Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tough Love: An Ultimate Novel by Lori Foster ~ review

Tough Love
An Ultimate Novel
by Lori Foster
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She's playing hard to get…to win the MMA fighter of her ultimate fantasies. 

Vanity Baker loves a good, clean match, but she's not above playing a little dirty. She's wanted Stack "The Wolf" Hannigan from day one. Seems as though the best way to corral the famously commitment-phobic fighter is to insist on keeping it casual. And her plan works—deliciously well—until Stack's past steps out of the shadows.

Stack learned early to stay free of attachments. But with sexy, forthright Vanity, he's the one always left wanting more. Then his troublemaking family comes back into the picture, threatening everything Stack cares about—Vanity included. Suddenly he realizes they're much more than friends with benefits. He's ready to go to the mat for her…but will it be in time to protect the woman who's tamed him for good?

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For those of you who are fans of Lori Foster's Ultimate series, you know that Vanity & Stack have been dancing around each other for awhile now. We have seen peeks of this "dance" through out the series. At the end of book #2, Holding Strong, Vanity decides the only way to get what/who she wants is to be a bit devious. So she propositions Stack to be her date for Cannon & Yvette's wedding~with the promise of ending the date in bed together, hoping this will lead to a longer relationship, but understanding that if it doesn't work out at least she got her one night with Stack.

Tough Love begins with the wedding and the reader "feels" the sexual tension building between these two right away. Various interruptions, some scary, some hilarious, keep Stack & Vanity from "ending" their date. Their friends and Stack's crazy family get involved and the story switches between a "keystone cops" type scenario and a very real-life scary type. I personally love this in a story line! We also get glimpses of the other fighters and their goings on through out the book, it's nice to catch up with some favorite characters.

Vanity & Stack finally do get to "finish" their date...and then some! Damn! They are so hot together! Which of course leads to the conflict of Vanity's lie to Stack about how she has really felt about him all along and her manipulation of their relationship, with a death threat to Stack thrown in for good measure...lots going on in this story.

Book #3 in the Ultimate series, Tough Love, was freaking fantastic! I enjoyed every minute of it and look forward (like I know you all do) to Armie & Rissy's story, Fighting Dirty!

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

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Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of over 80 novellas and novels. She currently writes single titles for HQN.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader and Author Get Together,” aka RAGT, in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home. See more about the annual event here: http://readerauthorgettogether.com/

Each year Lori does a “benefit book,” with all author and agent proceeds going to a local charity. You can see all the benefit books here: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/

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