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We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori Foster! FIGHTING DIRTY is a Contemporary Romance and is the final installment in Lori Foster’s Ultimate Series. Grab your copy of the conclusion to this sexy series today!

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FIGHTING DIRTY Synopsis:

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…   Fighting Dirty - Blog Tour Cover

Excerpt:

Bestselling author Lori Foster shares a fighting scene from the last book in her Ultimate Series, Fighting Dirty Check out the excerpt below. Happy reading! *** Merissa loved her brother. She’d always seen him as Superman, larger than life, a rock whenever she’d needed one. He was only a couple of years older than her, but for as long as she could remember he’d seemed grown-up. Right now, Superman was in her kitchen, insisting on getting her a drink when all she really wanted was the time alone to let go. She knew if she fell apart in front of him, Cannon would never leave her. He didn’t need to be a savior, not right now. “Here.” He returned with a cola over ice, urging her to the couch. He smoothed back her hair, his gaze drawn to the bruise. Yes, it hurt. But the physical discomfort was nothing compared to the fear. And here she’d promised herself, long ago, that she’d never again let herself be that type of victim. But this fear—it was more about Armie standing in front of her, using himself as a shield. Risking his own life. Willing to die. “Take these.” Cannon handed her two aspirin. She tried a teasing smile. “This feels so familiar.” He stalled, then shook his head. “Don’t think about that.” She couldn’t help herself. They’d lost their dad when she was only sixteen. As the owner of a neighborhood bar he’d resisted the extortion of local thugs, refusing to pay their demanded fees for “protection.” Late one night when he’d been closing, men had come in and beaten him to death. Devastated but determined, their mom had nearly worked herself into her own grave trying to keep them afloat. Merissa could remember it all like yesterday. The goons wanted her mother to sell but she’d refused. Until some of those goons had cornered Merissa on her way home from school. “It’s all the same. You coddling me, being the strong one for both of us.” “You were a kid then.” “You’re only two years older than me,” she reminded him with a shoulder bump. “You were a kid then, too.” “Maybe. I remember feeling so damned helpless.” “Like you feel now?” She knew her brother, knew he wanted to make things right for her when that wasn’t his responsibility. “I’m not a kid anymore, Cannon. I can handle it.” “You don’t have to.” “Yes, I do,” she told him gently. “Because I don’t want my big brother stuck taking care of me again.” He folded her hand into his own. “You know I enjoy it, right?” Her laugh sounded pitiful. But she still remembered how her mother had given in because of her. Cannon had found those men, and even at eighteen he’d made them pay with his fists—because of her. She’d influenced him into becoming a fighter. And it was because of her that he’d formed the neigh­ borhood watch. Everyone loved Cannon, but no one could love him more than she did. “Superman,” she teased. “This time, I promise I can take care of myself.” A slight knock on the door made her jump. “It’s just Armie,” Cannon said with a squeeze to her shoulder. “I’ll let him in.” Nodding, she again thought of the way Armie had stood in front of her, willing to block bullets if neces­sary. Emotion welled up, choking her, killing her. She quickly took the aspirin and tried to get herself together. Armie peeked in cautiously, saw her on the couch and came in farther. “She okay?” “Yes,” Merissa and Cannon said at the same time. Armie gave a slight, tilted smile. “Hey, Stretch.” He came over to her, laid her keys on the coffee table, then winced at the darkening discoloration on her jaw. “I bruise easily,” she explained. “By tomorrow it’s going to look worse, believe me. But it was just a slap. I doubt you guys would have even noticed.” Armie crouched down in front of her. “Hey, you’re not a fighter, hon.” She liked it when he called her something other than Stretch. Something affectionate. “No kidding.” She hadn’t fought at all; fear and the furious beating of her heart had kept her malleable and weak. It infu­riated her. “I may be big, but I lack muscle.” And guts. “Tall,” Armie corrected. “You’re tall, but far from big. More like…” “What?” He thought about it. “Delicate.” A genuine smile took her by surprise. So Armie Ja­cobson saw her as delicate? Huh. Knowing she needed to get this over with, Merissa took another drink, then set her glass aside and stood. Armie slowly did the same, his cautious gaze never leaving her. Cannon stood near him, strangely quiet. They both watched her as if expecting her to lose it at any second. And maybe she would—if she didn’t have an audi­ence.  

My Review

I couldn’t wait to read Armie Jacobson and Merissa Colter’s story.  They have been floating in the background of the rest of the series and I knew they would have a great love story.  Armie is Merissa’s brother’s bestfriend, a rising star in the MMA world, unfortunately quite the ladies man and , the man Merissa has been in love with most of her life.  In the last book, they shared a kiss and Merissa is ready for more.  Armie tries to steer clear of Merissa because he thinks he is protecting her from his past and she is his best friend’s sister. Unfortunately, his career is taking off and his past can’t stay hidden away anymore.

Fate also intervenes when Armie saves Merissa’s life in a bank robbery.  Armie quickly realizes that Merissa wants more and so does he and her brother asks him to protect her.  These two have had immense chemistry over the series and it was fun for them to finally be walking down the path to really being together.  They are incredibly funny, sexy and sweet together and are my favorite couple of the series.

Armie finally reveals his secret to Merissa and he thinks he will lose her but she actually fully supports him.  Armie’s secret coupled with Merissa’s stalkerish ex are all the suspense you get in this book but it is quite enough coupled with a much anticipated relationship forming between these two.  These was a fantastic conclusion to the Ultimate Series and I look forward to the next series where I’m sure Armie and the boys will be making appearances.

And don’t miss the previous books in the Ultimate Series!

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HARD KNOCKS

NO LIMITS

HOLDING STRONG

TOUGH LOVE

  Lori Foster - Author photoAbout 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 LoriFoster.com.        

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To the Stars by Molly McAdams Release Week Blitz and Review

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I am so excited to be participating in the Release Week Blitz for Molly McAdams’ TO THE STARS! TO THE STARS is a contemporary romance novel being published on February 9th by HarperCollins’ William Morrow Impulse imprint and is the second novel in Molly’s Thatch Series.

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To The Stars - RWB Teaser 1   About TO THE STARS: In the second standalone book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams’ Thatch series, Knox Alexander must convince his long-time love Harlow Evans that they’re meant to be together. He promised to wait for her. She told him he was wasting his time. Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life. When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was two and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else. Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…?   To The Stars - RWB Teaser 2

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The conversation that had been taking place continued, and Collin kept his arm around me as he threw himself into it. I tried to do the same. Five minutes later I was still attempting to understand what was happening—or happened. All I understood so far was that the men were all talking about an old case. “Still can’t believe the bastard got away with first-degree murder,” one of the men said, and the others all shook their heads and voiced their displeasure. “Should’ve been capital murder,” Flynn Doherty added. “What’s the difference?” I asked quietly, and regretted it when a few men laughed, and every pair of eyes in the small group focused on me. Collin laughed softly and mumbled, “Excuse us for a few minutes. I haven’t had much alone time with my new fiancée.” His hand gripped mine as he practically tugged me across the floor to a corner that wasn’t as busy. “I can’t walk that fast in these—” He turned so his face was directly in front of mine, and though his mouth was curved up in a smile, there was something different about it. About him. “Are you fucking kidding me, Harlow?” he hissed. My eyebrows rose in confusion. “Wait, wha—” My question was cut off when Collin released my hand, only for two of his fingers to dig into a spot on my wrist. The pain was instant and surprising. My mouth popped back open, whether to let out a cry of pain or demand why he was doing this, I didn’t know—but it didn’t matter, he spoke before I could. “Do not show your pain, Harlow.” “What?” I asked breathlessly, and gave him a panicked look. “Co—” “Do not show your pain,” he repeated. His tone was soft, his face still carefully composed. If I weren’t the one on the receiving end of the pain, I would’ve been so sure we were flirting instead, from the look he was giving me. “You know how stupid you are, don’t you?” Stupid? I thought lamely. The question would have frustrated me if I weren’t trying to keep a straight face while simultaneously wondering how two fingers could cause so much pain. “Wh—” “You will never embarrass me in front of anyone like that again, and especially not my father or his colleagues. Do you understand?” Collin leaned close and brushed his lips across my neck to whisper, “Do not say another word for the rest of the night.” The words were emphasized by a relief so great it almost felt like the pain had worsened for a split second when he released my wrist. It was clear his words weren’t just a demand—they were a warning. I never once would have considered myself stupid before … but now I wasn’t sure if I was for obeying his demand the way I did for the rest of the night.

MY REVIEW

Well, I can simply say I was McAdamsed.  This happens a lot with her books.  You know…you can’t breath, you cringe because it all seems so real, you ugly cry, you smile and laugh…the list goes on and on.  Believe me, it’s all worth it in the end because just like so many of her books, To the Stars was an unforgettable read.

Harlow and Knox meet when she is 15 and Knox is 18.  The two have an immediate connection but Knox knows that nothing can happen between them.  Although Harlow is mature for her age, she is still underage and they decide not to be together until she turns 18. Watching the two of them manage their feelings for each other while trying to live their own lives was enjoyable to see. I only hope my children can handle a situation this well when they are teenagers.

As the years roll by, Harlow and Knox are inseparable. They love each other wholeheartedly but unfortunately, sometimes circumstances and others get in the way, and on Harlow’s 18th birthday, she chooses someone else over Knox.

While reading the flashback chapters of Harlow and Knox, you are also reading the present day chapters as well. I usually don’t love the back and forth but for this story it was absolutely necessary.  Harlow is dealing with a husband that is emotionally and physically abusive. These chapters were beyond difficult to read. My heart would pound in my chest and I would hurt along with Harlow. How could this have happened to such a bright and vibrant girl. Molly McAdams doesn’t sugarcoat the abuse issue. It feels so real and you just want to jump into the story and help.

Harlow and Knox cross paths after 4 years and the love between the two is still there but as you can imagine, their lives are quite complicated. The last 1/3 of this book was emotionally draining and a bit crazy to read with tons of twists and turns.  You worry when you have been McAdamsed that all  your favorite characters might not survive and believe me, I was sweating it.  I won’t ruin it for you but this was a fantastic, heart-stopping ending to this story.

 

This book was a beautiful read…painful at times, made me ugly cry, and caused me to stay up super late finishing it. In the end, I was glad to be McAdamsed. When you feel this deeply reading a book, you know you picked up a winner. I will not forget this book or these characters for a long time.  To the Stars is one of my favorites reads of 2016.

5 Stars for To the Stars.

And don’t miss the first book in the Thatch Series…

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LETTING GO

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Author PhotoAbout Molly McAdams: Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

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