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Review: Tough Love by Lori Foster

August 24th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Tough Love by Lori Foster

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: August 25, 2015

Publisher: HQN

Series: Ultimate #3

[rating 3.5/5]

About the book:

She’s playing hard to get… to win the MMA fighter of her ultimate fantasies in a sultry new novel from New York Timesbestselling 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?


We saw a little bit of setup for this book in the previous title in the series so I was eager to see where it would go.  The story itself was interesting and I enjoyed reading it but both Vanity and Stack had their moments that irritating me or didn’t seem consistent.  For instance, Vanity seemed to ping pong back and forth between being a busy body who can’t keep from poking her nose in other people’s business to supposedly being a woman who doesn’t pry into Stack’s business when not wanted.  She constantly butts into Stack’s and his family’s business so I didn’t get how Stack kept thinking at least Vanity wasn’t a busy body.  She was also a little too perfect to be truly relatable.  She was good looking, rich, could paint, model, was super sweet, etc.  The only slightly negative thing about her seemed to be her family situation but even that was hard to sympathize with so it didn’t make her seem like a real woman.  Stack also was a bit of a jerk at times for unnecessary reasons at times.  I’m glad his friends take him to task but the reasons for his blow ups seemed pretty ridiculous.

I did love Armie as usual and cannot wait for his story.  We get to see some interaction between he and Merissa but I’m really dying to see the two of them together.  It was also great to see Denver, Cannon and Rowdy make brief appearances.  I’ll say it was the supporting cast who really carried this book.  I loved seeing the progression with Leese’s character and seeing a bit more of some of the other guys.

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