by Lori Foster
“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.” -
Brushing his thumb over her knuckles, he asked gently, “Nervous, then?”
She shook her head. “No.”
Lifting his hand to her mouth, she lightly bit a knuckle, then kissed the spot. Gaze sincere, she whispered, “Because I’m eager.”
Well, hell. She’d just done it again, made him taut with her words. Needing to explain to her, just in case he jumped the gun, he said, “The first time…”
“Fast and hard,” she finished for him. “I know.” Her smile slipped into place even as her eyes darkened and her voice went all breathy. “It’ll be worth it if I get to watch you. I’ve been thinking about that forever.”
“After that,” she murmured, “then it can be my turn.”
Trying to give a little more room to his growing erection, Stack stretched out one leg. If she kept that up, he wouldn't make it to her place. Hell, he was so close to losing it, the idea of pulling over for a quickie in the car appealed in a big way. It should have embarrassed him, how she stole his control. But knowing Vanity pushed him on purpose only made him more determined to blow her mind with sex.
Reaching for long-lost patience, he drew in a deep breath and put both hands back on the steering wheel. “You’re playing with fire. You know that, right?”
“I'm playing with you, Stack Hannigan, and it’s the most fun I've had in a very long time.”
He liked her like this, so open about what she wanted—namely, him. “Like I said before, you’ll pay for the play.”
“I'm hopeful.” She laughed, and even that turned him on.
Vanity was the one of the sexiest women he’d ever known, but she was also real. Bold. He didn’t have to wonder at her thoughts, because she spelled out what she wanted and how she wanted it.
She also made it clear that their time together had a short time frame, and after they’d settled the lust, she fully expected him to mosey on out of her life.
Should’ve been perfect, only…it nettled him that she didn't push for more.
Both of them now silent, he turned a corner onto a dark street—and immediately saw the collision. Two vehicles, one in a ditch, the other overturned. Headlights cut the dark of the night at odd angles. Even as Stack slowed his car, searching the scene, the overturned car ignited and flames licked into the air.
“Oh, my God.” Vanity sat forward to stare. “There!” She pointed to the side of one car. “There’s a body!”
Stack jerked the car to the curb, slammed it into park and released his seat belt at the same time. “Call 911.”
She already had her purse in her hands, digging through it. “Be careful,” she called after him as he hurriedly left the car.
He’d only taken one step when Stack heard a woman’s weak screams.
TOUGH LOVE Synopsis:
She's playing hard to get…to win the MMA fighter of her ultimate fantasies in a sultry new novel from New York Times best-selling 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?
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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 best selling 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/
t'irla's talk Review
I have to admit I sorta fell into this series. I do love fighter novels so back when book one of this series was offered on Netgalley I did a request and received the novel. I read it and thought it was ok so when I saw the same thing for book 2 I requested it and got it and liked it even more than book one. Now I have to say I was new to Lori Foster's writing and wasn't sure quite what to expect and I had been reading really gritty edgy fighting novels prior so I think that these novels seemed lighter by comparison. So when I saw this novel on both Edelwiess and Netgally I thought it was a sign so have to thank the publisher for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I totally found myself lost in this novel.
I think because I had a connection with the mc' since I had met them in the previous books I had real buy in to them getting a HEA. I enjoyed Vanity very much in the previous novel and was anxious to learn more about her since she did have some mystery surrounding her. Stack I though was a bit of a jerk but was giving him the benefit of the doubt cause after all a lot of our heroes tend to be jerky until they meet their lady love. I admit Stack did grow on my and I found him quite funny at times but other times I did want to smack him upside his head, that boy had some maturing to do.
I don't want to get to much in to the story but trust me when I say we have some intrigue and not all is easy for this couple. I think what I am beginning to really appreciate about Lori Foster's MMA fighter novels is that I enjoy the camaraderie of her character's group of friends and I love how the love stories turn into a sweet connection between the two characters. Yes they have their rough times etc but beneath it all you know all involved are good people and that they have a true connection to each other.
I'm definitely going to keep reading this series and I suggest if you like a dose of sugar with your MMA fighters and a hint of intrigue just to keep your blood boiling than this is definitely a series you don't want to miss. I'm giving this novel a 4 star rating and a recommendation ...A great fast read for a warm summer day or a nice curl up on the couch as the leaves fall!