‘Fighting Dirty’ by Lori Foster (Ultimate #4)

fighting dirtyWoohoo… Armie and Rissy. Finally!

Ever since meeting Armie in the first Ultimate book I just wanted to find out what would happen to him. Out of everyone I needed him to have his happy ever after.

Lori Foster did not disappoint me.

Armie has been so important in all the other books. He’s kind hearted and full of love and yet you know that with the excessive man-whoring he is hiding something and he is hurting BIG time. Lori Foster does not shy away from giving us an alpha male that has emotional baggage and I love that. They are tough and manly but the moment they fall they fall hard.

I feel like I never really got to know Rissy in the other books that much. However, I found in this book we got to know a lot more about her and what she was like AND out of all the leading ladies, she’s probably my favourite. She’s tough and has a lot of respect for herself and she doesn’t let Armie push her around (too much).

One of my favourite parts was when all the ladies went ‘shopping’ at the video store. I could totally imagine that scene playing out in real life and I got a good chuckle out of it.

I feel like this book left all the main characters in a spot and I can leave them knowing they are all where they need to be. Of course I would love to know about Armie and Rissy’s wedding and the babies… but I’m assuming I will get little bits in the Body Armour series. Here’s hoping.

Thank you Lori Foster…. this series got me out of my reading slump and has inspired me to begin again on my TBR pile.

My rating 4/5.



‘Tough Love’ by Lori Foster (Ultimate #3)

tough loveHmm….I felt like this third book was a bridging book to the fourth one. The one we are all waiting for!

This third book focuses around Stack and Vanity and it was almost a huge sigh of relief when they finally got it on.

I mean seriously how many things can happen to a couple before they get to have “the sex”. The drawn out story in this part was a little painful and frustrating to read. No doubt it would have been for the characters too… hahaha…..

I didn’t hate this story and I enjoyed reading it. However, I struggled to really love either of the main characters and I came to really cherish the little bits that we were getting of Armie and Rissy.

Look out Book 4 – I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

My rating 3/5.


‘Holding Strong’ (Ultimate #2) by Lori Foster

holding strongSecond book in the Ultimate series and wow it hit it’s stride a lot earlier than the first book. Wham, Bam! Within the first couple of chapters we had quite the steamy scene and I appreciated that.

However, If Denver said ‘girl’ one more time I was seriously going to throttle him. How degrading and just rude to Cherry. It got on my nerves so badly. There were times when I wished Cherry held her ground on this a bit more. I know he’s a big handsome man but have a bit of respect for yourself.

And yes I’m aware that my complaining is ironic as i’m reading a romance with an alpha male and that is how it is. But there is no crime in having a female character that is in love AND has self respect.

Any who… apart from that minor issue I really enjoyed this story. It seemed to move a lot quicker than the last story and I think because I had already been introduced to the guys I could just enjoy their antics a bit more.

Both Denver and Cherry were likeable characters. I found Denver to be pushy but with good intentions. Cherry at times annoyed me and I think it was the lack of self respect she had. Not sure if that is a consequence of her upbringing.

I’m hanging to read the story about Armie. More than anything I need him to find ‘happy’. He and Cannon are great characters and I find myself wanting more of them.

All in all, I’ll keep reading, if only to get to Armie’s story.

My rating 4//5.


‘No Limits’ (Ultimate #1) by Lori Foster

no limits - lori fosterI seem to have acquired a taste for reading books about sexy alpha MMA fighters.

What’s the appeal i hear you ask and i’ll tell you…. they sound hot and rough but in a gentle way and they seem like big loving dudes. What isn’t to love about that?!

It would be safe to say that Lori Foster can write a decent story about them and that I will be devouring every one of the books in this series.

This first book is set around Cannon and Yvette. They’ve known each other for a while and they both are carrying massive lust for the other. However, Cannon never acted on it 3 years prior when he saved Yvette from some nasty dudes.

They have both been left the estate of her late grandfather and this leads to them living together and the lust begins to build.

I find that Lori Foster has a gift for creating sexual tension between her characters and it’s saucy. However, “the big bang” scenes are limited and perhaps a little disappointing after all the tension that has been there. Of course i can live with this!

Cannon is a good character and seems like someone you would want to be friends with and you can see where he gets the name “Saint” from. All his friends are MMA fighters and seem like gentle giants.

Yvette did not inspire me. Yes, I get that she was trying to prove she wasn’t a victim anymore but at times she was painful. I really wanted to tell her “snap out of it. He’s hot! go for it.” There was a lot of focus on this idea that she couldn’t orgasm because she wasn’t with the right person. Of course, Cannon fixes that, but I found this aspect of the story a little odd.

Lori Foster certainly uses this book to build the tension between numerous characters and you can see that these will be the future books. But I’m keen to read on and find out how they all meet their matches.

My obsession with hot MMA fighters continues.

My Rating 4/5.


‘Beyond The Cage’ by Alana Sapphire

beyond the cageMMA fighter meets girl and so begins a beautiful relationship.

Cameron doesn’t talk but some how he and Jasmine seem to communicate just fine. (wink, wink)

The story is not at all focused around fighting. Its more about them outside of the ring – hence the title. I felt like it took me a little while to really get into the story but once it reeled me in I was happy to keep reading.

Alana is certainly not afraid to add the sex scenes and I mean once she started they didn’t really seem to stop. Perhaps they were there to fill in for all the ‘talking’ that wasn’t happening.

It did feel like someone called “dinner time” on Alana, as the story was wrapped up really quick. One minute we are all loved up and lots of sex scenes and BOOM a million things have happened and we are at the epilogue. Weird, but at the same time probably necessary as the story was directionless at times.

Look, I enjoyed the story. I didn’t have to think too much and some of the scenes were pretty hot. It was the right story for me to read to take me away from the stresses of work life.  Also bonus, it’s nice to read a standalone book every now and then.

My rating 3/5.