This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on February 23, 2016
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?
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