Hard Knocks by Lori Foster: Review

July 28, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★★

I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

Hard Knocks by Lori Foster: ReviewHard Knocks by Lori Foster
four-stars
Series: Ultimate #0.5
Published by Harlequin HQN on August 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

This review was originally posted on my Goodreads page on Friday 25 July.

Hard Knocks is the prequel novella for Lori Foster’s new MMA-centred series. The first full-length novel, No Limits is to be released at the end of August.

Here is what I thought of Hard Knocks:

I really enjoyed the set-up of the new Ultimate series, and it was a lot of fun learning about the fighters around whom the story is centred. Being a novella, this part was really well-handled (how could it not be in Lori Foster’s hands).

The romance between injured fighter Gage and Harper is hot, sweet and showcases exactly what Lori Foster does best. Admittedly, there is a little bit of background that you miss out on, but I think that is more due to the constraints of fitting the current relationship details into a novella-length story. I do hope that we get to see more of Gage and Harper’s romance as the series progresses.

This is a fabulous way to introduce a new series, and the details we glean from this of Cannon’s fight and character most certainly make for interesting reading to come in his book.

Definitely start with Hard Knocks, when you are reading this series, as you get to meet and form pictures of the cast of hot fighter heroes.

If you loved Lori Foster’s first MMA-themed series, I definitely think this is one for you!

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