Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Blog Tour: Holding Strong (Ultimate #2) by Lori Foster

Holding Strong
Ultimate #1


Lori Foster


March 31, 2015


HQN Books


eARC from publisher for a honest review

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GR's Summary:

An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster's irresistible new novel 

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn't share. That's why he's been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry's about to need more than she knows… 

Denver's combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she's been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can't hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who'll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she'll trust him enough to let him… 

Ultimate Series:
My Review of Hard Knocks Here
My Review of No Limits Here

*Add this Series to Goodreads Here

My Thoughts:

I always enjoy Lori Foster's stories immensely.  They are fast-paced, action-packed, chock full of suspense, and gripping romance!  Her secondary characters are just as amazing as her main characters, and we get to revisit them in all of the books of a series.

I've noticed that MMA romances have become quite popular lately.  Who doesn't love a story about a sexy alpha-male athlete?!!!  When I heard that Cannon Colter (one of my favorite secondary character's from the Love Undercover Series,) would be a huge part of this series, and that it was focused on a group of up and coming MMA fighters, I had to read it!  Every book in this series has been addictive, and an amazing read!

In Holding Strong, we get Denver Lewis and Cherry Peyton's story.  These two have been dancing around each other for a long time, so I was really excited to see them finally get together!  Cherry has actively been pursuing Denver.  However, he has been avoiding her, because he doesn't like that she is a huge flirt, and how she has the ability to drive him crazy.  This is something that no other woman before her has been able to accomplish.  

Finally, Denver gives in to temptation with Cherry, and they have a night to remember!  Once he's had a taste, he wants her more than ever.  Simultaneously, Cherry's in danger because her sick and twisted ex-foster brother's are after her.  She is going to have to open up to Denver and trust him, if she wants a meaningful and lasting relationship with the man of her dreams.

Holding Strong was full of action, suspense, twists, and turns!  The passion between Cherry and Denver was sizzling and well-worth all of the anticipation from these two finally getting together.  Cherry was a fun, flirty and independent woman!  I admired her resiliency, and would have never guessed how much she had gone through.  Denver was so sweet, tender, attentive, and adoring!  I loved how he treated Cherry.  

We also get more of a taste of what's to come in the series with Vanity and Stack, as well as Armie and Merissa!  I can't wait to read about both of these couples.  We of course get Cannon and Yvette, and even Rowdy, Reese, and Logan from the Love Undercover Series!  I love all of these characters, and how they are like one huge surrogate family!  They tease each other, have a good time together, and train with one another.  Yet, they aren't just there for each other during the fun times.  They show their love loyalty, caring, and support for one another during the toughest of times!

My Rating:

I give, Holding Strong, by Lori Foster, 4 Riveting, Crazy Twists and Turns, and Sexy Times Filled Stars!  Holding Strong was another great addition to the Ultimate Series!

About Lori Foster:

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Berkley, Silhouette and Samhain. She is currently with Harlequin. 

Lori believes it’s important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations. 

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.


  1. I love Lori Foster's books. She is what got me to become a book junkie that I am. Have never missed a book

    1. You're going to love this one as well Lorie! I agree, her books can turn any reader in to a book junkie!

  2. Great review cant wait to read this book <3

  3. Crazy twists and turns, huh? I have this. I need to read it now.

  4. Great review! I've been looking forward to this one!

  5. I love Lori Foster's stories, too, and The Ultimate series is so well done. I can't wait for Armie and Marissa's story... hopefully that will be soon.
    Have a great day, Lindy :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. Thanks Lex! I know! I need Marissa and Armie's story ASAP! Their story is on the top of my wish list ;)

  6. I enjoy Lori's stories too - always look forward to reading new ones!

  7. Great review! Always love a good fighter story! Thanks!

    1. Thanks You! I love fighter stories so much, and this series is full of awesome ones!


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