Saturday, January 23, 2016

Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster

Title:  Fighting Dirty
Series:  Ultimate #4
Author:  Lori Foster
Publication Date:  February 23/16 by HQN Books
Length:  448pgs
Genre:  romantic suspense
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

He's the hottest MMA fighter in the game, but one woman is ready to try out a few steamy moves of her own in an unforgettable new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster
With the life he's led and the muscles he's gained, Armie Jacobson isn't afraid of anything. Except maybe Merissa Colter's effect on him. It's not just that she's his best friend's little sister. Fact is, she deserves better. Women pursue him for one night of pleasure, and that's all he wants to offer. Until rescuing Merissa from a robbery leads to the most erotic encounter of his life.

Good girl meets bad boy. It's a story that rarely ends well. But Merissa is taking matters into her own hands. No matter how he views himself, the Armie she knows is brave, honorable and completely loyal. And as past demons and present-day danger collide, they're both about to learn what's truly worth fighting for…

My Review:

Foster writes suspense on many levels with this one. Romance abounds while danger strikes. I found myself guessing what would happen next, enjoying the seamlessly woven plot. I was completely lost in this world, engaging with the characters and living right alongside them. Being back alongside these fighters and those that they hold dear was an emotional joy ride for me that I can’t wait to experience again.

Foster brings her characters to life on and off the page. Armies’ past is such a poignant counterpoint to who he I in the present. He is such a complexly crafted character. The many layers to who he is all peel away at certain points allowing you to really see the nitty gritty of who he is and what makes him tick. Rissy’s need for acceptance and to be herself vies only with her need to be close with Armie. I loved seeing her come to life when they were together. And the chemistry between these two! Foster writes it so that it comes naturally to them, leaping from the pages. The heat simmered throughout, boiling at times in explosive ways. I simply couldn’t look away.

This novel was engaging, wildly romantic, and endlessly exciting. It is the best of the series and quite possibly my favourite of Foster’s work ever.

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