Erin F.

    I’m thinking James Marsters…I think the photo on the front cover reminds me too much of a great picture of him, plus he could totally pull of this part.

  7. Christine Lubinski

    I could see Ryan as Rowdy. I love the whole series. Almost reminds of Jamie or the other characters you have written.

  8. Diane Sallans

    Chris Hemsworth (without his Aussie accent) – he’s big and buff and not as pretty as Ryan

  9. Janell

    Ryan Reynolds is who I would pick also. Even without a ton of muscles he’d be perfect. 🙂

  10. Kim Turner

    WIth not having read the book yet I don’t know Maybe Christ Pine. I think he could do a good job with it.

  11. Kelli Jo Calvert

    I think it would be lovely to see Ryan Reynolds playing this role – if you think Hugh Jackman is too old…
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  12. Amanda

    Dwayne Johnson…he’s got the physical aspects down 🙂 fight scenes, no problem…he can play serious characters,but pull off some fun at the same time

  13. Kim Cornwell

    I’ll give a thumbs up for Chris Hemsworth also! He’s defintly a hotty! Omg can’t wait to read Getting Rowdy!

  14. Sharlene Wegner

    Colin Firth. Just kidding! I would go with Ryan Reynolds, to, but he would have to bulk up a little!

  15. Thuy Phan

    I was just thinking about Ryan Reynolds too when I read that last sentence. He would be awesome because I could picture him being tough like Rowdy’s character but I also think his comic relief one liners that he’s so good at would work as Rowdy too.

  16. Andrea

    Ryan would be great but I think Ryan Gosling would be better because he can have more of an edge.

  17. Kai W.

    It’s Gerard Butler. He was great in 300 and Law Abiding Citizen. I could see him being Rowdy.

  18. MelanieK

    Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth. It would have to be someone built, big, and able to play a bad boy! They both get my vote 🙂

  19. krs

    hm Ive been thinking about who could play rowdy and well I don’t watch movies (i read books) so umm i don’t know any current actors but i’ll give it a whirl! no can whirl I only know tv guys and not by names is that sad? I don’t watch much tv either I would rather read by a long way! but I like they alpha guys in criminal minds and I like shemar moore he has all the rowdy traits I’m thinking smart and caring and still trying to figure things out! 😉 I can’t wait to read the book i’m soo ready!

  20. Amy Lewis

    Mike Vogel, he played Barbie on Under the Dome. I’ve read the books leading up to this book and this guy is SO HOT! He also has the worry lines, wrinkles, like Rowdy. He worries about his sis. And when he infrequently has a light hearted moment, you can see it in his eyes. And he’s always scruffy, love me some hairy men.

  21. Lori Meehan

    Jason Momola (sp). I see a Rowdy as very good looking, very buff and hot as he’ll and that’s Jason. I can’t wait to read this book. I love this series.

  22. Michele G

    I haven’t read the book but manner Robert Downey Jr? Rough on the outside with an edge that grabs you.

  23. ndluebke

    I’m not real up to date on actors these days, but he should be kind rough and tuff on the outsuide, and a gentler sort underneath.

  24. ML

    I could see Ryan Reynolds. I could also see Liam Mcintyre from Spartacus. I think he’d be buff and serious enough to be Rowdy.

  25. Cindy Hamilton

    I really can’t say who I would pick, I am not familiar enough with the current hot actors! I love Lori’s books!

  26. Judy Czarnecki.

    Chris Hemsworth because he’s got the right physique and I think he could pull off Rowdy’s character-rough on the edges, yet caring.

  27. Carol Schaffer

    Jack Hughman because he is hot! In xmen when he was with his woman he was intense and loyal to her and that’s how I see Rowdy would be with his woman!

  28. Lisa White

    I can’t wait to read Getting Rowdy! As for an actor to play Rowdy, I would choose Paul Walker. A lot of the descriptions you gave of Rowdy reminded me of Paul’s character Brian in the Fast and Furious movies.

  29. Melanie Vasquez

    Rowdy could definitely be played by Chris Hemsworth. Not the long bleach blonde Thor but the clean cut and alpha version. He is big, built, and ruggedly handsome! Plus I love his sexy panty dropping grin. Screams Rowdy Yates.

  30. lisoo

    I really cant think of many actors. Maybe Alex Oloughlin? He has a manly hairy chest…not easy to find on screen these days. 🙂

  31. Autumn Kelley

    I would have to say Kellan Lutz if he was a little older, or maybe Jensen Ackles!!! Sam Worthington would be good for it too I think! Or possibly Rick Malambri!! Nick Zano, Garrett Hedlund and Ben Mckenzie would be good choices as well!!!!!

  32. Leanna

    I love your suggestion of Ryan Renalds, but you are right he would have to be serious for this role. No funny stuff.

  33. Terry

    Eastwood’s son sooo cute or the actor that is going to play Christian Gray he’d be good also

  34. Wilma Frana

    I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve read other books of hers, and enjoyed them.

  35. Krysten M

    I’m not good at thinking of actors to play characters… I can never picture it (unless and until it actually makes it to the big screen :D)

  36. Carolyn Walker Rhodes

    Gerard Butler playing Rowdy would be a hit! Can’t wait to read this one, been waiting Months which feels like forever waiting for his story to be told….I bet’cha it will be awesome, Love Me Some Rowdy!!!

  37. Amy H

    If you had to pick an actor to play Rowdy, who would you choose? Why? Chris Hemsworth looking like he did in Red Dawn. He is hot and I love his accent.

  38. Sue G.

    Well, I’d like the guy on the cover because, damn that man is hot. Or maybe someone like Gerald Butler. I could picture him.

  39. kathy valentine

    I would love to see Jason statham hes hot looking!!! I think he’d make a good rowdy!!!!

  40. ssmommie75

    From Lori’s description I immediately thought of Jared Padalecki, however almost everyone the above comments chose would be good too, except for Ryan Gosling, don’t like his looks or think he can act, but that is my opinion. Chris Hemsworth, Alex O’Loughlin (if he could use his actual accent) or even Dwayne Johnson. Any of them would be good.

  41. Camile McDonald

    Giveaway Answer: I would choose Alex O’Loughlin, He pulls the tough guy routine off really well, plus he is super gorgeous. He would also pull off the sarcasm and flirty-ness.

  42. Heather Johnson

    I recently saw pictures of Clint Eastwood’s son Scott Eastwood and I’m not ashamed to say I nearly drooled on my keyboard…so if i had to select anyone to play Rowdy I would choose him.

  43. Karen

    hmmm, hard choice but from what I have read of Rowdy, I would say Alex O’Loughlin. He’s good looking and he can be very protective but fun 🙂

  44. Lori P

    Hmmm…it’s difficult to decide. I think that I would pick Alex O’Loughlin or Gerard Butler. I love that they can be very protective without losing their sense of humor.

  45. Kristy dean

    I can’t wait to start reading it. I am trying to finish a different series right now. We need Zac Efron to play rowdy.

  46. Angela Love

    I haven’t read the book but I would choose Mark Walburg or Paul Walker because they both bulk up nicely……. Thank you for the chance to enter!!!!!

  47. Michele Beauchmap

    Chris Hemswoth could play a great Rowdy, he great in action and very hot for being Rowdy. He would get all the woman’s temperatures rising.

  48. Michelle G

    I haven’t read the book yet. It’s on my TBR list. What I got from the character from Run The Risk, I would picture either Ryan Reynolds, Alex Pettyfer, Channing Tatum or Joe Manganiello

  49. Mischelle L Vandenburg

    I haven’t had a chance to read it yet! I think that looking at the picture I would have to go with Chris Hemsworth without the long hair. He has a very sexy, strong look about him that gets the blood pumping. If he’d been darker I would have said Gerard Butler for his funny yet sizzling side.

  50. MichelleMB

    I guess I’d have to say Chris Hemsworth as well. He’s big, beautiful, and I think he could be bad boy enough for Rowdy, yet he does have that side that would take care of family

  51. KW

    I bought it today! I’ve been saving the first two because I wanted to read then straight through.

  52. Jenni

    I absolutely love this series. I would use Chaning Tatum because he can be rakish enough to fit Rowdy perfectly.

  53. Samantha H.

    I think the man from the cover of the book. He just seems perfect for the role since I already picture him as Rowdy.

  54. Delene

    Waiting for Rowdy..Scheduled for delivery today..I’m sooo ready for him LOL. Love Lori Foster!

    • M.M. Roethig

      Forgot to leave my vote!!! I’m going to say Harry Cavill . . . because he is just swoon worthy! 🙂

  55. Sara Gerhold

    I love your books. For a staring role you would need a rugged looking actor, and at 70 I am not sure who would fit.

  56. kerry Kelly

    Ryan may make a good rowdy, i am not completely convinced though yet I can’t wait to read “getting rowdy”

  57. Pat Deliz

    I like either Chris Pine or Chris Hemsworth, either would be awesome – both are fantastic looking and both could play him with charm and give him the edgier side to Rowdy’s personality. No woman would be able to resist either of them!

  58. Michelle Ahrens

    I am terrible at picking actors out for roles. But when you mentioned Ryab Retnolds I could think of no one better. Yummy!! No while reading the book I will picture him as Rowdy!!

  59. Sandra Wheeler

    I love your books but I am 66 and unsure of the current popular actors, but I really think Matthew McConahey would be great. He can act in about anything. He can be tough and sometimes devious like Rowdy or he can look at you and you will melt. He can raise his eyebrows and smile and all the females will fall at his feet. But if you mess with his woman, watch out he’ll kick your butt. He would make a great Rowdy.

  60. tiffany

    Shermar Moore! He’s got that player side to him but with the right woman he’d definitely settle down.

  61. Tiffany D

    I’m thinking Hugh Jackman or Channing Tatum. He has to have a rocking bod and be able to portray Rowdy’s inner strength. Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. Amanda

    I don’t know who I’d cast. I’ve never met or seen a man on screen who was manly enough to be a Lori Foster man. They all just seem too soft. Would love to see it though.

  63. acm05

    My first thought was Ryan Reynolds, a younger Nathan Fillion would have been good too, but he’s a bit too old now.


  64. Erica M

    I haven’t read the book, but I will choose Chris Hemsworth, I would buy alcohol from him ! I want to win this giveaway I want a copy of “Jamie” that is my favorite Lori Foster book, I cannot find it anywhere and I want a paperback copy of it !!

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