Tough Love

August 25, 2015

Ultimate Series

She’s playing hard to get… to win the MMA fighter of her ultimate fantasies in a sultry new novel from Lori.

Vanity Baker loves a good clean match, but she’s not above playing a little dirty. She’s wanted Stack “The Wolf” Hannigan from day one. Seems like the best way to corral the famously commitment-phobic fighter is to insist on keeping it casual. And her plan works—deliciously well—until Stack’s past steps out of the shadows.

Stack learned early to stay free of attachments. But with sexy, forthright Vanity, he’s the one always left wanting more. Then his troublemaking family comes back into the picture, threatening everything Stack cares about—Vanity included. Suddenly he realizes they’re much more than friends with benefits. He’s ready to go to the mat for her…but will it be in time to protect the woman who’s tamed him for good?

2-for-1: You also get Back to Buckhorn, a novella in the Buckhorn series. Find out more.

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“When you pick up TOUGH LOVE be prepared for a story you will not be able to put down. This edgy, gripping storyline will have you turning the pages quickly because so much is happening and you don’t want to miss a word.”

- Fresh Fiction

“Foster shows just how much fun playing dirty can be in this third installment of her steamy Ultimate series. Her fighters’ strength and bravado are matched only by their hearts, making these heroes into champions both in and out of the ring. …plenty of humor, heart and sizzle for readers to enjoy. Foster lays a terrific foundation for the next book in this series.”

- RT Book Reviews

“Hot, fun and with another kind of mystery in the background, Tough Love really worked for me!!”

- Lexie on Goodreads

“Wow I really love this series so far. This is only the third book, but each one seems to be getting progressively better and with Armie’s book being next, it’s just going to be amazing!”

- Jess on Goodreads

“Yes, I appreciated the hot muscle and scorching sex, but to be honest, I fell hard for Vanity Baker. I loved that she came from wealth yet at the same time, noting at all. I love that she was a consummate giver and a good heart. Mostly I loved her independence and the way she went all in to get what she wanted. I would recommend this read 1000x over!!!”

- Kelli C on Goodreads

“Foster brings her signature blend of heat and sweet to her addictive third Ultimate martial arts contemporary. Foster ably tosses out red herrings and also seamlessly lays the foundation for the next book in this series. This luscious tale will appeal to Foster’s legion of fans and attract new ones—even those who aren’t fans of professional fighting.”

- Publishers Weekly

Connected Books

Tough Love is part of the Ultimate series.

Ultimate Series

The full series includes the following stories:

  • Hard Knocks
  • No Limits
  • Holding Strong
  • Tough Love
  • Fighting Dirty

Hard Knocks

Hard Knocks is included in the following editions. Click any cover to see which editions are still available to purchase:

  • August 4, 2014

  • February 24, 2015

No Limits

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  • August 26, 2014

Holding Strong

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  • March 31, 2015

Tough Love

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  • August 25, 2015

Fighting Dirty

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  • February 23, 2016

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That made it official—an end to the wedding, allowing her to wrap up her duties as maid of honor. She, too, was now free to leave.

With Stack.

Her heart started pumping harder. An insidious warmth expanded inside her. She drew a careful breath, looked toward Stack, and got caught in his piercing gaze.

For weeks now she’d been tormenting him, kissing him when he least expected it, while also encouraging him to continue his bachelor ways. She’d deliberately confused him with her insistence that he see other women, that it should be “business as usual” for both of them.

Not that she’d been seeing anyone else. But Stack didn’t know that. Since she’d left him free and clear to play the field, she wanted him to think she’d been doing the same.

But no more. After an excruciatingly long wait, tonight was finally their night.

Smiling at Stack, she crooked her finger to beckon him.

As if he’d been waiting with the engine revving, he shot toward her, reaching her in only a few long strides.

The breath she held came out in a gasp as he pulled her against him, locked an arm around her waist and took her mouth with hot, incredible greed.

Whoa. And here she thought she’d been on the ragged edge.

 He was so much bigger than her in every way, he made her feel tiny and feminine and fragile. In all other situations her independent soul might have rebelled, but not now. Not with Stack. She trusted him one hundred percent, and wanted him even more than that.

Flattening her hands on his chest, she smoothed over the solid wall of his pecs, up to those rock-solid shoulders. Heat poured off him, and—oh God—he smelled so good. With his big hands opened on her, his mouth eating at hers, she forgot… everything.

The music and the conversation of other guests faded away. She tunneled her fingers into his hair and tried to get closer still.

Someone bumped into them; Stack didn’t stop kissing her. If anything, his tongue became bolder, exploring, tasting.

Laughter, probably from his friends, sounded nearby, and still he didn’t stop. He gathered her closer.

Jarred back to the here and now, Vanity pressed against him. A true gentleman, Stack immediately eased up.

Her lips tingled. Shoot, her whole body tingled. She drew in a shaky breath. “Wow.”

Proving he hadn’t, in fact, forgotten they stood in the middle of the floor at a friend’s wedding, he whispered against her lips, “Let me get you someplace private.” A softer kiss of persuasion. “I’ll give you reason to be wowed.”

Such a tempting promise.

Oh, how she wanted to haul him to the nearest quiet closet. But that would be dumb. What she wanted, what she hoped he ultimately wanted, would require hours, not a few frenzied minutes.

Voice filled with regret, Vanity explained, “I can’t go just yet.”

His rough growl proved his impatience.

“Very soon, I promise.” Adjusting their embrace, her arms around his neck, his hands at her waist, she put some space between them. “Let’s dance while you cool down and I—”

“Dream on.” But he eased his hold and fell into step with her. Gaze burning over her, then lingering on her cleavage, he asked, “How much longer do I have to wait?”

Vanity didn’t pretend confusion; she knew exactly what he meant, exactly what he wanted. “One dance. Then I need to get the bouquet out of the fridge and gather up some presents and—”

He groaned again, prompting Vanity to laugh.

“Let’s talk.” Maybe casual conversation would help cool his jets and give her a needed opportunity to regroup.

“Okay.” He leaned in. “I can’t wait to taste you—all over.”

All over?

“And to get you under me. Or over me. Your preference.”

“Stack.” Her shaky voice sounded weak. “Let’s talk about something that isn’t provoking.”

“Like what? Because honest to god, darlin’, after weeks of your verbal foreplay, I’m feeling pretty damned provoked.”

The smile came slowly. Teasing Stack was a true pleasure.

She wouldn’t mind teasing him for the rest of her life.


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Publisher: Harlequin
August 25, 2015

2-for-1: Tough Love, an Ultimate novel and Back to Buckhorn, a Buckhorn novella!