EARLY REVIEW ~ Hard Knocks by Lori Foster

Hard Knocks (Ultimate, #0.5)Title: Hard Knocks
Author: Lori Foster
Series: Ultimate #0.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 4th 2014

In the stunning prequel novella to her new mixed martial arts series, New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster brings together an elite fighter and the woman he’s determined to win.

Power. Brute strength. Unforgettable moves. It’s no wonder Harper Gates hasn’t been able to get her fling with Gage “Savage” Ringer out of her head. Months have passed since she laid eyes—or any other body parts—on him. Months without a word of contact… until, sidelined by injury, he comes back to town.

Staying focused on his training seemed like a smart move to Gage, even if he thought about Harper every day. Seeing her again only makes it clear how much is at stake. He’s got one night to earn back her trust. One night to show her that behind his breathtaking skill and ripped body is a man who’ll give her everything she needs.

Don’t miss No Limits, the first novel in Lori Foster’s Ultimate series.
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Hard Knocks is the prequel novella in Foster’s new Ultimate series, and boy have I been excited for this one… because I have a bit of a thing for fighters *wink*. In Hard Knocks we meet Harper and Gage.

Gage has returned home as an injury has prevented him from fighting. Harper and Gage were building a connection before he left and now neither of them are sure where they stand. But these two are pretty forward, so after a bit of watching and encouraging chats from friends, they work on what they had.

Hard Knocks takes place over only a few hours, and I enjoyed the pace of the story.  The attraction between the characters was strong, so it was inevitable that they would get together. It was a fabulous introduction to some new characters and I look forward to seeing more of the guys. There was no Cannon (just mentions of him), however, so I am definitely looking forward to seeing him in his book that comes next!!

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

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  1. Heck yes Naomi! I am getting ready to read No Limits and cannot wait for Cannon's story...woot.

  2. I ADORE Lori Foster! Like seriously, her books almost always make me happy. I haven't read this novella yet, but I need to. I love her fighter books. And I think Foster does a good job with Novellas, too.

  3. Ahh yay. I'm starting the first book this week. Gah I can't wait. She really does write some fabulous ones.

  4. I can't wait to start this series. Mostly just because of Cannon. :D

  5. YES! I am reading it soon myself... I missed him in this one, keen to get to it!

  6. It's an awesome quick read, get to it!! lol

  7. She does. I hope to get to No Limits soon....

  8. Uh huh... I loved him in the last series!

  9. Always a good sign when an author can get you invested in characters over the course of a few hours...or a few pages. ;) I've wanted to check out this author so I may pick up this one. Great review, Naomi!

  10. Ooooo this looks good. I live fighter stories too. Glad you enjoyed.

  11. This was a great start to the new series! Keen to read the next one. This was free when I looked last....


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