Sunday, August 3, 2014

~Review: Hard Knocks (Ultimate 0.5) by Lori Foster ~

In the stunning prequel novella to her new mixed martial arts series, New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster brings together an elite fighter and the woman he’s determined to win.

Power. Brute strength. Unforgettable moves. It’s no wonder Harper Gates hasn’t been able to get her fling with Gage “Savage” Ringer out of her head. Months have passed since she laid eyes—or any other body parts—on him. Months without a word of contact… until, sidelined by injury, he comes back to town.

Staying focused on his training seemed like a smart move to Gage, even if he thought about Harper every day. Seeing her again only makes it clear how much is at stake. He’s got one night to earn back her trust. One night to show her that behind his breathtaking skill and ripped body is a man who’ll give her everything she needs.

Don’t miss No Limits, the first novel in Lori Foster’s Ultimate series.

Overall Rating:  4.25 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Hard Knocks is a great introduction to Lori Foster’s Ultimate series.  Once again, Lori Foster does not disappoint her readers.  Lori’s newest characters are full of promise.  The development of the characters is vivid and revealing.  Simply put, they are easy to relate to and you will become involved in the story instantly.

Gage “Savage” Ringer is an MMA fighter.  He finally got the big break he was hoping for with the famous major fight circuit.  However, during training before the last and most important fight he busted his eye enough to have stitches and was sent home.  Already upset with the outcome, he is now trying to get back to the life that he left behind months ago, and the woman who holds his heart! 

Harper Gates has been around fighters for a while and loves it.  The camaraderie and fellowship is something she thrives on.  She is a woman who loves with her whole self and it shows in everything she does.  Harper gets along with all of the guys at the gym but her heart belongs to one, Gage and she means to make the most of him being home with her again.

Will Harper finally tell Gage how she deeply she feels about him?  Will Gage finally have Harper the way he wants her?  Read this novella to find out and more!

Lori Foster has a brilliant mind! This story does nothing but remind me how much I love to read her books.  Although it was a quick read, it filled my Lori fix!  From the beginning I was snared by the story and the characters were amazing in their pursuit to be together.  With an intensity that put butterflies in my belly, as always, I longed more!  Great punch, Lori!  ~TSRBR

Hero – Gage “Savage” Ringer 4.5 stars
Heroine – Harper Gates 4.5 stars
Steam Level: 4.5 stars 
Plot: 4.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! It’s a great story that will make your heart sing!

Would I read other books by this author: Yes!  I love Lori Foster!  She is one of my most favorite authors!  I never get tired of reading anything Lori!

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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