Holding Strong (Ultimate #2) by Lori Foster

HoldingStrongAn 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…

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Holding Strong was a book full of misunderstandings and not just the ones between Cherry and Denver. That’s what I like about this series though. No, not the misunderstandings. Those drive me nuts. I want to put the characters in a room, shut the door and make them talk about how they really feel. That wouldn’t make for much of a book though, but it does say something about Lori Foster’s writing. She’s made me care about these characters, which is something that I sometimes both love and hate her for. 😉 What I liked was that readers don’t just get Cherry and Denver’s story. We also get bits and pieces of the inner turmoil going on with everyone else.

It should be no secret by now that Cherry and Denver both had feelings for each other. Feelings that everyone knew about except for them. That’s usually how it works though and if that was the only obstacle keeping them apart it would have been an easy fix. Nothings ever that easy though. Sometimes family is more than blood – and sometimes that can be either good or bad. It went both ways in Holding Strong.

I really love this crew of fighters and their friends. I love the interactions between them and their families and friends. I especially love the little sneak peeks we get of previous characters from not just this series but previous series as well. Cannon and crew have an entire community backing them and the way that trouble seems to follow them, that’s a very good thing.

It looks like Vanity and Stack are next, which promises to be an interesting match. It also means that a couple other characters will be playing cat and mouse for a little while longer. I’m not sure which one I’m looking forward to more. 😉

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