A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he's never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body-the works. He's also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she's older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon. Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young-and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather's legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette's scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he'll break all the rules to do it…
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There is a reason I haven't gotten the last couple of Lori Foster books - this book reminded me why. The last half a dozen or so of her books - the female lead character has just become dumber and dumber. This one about takes the cake. And our hero? Well he and his good buddy (another future hero in another book to come) are in a scene where Mr. Hero of this book KO's one of the bad guys that is threatening the dumb chick that put herself in danger - even though she is supposedly being stalked - because hey - she needed some fresh air and time to regroup after believing a bunch of crap told to her by a chick that was after her man (And who does she believe? The man who has consistently shown his honor and intentions toward her. Uhh...no...she believes the jealous chick. Yeah - that makes sense). But, I digress, so the two hero-guys are in this scene - the good guy #1 has knocked out the bad guy and the other good guy is hanging around to see if everything is cool. So good guy #1 starts making out with the little lady and hero #2 seems to be fascinated with that. Meanwhile, the bad guy comes around and since no one seems to be paying attention to him, takes off and eludes the cops.
I have said it before and it bears repeating. If the main characters have to do really bone-headed things to advance a plot - in my opinion - that is lazy writing.
As regards the men in this book - I actually like the hero quite a bit. However, hero #2 - Army - talk about a jerk. Can't keep it in his pants - and seems to be obsessed with being as perverse in his pursuits as possible. Don't know if skanky is really a guy word - but it really fits him.
So, at this point I am waving the white flag on the absurdity of this sort-of plot. Nothing worse than dumb characters. Save yourself a credit on this one. Wait for a Linda Howard or Nora Roberts book. Those two NEVER write a dumb female lead character!
This new series begins with Cannon and Yvette's story (Cannon showed up in Getting Rowdy, Love Undercover series book 3). Cannon had such potential for a great story unfortunately Lori Foster didn't make it happen. Yvette is (I won't actually say too stupid to live) is too lame, no backbone, always feeling like everyone is pitying her. And, with 3 hours left in the book I don't see a miraculous improvement for her character. Not much action or suspense, plenty of tiptoeing around a tepid romance. I can only hope the next book in the series picks back. The 1st series is Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, 2nd is Love Undercover and now Ultimate. The narration is great for these three series. Actually I probably wouldn't have made it through the first chapter of No Limits without returning otherwise.
Yes Listening to this audio was time well spent because of the Narrater which I like a lot and because I love Lori Foster books..but I was really expecting More action for this story line .. For example I was expecting for Evette to have more of a stronger character .. She was made such a ninny.... Other then that it was okey .. Could have been better though .. Lori Foster you are still a Great Author..
Yes of course . Always .. Can not wait til her next book on this serious.
Sorry did not have any favorites on this book.
Different character for Evette
I still enjoyed this book..
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
Unfortunately, I finished this right before bed the other day and was very engaged the next day (although I did rate it when I finished reading) so I wasn't able to write the review for this story until now.
Overall, I liked the story. I liked Yvette but she was way too hooked on her past and determined not to be something that she never really was. Cannon was likable but had his own issues. This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it enough that I may try more of her work in the future.
Cannon is a MMA fighter that's going for the championship and he's just finished a fight when he visits his hometown. He and Yvette share a past in which some bad guys wanted to do bad things to her and her grandpa and Cannon helped her. The encounter traumatized her and she went from a girl that used to be head over heals for Cannon and flirting all the time to someone way more serious who decided to move to California. When Yvette's grandpa died, both Yvette and Cannon are willed an inheritance which brings them back together.
When Cannon sees Yvette for the first time in 3 years he decides that he wants her. It's just too bad that he didn't decide this earlier because he's already picked up his hook-up for the night and has to dump her for Yvette...which doesn't go over very well. What I really didn't like about this is that Cannon is known as the "Saint" because he always treats the women so well....unfortunately, Cannon treating these women with kid gloves just encouraged them to be uber bitches and cause Yvette so much more trouble than it should have. I think my biggest thing I didn't like about the story were the skanks! Almost all of the non-MC women were the worst bitches and skanks and were just disgusting...I mean EW!!! Outside of this, Cannon isn't too bad and he does stop sleeping around once he decides he wants Yvette, it's just a VERY close thing.
Once Cannon decides that Yvette is going to be his, he does have to be patient and he does really well at that. Yvette hasn't had things easy and has some issues that Cannon has to help her get past while convincing her (slowly) that he wants her and that they're good together. Things are hampered a bit by a stalker Ex of Yvette's and some other things that are going on. Things do get resolved nicely and the story ends with Cannon and Yvette heading towards and HEA together.
This was an enjoyable story. I liked the characters and all but I will admit that the men's pure skeeviness (and the skanks they did stuff with) was a bit of a put-off. Thankfully Cannon stopped sleeping around when he saw Yvette. Yvette herself was a pretty good heroine. I liked her...sometimes wished she'd have had a bit more backbone but she wasn't annoyingly weak or TSTL. Overall, I liked the story but it just didn't come together well enough to rate higher. :)
Missouri Mom with lots of Opinions! Love to listen to Audio Book Series!
After Yvette Sweeny's Grandfather passes away, she returns to town to settle his affairs. Cannon Colter, now a fan favorite MMA fighter, has returned to town after his latest win. Yvette has been in love with Cannon for years and is determined to for him to see the women she has become and not the victim he knew.
Lori Foster is one of my favorite writers and this book did not disappoint. We were first introduced to Cannon and Yvette in the "Love Undercover" series. I love the characters in this new series. Lori writes with humor and intensity.
Jim Frangione is one of my favorite narrators and I was so excited when I found out he would be reading this book! Of course he did a fabulous job! He is the best choice for these characters and this new series.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series!
I'm not sure what the problem is, but LF missed the mark yet again. I long for the days of "Say No To Joe" , "The Winston Brothers", "Beguiled", "Back in Black" "Caught in the Act" & more of her great SMEXY novels. Oh, and what's with the use of the vulva word??? UGH!!! Her last 2 series seem to have lost their "zah, zah, zah, zing".
I managed to get through the entire book only because I love Jim Frangione's rich baritone voice. I'm debating on requesting a refund for this one. NOT worth the credit in my opinion from someone who has always been a huge LF fan and I have read every book Lori Foster has ever written.
Love comes back
When the lawyer was going to force Yvette to go with him and her crazy, stalker ex broke in to save her.
He is one of the best narrators on audible and is very good at making you forget it's just one person reading for all the characters. He doesn't do the over-the-top narrating that some of them do that make it hard to listen to a book.
MMA remeets the girl he saved, all grown up.
I like Lori Fosters work and waited for this to come out. It didn't disappoint. Cannon is a very good guy who you immediately feel drawn to. It's not all about the description of MMA but about the people involved in the story. Since this is the beginning of a series, you get to know some of the characters who will be in future books. I gotta say, there is one that I'm not liking all that much yet so I hope she has a really good back story for him to explain why he is such a pig :)
Why use Jim Frangione?? He uses the same hard monotone voice for the narrative and every character in the book. I don't like the way he reads.. theres something harsh about the way he pauses and stresses each line. His voice and inflection are supremely UNSEXY. It doesn't suit a romance novel at all. He sounds like a 60yr old radio announcer or sports commentator instead of a hot sexy man in his twenties. Theres no smouldering sexiness or intriguing sensuality so I feel nothing for the characters. I love Lori Fosters books but this narrorator just ruins, butchers, and desecrates her writing. I want to fall in love with the hero but Jims voice just turns me off and makes me want to return the book and never buy another Foster book if hes narrorating it.
Lori please consider switching to someone like Freddie Bates for your future books.
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