Thursday, July 10, 2014

HARD KNOCKS by Lori Foster

(Ultimate  0.5)
by Lori Foster
ARC Review
Release: August 4, 2014, Harlequin HQN

My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️

Gage and Harper have danced around their attraction for a long time and had started casually dating, when Gage was selected for a big pay-per-view fight in Japan. Unfortunately an injury during training got him sent home early and he ends up back in the gym in a foul mood. That is until he spots Harper, who seems to be determined to put a smile back on his face.

Harper was disappointed when Gage left to go to training camp for his big fight and never bothered to contact her. But seeing him around the gym made her decide she was going to have to be the one to put herself out there and see where it leads. If anything she might get a hot one night stand out of it. And you know what they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained.


What was a long, slow and simmering warm up behind the scenes, turns into a fast, intense and hot novella at the hands of Lori Foster! What a way to start a new series!!

The main characters, Gage and Harper are regulars at the rec centre, which also doubles as the gym, where it seems all the fighter guys hang out. We are introduced to a few interesting and one particularly colourful prospect for future instalments. 

As a very short introductory novella, HARD KNOCKS does its job. It gives us a couple that already has a connection so it doesn't take much for sparks to start flying in earnest, and both of them are tied to the sport and the people that are going to play leading roles in the books to follow. It allows us to get a feel for the atmosphere, the camaraderie, the dynamics between the different players and the level of intensity we can expect. 

In a novella of this size, we can't expect a tremendous amount of context or indepth exploration of the individuals, but keep in mind that that is not really the objective. The idea is to get a taste of what Ms. Foster has in store for us before we get our first full sized novel. And this little 'amuse-bouche' had just the right amount of 'flavor' for me!! I have NO LIMITS, the first full length novel, already in my grubby little hands, and can't wait to chow down!!

✨The perfect, spicy bite-sized promise of a fantastic hot new series.✨

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