Mar 31, 2015

Review: Holding Strong by Lori Foster

Title: Holding Strong
Author: Lori Foster
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: 3.31.2015
Pages: 480
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, MMA
Series: Ultimate #2
Source: eARC from publisher

Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster's irresistible new novel 
Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn't share. That's why he's been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry's about to need more than she knows… 
Denver's combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she's been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can't hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who'll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she'll trust him enough to let him…
Whenever I picked up a Lori Foster book, I know I’m in for a great story and HOLDING STRONG is no exception. Briefly introduced to Denver and Cherry in book 1 of the series, this story is all about them and their love and what a great guy Denver is.

What starts as a spicy beginning turns into something a little gross when post-coital Cherry gets a massive case of the flu. I absolutely loved this beginning because Denver was such a stand-up guy and took care of her. It really showed that their relationship went beyond the sheets and there was mutual caring going on there.

Cherry has a bit of a twisted, sordid past that come back to bite her in the butt, but Denver (and all her friends) are right there to rally around her. While I love the romance between Denver and Cherry (Foster’s descriptions burn up the pages), I love the all-around cast of this series and how much they genuinely care for one another. This series is as much about friendship as it is romance.

While the MMA scenes may be a little light (sorry for those of you looking for something more graphic with the fight scenes), Lori Foster more than makes up for it with a great hero and a stubborn heroine that I loved watching fall in love.

Is it time for book 3 yet?!
Buy: Holding Strong


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