Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tough Love by Lori Foster

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Tough Love - Lori Foster

Publisher: HQN Books (August 25th 2015)
Paperback: 544 pages
Series: Ultimate #3
Source: Netgalley & InkSlinger
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

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?


Tough Love is a fun and steamy addition to Foster’s Ultimate series! This one features MMA fighter Stack, and the ever sassy and kind-hearted Vanity. Vanity is new into town and has her heart set on the commitment-phobia Stack. To play a little hard to get and keep Stack on his toes, Vanity offers him a one-time no strings-attached night. So beings the friends with benefit relationship. Little does Stack realize, one night with Vanity would never be enough.

It’s pretty easy to see why Stack can’t get enough of Vanity (and wasn’t just because of the lust). I really liked Vanity; she’s super independence, sassy, and oh so clever. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go get it. She’s also very self-aware of her beauty and privileges, but in a good way because she’s willing to sharing her good fortune and doesn’t depend on it to make her happy.

“I met you and fell hard. Almost from the day I met you, I knew I wanted you. Within a few weeks, I was in love. But you never paid any attention to me, so I decided to proposition you.”

Like the other heroes in the series, Stack is alpha male through and through. He knows how to be sexy, charming, brave and bad ass. Unlike the other books however, we get to see a bit more of his family dynamics, with a loving mom and a bit of a struggling older sister. I do love a hero who can care for his family.

The teasing and bantering between Stack and Vanity will have you sighing and swooning. There’s also some suspense swirled in the mix as threats and attacks cause some bumps on the road towards happily ever after. Moreover, we get to play catch up with the other Ultimate characters and the new development with Armie and Rissy have me beyond excited for the next book!

Overall, it’s a book with lust and love and strong alpha males (and females!). Add in some tension with some secrets, lies ans threats and we get an all-around action-packed and sexy read.

{Thanks to Harlequin HQN & Netgalley for provided the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Holding Strong is part of the Ultimate series.
The full series includes the following stories: Hard Knocks, No Limits, Holding Strong, Tough Love, & Fighting Dirty

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Lori - Dec 2014About the Authors:

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity. You can see the benefit romance books here:

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Tough Love Tomorrow


Oblivious, Tabby said, “Mom, did you know Stack brought a woman with him?”

That got both of his mother’s eyes open. She even lifted to one elbow. “What? Who?” She looked around. “Where is she?”

“In the waiting room with Phil. You should see her. She’s beautiful, built and really nice, too.”

“Stack,” his mother said, getting her first good look at him. “Are you in a tux?”

“Be right back.”

“I want to meet her!”

Stack didn’t reply. For a woman who only moments before had been incapacitated with a headache, his mother still knew how to issue orders. Urgency made his stride long and hurried as he went down the hall, past friendly nurses and a few worried visitors, all the way to the waiting room.

Vanity had her nose in a magazine.

And Phil, fucking Phil, was seated too close beside her, talking nonstop, fake laughing, schmoozing, doing his utmost to get her attention.

Vanity ignored him—just as she sometimes ignored Stack.

But this time, as she felt his stare and looked up, she immediately put the magazine aside. Smiling, she came to him, walking right into his arms. “Hey.” She squeezed him with comforting concern. “How’s your mom?”

In that moment, Stack felt a lot of things. Too many things, damn it. At either side of her head he threaded his fingers into her long hair, anchoring her for his kiss.

Out of deference for the hospital atmosphere, he kept it brief. “She’s okay. How are you holding up?”

“Me?” She laughed, looking not just gorgeous, but precious, too. Her hand rubbed his biceps. “I’m not the one who was hurt.”

That earned her another kiss before he lifted her arm and feathered his fingertips over the soft skin above the bandage. “It’s been one hell of a day. You haven’t had any sleep.”

“Neither have you.” That sweet, teasing smile twitched into place. In the barest of whispers, she said, “But at least I had two orgasms, so all in all, for me, it’s been a pretty good twenty-four hours.”

Urges rushed through Stack. The urge to hold her. To laugh with her. To use her to chase away the endless frustration he worked so hard to hide. To maybe confide in her about how badly he wanted to demolish Phil—and why.

To somehow claim her…for more than a quick taste.

In that moment it all became clear to him. Vanity tried to control things. But he needed that control, and once he had it he’d sway her to his way of thinking.


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0 Replies to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tough Love by Lori Foster”

  1. Thank you!!

  2. I loved this one. I really liked Vanity and Foster always manages to make me swoon

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