Tough Love by Lori Foster (Blog Tour: Review and Excerpt)

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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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Official Review

*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review*
Tough Love is the third book in the Ultimate Fighter series and with each couple I fall more in love. Lori Foster is an amazing wizard of her craft and it shines throughout her stories. Once again she delivered a knockout with another gripping story of a couple that have been a collision course for one another since before their story even began. Anybody who has read her work knows that she delivers loveable, sexy, realistic characters that tease you in previous books and leave you dreaming about them long after the final page of their story is read. But then again they aren’t gone because we are sure to see them again in the next book of the series whether they are just hanging out with friends at Rowdy’s, attending a wedding, or training at the gym. I have never met a group of sexier MMA fighters that are neighborhood heroes with a heart bigger than their pecs and biceps combined. Stack the “Wolf” and Vanity Baker know how to bring the heat, give you a cardio vascular workout, and have you sweating before the first punch is thrown.

Vanity Baker had a hidden agenda from the moment she met Stack and fell in instant lust/love with him. She also knew the only way to ensnare him was to serve him a sexy proposition of a “one night only with Vanity Baker” in exchange for one date to her best friend’s wedding. She is a gorgeous, fit, energetic, woman with a heart of gold that she wants to give to Stack. She is hopeful to win much more than a one unforgettable night.

“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.”

Stack is the type to give total devotion to his fighting, his family, and he is protective over those he loves. He has many layers to him that need to be peeled back like an onion. His has strength not only physically but also in moral fortitude and character. Stack has commitment issue but he is ready to give as good as he gets with Vanity, for a single night of passion. It seems simple right? Not! Maybe he has found his match outside of the ring.

“Keep that up,” Stack rasped, “and we won’t make it to the shower. Hell, we might not make it to the bed.”

This book starts out at the wedding after weeks of waiting and wanting filled with verbal foreplay and fantasizing about their “no strings” attached night after the wedding. Vanity and Stack are sure to keep your heart rate up, perform plenty of surprise attacks on one another and leave us out of breath and waiting for their next round.I loved every page of this story from the bedroom talk, steamy scenes, and touching moments with friends and family. Lori Foster fans everywhere will love Stack and Vanity while at the same time eagerly anticipating what’s to come with the next couple, Army and Merissa.

“Smokin’ hot, darlin’.” Then without even a hint of a smile, he whispered, “You breathe, and I want you. Laid out naked under me, making those mewling little sounds”

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Excerpt:

Stack frowned over her raised voice. “Calm down.” Her quick glare befuddled him. “Look, all I’m saying is that you’re shaking. And your arm is burnt and—”
“And you made promises.” While looking at her arm, she added, “Sexual promises, so don’t even think of dodging out on me.” She winced when she saw the burn. “Damn it. It wasn’t hurting, but now that you’ve pointed it out, it is.”
“I wasn’t…” All her attention remained on her arm, so he gave up trying to explain that he’d only made an attempt at nobility. No way was he “dodging out,” as she’d accused.
The burn on her arm didn’t look serious. Slightly bigger than a quarter, it was red, angry, but only slightly blistered. “I can take care of that for you once we get to your place.”
“What will you do?” She held her arm to her chest protectively.
Stack felt the crooked grin pulling at his mouth. The woman would brave a car fire, dismiss any danger, but at the thought of him patching her up, she grew wary. “I have a first aid kit in the trunk,” he explained, hoping to soothe her. “We’ll put some ointment on it and wrap it, that’s all. You can take some ibuprofen for pain.”
Her shoulders relaxed. “Oh, good. Nothing too awful.”
“Nothing awful at all,” he promised. But the way she continued to study him prompted him to add, “You know I wouldn’t do anything to hurt you, right?”
“It’s not that, it’s just…” She looked at her arm again, then deliberately dismissed it. “Before we do that, I need to shower.” She licked her lips. “And so do you.”
A hint? “You’re sure you’re okay?”
“Positive.”
Thank God. “Then how about we shower together?”
As if she’d just been waiting for him to offer, she smiled. “That would be wonderful, thank you.”
Thanking him? This time Stack couldn’t choke back the laugh.
“What?”
He shook his head. Telling her she was the first woman to thank him for sex wouldn’t be a good idea.
She scowled and repeated with more insistence, “What?”
Again he took her hand, then lifted it to his mouth and kissed her palm. “Like your enthusiasm, that’s all.”
“I am enthusiastic.” She shifted her hand so her palm cupped his jaw. He’d shaved before the wedding, but now, as her thumb moved back and forth, he heard the rasp of new whiskers. “It seems like I’ve been waiting for this forever.”
Yeah, no kidding. “You’re the one who set the stipulations, darlin’.” Hell, the second she’d propositioned him, he’d been ready. But she’d spelled out the rules—most importantly that they had to wait until the night of Cannon’s wedding to seal the deal. Something about her not wanting to take the chance that they’d get together, hit a snag, and she’d end up without a date to the wedding after all.
As if she expected him to annoy her right off. As if having him as an escort to the wedding was more appealing than having sex with him.
What had burned his ass the most was her assertion that in the meantime, they should both carry on as usual, dating others, sleeping around, as if they hadn’t made an intimate deal.
Who did that?

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

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?

 

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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

 

Author PhotoAbout 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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