Series: The Ultimate Series, #2
Published on March 31, 2015 Genres: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Romance
An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in Lori’s irresistible new novel.
Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn’t share. That’s why he’s been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry’s about to need more than she knows…
Denver’s combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she’s been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can’t hide behind a carefree façade. Because the man by her side is one who’ll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she’ll trust him enough to let him…
“Holding Strong will have you holding your breath while burning fingers quickly turn the pages.”
- Fresh Fiction
“…a fun and sexy read. It has a touch of suspense to it as well to keep the pace of the story going along.”
- It's a Reading Thing
“The men of Foster’s Ultimate series may be powerful fighters, but they are all heart, and none more so than the hero of this installment. His unwavering support for his feisty, frightened heroine redeems them both in time, but it is their searing chemistry that will hold readers’ attention.”
- RT Book Reviews
“Foster…manages to keep characters evolving throughout the course of a novel, becoming true ‘heroes’ by the time ‘The End’ rolls around.”
- Ripe for Reader
I need to begin with how much I loved, Loved, LOVED Lori Foster’s SBC series. I read them awhile ago, awhile ago meaning in paperback form, prior to my eReader. So I’ve been a fan for a long time. I was stoked to receive an ARC of this book and dove right in.
Denver and Cherry are an explosive couple. If you’re a fan of insta-love and insta-lust, you will love this book. I think it was an instant pairing because I’m assuming in book one, there is build up, but since I didn’t read book one, I’m only guessing. I love an alpha man and Denver is about as alpha and controlling as they come. Cherry has a shady past and when that past resurfaces— Denver stakes his claim and wants to protect her from any harm.
If I’m honest, this isn’t my favorite Lori Foster book, but it is a good read. I’m used to reading books primarily from one or even a dual POV, so when there’s multiple POVs, it confuses me and I do not get that invested in the characters. What I liked—the sex scenes. They’re hot and Denver is an enjoyable alpha male. I really do love the caveman act in books and Denver certainly staked his claim, early on. He’s a true definition of a tall, strong, controlling, HOT alpha. I also enjoyed meeting a new circle of alpha males and their headstrong, funny, and loyal love interests. My favorite parts in this book are the interactions with the secondary characters, which held a lot of my interest. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series so that these characters become closer friends.