Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hard Justice by Lori Foster - Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lori Foster returns with the second installment in her explosive new series featuring sexy bodyguards who’ll do anything to protect the ones they love.

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Author: Lori Foster 
Publication Date:  21 March 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Series: Body Armor, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, MMA/Suspense
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 


Book Description:

Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…

Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she’s sweet and intriguingly innocent. It’s a risk-free assignment, until he’s required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.

Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it’s not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that’s real, raw and absolutely against the rules…

My Review:

I am throughly enjoying this spin off series from Lori Fosters Ultimate series.  That series was my first foray into MMA based writing and I love that she is taking a turn and giving some of these guys a new life as bodyguards in an elite agency.  

I quite enjoyed the first book in the series, we all know how nice it was to see Leese, bad boy (and not the good kind of bad boy...really just a bad. boy) the Hero in book 1, Under Pressure (click link to see my review) get his final redemption and HEA, but there was just something special about Justice and Fallon's story.  I'll admit when I first met Justice in this book I thought 'oh crap, he's going to be a smart ass with a chip on is shoulder in this book.' but man I was so happy to discover my first impression was way off the mark.  Justice is a truly sweet, kind, and loving Hero and Fallon, with her sweetness, insecurities and guilelessness, is the perfect Heroine for him.

I will admit that at times I found Fallon frustrating with how trusting she is and how 'proper' she believes she has to be.  Allowing one character to continue to basically harass her out of some feeling of 'duty' or 'honor' bugged me.  Justice had it right every time he tried to tell her to let him deal with the guy.  Of course it all works out in the end but that doesn't stop the frustration when you are working through the story.  On the other side of that frustration was a feeling of pride as we watch Fallon work to take her life back.  After a horrific event her once 'hovering' parents become overbearing in their fear for her safety, and really while you can't blame them, they are honestly doing what every parent deep down wishes they could do in order to keep their child safe, they take their concern for her safety to the extreme which leads to Fallon being overly sheltered and at the age of 24 almost child like in her experiences.  I loved that she fights to gain control over her life but at every turn she is still thoughtful and respectful to her parents feelings.  It is not just about her being free but it is about them learning to let her go.

I'd like to say right now that I LOVED Fallon's mother.  I kept thinking how like Justice I found her to be and then had that confirmed near the end of the story that made me want to punch the air and shout YES!  While I am on the topic of 'family' I just have to mention Justice's grandmother....I want her in every book!  Talk about a woman with pluck and spirit.  I need her out there digging into everyone's business and bringing smiles to my face when things get tough.  She was hilarious and I plain and simple did not get enough of her!

Not only do we get a sweet love story full of depth and character growth, Lori gives us the suspense I have come to expect from her stories, and I think that this time around this has to be one of the more devious plots to come out of this series or the Ultimate series.  I will say I wish that we got more of an understanding as to why, other than the simple explanation of entitlement and arrogance.  Maybe that's just my desire to believe that people can't be so horrible just because they feel like they have the right, that there has to be something deeper to their reasoning, it is simply hard to understand the I have the money so I have the right concept.

I love that we get so much time with the Ultimate characters, it always makes me smile to see their updates and the fact that Lori brings us back to them every book for that glimpse gives me major happy feels.  I miss that group so much so it is wonderful seeing that their stories really haven't ended.  We also get a big look into Miles who I am guessing has to be our next Body Armor story and man am I ever curious about his mysterious love interest.  I am also wondering in the back of my mind if we may see Tomahawk as a hero in the future.  I missed getting a little snippet about Sahara's brother...in the first book I got the impression that there is quite a story surrounding her brother so I kept looking for a maybe a little hint that something would be happening there, but nothing this book.  Also, what is up with Sahara and Brand, *temples fingers together and hums with giddy curiosity*.

Hard Justice is a great addition to the Body Armor series, I am definitely hooked and anxious for more!  If you love contemporary romance with an MMA background, if you love alpha guys who aren't asshole alphas but plain and simple alpha males who protect their community and the ones they love then you will love this series!  




It took Fallon a few seconds more to get her feet moving, then she darted to the closet with new excitement. Shoot, even having a bodyguard would be an adventure when the bodyguard looked like him.

She stepped into her flat-heeled shoes, found a cardigan to pull on over her top and chose a scarf to drape around her neck. She didn’t particularly like the outfit, but no way would she make him wait while she went through her wardrobe.

After one last fluff of her brown hair and a quick swipe of gloss over her lips, Fallon squared her shoulders, filled her lungs with a fortifying breath for courage and ventured forth.

The second she stepped out, she heard his deep voice and paused to listen.

“No need to worry. I’ll cover her.”

Her father choked, turned it into a cough, and said with authority, “She is not to be alone. Not for a single second.”

“Promise I’ll stick real close.”

Alarmed, her father corrected, “But not too close.”

“Just close enough, then.”

“No one is to get too cozy with her either.”

“No cozy shenanigans,” he said. “Got it.”

“She’s naive and doesn’t understand that thugs—” here her father paused for effect, his narrowed gaze on the man “—might try to use her to get to her wealth.”

“Yeah? That’s happened before?”

“Well…no.” Her father harrumphed in that familiar way that showed his annoyance. “But it’s a very real concern.”

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Lori Foster - Author photoAbout Lori Foster: LORI FOSTER is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 55 titles, beloved for her contemporary romance novels revolving around alpha males and the women they fall for. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her website at LoriFoster.com, or check out these online locations where she interacts with readers: Facebook.com/LoriFoster, Twitter.com/LoriLFoster, Goodreads and Pinterest.com/lorilfoster. You can also sign up for her monthly newsletter at LoriFoster.com/Newsletter.    



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