Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster #Review

Posted February 23, 2016 by Shari in Reviews / 17 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster #Review
Fighting Dirty

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Series: Ultimate #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on February 23, 2016
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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ARMIE! Be still my heart as I have to let Merissa take on this bad boy for me. You see, Lori Foster has been teasing me with Armie since book one in the Ultimate Series. He’s the lovable guy all the girls like, the protector they sometimes need and the guy everyone wants to see fall in love. The Ulitimate seres is one about fighters who run a center to teach kids in jeopardy something besides the streets, defensive fighting for women and a place to train for all the guys going into the MMA. It’s a good group to call family as you become part of it through their stories. What’s really sad about this? It’s the last book in the series! But don’t fret too hard, there will be a new series for the guys we didn’t pin down with a strong woman at the reins.

Fighting Dirty is just that. Merissa is tired of being in love with Armie when he won’t give her the time of day. When her bank is robbed and Armie saves the day, she decides it is time to put things in perspective and go for what she wants: Armie. Merissa isn’t in the fighting scene. Her character is making a career for herself in the banking industry. She owns house she grew up in and supports herself, but she will always be Cannon’s little sister. There is one scene in particular that I can’t reveal, that had me clapping for how she handled it even when her world was somewhat falling apart. She is one tough brood.

Armie has kept his distance, holding a secret near to his heart. Armie is a great fighter, but never wants to go professional due to the secret. He feels he is only good for one thing, one night stand and sexual favors. The only one who knows the true story is Cannon and he is going to push Armie the hardest to breach the safety circle he has created. Now that Armie is going professional, it is only right for Cannon to push his sister and Armie together even as Armie resists with every bone in his body.

The threats continue against Armie and Merissa to the point she sort of moves in with Armie and they become close. Merissa has her beliefs that Armie is the man of her dreams, but she can’t seem to convince Armie of this. So she takes him on, knowing at any time he could pass on beyond her, causing her great heartache. While it takes him a while to admits his feelings, Merissa stays patient, but forces Armie to admit there is more than just a sexual relationship. Trusting him and him trusting her is a big pact that brings them closer.

There is enough suspense, tension, friendship and sex to keep you coming back to finish the book. In fact the bedroom scenes were a little riskier than what I have seen in the past from Lori Foster.  It was one book I never wanted to put down as Armie becomes the man of my dreams.

With great sadness I put down the last book in the Ultimate series with my favorite character. I watched him go from a man whore to a man with one woman forever. A man who shied away from fame to one making his own way through it without caving to the big wigs. Truly if you haven’t read this series, what the Hell is wrong with you?

Challenge Info:

Literary Pickers: Tattoo/Body Art
Pervy Girl Challenge: Oral sex
Books ‘N Tunes: Can’t Stop by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity. You can see the benefit romance books here: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/

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Braine TS
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Riskier bed scenes? Great observation and I’m curious about the risk factor. Like BDSM? Hot wax? I hope it’s not rape play …

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

He does spank her a little, but it more light hearted and a little bondage. Nothing really over the top or what I would say would be BDSM, just the lighter side of Armie.

Quinn's Book Nook
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I am such a big Lori Foster fan. I was so excited for Armie’s book, but I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. I didn’t like Armie’s secret. It’s a personal thing, but it annoyed me. I still liked the book, but not as much. But I am SOOO excited for the spin-off series.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Sorry you didn’t love this one. I kind of was not totally into the secret part as I felt it was totally wrong to ruin Armie’s life. But I love Merissa and how she didn’t give up and become a doormat for him.

Sophia Rose
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Oh, I am so glad his book delivered for you and it left you on a high note with the end of the series. They sound like a good pairing.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

This series is a must read. It’s a spin off from another series and now this one is spinning off into a different series.

Blodeuedd
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I so need to read more Foster

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Yes, please do!

Lekeisha
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I was just browsing for this series in my library’s list yesterday. I’m currently on hold for the first book, so I’ll see how it goes. Though, I’m fairly sure that I will like these books.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

The first book is Cannon! Love him to bits.

Lover Of Romance
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what a great review you have here!! I just loved this book as well. Probably my favorite book of the series which is saying quite a bit considering how much I have adored each book. And I loved how protective Rissa was for Armie and his past. Boy does she get angry and LOVE that.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Thanks! I adored this series of tough guys with hearts of gold. Armie is by far my favorite! Cannon a close second.

Melanie Simmons
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I’ve still yet to try a Lori Foster book. I do have one on audio, but haven’t had the chance to try it yet. So many books, so little time. Contemporary romance isn’t high on my list as some of the genres with more action, but I’ve heard great things about Foster, so I want to try her. Great review. Glad you enjoyed this one.

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

She has tons of books so I just jumped in when she started a new series figuring I wouldn’t get lost. She does mix series thought so sometimes I missed out on some characters.. Hope you can get to your audio book soon.

kimbacaffeinate
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YES….I loved Armie and Rissa’s story and I love your review!! I am excited for the spinoff series.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I can’t wait for the spin off series. Can we get her to write faster if we give her cupcakes and coffee?

Debra
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Debra

I really enjoyed Armie and Rissy’s story and your review was spot on!! Lori is one of my favorite “go-to” authors. She never disappoints me. Great review!