EARLY REVIEW ~ Holding Strong by Lori Foster

Title: Holding Strong
Author: Lori Foster
Series: Ultimate #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: March 31st 2015






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…
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I have loved Lori Foster’s Ultimate series so far and Holding Strong didn’t let me down either!! These fighters are under my skin! The guys are tough, hot and dominant and they chase after the girls that steal their hearts. They are a close knit group and they will do anything for those they consider family. And it was no different for Denver and Cherry.

I could see that Denver and Cherry had chemistry in the previous book, so it was no surprise that they would get together so quickly in Holding Strong. They have both tiptoed around their feelings and each other for so long and it was great that they finally got together.

Denver has a gentle side that would have any girl swoon, and boy, did I swoon!! He took control early in the book and made sure Cherry was cared for. He wanted to be there at all times, but his hackles soon rose when Cherry’s past came knocking and his protective side came out.

Cherry has lived a difficult life and slowly allowed Denver to see her past. She tried to be all independent, which did irk me a little, but in the end she knew what she had to do to get through her situation. I liked seeing her relationship build with Denver, as it was intense but scorching as well.

I love how all the guys are so protective of all the girls even though they are not all in relationships. I love seeing each of the guys and the extra depth that the POV’s from Stack and Armie gave to not only this book, but the whole series too.

Holding Strong was another fabulous instalment in the series. I was on edge constantly, as the danger was on my mind, because the guys from Cherry’s past made me shiver… they were creepy and nasty, and I couldn’t wait for them to get what they deserved. Lori Foster creates these amazing characters that you become attached to, and you feel like you know them personally. The world is exciting, but dangerous as well, and you feel like you are right there with all the characters. I cannot wait to see how the next couple (Stack’s book) finally get together!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.






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26 comments:

  1. So much yay! I really like the series too. Darn not having time to read this one right now. *flails* So glad to see you enjoyed it Naomi :)

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  2. Hmm, the premise sounds intriguing - glad you enjoyed it x <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  3. Naomi, all the books you read are swoon-worthy, which reminds me that I haven't swooned in a long while. Either I'm too old or I'm not reading the right books, lol :) Hmm... In any case, another beautiful review that makes me want to rush to the nearest bookshop and threaten people with violence unless they sell me this series. See what you're doing to me?! Tsk-tsk-tsk!

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  4. I love this series, too, Naomi. Between the hot guys, the amazing girls, and the sense of community it has become one of my favorites, and I'm so happy you're enjoying it as well!
    Great review :)
    I hope you're having a fantastic Friday, and that your weekend will be wonderful.

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  5. I just got this one in the mail from Harlequin yesterday. It was a very pleasant surprise. Now to read your review, I want to read it soon. I haven't read this series but I do love fighters. They love hard and it sounds like Denver is all that. And who can resist a Cherry!

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  6. I'd love to read this series - it's so good when an author has the talent to make her characters feel alive :)

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  7. Their continuing chemistry sounds great

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  8. I just love protective alpha males! They always make me swoon! Lori Foster is awesome, and I love this series! I'm reading Holding Strong next, and your review has me so excited!!!


    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  9. Protective boys, super swoon worthy! And those covers are hawt!

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  10. Awww, I'm glad you liked this. I did too. I just love Lori Forster. Her heroes are the best.

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  11. This one sounds like a good read! I love me some dominant men! I will have to add this series to my reading list! :D Amazing review, my friend!

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  12. It's so rare to meet real-life alpha sweethearts, so when I read about them in books, I always siiigh. The cover of this one makes me siiigh. Thanks for sharing :) I haven't read any of her books, but I think I'm gonna pick this series!

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  13. I did enjoy this one! I am keen for Armie's book!! sigh... I hope you get to it soon!

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  14. Hehehe! These things happen! I love good swoon reads!

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  15. This series is so much fun. I love all the guys and gals! I want more now!!
    Weekend was great girl!

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  16. Hehe... it is hard to resist Cherry *wink* This was so good, I love Foster's characters!

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  17. She certainly does that! I feel like I can go next door and catch up with them!

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  18. It was great, and they are such sizzling characters.

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  19. Yay! I hope you love it as much as I did!!

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  20. Mmmm... I love the covers too! And the guys *wink*

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  21. They are... all alpha maleish, with awesome gals!

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  22. Thanks girl! it is a fun series, I tell ya!!

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  23. This was a great read, I love this series! I hope you get to it!

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  24. Alpha protectors without being alpha-holes?? I'm curious. ;) I like the sound of the relationship between Denver and Cherry, too. *sigh* Have you figured out a way for me to sleep less, Naomi?!? Because this is a series I'd love to read.

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  25. *Snickers* I know what you mean, I think I run on fumes right now!!

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