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Review - Hard Knocks by Lori Foster

Hard Knocks: An Ultimate Novella - Lori Foster

 

Hard Knocks
by Lori Foster
Series: Ulitmate, #0.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 4, 2014
 



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.

Don’t miss No Limits, the first novel in Lori Foster’s Ultimate series.

 


 

 




I really enjoyed this story and am excited for this new series. This novella gave a quick glimpse into the backdrop and some of the players in this upcoming series and sets the stage nicely. As with any novella, the length doesn't give much time for character development or back-story, but Lori Foster does a good job trying to fill in the blanks and bringing in other characters to try to give the story some depth.

One thing this story doesn't lack is heat and tension between the two main characters. Harper and Gage are so ready to move forward with their relationship…if they would just let the other know! It was fun watching the build-up between the two – the tension just mounts and let’s just say neither Harper or Gage are finding easy to sit still! These two together were just hot!

I also loved the camaraderie and friendship of everyone at the gym. I love having a cast of characters who are more or less family regardless of any real blood ties. The playful banter and the way they watch out for one another has me anxious to read the next book in the series!

So for being a novella this was a good, quick read that will make you want to find out more about the rest of this group of fighters!

I was given a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.