Hard Knocks

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

Hard KnocksPublished: August 4, 2014

Hard Knocks (The Ultimate Series) — Lori Foster

I’ve made no secret of my love of Lori Foster. Her books are probably the reason why I started reading romance in the first place, and I remember when her first book about MMA fighters came out. I devoured those books. I own them all in paperback and I’m surprised they haven’t fallen apart.

When I found out that she was going to do a second MMA fighters series, I was so excited. SO EXCITED. From what I understand, these books will be in the same “world” as the first MMA books, but it’s new characters (but there is some names mentioned from the old books).

Hard Knocks is a GREAT introduction into the new Ultimate series. It’s a novella, so it’s short, but it’s still soooo good. Kind of like a fun sized candy bar. Still all the deliciousness of a regular sized candy bar, but in smaller packaging.

In Hard Knocks we get a brief introduction to some of the main characters from the series. Cannon “Saint” Colter (who’s story is the first book in the series No Limits) and Denver “Predator” Lewis (from the second book Holding Strong). That’s not all we get though. We also get a glimpse… a tease of the beginning of the real relationship between Harper Gates and Gage “Savage” Ringer.

The story of Hard Knocks takes place over the span of just a few hours (remember — it’s a novella…so it’s supposed to be short) and because of this we don’t get the full in depth story of Harper and Gage.

Like I said earlier… it’s a fun sized candy bar. It’s got all of the sexy and sweet I’ve come to expect with Lori’s stories and it left me wishing it was a full sized candy bar.

Within the span of (roughly according to Amazon’s page count system) sixty pages, I fell a little bit in love with Gage and Harper. That’s the talent of Lori. Give her sixty pages and you fall a little bit in love… if you give her twice that amount, you’re a goner.

I’m hoping to see more of Gage and Harper in No Limits… and I’m also hoping to see a few characters from the older MMA books. It’s been nice to read the names of characters I fell in love with years ago in a newer book, but catching up with them would be nice. I’ll just have to wait and see what Mrs. Foster has up her sleeve for this series.

I can’t wait to dive into No Limits and be reintroduced to Cannon. If you’ve been a reader of Lori’s you will remember him from Getting Rowdy from her last series. I loved the little bit I got to know him in that one, and I was so excited to hear that he’s getting his own shot at a story in this new series.

I wouldn’t miss this prequel to The Ultimate Series or the books that will follow it.

Great things sometimes come in small packages. Hard Knocks is an example of that.

10/10 would recommend.