{Review & Giveaway} Tough Love by Lori Foster

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{Review & Giveaway} Tough Love by Lori FosterTough Love by Lori Foster
Series: Ultimate #3
Publisher: Harlequin HQN on August 25, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 384

Our Rating

5 Stars

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?



This book may be unsuitable for younger readers because it includes one or more of the following: sexual situations, drug use, abuse or violence, or other mature subject matter.

ReasonsToReadVanity wants Stack, but she knows better than to go about getting him in the conventional way.  Dating and relationships aren’t really his thing, and the last thing she wants is to become another notch in his bedpost — or scare him off for good.  So rather than simply make herself available to him, she plays unavailable, letting him think that a romp in the sheets is all she’s after.  And if she plays her cards right, he’ll keep coming back for more.

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TheVerdictAt this point, all it takes to make me pick up a book is Lori Foster’s name on the cover, but if you follow my reviews, you probably already know that.  The guys in the Ultimate series are all kinds of hot, and Stack’s been a fun one to follow in the previous books.

Vanity has her sights set on Stack, but the tough fighter tends to turn tail and run at the first sign that a woman wants more than a one-night stand with him.  But if she doesn’t do something, he’ll never consider anything more than flirty friendship with her, so she offers him exactly what he thinks he wants — sex.  And nothing more.  At the end of the last book, she put her plan into play, getting Stack to agree to be her date to the wedding, with a guarantee that they can turn up the heat afterward.  And thinking Vanity’s not after more than one night of naked fun, Stack falls right into her trap.

The chemistry between Stack and Vanity burns up the pages, so the story gets off to a fast but awesome start.  As they get to know each other better, Vanity’s feelings simply grow deeper, and Stack starts feeling emotions he never expected.  But it also comes to light just how much Stack values honesty in people, and Vanity hasn’t exactly been honest about her intentions.  I won’t give it away, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what their conflict becomes.

Lori Foster has done it again, creating strong, likable women and the irresistible men they fall in love with.  Every single page has substance, too, bringing Stack and Vanity closer together rather than relying on contrived drama to speed things up.  If you haven’t checked out this series yet, do it NOW.  The Ultimate series is the ultimate romance readers’ story, and the hot, strong men are the icing on the cake.

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The Breakdown
Cover Design
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Plot & Pace
5 star rating
Characters
5 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating
 

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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.

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