Quick Review: Tough Love by Lori Foster

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Quick Review: Tough Love by Lori FosterTough Love by Lori Foster
Series: Ultimate #3
Published by Harlequin on 08/25/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher

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

  • I am just so in love with Lori Foster’s Ultimate series about a group of MMA fighters. Tough Love is a wonderful addition to this series. Stack fits in so well with the other fighters, and I love his devotion to help out his community.
  • I love how Vanity figures out a way to get together with Stack. While she is hoping for more than a night together, she also realizes that this could be a possibility and she is okay with that.
  • The chemistry between Stack and Vanity is a real thing! I could feel it jumping off the page.
  • Stack’s relationships with his mother and sister are pretty sweet. He loves them, even when they drive him crazy.
  • Stack’s sister was really interesting. It’s hard to understand why she stayed with her jerk husband, and how she would overuse the kindness of her mother and brother, but at the same time I could see how well-intentioned she was.
  • I could also identify with Vanity’s need to stay near her best friend. She moved across the country to be near her BFF, and I could understand completely where she was coming from. She has no family, and wants to be near the people she is close with.
  • Stack was a little annoying at the end there, but luckily he came to his senses pretty quickly. I love how the other members of the MMA gym all gave him a hard time when he was being an idiot, too.
  • Vanity and Stack are not my favorite names ever. I thought they were kind of silly. But still, I really liked Tough Love.
  • I CANNOT wait for Armie’s story. Thank goodness that’s coming up.

10 Responses to “Quick Review: Tough Love by Lori Foster”

  1. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I’ve never read a Lori Foster book before, but her books sound amazing! This sounds really romantic and I love a man who loves his family. And the chemistry sounds very steamy. I’ll have to get a copy of this one.
    Great review, Quinn!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Lori Foster’s books are just so much fun. Her heroes are almost always really nice guys. Not jerks or whatever. And they are almost never afraid to commit, and I love that.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I think I just need to order the series and be done with it. This one sounds good though it doesn’t tempt me quite as much as the last book from this series you reviewed. Definitely agree on the names Vanity and Stack but I guess after a certain number of books you have to get creative about the names.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Haha. yeah, I guess authors need to come up with new, unique names. Vanity and Stack are pretty out there, though. But I still loved the characters so much. I would actually suggest starting with the first MMA Fighter books she did. To understand the whole MMA thing. I think the first one was Jude’s Law, although that one is really light on the MMA stuff. But you could start with this series too, and not be at all confused.

  3. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I agree with everything you said, Quinn! I love this series, and while all of these characters have made me swoon, I just can’t wait to see what’s Armie’s deal 🙂 I try to keep my expectations to a normal level, but it’s really hard!
    I’m thrilled you enjoyed Stack and Vanity as much as I did!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I also really like the suspenseful aspect to Lori Foster’s stories. They are rarely too dark and I love that, but a little suspense is fun. What are your favorite Lori Foster books? Mine are Too Much Temptation, Just a Hint, Clint, and Jude’s Law.

  4. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    Those names are a bit silly. I do enjoy a good sports romance so Lori Foster is on my list of authors to try. I’m glad you enjoyed this!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Yeah, Vanity and Stack are definitely odd names. But I do enjoy Lori Foster’s writing so much. The sports aspect is pretty small, but I do love the MMA aspect to this series.

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