Bestselling author Lori Foster Gives Snapshot of MMA-themed Ultimate Series and a Giveaway!

Posted 15 February, 2016 by Heather in Author Guest Post, Blog, Blog Tour, Giveaways, Heather / 5 Comments

Bestselling author Lori Foster Gives Snapshot of MMA-themed Ultimate Series

To celebrate the last book in Lori Foster’s addicting MMA-themed Ultimate Series, we’re going back to the beginning and giving you an overview of the series. Relive you favorite moments, or be introduced to a series you will want to devour. Winter is after-all the best time for binge reading and these books are sure to keep you warm. See below for brand new descriptions for the books everyone is talking about.

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It all started with a teaser. Hard Knocks is a 384 page eBook novella that introduced us all to the very muscle-y and very hot world of mixed martial arts.

Foster showed us that you don’t need to be a fan of the sport to be a fan of her Ultimate Series. This high-intensity sport balances perfectly against the fighters personal love-lives, showing that at the core of even the strongest men lies a warm and ready heart.




NoLimitsThe first of the Ultimate Series in print, No Limits continues the MMA-theme of portraying strong and noble heroes from the world of mixed martial arts.

Superstar MMA fighter Cannon Colter is coming off the toughest fight of his championship career when he learns that he has an even scarier challenge ahead—returning home to face the love of his life, who walked away from his affection three-and-a-half years ago.

The last time Cannon saw Yvette Tipton, she and her grandfather had been the victims of a terrible assault before Cannon had come to their rescue. Unable to cope with her fear, however, Yvette moved far away hoping to leave her dark memories behind. But now, it seems her recently deceased grandfather has split his will between Cannon and Yvette, leaving his home and business to the two of them, drawing them back into each other’s lives.

No matter how self-sufficient Yvette thinks she’s become, Cannon knows there’s plenty of dangerous guys still out there—like Yvette’s obsessive ex-boyfriend who won’t leave her alone. Yvette may be resistant to his concern, but Cannon is sticking close by whether she likes it or not. Cannon’s waited three years for the chance to show Yvette how much he loves her and, now that he’s got her under the same roof, he’s not about to blow it.

“The opening novel of Foster’s Ultimate series introduces heroes as passionate as they are powerful.” –RT Book Reviews on No Limits

“The romance simmers slowly and mystery is woven into the plot. Foster cleverly builds three-dimensional characters to populate the…well told and satisfying story.” – Publishers Weekly on No Limits

Readers will be thrilled with Foster’s new sexy batch of fight club heroes and the women who love them.” –Kirkus Reviews on No Limits


HoldingStrongAn up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in HOLDING STRONG (Harlequin HQN, April 2014, $7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.), the new novel from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lori Foster. HOLDING STRONG is the second book in Foster’s brand-new series of Ultimate Novels featuring strong and noble heroes who are mixed martial arts fighters and equally strong and determined heroines who have their own battles to wage.

Though joined by dire circumstances, these men and women will risk everything as they face their obstacles together.

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 facade. 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 on Holding Strong

“The men of Foster’s Ultimate series may be powerful fighters, but they are all heart…” –RT Book Reviews on Holding Strong

Very hot, very romantic, very, very….  oh, hells!!  So far this is MY FAVORITE book of the series, hands down (tee, hee).” –Addicted To Happily Ever After on Holding Strong


ToughLoveTough Love is the third book in Foster’s series of Ultimate Novels, featuring strong, noble heroes who are mixed martial arts fighters and equally strong, determined heroines who have their own battles to wage.

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?

“Foster brings her signature blend of heat and sweet to her addictive third Ultimate martial arts contemporary. This luscious tale will appeal to Foster’s legion of fans and attract new ones—even those who aren’t fans of professional fighting.” –Publishers Weekly on Tough Love

“Do you love protective, loyal, hunky MMA fighters and the caring, feisty women who know how to keep them in line? If so, then Tough Love is the steamy romance for you!” –Harlequin Junkie on Tough Love

“There was enough action, suspense and romance to make this a fun, sexy can’t-put-it-down read.” –Red Hot Books on Tough Love


FightingDirtyHe’s the hottest MMA fighter in the game, but one woman is ready to try out a few steamy moves of her own in FIGHTING DIRTY (HQN Books, March 2016, $7.99 U.S./$9.99 CAN.), the newest, unforgettable book by New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster.

FIGHTING DIRTY is the most recent title in Foster’s Ultimate series, which features strong, noble heroes who are mixed martial arts fighters and equally strong, determined heroines who have their own battles to wage.

With the life he’s led and the muscles he’s gained, Armie Jacobson isn’t afraid of anything. Except maybe Merissa Colter’s effect on him. It’s not just that she’s his best friend’s little sister. Fact is, she deserves better. Women pursue him for one night of pleasure, and that’s all he wants to offer. Until rescuing Merissa from a robbery leads to the most erotic encounter of his life.

Good girl meets bad boy. It’s a story that rarely ends well. But Merissa is taking matters into her own hands. No matter how he views himself, the Armie she knows is brave, honorable and completely loyal. And as past demons and present-day danger collide, she and Armie are both about to learn what’s truly worth fighting for…

Two words are all I really need to tell you how I felt about Fighting Dirty. LOVED IT!  I have been waiting for Armie’s story since the beginning of the “Ultimate” series.” –From the TBR Pile on Fighting Dirty

With her trademark wit and a touch of suspense, Lori has delivered a definite keeper in Fighting Dirty.” –Alpha’s Do It Better on Fighting Dirty

“Foster always adds a good dose of suspense, plot twists, and danger in her stories.  I love how she does it in a way that does not take away from fleshed out characterization, great romance, and perfect amount of detail needed for a well-rounded story.” –A Bookish Escape on Fighting Dirty


Fighting Dirty is available February 23rd wherever books are sold:

AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunesIndieBoundBooks-a-Million

lori-foster-1-207x300About the author:

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. Visit her online at

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Lori Foster’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, February 8th: Biblioticatlc
Wednesday, February 10th: Read Love Blog
Thursday, February 11th: Books a la Mode
Friday, February 12th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, February 15th: Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, February 17th: Written Love Reviews
Friday, February 19th: Worth Getting in Bed For
Friday, February 19th: Mignon Mykel {Reviews}
Monday, February 22nd: Reading Reality
Monday, February 22nd: Let Them Read Books
Tuesday, February 23rd: Majorly Delicious
Wednesday, February 24th: Stranded in Chaos
Thursday, February 25th: Bibliophilia, Please
Friday, February 26th: The Sassy Bookster

Since I’ve been taking kickboxing for several months, I certainly have a new appreciation for MMA fighters and their stamina. I love these types of books, and I’ve definitely added them to my to be read list! What do you like about the martial arts and the men/women who do them?



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I'm a PhD chemist who loves sarcasm, music, and books-paranormal, mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and romance. Most of my free time is spent at the martial arts studio these days--whether practicing Combat Hapkido or reading books while watching my son's Taekwondo classes, or even working up a sweat with Kickboxing for fun. Goodreads

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