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Hard To Handle (SBC Fighters #3)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  5,804 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
Sometimes Fate delivers a left hook. After Fate deals Supreme Battle Challenge (SBC) fighter Harley Handleman a sucker punch, his uncle secretly hires a pretty lifecoach to get Harley back in the ring of life. Anastasia Kelley has actually known Harley for years, but never as well as she's going to now. Hot for his fighter's form, she has trouble keeping it professional, e ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 523 pages
Published May 31st 2008 by Thorndike Press (first published March 1st 2007)
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Sometimes things about a book bug me, and they stick in my head throughout the whole book. Now, don't get me wrong, I love this series and as far as this particular book goes, I enjoyed it just as much as the first two, except I can't get it out of my head when near the beginning of the book the power is out in the whole town, but they drop the local garage owner, Ned, off at his house and wait until he turns the porch light on before driving away. Then the story continues and the power is still ...more
Jun 08, 2008 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This latest book in the Fighter Series features fighter Harley Handleman and his vacation cabin landlady, Anastasia Bradley, who is also a lifecoach. Harley and Anastasia have no intentions of becoming involved with one another, but when it appears that someone is trying to harm Anastasia, Harley is determined to keep her safe.

I loved both of the main characters in this book, and enjoyed the return of others from the previous books in the series. The protectiveness that Harley shows towards Ana
Feb 07, 2008 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lori Foster fans; sports romance fans
Shelves: sports-romance
I really enjoyed this book! This is the third installment in Lori Foster's Extreme Fighters series, and one of the better ones. There's lots of sexual tension in this one between the hero, extreme fighter Harley, and the heroine, life- coach Stasia, but they don't actually 'get together' until the last few chapters of the book, and it's well worth the wait. All the characters from the previous two books make appearances, and there is actually a secondary romance between Harley's friend, Barber, ...more
Perv Pack
Jun 13, 2013 Perv Pack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Few Words about Mixed Martial Arts

I’m a big fan of MMA, Mixed Martial Arts. My love affair began when I watched the first season of the reality tv show Ultimate Fighter. It featured real live MMA fighters training and competing for a chance at a title fight and contract with the UFC (one of the biggest MMA organization in the world), while living together in one house. I have to tell you, that if you’re a fan of fighters and want to see them goof off, train and act like a bunch of catty sorori
This is the third of Lori Foster's three-book series about SBC extreme fighters. I've also read the first two, Causing Havoc and Simon Says (but before I joined Goodreads, so they aren't on my shelf yet). This was not my favorite of the three, but I loved them all.

The hero, Harley Handleman, is an extreme fighter who is in training to fight for the title belt of the SBC. Anastasia Bradley is a life coach who is renting a cabin to Harley. When it seems that someone is out to do harm to Anastasia,
Jane Stewart
Enjoyable, fun story.

The first couple of pages "grab you." Very well done. Harley is a mixed martial arts fighter who only does one-night stands with women. I wish the author would have given the reader a little more detail about why he fell for Stasia. She had always been attracted to him, but she held back and tried not to show it, which I could understand, but it was not sincere. He gradually fell for her. I wanted to know more about what changed him to want only one woman. I think I would ha
Mar 18, 2011 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is my least favorite of the SBC fighters series so far. Like the other books in the series, it was a quick, largely entertaining read, but unfortunately, I felt that both Harley and Anastasia were underdeveloped as characters. The sum total of what I know about Anastasia is that she's 28, a life coach, she rents out cabins in the winter and stays there to relax, and she loves Harley. I'm not sure if her parents are alive or dead, or if she has any family. She doesn't seem to have friends, e ...more
MB (What she read)
Although the whole SBC fighter thing in the most recent books leaves me cold, I usually love Lori Foster's books.

However, this one was a disappointment to me. I strongly disliked Harley's character and that wrecked the book for me.

In addition, this book seemed strongly weighted towards the male point-of-view; in that it was more about one-night-stands and a body count and less about romance and love. As a female reader, this bothers me and leaves me dissatisfied. I prefer books where I feel af
Enjoyed this one way more that Simon Says. I think I even liked Simon better in this one then I did in his book. Harley "Hard to Handle" Handleman and his Uncle Satch are charmers from the get even in their prickliness, and Barber is front and center and gets his own love story with Jassy, the polar opposite of Dakota. This book was fun, and the beginning scenes between Stasia and Harley in the icy cold town of Echo Lake were great. I understood Harley and his need for control, and I found it an ...more
Just - The romance reader
Another smokin' hot novel by Lori Foster. Hard To Handle is book 3 in the SBC Fighters series, and I can say that they've all been full of action, drama, love, lust and just flat out sexiness. Foster creates an image of fighters who are strong, powerful, incredibly motivated, extremely driven, passionate, and sexy, sexy, sexy men! They're awesome fighters, and they fight hard, but once the right woman storms into their lives they love even harder.

Each novel in the series focuses on one fighter i
Lori Foster is one of my favorite authors, and she doesn't disappoint with this book. I didn't like it quite as much as "Simon Says" and "Causing Havoc" but it was still a great read. I love all the characters from this series of books and the ultimate fighter setting is a nice change of pace from other books.

There are one or two critiques I could give for this book: the plot resolution at the end was a bit rushed, kinda blink and you miss it, and the indiscriminate sexuality from Barber and to
Apr 11, 2008 ~*megs*~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: modern romance readers
I love the book just as I love all of the Lori Foster books. Its not cheezy romance. Its smart, funny easy reads that get a little hot under the collar!! only down side, I didn't like it nearly as much as the previous two in this series, Havoc and Simon Says. There wasn't as much of a story line with the female role. They focus a little too much on barber instead of the story at hand. Yes, it was nice to see what happened to barber, sinse she couldnt write a book alone on him in this series beca ...more
Apr 07, 2008 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Just a little fun. Mixed martial arts fighters falling in love. I don't know if this is the last one in this series. She usually introduces the next book's characters somewhere along the line, but it seemed like she tied this one up pretty well. . . unless "Killer" is going to star and he seemed way too much of an ass to be a compelling protagonist.

Let's coin a new word: smuff. Or maybe it should be flut. Smut and Fluff rolled into one quick read.

Nicole Banks
Dec 20, 2011 Nicole Banks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How freaking cute was this book? I love Lori foster only issue why the hell didn't barber get his own book? And why was this soo short? Shit happened too quick for me. But I'm looking forward to the next book
Cute, but I enjoyed the first two stories more. I will say it was nice to have a little more face time with the other residents of Harmony.
Christine Anna  Kirchoff
I read this awhile ago but I never rated it on here. Fabulous series!
Sandra Munger
May 08, 2017 Sandra Munger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Harley's had some bad luck in his path for an SBC title. Anastasia is a life coach. They are just casual friends when things happen to get them closer. Another nice romance
This is definitely the best of the series so far, but it still had many issues, the most pressing of which were the unnecessary alternative POVs and the rushed ending.
Nov 20, 2014 sakura_txell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ailin Skye
Sep 28, 2015 Ailin Skye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard of Handle es una obra muy intensa desde el inicio. Esta vez fue el turno de Harley (el contrincante de Simon). Después de estar lesionado y retirarse para recuperarse, es ahí donde lo encontramos y conoceremos su personalidad. ¡Y que personalidad!. Aquí tengo que decir que tenía un poco de miedo por este personaje, por sus preferencias, por esa personalidad dominante, fuerte y protectora. Gracias a los dioses que recordé que ¡Es Lori! Así que olvidándome de todo eso he descubierto un person ...more
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Sep 13, 2015 Bookmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harley Handelman is an SBC fighter who has three times now been just shy of the title round when something has happened to derail his chance. This story picks up weeks after Simon Says where he’d just dislocated his elbow when saving Dakota from an attack by three men. Anastasia is a life coach who owns cabins in the wilderness and every year she rents one for a few months to Harley. When they end up stranded in a blizzard after an attempt on her life, Harley has to struggle with his rules about ...more
Kerry  sullivan
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The Blurb
Sometimes Fate delivers a left hook.
After Fate deals Supreme Battle Challenge (SBC) fighter Harley Handleman a sucker punch, his uncle secretly hires a pretty lifecoach to get Harley back in the ring of life. Anastasia Kelley has actually known Harley for years, but never as well as she's going to now.

Hot for his fighter's form, she has trouble keeping it professional, especially since Harley doesn't know she was hired. And when Anas
May 09, 2015 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have really been enjoying this series. I never thought I’d find myself reading stories about fighters but here I am. I was a little disappointed in this book for some reason. I suppose it started off so well and then sort of tampered out. I loved the thrill of being stuck in a blizzard with people trying to kill you vibe that the book started off on but that feeling didn’t stay there the rest of the book. After an adventurous beginning it went into the training in which the Stasia and Harl
Deborah Vespo
Oct 08, 2013 Deborah Vespo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harley Handleman is an extreme fighter for the MMA and is referred to among his friends and fans as "Hard to Handle" because of his fighting methods in the ring. Women who have been with him outside the ring would say the name fits. He has made it his goal to win the title belt and has lost in on three separate attempts, each one due to circumstances outside his control and the ring. After his mother losing her fight to cancer, he now only has one family member left.. his Uncle Satch, who also h ...more
Minerva Hall
Sep 24, 2015 Minerva Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro fabuloso. Los personajes principales son muy reales, a pesar de que la profesión de ella es rara como un perro verde; sin embargo, me encantaron, me engancharon y me ha parecido una pareja muy original.
Me gusta el hecho de que la trama se lleve a cabo en el mismo entorno de los libros anteriores y que los personajes que conocimos antes, sigan teniendo presencia en esta novela. Dean, Simon, Roger... sus chicas, por supuesto. Todos hacen de este espacio uno conocido, familiar, sumergiénd
Jun 16, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I think this book deserves more of a 2.5 stars rather than 3. This was my first Lori Foster book. It started out really good but kept taking unexpected turns. It doesn't read like your usual romance novel which I found refreshing. However, the plot was sloppy. It reminded me of a soap opera. The story kept changing courses. In the beginning of the book the heroine is describe as a tough, forward, no-nonsense type of girl but by the end she turns into this insecure complicated nut case.

The subpl
Snigdha Prakash
3.5 stars
Amazing work once again by Lori Foster.
She has consistently given me books exactly the way I crave.
Another book in series which totally had me hooked.
Harley was a unique kind of hero altogether because as much as I want to say I loved him on the spot....I didn't. It took me time to settle down with the idea of him as the lead and the alpha male fighter. But I think I cherish the time it took because it made Harley all that special.
About Anastasia...she was a damn good female protagonist
Stacey Houllis
This is the third book in the SBC Series by Lori Foster. It is the Story Harley Handleman an SBC fighter and Anastasia Bradley a life coach. There is a lot of tension between the two of them. There is Harley's Uncle Statch who is his manager and wants him to do photo shoots, other tings to get ahead in his SBC career to promote him for the SBC title. Harley has missed out on three SBC title fight due things happening with his family. Harley rents a cabin every year from Anastasia. Anastasia rece ...more
Dec 25, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read about a fighter in the MMA and a woman who loved him.

Harley Handleman rents a cabin from Anastasia Bradley when he wants to get away from the MMA scene. Anastasia is a life coach and wants to help Harley in dealing with his uncle who acts as his manager. Anastasia feels he is too controlling and wants Harley to stand up for his personal life. Harley has always been a “love ‘em an leave ‘em” type of man and Anastasia knew this but she fell in love with him anyway. Does Harley lo
Feb 16, 2016 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third of Lori Foster's series about SBC fighters. Here we get to see Harley Handleman, who is rehabbing his elbow (after being the hero in book two) and training to fight for the title belt of the SBC. He is renting a cabin from Anastasia Bradley, a life coach with a hidden admiration for Harley. Odd things begin to happen to Anastasia, things meant to do some serious damage. Harley’s protective side comes to the forefront and he decides that he needs to keep her close. But
things ar
May 07, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the SBC fighter series. Harley had missed fighting for the title three times and he felt like it was because he had not tried enough but there was always a very good reason for the misses. While he was taking some time off he finally met his landlord of the cabin he had rented off and on for three years. She was so indifferent to him that it caused him to take a second look which he had never done before. Unfortunately, there was someone trying to kill Anastasia and Har ...more
It was so awesome i love this book.

Harley is so Mmm he's such a great character i wanted his book to be longer it was so good, Oh and i love how he is with Anastasia it was so great to see them interact ,they were so funny together and they had some really steamy scenes oh it was just great.

Anastasia was so great i really liked her character and i liked how she handle everything she wasn't some clingy chick who always had the man try and solve her problems for her ,i loved seeing her & Harle
Aug 20, 2016 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a bunch of times where I asked myself, haven't I read this book before? Because Harley is basically just a watered down Armie (whom I ADORE) and his friends are interchangeable with Armies friends. While this is basically a less fleshed out Ultimate book (which makes sense, since this series was written first), I still enjoyed it and it came together in the last hundred pages or so. I kinda wish Jasmine & Barber had had their own book, instead of being relegated to a B storyline. ...more
Judy (Geeky Reading)

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Harley Handleman is trying, again, to win a title belt match, which means not getting hurt before the fight this time. Anastasia is a life coach, but after her last job, she’s thinking of taking a break. Harley rents a place from Anastasia, and they have a run in during a storm, as someone is apparently trying to harm her. But when that’s finished (mostly), Anastasia shows up where Harley is training, wanting to help him.

I liked Anastasia and Harley. H
Mar 24, 2013 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Romance - 90%; Suspense - 10%. Predictable and plodding with some really unbelievable plot points. The only saving feature is that Lori Foster is pretty good author and writes a readable romance.

Harley is the king of the one night stand. He likes to dominate his woman and tends to tie her up. He is very good and they like it. Stasia is his landlady at a lake resort and even though she likes what she sees in Harley, she is not stupid enough to get involved with him. She has heard all about his fe
Thank you, Baby Jesus for not having a weird hook like having people from the future. This is a great book even above that. Harvey Handleman has had a hard life. The only goal he's had in life is to get an SBC title belt and the last three chances he's had have been interrupted, first by his mother's death, then his fiancée's near death and, in the last book in the series, a dislocated elbow gotten when he was trying to defend his friend's wife.
Anastasia Bradley is a life coach whose last clien
Oct 21, 2012 Lirajean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I don't get all the high ratings and good reviews of this book. I didn't enjoy it. There wasn't a lot to it.

I'm not sure why any of the characters were attracted to each other. Harley stated quite well why he wasn't interested and there was never really any indication that he was mistaken about his feelings. Yeah, he was interested but not very. Same for her. But she follows him a few weeks later anyway?

The thing between Jasmine and Barber ... ? What was that? He moves from disdainful to smitte
Barbara ★
Anastasia Bradley is Harley Handleman's winter landlord and though there is attraction on her part, Harley has always been stand-offish. However, this year when the blizzard hits, Stacia is being threatened and Harley starts to "feel" something for her. The white knight in him won't let him leave her in potential danger so he spends more time than he wants with her, developing an unwanted connection. His troubled past usually keeps him from committing to anything more than a one night stand. Sta ...more
Aug 05, 2010 Melinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For the most part I would say that this book is typical Lori Foster. I'm becoming a little jaded by her SBC fighters. I no longer connect to this idea of primitive male who is aggressive, arrogant, and protective. Sometimes her male characters are asses. In a way that is part of the joy of them. Emotionally, they aren't an idealized representation of the man that "progressive" women want to be with. They are the men that they are actually with. The idealized part comes with the physical descript ...more
May 15, 2010 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Extreme fighter Harley Handleman has an outlook on life as hard as his muscular body. Fate has dealt him a sucker punch - and a low blow, at that. First there was his failed attempts at the title belt. Then Harley's mother lost her fight with breast cancer, leaving him with no family but his trainer, Uncle Satch.

Taking a break in the mountains seemed like a good idea. But his vacation isn't nearly as restful as he expected - thanks to his landlady, Anastasia Bradley. Their verbal sparring keeps
Sep 06, 2012 Alexis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harley an SBC fighter is recovering from an injury at a cabin near Anastasia's cabin who is a life coach. They have known each other for years but Anastasia always thought of Harley as just a friend until now... unforeseen events bring to two together. Then Harley gets his chance to get back in the fighting game and goes back to Harmony, Kentucky to train with fellow fighters and friends. What he doesn't know is that Anastasia followed him but not for the reasons he hopes...Harley is attracted t ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows the Foster formula perfectly with the hero being a professional fighter and the damsel being in distress. The big alpha male continually pushes the heroine away, while peeing on her leg. Well, not really, but you know what I mean. Foster’s take on bondage is eye rollingly ridiculous. Like Foster’s other books, the baddie isn’t anything truly scary. I’m not sure the baddie’s motivation is very clear.

The narrator changed, a lot. It changed enough that I found it irritating. But,
Feb 26, 2016 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omg! Ok, so I liked Harley in the previous book. He was so charming with Dakota and likable. In this one, he seemed more, I don't know, stand-offish? He just wasn't as charming to me. BUT the story was still good. I also liked that we got more of Barber in this book. However, I kind wish he got his own book. But I still like where it went.
Dakota Storm
Sep 21, 2012 Dakota Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 Hard to Handle is my favorite of all the SBC so far, Harley sexy as hell with rock hard body and sexy attitude, Anastasia is a beautiful owner of the cottage Harley rents to get away. At first Harley doesn't notice the sexy stasia (as Harley calls her) but Stasia always noticed Harley. Stasia and Harley make a sexy couple, but Harley makes not commitments or does he? When they say. Goodbye they can't stop thinking about each other. When they meet again sparks fly and they can't stay away ...more
Ashley Deniz
So after 3 months I finally found the time to finish this book. I bought it and 2 others at Half Price Books during their sale because it was Lori Foster and I do love her.

I did enjoy this book. This is not the same as the series I first fell in love with, her Men who walk the edge. I did enjoy. I did not read the first two in the series (mainly cause I did not realize there were 2 before this one). There were a lot of characters and sometimes it was hard to keep track of who was who and how the
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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.

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  • Simon Says (SBC Fighters, #2)
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