Holding Strong by Lori Foster

Holding Strong by Lori Foster

An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster’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 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 by Lori Foster

This book is part of a series, and I believe also an extension of one of the author’s earlier series(?). So while there’s a romance at the centre of the story, and while the book is fairly closely focused on the two main characters, there’re also a heap of ongoing storylines and a huge number of secondary characters who have had or are waiting to have ‘their’ book.

I usually go out of my way to avoid books with MMA heroes, because I don’t like fads, and every one of these I have read so far has been terribly misogynistic. However I was in a phase and Lori Foster is a well-established author with a huge following, so I figured she’d be a better choice than most!

Apparently the relationship in this book was building in earlier books, so hero and heroine dive right into it. I didn’t mind, and I think there were some good moments between the pair, though the hero was far too sexist for me (I’ll get back to that). This guy is one half super-caring and one half macho guy. I can see that he would work for a lot of readers.

I did, however, find some of the timing of conversations odd. If you’re on the run for a bunch of criminals I don’t think it’s sensible to stop at a convenience store and talk about your relationship!

Foster tends towards writing lengthy scenes, pulling the focus closer. Just an observation, but I think the pre-established relationship helped because there weren’t many scenes in comparison to the length of the book for a relationship to grow.

Now, the sexism is what really bothered me. Referring to a woman’s ‘great rack’ during sex – and more than once – is offensive. Physically restraining your partner when she wants to get up is not on. More than once we got those awful ‘annoying women this’ and ‘she’s not like other women that’. There’s sexy language, and then there’s sexist and crude language when speaking about women. I don’t find misogyny attractive.

On the plus side, the author really seems to have done her research when it comes to the sport, and made a good effort of working the training and the lifestyle in there. Athletes who behaved like athletes for once!

I think my venture back into the MMA fad could have gone a lot worse. Clearly it’s still not my thing, but Lori Foster is a better author than most attempting the subgenre.


Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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