Tough Love: Ultimate, Book 3

Tough Love

Tough LoveAuthor: Lori Foster
Book Name: Tough Love
Series: Ultimate
Order: #3
Genre: Romance
Rating:  Okay


Blurb:  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 on keeping it casual. And her plan works–deliciously well–until Stack’s past steps out of the shadows.

Stack learned early to stay free of attachments. But with sexy, forthright Vanity, he’s the one always left wanting more. Then his troublemaking family comes back into the picture, threatening everything Stack cares about–Vanity included. Suddenly he realizes they’re much more than friends with benefits. He’s ready to go to the mat for her…but will it be in time to protect the woman who’s tamed him for good?

Review:  Okay, I need to preface this with the fact that it has been a while since I read a book in this series, but I was not impressed.  This didn’t seem like it was even near the same level as far as being interesting and well written as other books in this and the other loosely connected series.

I wasn’t a fan of the main characters in this one at all.  Stack really came across as a jerk and I didn’t see anything about him that would be considered attractive other than his physical looks.  Vanity, just didn’t make sense.  She is this supposedly strong, self sufficient person, yet she has zero self esteem with regards to her looks and potential for relationships.  We get a tiny little bit of history on her to explain it, but it wasn’t enough to really understand her character at all.  She runs around practically begging Stack to be in a relationship with her and he seems to really only be in it for the sex all the way up until the very end.  With the lack of anything all that interesting from either character, the romantic aspect of the story was rather lackluster.

The antagonistical part of the story line also felt really off and made little sense.  What made it worse is that we didn’t exactly get any kind of real resolution.  Sure, we found out what was going on and why, but we didn’t get to see how it actually got wrapped up.  The police got informed of what the PI heard and they said they’d look into it, but then the story ended without finding out what, if anything at all, happened with Whitney.  That was just weird.  I don’t remember any of the other books just cutting off like that.

What made it even worse was after this huge upheaval in the romance between Vanity and Stack (which both seriously overreacted to in the first place), it was all “I was an idiot.  Sorry.  Let’s get married instead” situation that left me wondering what the hell I’d just read as it didn’t fit the rest of the story at all.  It was like the author got close to the total for the word count for this book and had to toss an ending in there to get it done.

It is seriously weird because I’d swear that I’ve really enjoyed the rest of the books in this series and I’m not sure this even qualifies as being okay.  So, yeah, very much not impressed.


Author: TJ Fox

I am a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife, mom and raging introvert. I have more hobbies than I can count, so it is beyond shocking that I manage to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents I claim, writing wasn’t one of them until my muse dropped the idea for a book on my head.

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