Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Review: Fighting Dirty (The Ultimate Series) by Lori Foster from Harlequin

                                             Fighting Dirty - cover
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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:
I've thoroughly enjoyed the Ultimate Series and have been looking forward to reading Armie's story since we first were introduced to his character.  That said, I was thrilled to see he and Merissa finally get together.  While Fighting Dirty is easily read as a standalone, if you are familiar with the series, you'll be happy to know you get to see bits and pieces of the other characters from the previous novels in this book as well.  For years, Armie Jacobsen has harbored a deep, dark, secret, one which he believed if people found out.....especially Merissa, that they wouldn't want anything else to do with him.  What he didn't realize was that his friends held a much higher opinion of him than he held of himself,  knowing that the rumors spread about him were just that... rumors.  

Armie definitely has the reputation of being a ladies man and living on the wild side, and let's face it, he's a total hottie, but the only woman he's ever really been wild about is Merissa, who up until now has been completely off limits.  When Merissa's life is threatened during a robbery, however, everything changes between Armie and Merissa, and when these two finally get together, the sparks fly.  Nevertheless, the past raises its ugly head and forces Armie makes some choices that may not be the wisest, but are made with good intentions, that threaten to destroy everything he and Merissa have built together.   

The romance aspect of this story was smoking hot, and I enjoyed watching the relationship between Merissa and  Armie develop.  There is also some danger and suspense woven into the midst of the story as well, with just the right amount of comedy, which proves this to be quite an entertaining story.  If you enjoy contemporary romance and hot MMA fighters, then you won't want to miss Fighting Dirty.  It's a great addition to the Ultimate Series .  

Ultimate Series Covers Banner- Lori Foster





Lori Foster - Author photo
 About Lori Foster:  Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN. Visit her online at



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