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Sunday, August 30, 2015

#Review #Giveaway Tough Love by @LoriLFoster @InkSlingerPR

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Lori Foster's TOUGH LOVE! TOUGH LOVE is the next novel in her Ultimate Series published by Harlequin HQN. This amazing book releases on August 25th! If you haven't before, make sure you grab the other books in this fantastic series today!

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     About TOUGH LOVE: She's playing hard to get…to win the MMA fighter of her ultimate fantasies in a sultry new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster 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?

TOUGH LOVE is part of the Ultimate series. Check out all the books in the Ultimate series today!

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Hard Knocks

No Limits

Holding Strong

Tough Love

Fighting Dirty

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  Praise for TOUGH LOVE: “Foster brings her signature blend of heat and sweet to her addictive third Ultimate martial arts contemporary. Foster ably tosses out red herrings and also seamlessly lays the foundation for the next book in this series. This luscious tale will appeal to Foster’s legion of fans and attract new ones—even those who aren’t fans of professional fighting.”- Publishers Weekly 

Review - 4 Stars
I have loved the books in this series. I fall in love with each fighter and each of the women who belong with them. Stack and Vanity had me hooked in the last book, Holding Strong, so I couldn’t not gobble up this story. You don’t need to read any of the previous books, to get the full experience with Tough Love, however, it does add to the fun a little bit. Just as getting to know the characters for the next book in this one, will make it impossible to miss their story.
            Stack and Vanity are an explosion just waiting to happen. And when it does…oh my. I thought I was going to be engulfed in the flames! The sexual tension between them is practically foreplay, and sometimes that can build the event up so much that when it finally happens, it doesn’t live up to it. That is definitely not the case here. Scorching! There is also humor in their relationship and I loved that too.
            Stack has a complicated family life and it unfolded in a way that came as a bit of a surprise. The strain between him and his family is what you see in the beginning and I wasn’t expecting to like them. So, it was interesting to find out that his parents had a solid, affectionate marriage and that his childhood was pretty normal. His sister is a mess, but he remains close with her and his mother, even through all of the familial tension and differences of opinion. I fell in love with him over and over, the sweet, alpha fighter who doesn’t expect to be hit over the head by Cupid.
            Vanity is all alone in the world, and yet, losing her family doesn’t make as much of a difference in her life, because she never really had them in the first place. Little by little we uncover the mysteries behind Vanity and with every new facet I learned, the more I liked her. It’s easy to see what Stack would fall for beyond her looks.
            As always, the secondary characters have as much personality as the starring hero and heroine. They add so much to the story, shaping it and giving it depth. They create a community around Stack and Vanity that keeps you even more engaged and interested in what is and will be happening with these them as well.
            There is an element of suspense to this book, as there is in each of the books in the series. It heightens the story even though the focus is on the relationship between Stack and Vanity. The plot moved the story and therefore, their relationship forward. I will say though, it almost moved a little too fast. Not the relationship, the suspenseful plot. I would have enjoyed seeing it build a little more, and in the end, I felt like it tied up a little too quickly.
            The POV pops around just a little bit, not always from Stack or Vanity’s outlook, this wouldn’t bother me if it were only one other, such as the antagonist, however I wasn’t a fan of the 3 or 4 multiple POVs it jumped into from time to time.
            Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I love Lori Foster’s characters, they have me wishing I knew them in real life. I am certainly hooked on the series and will be waiting impatiently for Armie and Merissa’s story. I highly recommend Tough Love, and all of the other books in this series. You won’t want to miss Stack and Vanity, they are a loveable, smoking hot, couple with an great story to tell! 

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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: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/


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