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Hard To Handle (SBC Fighters #3)

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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  4,998 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Sometimes Fate delivers a left hook. After Fate deals Supreme Battle Challenge (SBe 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, es ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Berkley Books (first published March 1st 2007)
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KimKirt
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
Christa
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
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Auntee
Feb 23, 2008 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Martha
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,
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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
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Kellie G.
3 & 1/2 stars
I didn't like this one as much as the two previous books, but it was still enjoyable and well written.
Perv Pack
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
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Christine
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
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Willow
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
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jenjn79
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
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~*megs*~
Apr 20, 2008 ~*megs*~ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jeanne
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.

Linda
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
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Linda
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
Nicole Banks
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
Norma
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.
Kaitlyn
4.5

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
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Judy (Geeky Reading)
~3.5/5

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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
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Anita
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
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WillowBe
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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
...more
Jessi
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
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Lirajean
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
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Lisa
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
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Deborah Vespo
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
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
Melinda
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

SBC Fighters (8 books)
  • Causing Havoc (SBC Fighters, #1)
  • Simon Says (SBC Fighters, #2)
  • Double the Pleasure
  • My Man, Michael (SBC Fighters, #4)
  • Double the Heat (contains New York Blades, #7.5)
  • Back in Black (SBC Fighters, #5)
  • Tails of Love
When You Dare (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #1) Savor the Danger (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #3) Trace of Fever (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #2) A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #4) Causing Havoc (SBC Fighters, #1)

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