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Tough Love

(Ultimate #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,677 ratings  ·  414 reviews
She's playing hard to get…to win the MMA fighter of her ultimate fantasies in a sultry new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

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 as though the best way to corral the famously commitment-phobic fighter is to insist

Paperback, 538 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by HQN Books
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Lori Foster Hi Maria and Alyssa,
Actually, Armie's book got bumped up, so now FIGHTING DIRTY will be released Feb 23rd. :-D I hope you both find it worth the wait!…more
Hi Maria and Alyssa,
Actually, Armie's book got bumped up, so now FIGHTING DIRTY will be released Feb 23rd. :-D I hope you both find it worth the wait!(less)

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3.5 honest Stars

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.-Vanity

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Okay so this one is going to be a quickie because I have been waiting to get to Armie's story and I don't wanna waste hours writing a review when I could be reading about Armie and Rissy. O
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tough Love is a third book in Ultimate series, but can be easily read as a standalone. I haven't read previous books and was completely ok with the story. It was a bit long, but a good reading nonetheless.

We meet Vanity Baker, who's had a crush on Stack "The Wolf" Hannigan for a long time. He is all muscled, strong, sexy and hot MMA fighter. He is also commitment-phobe, so Vanity comes up with a plan and propositions him - just sex. She thinks that as long as she can keep her feelings hidden and
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lori Foster Fans, MMA, Romance
4 She Came, She Saw, She Conquered Stars * * * *

So, as my title for this review mentioned, Vanity had an agenda... She came to town, she met her friend's group of MMA fighters, she saw Stack and decidedly came up with a plan to hopefully to breakdown his walls and make him hers.

The lure was to dangle the promise of one commitment free sexual encounter in order to have him take her to the friend's wedding. Vanity knew what she wanted; was willing to present a win-win for both of them and pray it
Kelli C
*arc provided per HQN publishing via NetGalley in exchange for honest review*

I have always been a sucker for a good “fighter” and Stack “the Wolf” Hannigan fits the perfect profile for alpha hotness! His success in the MMA make him an easy target so he keeps his emotions tight and his libido free to the easy attention. When a sassy, smart, and very independent Vanity Baker falls for this sexy muscle she uses the best strategy she can to get to him…sex! Keeping her true feelings at bay she offers
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
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4 Fighting for Love Stars!!

Tough Love starts off at Cannon and Yvette's (No Limits) wedding. Stack is a sexy MMA fighter and Vanity is a beautiful, confident woman, who isn't afraid to go after what she wants. It starts with a proposition no man could resist “one night of no strings sex”. Naturally one night is not enough to quench either Stack or Vanity's hunger, plus there were a couple of interruptions that cut their night short.

Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you ever read Lori Foster in the past then you’ll probably understand why I picked Tough Love in the first place.

I mean, MMA fighter hero? Great characters chemistry? Playful banter? Steamy romance? Action packed story?
These are the things coming in mind when I think about her books.

Tough Love is the third book in the Ultimate series and tells the story of Vanity and stack. This series focuses on younger heroes than usual but if you read her SBC fighters books you’ll be i
This is book #3 of the Ultimate series, and so far this has been my least favorite. I just didn't feel much connection with the main couple. Add to the fact that I have been dying for Armie's book since the beginning of this just made it so that I was eager to finish this I know Armie's book is next!! LOL

Vanity moved from LA to be with her friend who is married to one of the Ultimate fighters. She has embraced all of the new friendships she has made with the fighters and the
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

I think Stack and Vanity were even hotter than I expected.

This one starts off at Cannon and Yvette's wedding and is go from word one. I was afraid for a while there that another obstacle was going to get thrown in their way. No worries, they finally hook up, and boy was it hot. We get to see all the old gang plus little peeks into Armie and Rissy. I know she wrote that Armie's is going to the last but I think there needs to be one more with Lesee.

My biggest complaint is t
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Vanity has had her eye on Stack ever since she met him but with a reputation for avoiding commitment, she decides a little subterfuge is needed. She invites him to be her date to a wedding, with the promise of things ending in the bedroom but the caveat is that they aren't going to do anything until then and they can still see other people. This doesn't stop Van
A blistering dynamo in the ring, a cuddly bear outside, Stack is the Ultimate man for Vanity, but his fear of commitment and a dark past could be too hot to handle without getting burned. No shrinking violet, Vanity makes Stack a deal he cannot refuse, and he falls into her web and under her spell, just as she planned it! Staying just out of reach, Vanity downplays her feelings to keep Stack from running for the hills, all while appearing to be a good friend with great benefits.

You know what the
Tough Love by Lori Foster is a 2015 HQN publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This third book in the Ultimate fighter series is focused on Vanity and Stack. If you read the previous installment you will remember Vanity made Stack an offer he couldn't refuse in order to get him to be her date for their friends, Cannon and Yvette, wedding.

Well, the time has come for Vanity to make good on the deal and hopefully she will win big on the gamble of a lifeti
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 captivating, sexy, and hot stars for Tough Love. From the first paragraph I was all fucking in. The story starts off with a bang and keeps the punches rolling until the last word which is fabulous. I have read Lori Foster for years so I knew I would at least like this story because she's never let me down before. I liked liked this story quite a bit.

Vanity is by far one of my favorite heroines. She goes after what she wants and uses the tactics she has to in order to obtain the man she's dy
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
There was just something about Vanity that just didn't do it for me this time around : /

I am still anxiously awaiting Armie's story though! and Denver is STILL my new BB : p
Lover of Romance
In Tough Love, the third book in the Ultimate series we have Stack’s story. Both Stack and Vanity have powerful chemistry to each other but haven’t acted out on it until Vanity takes control . Vanity has always been fond of Stack and wants more with him. She cares deeply for Stack, but she knows how afraid he is of commitment. So she wants to slowly ease him into a relationship because she knows what they have is explosive and worth the wait. So at first, we see the physical relationship betwee ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vanity was so great in this one! I loved how she kept Stack off kilter from the start with her proposition. I found myself laughing at all the things that went wrong as Stack and Vanity kept trying to find a bed.

Vanity seemed to insinuate herself within all aspects of Stack's life, the fighters seemed to view her as a little sister, while his blood family included her like one of their own. Vanity needed that extra from Stack's family as hers was gone.

I loved to see how Stack got jealous of eve
Paranormal Kiss
4.5 Stars - Loved it!

Tough Love by Lori Foster is the 3rd book in the Ultimate series. I have thoroughly enjoyed each book in this MMA series and this one is no exception. Tough Love focuses on Stack and Vanity. I have been looking forward to their story since the tension ramped up between them in the last book. In Tough Love we see that tension come to fruition.

Vanity propositioned Stack in, Holding Strong, getting his attention and his agreement to be her date to Cannon & Yvette’s wedding, wi
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ aka Barbara
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who love MMA fighter romances with a dose of sugar
Recommended to t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ by: Netgally/Edelwiess
I have to admit I sorta fell into this series. I do love fighter novels so back when book one of this series was offered on Netgalley I did a request and received the novel. I read it and thought it was ok so when I saw the same thing for book 2 I requested it and got it and liked it even more than book one. Now I have to say I was new to Lori Foster's writing and wasn't sure quite what to expect and I had been reading really gritty edgy fighting novels prior so I think that these novels seemed ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Caffeinated Dates with Tough Love

First Date: Vanity has a thing for Stack but knows he has commitment phobia and our heroine is very clever. She plays dirty but in the most delicious way. In the previous book, the two make an arrangement of sorts. He will be her date at the wedding of their friends and she will give him one night of bliss with no strings attached. Ooo-la-la you clever, clever girl. The novel opens at the wedding and we get a little flashback of what has been happening since t
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-arc
I thoroughly enjoyed Tough Love. I've been really looking forward to the story of Vanity and Stack after the previous book, and this one did not disappoint. They are both great characters, and I loved how Vanity was so sure of her feelings for Stack and acted on them. Stack was commitment shy, but was wonderfully protective of Vanity. The two had great chemistry together, and I loved reading their story.

Vanity made a deal with Stack to spend a night with him in return for accompanying her to th
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Action packed, sexy and funny, Tough Love is the best yet in the Ultimate Series! I have been reading Lori Foster's books for years and have never been disappointed, I highly recommend any of her books to anyone who hasn't read her yet. Vanity has been in love with Stack since she first laid eyes on him, he's ripped, sexy, funny and an all around sweet guy. In an effort to claim him as hers forever, Vanity devises a plan to snag and keep his attention; be her date for her best friends wedding an ...more
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
Containing hilarious cock-blocking, interrupted best laid plans, shady characters and a few overreactions, Tough Love has you rolling with the punches. I loved watching the feelings between Stack and Vanity grow while trying to unravel the potential danger that lurked around the corner. Don’t worry, lots of sex is also had. ;)

Vanity throws it all on the line to get at least one night with Stack – she’s been in love with him since pretty much the second that she saw him, but she’s willing to play
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!

This one was about Stack and Vanity. Vanity is having strong feelings towards Stack but she also knows that Stack will just shy away from anything remotely smelling of a relationship so she decides to change it up. She approaches him with a deal, attend the wedding of some friends with her and in exchange he gets
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Welcome to the world of mixed martial arts fighting, where the guy play hard & love harder. Foster develops the plot of her tale intricately & intimately, taking readers for one heck of a ride. I loved the variety of different aspects of life, love & loss that Foster brings into play. Suspense & chemistry, danger & raw lust kept me glued to the pages.

I love the way that Foster develops her characters. It feels so personal, like we’re truly being introduced. The main characters’ viewpoints are s
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 star
I love all of the ultimate books be it Cannon, Denver, Stack or Armie. This is Stack’s book and my second fav only edged out by Armie’s story.
I love the love story between Stack and Vanity, the love and friendship between the whole group. I know I’ll always have a fun time when I crack open an ultimate book. This was no exception and even more where we got to know more about Stack and his eccentric sister and mother plus two rambunctious dogs thrown into the mix. If you want a nice read o
Heather andrews
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Vanity even if the girl has bad timing, "tipping her head, she smiled at him. “You only recently started calling me darlin’. Is it because we’re finally going to have sex?” Behind them, a cop coughed." Stack isn't the bit modest, “I’m not sweet, I’m horny.” He cupped her face. “So what’s the verdict?” jealousy looks interesting on Stack, “butts?” Disbelief lightened his scowl. “You’re telling me you moon over guy’s a**es?” I loved Stack I haven't met a guy in this series that I haven't l ...more
The third book in the Ultimate series by Lori Foster. Vanity Baker wants Stack Hannigan and makes a no strings deal with him if he escorts her to her friend's wedding. Only Stack wants more and so does Vanity but she doesn't want to "scare" him off. But family issues interrupt.

Another fun, entertaining addition to the series. We get to revisit many of the previous couple/characters and follow future heroes/heroines around. Ms. Foster writes in a style that I like and I will continue to seek out
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of Tough Love from Harlequin HQN via Netgalley in exchange of an honest and unbiased review*

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

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved Vanity! and Stack wasn't too bad either. Fun read! Can't wait for the next one! ...more
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ARC received for an honest review

Woohoo, it seems like I have been waiting an eternity for this next Ultimate book - well, yeah, that is an exaggeration, but woohoo, it is finally here!

I adore these fighter boys - though this time there seemed to be more fighting outside the cage and the gym than in it!

Stack and Vanity have been circling each other since she first moved to town, and if you have read the other books in the series, you will remember how she propositioned him at the end of book 2.
Siobhan Davis
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, romance
This was a great read and I adored the world-building and thoroughly entertaining characters.

Vanity has it bad for Stack, but he's notoriously commitment-phobic, so she comes up with a grand plan to seduce him and hook him for life. And it succeeds fabulously until he becomes aware of some cards she was holding close to her chest, and then it kind-of falls apart.

I loved Stack's mad dysfunctional family and the network of MMA fighters he surrounds himself with. One of the things I especially like
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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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“When Vanity caught Stack staring toward them, she smiled. “I really think you guys should let us use the locker room. I’m perspiring. Cherry’s perspiring.”
Cherry went still, then looked down at herself and blushed. Sweat dampened the front of her tank top, especially between and beneath her big boobs.
Denver scowled, giving Stack a shove. Which in turn knocked him into Armie. None of them spoke.
Cannon took up the torch. “It’s only set up for men.”
“We don’t need the urinals,” Vanity said. “Just the showers.”
Yvette plucked at her top. “I really could—”
Cannon put his hand over her mouth. “We don’t have a door on the locker room, and sure, we’d all know not to step in, but there are other people here, other guys, and—”
Vanity said, “So put someone there to keep watch for us.”
Stack opened his mouth, but at first nothing came out. He cleared his throat. “Sounds carry down there.” He gestured. “There not being a door and all.”
Grinning, Armie said, “Meaning whoever keeps guard—”
“Watch,” Vanity corrected.
“—will hear every little detail. Like clothes dropping. And water running. Even slick, soapy hands—”
This time, Stack shoved him without Denver’s help.
“I’ll do it,” Cannon offered, and he sounded like he’d just thrown himself on the sacrificial altar.
“Fuck that.” Denver took a step forward. “I don’t want you listening to Cherry shower.”
Cherry’s face got hotter. “Denver!”
Folding his arms, Cannon stared at him. “You think I’d let you listen to Yvette?”
“Cannon!” Yvette joined the brigade of embarrassed women.
Only Vanity remained unflustered. “Let Armie do it.”
Mutually appalled, Stack, Denver and Cannon all stared at her.
Going along, Armie nodded and rubbed his hands together. “Yeah, let me do it.”
“Hell, no.”
“In his dreams.”
“Not in this lifetime.”
Armie laughed. “You guys know I won’t be thinking anything you wouldn’t be thinking.”
“Maybe,” Denver said. “But we wouldn’t go blabbing it everywhere.”
Crossing his heart dramatically, Armie swore, “It’ll be between me and my pillow.”
Denver took a step toward him, but Vanity put herself in his way. “We’re showering. For the future, you might want to think about creating a space for women.”
“Tried,” Cannon argued. “We’re out of room here. I wanted to expand, but the guy who owns the lot next to us doesn’t want to sell.”
“Hmm...” Vanity got a thoughtful look on her face. “Well then, I suggest you find a desk to put down there and then, perhaps, we could plan this around when Harper is here doing the scheduling. She could be our lookout.”
“I could call her—” Cannon tried to offer.
But Stack noticed that Vanity already had both her arms wrapped around one of Armie’s.
And damn him, Armie just let her, smiling in a way that just might lose him a few teeth.
Leese looked at each of the men and started snickering.
“They’re pathetic, right?” Armie said.
“They’re something,” Leese agreed. “Not sure what.”
“You two losers are just jealous,” Cannon accused.
“Yeah,” Armie said, patting at Vanity’s arm. “So jealous.”
Denver growled when Cherry cozied up to the other side of Armie, and even Yvette smiled as she followed along, all of them heading to the locker room.
The men stared until the group was out of sight.
“I’m going to have to punch him,” Denver said. “At least once.”
“Get in line,” Cannon told him. Then he pointed at Leese. “Not a word out of you!”
Trying to bite back his grin, Leese got started mopping.
Damn, Stack wondered, did Vanity enjoy making him nuts? And unlike Cannon and Denver, he couldn’t protest as much as he wanted because, though he’d thrown out some signals, he and Vanity weren’t official.
“never cheat. It’s not just a betrayal of the person you promised to love, honor and cherish. It betrays the family unit, too.” 0 likes
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