Series: Ultimate #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Lori Foster
Release Date: March 1, 2015
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…
You are so bad.”
“Yeah, but apparently you like me that way.”
“I love you- any way you want to be.”
Ever since I read No Limits, all I wanted was to get my hands on Armie and Merissa’s book. You have the incurable manwhore and best friend’s younger sister all brought to you with Lori Foster’s signature steamy writing style. As a long time fan, I’ve come to rely on her books to give me exactly the desired dose of romance and steam in the perfect contemporary package. She certainly delivers with Fighting Dirty.
From the very beginning, you know that Armie is much more than the irreverent manwhore with a revolving door of adoring female fans. THere’s hints of something deeper to him and a secret he hides. He painfully wants Merissa, but he pushes her away at every turn because he doesn’t think he deserves her. After all, her brother, Cannon, knows him and his past better than anybody. He’s convinced that even if he did decide to go for it, Cannon would never allow the likes of him near his beloved sister.
Armie is one of the best MMA fighters in the SBC, but yet he shies away from the limelight and the title fights. There’s something in his past that causes him to and you just know that secret has to be something pretty dark and deep. But now he has the chance for the title in his fight against Carter “Chaos” Fletcher, and he’s taking it… if only he can do the same with Merissa.
Merissa has wanted Armie for years, but he’s finally pushed away one too many times. She can take a hint, even it it does hurt like hell to. But then when her life is endangered and things seem to me a lot more dangerous than they seem, Armie steps up to protect her. It’s not long before the chemistry between them gets to be too much to resist and sparks begin to fly. But can Armie let Rissa in enough to let her see his darkest secrets and not lose her in the process?
I have to say I absolutely adored Armie. As much of a manwhore as he is, he’s so much more than what he allows people to see. Even though he’s terrified of allowing Rissa in, it’s clear how much he cares for her and the lengths he’ll go to in order to protect her, even if it’s from himself. Rissa was a fantastic heroine as well. She just the right amount of strong and mouthy to be exactly what Armie needs. She truly gives as good as she gets. And she’s so understanding and caring, without the typical jumping to conclusions heroine I’d find in most books. I loved that about her. She stood by Armie though everything and I absolutely loved the way that she handled things at the very end.
Long time fans will really appreciate this book for the cameos that you’ll see; like Simon from Simon Says, Detective Riske from Run the Risk, Jude from Jude’s Law, Havoc from Causing Havoc, and so much more! I loved having that extra piece of some of my favorite Lori Foster characters.
Fighting Dirty was a wonderful mix of steamy romance with an added dash of suspense. I loved the way that the author chose to handle everything from Armie’s past. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to have it all resolve. I’m also hoping that Chaos will be getting a book of his own because he intrigued me quite a bit. If you were a fan of Lori’s SBC series, her Ultimate series is sure to please. I’d say Fighting Dirty was my favorite in the series and a super satisfying HEA to one of my most anticipated characters. I loved it!
ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review