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Back in Black (SBC Fighters #5)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  4,020 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
Never before published from the "New York Times" bestselling author
Gillian is a PR expert hired to smooth out the rough edges on hot- headed sports club president Drew Black. He's rough, raw and ready for any challenge Gillian throws his way. But which one's going to end up on top?
ebook, 320 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Berkley Books (first published December 22nd 2009)
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Feb 08, 2010 jenjn79 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 2.5 / 5

Hmm, well. This book is by far better than the last book, "My Man, Michael" (which was an atrocity, IMHO), but I still didn't really like this book. And I did not like Drew. Ugh.

Series Note:
This book can probably be read as a standalone.

Drew Black is the president of the SBC, a sport for mixed-martial-arts fighting. He's sexy, foul-mouthed, crass, tactless, but also a brilliant businessman. Which is why the owners of the SBC send PR guru Gillian Noode to work with him and
I enjoyed the few Harlequin romances I read by this author, and this is the first book in this series I've read (so I don't have all the details), but it most certainly also be the last.

This story had more holes in it than Swiss cheese, but that was only one of the problems...

1. The initial premise was stupid. Sorry, but I don't see a problem with a guy who speaks his mind. It's a breath of fresh air nowadays when everybody is lying through their teeth. Also, I had no problems with Drew's langua
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
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Back in Black is filled with hot fighters, strong-willed women, romance and quite a bit of action.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Back in Black was like time-travel for me, as I have read all Foster's Ultimate stories, and the SBC Fighters series include some characters that show up there as well. Gillian and Drew were both great characters, and I loved the chemistry between them. However, there was another couple that started their romance as well, Brett and Aud
Not my favorite of the SBC Fighters series, but definitely better than My Man Michael (gosh, even the thought of that one makes me shudder). This book actually has two couples in it - Drew and Gillan as well as Brett and Audrey (and I would say each couple has equal time in the book). Drew, as anyone who has been following the series, is the head of the SBC. Gillian is hired to help "tone" down his image (he has a tendency to say what he feels with no filters). It's instant attraction for both o ...more
Oct 19, 2011 SheLove2Read rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read Oct 2011
I think this was even better the second time around. Drew is a highly intelligent but brash kind of guy. He's good at what he does, takes his business seriously and doesn't put up with the BS. My kinda guy. Gillian is equally smart, put together, sexy and a real woman and Drew can't get enough of her. They are both attracted to each other from the get-go and we're not forced into the back and forth "will he/she or won't he/she" that some authors put you through. They admit their
Mar 11, 2010 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, lori-foster
YES!!!! Did ya hear that?? I must profoundly thank Lori Foster for returning my faith in the SBC series after the atrocity known as My Man, Michael. I shudder in remembrance of the pseudo sci/fi mistake that was. Anyway, moving on! Foster has redeemed herself with the story of Drew Black, president of the SBC fighting organization. Gillian Noode (pronounced Nude) is a PR genius who has been hired to help clean up the act of Mr. Black. Her job is to make him seem less misogynistic and rude and to ...more
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May 13, 2010 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten what fun Lori Foster's SBC books are!

This book follows two pairs of folks who become romantically entangled, and due to the extra love-struck couple, the book sizzles but also flies by. There is no shortage of action, and even so Ms. Foster manages so show so many different sides to so many different opinions about SBC fighting. Because that is a really horrible sentence :) I'll explain.

Gillian is hired to remake Drew's public image as President of SBC. Drew kinda has a little te
I did enjoy this and it was an entertaining couple of hours worth of read. I love Lori Foster and after 'My Man Michael', I had everything crossed that the last in this series wouldn't be a disappointment. Unfortunately for this book, 'Simon Says' (SBC Fighters 2) is one of my favourite books EVER and in comparison this book doesn't really compare, but... I liked it well enough.

Drew is the blunt talking, hot headed president of the SBC. Both him and his temper could do with a little scensoring a
Willow Brook
Feb 10, 2010 Willow Brook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Back in Black is the story of a highly successful president of a mixed martial arts organization and the PR hotshot who is supposed to improve his image. Drew Black is rude, crude, foul mouthed and sexist. He's also a genius at what he does and has a softer side he hides. For that matter, he seems to want to hide his highly decent side but he is a good man. Though appalled by much of what he says and how he does things, Gillian is nonetheless drawn to Drew who is likewise attracted to her. They ...more
I don't believe I'm giving 2stars to a Lori Foster book!
Already so much better than the previous book of the series (shudder violently) but definitely not the best of the series. That unfortunately isn’t a recommendation or a difficult statement.
This time out PR expert Gillian Noode takes on the assignment to makeover SBC president Drew Black who isn’t exactly PG rated nor respectful of others. He’s rude, he’s crude and quite manipulative. Shock value and single minded purpose have gotten him t
In many respects you can never go wrong with Lori Foster. My mom (who doesn't read romances) might argue that Foster's work is formulaic and therefore expected. This might be the case in very general terms with the plot (boy meets girl, something must be overcome, HEA) but really she puts out a lot of very different stuff. I mainly love her stuff because of her characterization. I think she writes people well. Her characters are different from book to book, and for me this is what makes me come ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lori foster fans, romance readers
Excellent read. Gillian Noode a PR expert is hired to smooth over the rough edges of Drew Black, president of SBC fighting organization. Drew is having none of the make over and instigates conflict at every turn to throw Gillian off track. Gillian is hired because Drew's bosses feel that his harsh ways are running off potential profitable connections. Life heats up for the two when threats start coming in targeting Drew. Drew is typical alpha male when Gillian in caught up in the cross fire and ...more
Sep 20, 2015 Bookmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two romances for the price of one. PR consultant Gillian is hired by those financing the SBC to steer Drew Black, the man who created and lives for the SBC, into a more personable figure. He wants nothing to do with it, but is intrigued and turned on by her looks and her brain. Someone wants to discredit him in the worst way and will do anything to bring that about.

The other romance is between an up and coming fighter, Brett and Audrey, the woman who created WAVS; Women Against Violent Sports. S
Jul 23, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i have just finished this book today and i loved it!!!!! this book is about gillian and drew they meet and as soon as she sees him she thinks he is just another playor looking for some ass to nail. but later she finds out he's different but only with her. as soon as drew sees her he thinks she is just some up tight broad with a stick up her ass.

but he finds out she's more different than most women like she dosnt put up with his language, she'll be bold when she wants to, and that she has one he
Nov 06, 2011 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, romance
After a bad last book and 2 so so before that I was a little hesitant to read this one. But I am happy to say that this one was really good and lived up to the promise that was the first book.

I liked Drew, yes he was crude, but not in a way that set out to offend people until they crossed him. Did I think he could use those rough edges polished, yes, so I was happy to see that Gillian was hired to do just that.

You knew right from the start that sparks would fly and the two would end up together.
Kerry  sullivan
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The Blurb
Gillian is a PR expert hired to smooth out the rough edges on hot- headed sports club president Drew Black. He's rough, raw and ready for any challenge Gillian throws his way. But which one's going to end up on top?

My Thoughts
How much did I love this book?
I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment of this series. The story was exciting and hot and the plot tight and kept my interest. I would have liked to know why Millie was as she was b
Feb 05, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have to say that this one was a bit of a disappointment. I found myself putting off reading (which I don't normally do) and watching TV. I thought that it might get better as time went on but I was wrong. The main characters were only alright. I thought that the real story was with the new fighter that the main character was trying to recruit. I can only give this one 3 out of 5 stars.
Lucy Monroe
Jul 22, 2012 Lucy Monroe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lori-foster
Back in Black is the 5th book in Lori's series on MMA fighters as protective, Alpha, sexy heroes (yum, you know how much I love those!). I read this back in 2010, but it is a book that I can read and read again.
Apr 17, 2010 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just so awesome!!! I loved everything about it. I really enjoyed Drew and Gillian. One thing though, all through the story I kept feeling like I shouldn't be liking Drew so much because of his of his raw personality and his way with words, but, I just loved him regardless.
laurie stith-tenney
Apr 09, 2011 laurie stith-tenney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lori-foster
I loved it. I want more PLEASE!!!!!!!!
Ailin Skye
Oct 24, 2015 Ailin Skye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro en específico tiene algo que me ha encantado. Además de unos protagonistas explosivos y que son como el agua y el aceite, los secundarios me han robado el corazón, y creo que ambas historias se entrelazan, creando una historia en común, casi podría decir que son dos parejas principales, y os aseguro que ambas tienen mucho y muy bueno.

Black es ese lengua larga, líder de la SBC, que ama lo que hace, defiende con pasión este deporte,

pero su defecto es precisamente su lengua y su carácter
Girl meets bad boy. Bad boy wants girl. Bad boy gets girl. Girl reforms bad boy. Bad boy and girl live happily ever after.

I do believe fans of contemporary romance are familiar with the formula above. It's cliche and have been done to death, but we fell for it again and again. And lovin' every minute of it. However, in Back to Black, that said formula has a little twist.

Bad boy gets the girl, alright. And he does so while being true to himself all the way. And his foul-mouthed attitude is just
Christie P.
May 08, 2015 Christie P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: contemporary
Great president and manager, worst reputation. That was basically how the new SBC president was described to Gillian Noode, the PR guru hired to makeover Drew Black's image. All Gillian really sees is an over sexed bully with a mouth like a sailor. And all Drew sees is an uptight PR consultant with an amazing body trying to change who he is.

What doesn't help the matter is now that the SBC's reputation has grown and become something respectable there is a Women Against Violent Sports (WAVS) group
Brande Waldron
Let's start this way, this latest release by Lori Foster, Back in Black, about her beloved SBC fighters and organization is truly a 180 in my opinion from My Man Michael, no doubt about it. With that being said I don't think that it was her best, in my heart that space is reserved for Hard to Handle. In Back to Black I was anxious to read about Drew Black and watching him meets his match. Lori Foster really made a gem when she created Gillian; she is smart, witty and sharp. No matter what the si ...more
Minerva Hall
Sep 26, 2015 Minerva Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con este libro termina la serie y dejándonos un buen sabor de boca. Es una novela muy equilibrada, pues tanto la historia principal como la secundaria están entrelazas de forma equitativa desde el principio hasta el final.
Tanto Drew como Gillian son personas de carácter fuerte, con mucha confianza en sí mismos y unos objetivos muy claros. Es una pareja que encaja sin dificultad. Personalmente, Gillian no ha terminado de gustarme, pero claro es una apreciación personal. Es una mujer demasiado «a
Rachelle Ayala
Apr 06, 2014 Rachelle Ayala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I haven't been a contemporary fan for awhile. As with most genres you tend to stick to that one then forget there is much more out there.
As in this instance.
Honestly, the cover drew me in. Nothing like sexy man tummy to make your day I say. Once I sat down and started reading, the story hooked me.

Drew Black is the president of the SAC- a huge mixed martial arts organization. The powers that be have decided that he needs an image remake because frankly, his sucks. He's loud, crude, obnoxious, sex
Julie Johnson
I got this book out of the library, thinking I'd give it a try.

The start was great, when the heroine, Gillian, had some spunk and didn't do all her later hand-wringing. I didn't mind Drew as a Bad Boy, but the whole premise of him needing a 'handler' was pretty thin and I never really figured out exactly what she was expected to do. What was her job? Who was she, exactly? She had no background, and I could hardly picture her in my mind. He was more of the main focus, I felt we got to know more
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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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SBC Fighters (5 books)
  • Causing Havoc (SBC Fighters, #1)
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