by Lori Foster
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
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.