Hard Knocks by Lori Foster

July 29th, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Review 67 Comments

29th Jul
Hard Knocks by Lori Foster
Hard Knocks
by Lori Foster
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

Hard Knocks was the perfect teaser to Lori Foster’s new Ultimate series featuring mixed martial arts. The series will feature yummy alpha fighters and strong woman. This novella packed a punch as Gage “Savage” Ringer and Harper Gates take the next step in their relationship. I consumed the story in a single sitting and it left me eager for more…

The tale takes place at the martial arts center Cannon created and a lot has changed since it was first opened. Gage is there after an injury kept him from traveling to Japan for a match. While he is depressed, he is happy to see Harper again. He has not been able to stop thinking about her. Harper seems distant and he has one night to show her how he feels and win her trust.

While Hard Knocks is short in length, it does not lack heat or connection. I felt the chemistry between Harper and Gage. Foster did a good job of giving us their backstory and sharing their thoughts and emotions. The tale had a satisfying conclusion but like I any novella I wanted more. I cannot wait for No Limits the first novel in the Ultimate series. It will feature Cannon Colter, a character I met and fell in love with in the Love Under Cover series.

Hard Knocks was a sweet, hot introduction to the Ultimate series and will have readers warmed up and ready to take to the ring in No Limits.

About Lori Foster

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.

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67 Responses to “Hard Knocks by Lori Foster”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was hot, but also sweet and the perfect appetizer before the main event Sirri 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Shane, it was short, sweet and romantic.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed Jeann and the cover isn’t hard to look at *winks*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really enjoy her books Rashika. Hope you try her one day!

  1. Faye D'Social Potato

    Mixed martial arts? That sounds delicious! My brothers are so into UFC that there are days when I watch with them, and seeing all these meaty, buffed guys wrestle it on the ring can be pretty disturbing while at the same time, eye-candy (LOL IS THAT MESSED UP???!!!) Not sure about that guy on the cover, though o.o is it me or is his upper half of his upper part of the body kind of… disproportionate? D: In any case, I’m glad you liked it 😀

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Not sure if it is the angle, or he is just in a lower weight class. LOL Faye!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Cannon, oh yeah..I will be sharing my review in about 3 weeks Sharon. Glad you liked it!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Jenea, I will share book one later this month:)

  2. Amir

    I honestly don’t think I’ve read anything from Lori Foster but I think I have her on my kindle *checks*
    Haha, so I don’t have her on my kindle but I’ve seen her books on Amazon a lot so I think that’s why she’s familiar! I think this is the perfect book for me to try out the author though, and a perfect taste to this series since it’s a novella. I’m checking this on Amazon now, I’m always up for discovering new authors and I feel like I’m missing out when I don’t try at least one book by a really popular one. Lovely review Kimba! Short, sweet and to the point 🙂

  3. Quinn

    I love Lori Foster! And actually, I think her novellas are usually pretty good. I haven’t read this one, but I definitely need to make time for it. Glad you liked this. I might try to read this this weekend.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed, I liked that this couple had a history and it really does get you excited for the first book 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, the fighting, training is balanced by the romance.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes you do. I loved her Love Undercover series

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, sometimes I feel that way. She writes good romantic suspense 🙂

  4. Berls

    You had me at “yummy alpha fighters and strong woman”! What’s not to love. I’m glad that even though this was a novella it had a good strong story. I’m adding this series to my TBR!

    Berls recently posted: ARC August 2014
    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was a teaser to be sure, and since the romance was between two people who shared history it worked.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hear ya, I will be reviewing book one shortly 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I will be reviewing No Limits in a few weeks 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed Michelle, but it got me warmed up and ready for No Limits 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The fights and training were in the background in this one, I will be reviewing No Limits in August and you may have a better idea after if this is for you. 🙂