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Series: Body Armor #2
Publisher: Harlequin HQN on March 21, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…
Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she's sweet and intriguingly innocent. It's a risk-free assignment, until he's required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.
Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it's not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that's real, raw and absolutely against the rules…
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Hard Justice by Lori Foster
Since giving up fighting professionally, former MMA fighter Justice has been picking up bodyguard gigs at Body Armor security firm. It’s not what he really dreamed of doing with his life, but it pays the bills. And he’s not too bad at it either. Expecting a rich princess for his next protection detail, he’s surprised to discover that Fallon, while wealthy and a bit naive, is nothing like the people he’s used to guarding. More than anything, she just wants to experience life, from having a few beers to dancing to making small talk with strangers. In no time, Justice is falling for the woman he’s supposed to be protecting, butting heads with her uptight father, and trying to figure out just why a girl like Fallon seems to have missed out on so much living.
Judging Covers: Not bad, but definitely not Justice. I honestly wish the covers for this series were more along the lines of the ones in the Ultimate series. Sure, these guys are private security, but they’re former MMA fighters, so… Yeah, I can’t believe I’m actually asking for more skin here, but it fits! Whereas nine million other romances have shirtless guys on the front for no other reason than attracting readers, this is one case where some pecs on the front would have fit the story. Plus, Mr. Model there has probably never even seen a cage, much less been in one.
The Verdict: Aside from his cauliflower ears, Justice never made much of an impression on me in the Ultimate series. In the Body Armor series, though, he’s just seemed like a nice, loyal guy, if a bit dim at times. In Hard Justice by Lori Foster, we finally get a closer look at the guy who’s been in the background for so long.
Justice is a tall brick wall, a big guy who packs a punch and seems tailor made for security work. His fighting skills weren’t enough to take him to a title in the SBC, but they’re perfect for the work he’s doing now. An all around nice guy, he dotes on his family, is loyal to a fault, and isn’t sure what to think of his new charge.
Fallon has led a blessed life in many ways, but money couldn’t prevent the tragedy that took her sister away, and while it’s clear her parents love her dearly, they’re also so overprotective that it’s suffocating her. Now ready to get out and see the world — or at least the world past her own front door — they hire Justice to keep her safe. But her her fascination with and attraction to Justice goes both ways, and before either of them really know what to do about it, they’re in over their heads.
Fallon was both easy and hard for me to understand. She’s sweet as can be, without guile, and determined to stake her independence. At the same time, a big piece of her past was alluded to but not fully explained for quite a bit of the book, and without those details, it was difficult for me to really understand what made her tick. Add in one callous, pretentious ex, and I didn’t know what to think.
Justice, on the other hand, was everything I wanted him to be. For all his size and rough exterior, he was a giant teddy bear who treated Fallon’s curiosity and emotions so gently. It was clear from their first meeting that he put her best interests first, so it’s no wonder he went with the grand gesture to her parents when he fell hard for her and needed to declare his intentions. These two could have done the sneaking around, denying, hiding their feelings from everyone kind of thing. But instead, Justice was forthright with his feelings and wanted to do right by Fallon in letting everyone, even her overprotective parents, know that he would be good enough for her.
Hard Justice has got to be one of the sweetest Lori Foster books I’ve read so far, and considering I’ve got about 40 of her books on my Kindle, that’s saying a lot! I loved the romance between these two, Justice’s big ole heart, and Fallon’s sweet nature. If any two people ever were made for each other, these two are it. Hard Justice is swoony romantic, sweet and sexy, and just an all around awesome story. Dammit, now I want to read it again!
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