Thursday, June 18, 2020

Review: Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster (Audio/Print)

Title: Fighting Dirty
Author: Lori Foster
Series: Ultimate, #4
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Published: February 2016, Recorded Books / HQN Books
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes / 384 pages
Source: Audio - Personal copy via Audible / Print - ARC e-copy via Netgalley

He's the hottest MMA fighter in the game, but one woman is ready to try out a few steamy moves of her own in an unforgettable new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster...
With the life he's led and the muscles he's gained, Armie Jacobson isn't afraid of anything. Except maybe Merissa Colter's effect on him. It's not just that she's his best friend's little sister. Fact is, she deserves better. Women pursue him for one night of pleasure, and that's all he wants to offer. Until rescuing Merissa from a robbery leads to the most erotic encounter of his life.

Good girl meets bad boy. It's a story that rarely ends well. But Merissa is taking matters into her own hands. No matter how he views himself, the Armie she knows is brave, honorable and completely loyal. And as past demons and present-day danger collide, they're both about to learn what's truly worth fighting for…

My thoughts: This is the fourth, and final, book in Lori Foster's Ultimate series and I really enjoyed this series. I'm so glad I finally made the time to finish reading it - these stories were so much fun...and I got a bunch of older Netgalley books read so double win for me!!!

While this book can absolutely be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the prior books in the series first. You will have a better understanding of the characters and their connections if you do.

As has been the style in this series, we jump right into the romance between our main couple, and having read this series in order, this is a romance that has been brewing for a while. I have been waiting for Armie and Rissy's story for some time and loved that they finally got their time to shine...but of course it wasn't without its bumps along the way. 

One thing I love about this series is that Lori Foster can go from steamy, sexy scenes to conflict and it doesn't seem forced. She creates tension and drama and it all works together to give you a cohesive story that keeps you invested and caring about the characters. She created this series about a group of MMA fighters and they are loyal to each other, always having each others' backs. It's nice to see this friendship outside the ring.

I really enjoyed this installment as well as the series as a whole. I typically don't read a whole lot of romance series anymore but based on my enjoyment of this one, I might have to change that!

Audio thoughts: Once again, I decided to do a combination of listening and reading with this book. I really enjoy Jim Frangione's narration. His pacing was good and he did a great job with all the characters, giving them all unique personalities.

Books in this series:
0.5  Hard Knocks
   1.  No Limits
   2.  Holding Strong 

   3.  Tough Love
   4.  Fighting Dirty


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