As always Ms. Foster blends the perfect amount of sweet sexiness with a bit of suspense and a whole lot of teasing friendship and serves up a fun and flirty romance in Hard Justice. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lori Foster returns with the second installment in her explosive new series featuring sexy bodyguards who’ll do anything to protect the ones they love.
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About HARD JUSTICE:
Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…
Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she’s sweet and intriguingly innocent. It’s a risk-free assignment, until he’s required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.
Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it’s not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that’s real, raw and absolutely against the rules…
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The second book in Lori Foster’s Body Armor series, Hard Justice was simply fantastic. I’m a sucker for good guy alpha heroes and Justice Wallington fits that description perfectly and reminds me so much of one of Foster’s earliest MMA fighter heroes (and my all time favorite) Dean Havoc. I liked the contrast between Justice’s big, tough alpha ex-fighter, turned bodyguard side and his compassionate, sweet, caring lover of all the women in his life side (and no I’m not talking multiple girlfriends, I’m talking his mom, grandmother, and Fallon Wade, the woman he was hired to protect). More than that, I appreciated that this couple respected one another, were drawn to each other’s inner spirit, and that they both felt an immediate connection. As always Ms. Foster blends the perfect amount of sweet sexiness with a bit of suspense and a whole lot of teasing friendship and serves up a fun and flirty romance.
Justice is hired by Fallon’s overprotective parents to escort her as she strives to become more independent. The moments between Justice and Fallon’s dad were quite comical, but I also felt they went a long way to Justice proving himself and his dedication and work ethic. Fallon’s mom claims she chose Justice because he was the total opposite of the type of guy Fallon would fall for, I can’t help but wonder if she actually thought she might go for him. While Fallon’s parents smothered her following the accident that took her sister’s life and left her scarred, I believe they meant well and it was clear she had a good relationship with them and didn’t want to hurt them or make them worry. I really loved that Justice wasn’t intimated by the Wade’s money or power and just wanted to do a good job, but resisting Fallon proved to be a much bigger job than he ever expected.
I loved Fallon, she was a sheltered and a bit naïve and given her family’s wealth she could have been a typical rich snob, but she was very down to earth, strong, and determined to prove she could deal with her own problems. She blossomed during her time with Justice and while I’m sure he’d like to take credit for all of it, I think it was a combination of her taking control over her life, making new friends, and finally living (and okay having Justice as a boyfriend didn’t hurt)!
This series is intertwined with Foster’s Ultimate series, so we are treated to scenes with all the original fighters from Cannon’s gym, the guys from the Body Armor agency, the intriguing Body Armor owner, Sahara Silver, and all blended together they make one intriguing group of people.
While there were some mysterious issues surrounding Justice and Fallon for the most part Hard Justice was low on angst and high on fun and falling in love making it a perfect romance for me.
“If anything happens to her, we will hold you and the agency personally responsible.”
Her father scowled. “Ms. Silver swears you’re capable.”
“That I am.” Though Justice spoke to her father, he didn’t look away from Fallon, and she shivered at the deepness of the voice that stroked over her skin like a warm caress.
“She also said you were a professional fighter,” her father continued.
“Was once,” Justice agreed. “I fought with the SBC, but I don’t compete anymore.”
“SBC?” her father asked.
“Supreme Battle Challenge. Best known fight organization there is.”
Ah, a fighter. Fallon gave him another quick glance. She supposed that explained the damaged ear, crook in his nose and the outrageous hairstyle. “Not a boxer,” she guessed.
“Mixed martial arts, so kicking, grappling, submissions, but yeah, I’m a pretty good boxer, too.” He jokingly threw a few shadow punches, then, with a glance at her dad, quickly sobered. “Not to brag or anything.”
With a critical eye, her father said, “Admittedly, you’re not what I expected.”
“You were looking for Rocky Balboa? The one in the later movies, not the first? He did get slick in the last few, huh? That’s not me, though. Never will be.”
Such an outpouring left her father stymied for a moment. “Well, my wife and Ms. Silver did suggest that you’d be able to blend in.”
Fallon remained on the last step—and still Justice towered over her. She smiled up at him. “That was my stipulation. That you be able to blend, I mean. I didn’t want a bodyguard to be super conspicuous. But seeing you now, I can’t imagine you blending in too easily.”
He crooked a brow. “Why not?”
“You’re rather large to blend.”
“Depends on where we go, right?” He took her elbow and very unnecessarily helped her down the last step. “Bar, club, steakhouse—no one will pay much attention to me. In this house?” He looked around as if a little put off by the grandeur. “Or a fancy party?” He rasped a big hand over his beard stubble. “I can shave, spiff up a little and force myself into a suit, but that still might not do the trick.”
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About Lori Foster:
LORI FOSTER is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 55 titles, beloved for her contemporary romance novels revolving around alpha males and the women they fall for. 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 website at LoriFoster.com, or check out these online locations where she interacts with readers: Facebook.com/LoriFoster, Twitter.com/LoriLFoster, Goodreads and Pinterest.com/lorilfoster.
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