A Review of TOUGH LOVE by Lori Foster (Excerpt Included)

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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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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

A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review of TOUGH LOVE

Let me first begin by stating that although this is part of a series, TOUGH LOVE was my first introduction to the Ultimate Series by Lori Foster. And regardless of the fact that there was obvious back story I had missed, I was still able to get a good feel for the relationships of the character within the series and their interactions and support of one another. Do I feel that this book may have held greater interest and connection for me had I read the initial books in the series? Absolutely! However, regardless of the matter, the series still held my interest and pulled me into the lives of the character involved and captivated me with an intriguing plot line that had me turning pages and seeking more. This is not simply a romance novel, it is a romantic mystery that combines the good use of red herrings with a passionate and heartwarming budding relationship that had me swooning over Stack and cheering and falling for the fire and heart of Vanity.

Foster does a great job in building her characters. I immediate fell in love with both Vanity and Stack. Vanity is beautiful, sexy, driven, and confident in herself as an individual. She has a compassionate heart that seeks to help others, looking for ways to better their lives and give unconditionally. She is a strong heroine who is independent and honest, and seeks a love that will withstand the test of time. And Stack? Well… he is swoon worthy. Sweet, protective, and delectable. The passion, commitment, and love he has for his family and friends pulled me in. He showed his faults, but owned up to the mistakes made and had a heart of gold.

Having fallen for the incredibly sexy but commitment-phobic fighter, Stack “The Wolf” Hannigan, Vanity Baker seeks a to strike a deal to get time with the man who has stolen her heart–one night of passion if he will accompany her to her best friend’s wedding. As the two find an easy friendship and a scorching chemistry, both realize that one night is not enough. However, just as the two are getting more comfortable with the idea of a real relationship, outside forces come into play that threaten to tear apart the chance at a HEA.  Will Stack be able to protect his loved ones and Vanity from the danger that threatens his family? Or will miscommunication and doubt drive a wedge between the two? Will true feelings be too much to handle?

Tough Love and the Ultimate series is highly recommended to fans of contemporary romance, especially those who love MMA and hot alpha males with a heart of gold and heroines who know how to get under their skin. Looking forward to getting caught up on the back story and the previous character, but I must say… Bring on Armie! Can’t wait to see the edge and secrets this boy has to share with us.

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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?


Oblivious, Tabby said, “Mom, did you know Stack brought a woman with him?”

That got both of his mother’s eyes open. She even lifted to one elbow. “What? Who?” She looked around. “Where is she?”

“In the waiting room with Phil. You should see her. She’s beautiful, built and really nice, too.”

“Stack,” his mother said, getting her first good look at him. “Are you in a tux?”

“Be right back.”

“I want to meet her!”

Stack didn’t reply. For a woman who only moments before had been incapacitated with a headache, his mother still knew how to issue orders. Urgency made his stride long and hurried as he went down the hall, past friendly nurses and a few worried visitors, all the way to the waiting room.

Vanity had her nose in a magazine.

And Phil, fucking Phil, was seated too close beside her, talking nonstop, fake laughing, schmoozing, doing his utmost to get her attention.

Vanity ignored him—just as she sometimes ignored Stack.

But this time, as she felt his stare and looked up, she immediately put the magazine aside. Smiling, she came to him, walking right into his arms. “Hey.” She squeezed him with comforting concern. “How’s your mom?”

In that moment, Stack felt a lot of things. Too many things, damn it. At either side of her head he threaded his fingers into her long hair, anchoring her for his kiss.

Out of deference for the hospital atmosphere, he kept it brief. “She’s okay. How are you holding up?”

“Me?” She laughed, looking not just gorgeous, but precious, too. Her hand rubbed his biceps. “I’m not the one who was hurt.”

That earned her another kiss before he lifted her arm and feathered his fingertips over the soft skin above the bandage. “It’s been one hell of a day. You haven’t had any sleep.”

“Neither have you.” That sweet, teasing smile twitched into place. In the barest of whispers, she said, “But at least I had two orgasms, so all in all, for me, it’s been a pretty good twenty-four hours.”

Urges rushed through Stack. The urge to hold her. To laugh with her. To use her to chase away the endless frustration he worked so hard to hide. To maybe confide in her about how badly he wanted to demolish Phil—and why.

To somehow claim her…for more than a quick taste.

In that moment it all became clear to him. Vanity tried to control things. But he needed that control, and once he had it he’d sway her to his way of thinking.

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

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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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