Hard Knocks: An Ultimate Novella

Hard Knocks: An Ultimate Novella

by Lori Foster

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In the stunning prequel novella to her new mixed martial arts series, New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster brings together an elite fighter and the woman he's determined to win.

Power. Brute strength. Unforgettable moves. It's no wonder Harper Gates hasn't been able to get her fling with Gage “Savage” Ringer out of her head. Months have passed since she laid eyes–or any other body parts–on him. Months without a word of contact…until, sidelined by injury, he comes back to town.

Staying focused on his training seemed like a smart move to Gage, even if he thought about Harper every day. Seeing her again only makes it clear how much is at stake. He's got one night to earn back her trust. One night to show her that behind his breathtaking skill and ripped body is a man who'll give her everything she needs.

Don't miss No Limits, the first novel in Lori Foster's Ultimate series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459256224
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 08/04/2014
Series: Lori Foster's Ultimate Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 53,575
File size: 336 KB

About the Author

Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin's, Harlequin and Silhouette. 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 Web site at www.lorifoster.com.

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Hard Knocks: An Ultimate Novella 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't really like it the whole story took place within a few hours not a lot of things happening in this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great introduction to Lori Foster's new Ultimate Series. Gage and Harper sucked me in and I am anxiously waiting Cannon and Yvette's story. Crushing hard on Armie, Can't wait to see what Lori Foster has in store for these Fighters!!!
LGodfrey More than 1 year ago
Lori Foster is an expert in getting you excited about a new series. In Hard Knocks: The Ultimate Novella we are introduced to all of the fighters that hang out and help out at the center. I already love them all....Can not wait until This new series comes out!
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
I loved this short sweet romance, but really wished it was longer. I know it's just a little thirst-quencher before Cannon's book, but it wasn't enough! Thankfully, Cannon's book is coming out soon. As for Gage, he was a great character that I'd love to see more of in future books even if its just through little peeks. All these damn sexy men running around that rec center......please write faster Ms. Foster! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Harper has always had it bad for Gage. Gage can't seem to keep Harper out of his mind. When he finally comes back to town, he's determined to show Harper that he's all she'll ever need. Harper sets her mind to give Gage everything she's got so he'll never leave her again. I haven't read a Lori Foster book in a while, but now I know what I've been missing. I totally loved Hard Knocks! Ms. Foster always has one mmm-so-sexy hero that I'd like to grab right out of the pages and make my very own! Gage is uber-hot and alpha all the way, and the way he treats his lady is OMG-romantic. The sex scenes are always erotic, always smoking hot. I was hooked once again and transported back into Ms. Foster's MMA world. There's not a better place to be and although I thoroughly enjoyed Hard Knocks, I hated to see it end. You can bet your sweet bippy, I'll be back for the next in the series, No Limits! My mouth is watering already for another sexy hero (lol)! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great way to start a series!!!!! FAST HOT STORY that gets you ready for series with fantastic glimpse of other characters yet to have their say! Knocks it out of park as usual!! Lori NEVER DISAPPOINTS TRACI SOUTH FL
Yaeger More than 1 year ago
Great new start to a new series.  Short and sweet,( sexy).  I look forward to hearing more about Gage's future fights and reading Cannons story.  Lori Foster continues to write fabulous stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gage is a fighter who was injured in a preliminary fight.  Harper is the girl he left behind when he left to train.   They are both members of the gym that helps inner city kids.  There are several other fighters involved. I really enjoyed this book.  For me it easn't a couldn't put it down read,  but it was a setup for the following books in the series.   Gage and Harper need to learn better communication.   Armie one of the other fighters and gym manager is funny,  I can't wait for his book.    This is a good book that everyone will enjoy
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is only 59 pages. It was a cute short read. It gives you a little introduction to the characters in this series. It also has a cute love story. I enjoyed this book even though it was short. I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series. :). Happy Reading Y'all!!
C_R_Ortiz-Glez More than 1 year ago
For being a novella...this book was packed with hot sweetness. Lori Foster is so talented in how she is able to write her characters with just the right amount of steamy hotness and humor. Make me never want to stop reading. I love how Gage and Harper are together in Hard Knocks. This is a perfect introduction into the Ultimate series. I can't wait to read about Cannon, Stack, Denver and especially Armie. You don't HAVE to read this first, but I can assure you, that you won’t complain if you do. Happy reading!!
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Simply great as always.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
This novel was an intriguing look at the live and relationship of a MMA fighter. There are scenes so hot that I swear there was steam rising from the pages. These scenes intermingle with down to earth, real life interactions between the characters. Foster definitely brings the rec centre & the world surrounding it to life. I love the way that Foster puts Gage’s inner turmoil and struggle to paper, not only does it give you a deeper sense of who he is but it also develops the story in an unmistakable way. I loved this intro into the fighters. She sets them up perfectly for the series. My biggest disappointment with this one? The fact that it wasn’t a full length novel. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a complete story in and of itself and I absolutely adored it, but I so loved these characters and I didn’t want to let them go. Foster definitely has me hooked on this series!
brandihowell1 More than 1 year ago
A great precursor to a new series. We are introduced to the men of a community rec center. They are focused on honing their fighting skills for competition and trying to keep the next generation off the streets. Harper is one of the few women in this rec center. She has not seen Gage since a fling before his left to start training for his next fight. Now sidelined by an injury he got training, he is watching the matches from the rec center when he should have been there in person. This gives him a chance to see Harper who he hasn't gotten out his head. Add a dark room filled with impressionable kids, a locked storage room, and needs that have built in both for months and you have an explosive ending! Love this new series and can't wait to read more about these fighters!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not great, the writing style was average and the sudden love declarations felt contrived.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great....... Not a big prequel fan but this one did the job.  Lori  sure knows how to write them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short but sweet. Could have been longer.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star I was pulled right into this short story. The story has laughs, steam and heartbreak.  This is Harper and Gage’s story. Gage was injured while practicing so he is back at home.  Harper works at the gym and helps out with everything.  She was with Gage but then he left to fight with no contact.  Now she has Gage again but if he gets the chance to fight again will he push her away again?  Or will he fight for her love? I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.  I recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story in this series.
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LokisMomma More than 1 year ago
Hard Knocks is Harper Gates and Gage "Savage" Ringer's story. It may be a short and very enjoyable read, but it packs a lot of the humor, passion, and just plain great story telling that Lori Foster is known for. It's a great bridge from the Love Under Cover series into the Ultimate series. If you like sexy, sweet, and down right naughty MMA fighters, you can't go wrong with Hard Knocks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy mma fighting. That probably made this harder for me to read because I knew that the author created a fake league for the story. However, I still enjoyed it and the sex scene was pretty hot. Only about 50 pages long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lori Foster is a great author. This introduction to her new Ultimate series is well written and has me anxious to read the entire series.