Review: Holding Strong by Lori Foster

I received this book for free from Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Holding Strong by Lori FosterHolding Strong by Lori Foster
Series: Ultimate #2
Published by Harlequin on 03/31/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley/Publisher

An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster's irresistible new novel

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn't share. That's why he's been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry's about to need more than she knows…

Denver's combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she's been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can't hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who'll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she'll trust him enough to let him…

Being a total addict to all things Lori Foster, there was no doubt in my mind that I would read and enjoy Holding Strong, the second book in her Ultimate series.  I knew Lori Foster would give me exactly what I wanted in Holding Strong, and that is exactly what I got.

Holding Strong is about heavyweight MMA fight Denver Lewis and Cherry Peyton.  Although Denver is attracted to Cherry, he feels like Cherry is a bit too flirtatious with other men, so he never pursues a relationship with her.  Which is totally annoying, I have to admit, but luckily Denver gets over this really quick.

So here is the thing that I absolutely love best about Lori Foster books – she writes these totally swoony, strong but also loving and rarely scared-of-relationships types of heroes.  And Denver fits right into that.  I love that Denver is so strong and alpha in the sense that he takes charge of situations, but not alpha in the sense that he wants to boss everyone around.  His initial concerns about getting together with Cherry (she flirted too much) where totally stupid, but once he did get together with Cherry, he was there.  And I just love that.  There isn’t a ton of angst or drama-rama and I just love that.

I also really liked Cherry.  She’s got some secrets, and she doesn’t really want to share them, but she’s forced to when some people from her past show up.  This suspense aspect to Holding Strong was great, and it kept me turning the pages way into the night.  But back to Cherry, she’s such a strong lady, and I loved that about her.  I could relate to her so easily.  She’s been practically in love with Denver since she met him, and she really just wants to be with him.

As much as I loved Holding Strong, though, it isn’t my favorite Lori Foster book.  It’s not one that I will want to re-read anytime soon (or at all), but still I loved every minute I spent with this book.

Holding Strong is typical Lori Foster – and that’s a wonderful thing.  If you enjoy your romances with the best sort of alpha heroes, strong, independent and lovable heroines, and a page-turning story, then Holding Strong is definitely for you.


7 Responses to “Review: Holding Strong by Lori Foster”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    Ah Denver. I enjoyed this one. No it wasn’t a favorite, but I always enjoy her books and cannot wait for the next one. I loved getting to know more about secondary characters.

  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    Glad to see you enjoyed this! I’m not sure about the heroine’s name in this one…Cherry, really? Love your description of Lori Foster’s heroes.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      LOL. I thought the same thing about her name being Cherry. Not my favorite name, that’s for sure. Seriously, Lori Foster’s heroes are almost all so swoony. I love that they are uber-protective, but not obnoxiously so. They respect the women in their lives to make their own decisions.

  3. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Great review, girl! I’ve read only one Lori Foster book and didn’t like it much, but I want to give her another try. I’ll be checking this series out! I really like that it’s low on drama. 🙂

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Although I haven’t read all of Lori Foster’s books, I do in general love her stories. Which one did you read that you didn’t like?

      I think the Ultimate series is a lot of fun! I also love Foster’s Just a Hint Clint, Too Much Temptation and Jude’s Law (which was the start of Foster writing about MMA fighters).

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