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?
Tough Love is the third book in the Ultimate series but can totally be read as a stand-alone.
Tough Love was a quick and easy read for me. I love a good MMA story, so when you throw in the promise of a good alpha male, I can’t resist picking it up. The synopsis is what really drew me into this story. It intrigued me, pulling together not only my love for MMA stories, but also adding in a friends with benefits plot; I knew I had to check it out.
I was captivated by Vanity and Stack from the moment I was introduced to them. The two of them had excellent chemistry. It just oozed off the pages. You knew when the two of them finally hooked up, that it would be explosive. And let me tell you, they did not disappoint.
Vanity was a very interesting character. She was super independent and had a good head on her shoulders. The only thing missing in her life was love. I was intrigued by how she interjected herself into Stack’s life and how many different ways she tried to hook up with him…Stack was very entertaining to watch. He was a total alpha male with a bad case of jealousy. That being said, he had a really sweet side that was just begging to come out. I really loved how the both of them said they wanted a friends with benefits relationship, but they both really wanted more.
Overall, I thought this was an ok read. My only complaint was the pacing of the story. It started off really strong, pulling me into the story. But, then when I got to the middle, it started to slow down. For me, pacing is a big deal. When it’s too slow, I start to get sidetracked and loose interest. However, with this book, I am happy that I stuck with it. The pacing did pick back up and I found the rest of the story to be very enjoyable.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.*