No Limits (Ultimate #1)
By Lori Foster
Expected publication August 26th, 2014
Source: Received from Harlequin in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
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…
Lori Foster has spun off a new series from her highly successful Love Undercover series. Cannon Colter and Yvette Sweeny are reunited three years after Cannon helped Warfield detectives save Yvette from “perverted thugs” who threatened her and her grandfather’s life. Back then, Yvette was a huge flirt and crushed hard on Cannon. After what she went through and Cannon’s dismissal of her as being too young, Yvette moved away to California. Cannon started training with the SBC and became a mixed martial arts phenomenon. But he never quite forgot about Yvette.
Now three years later, Yvette is moving back to Warfield, Ohio to tie up loose ends left after her Grandfather’s death. Seems her grandfather has split his estate in half: one half goes to Yvette and the other half goes to Cannon. Yvette is not sure what to make of this but she’s going to make sure she’s no trouble for Cannon and offer to buy his share out. She doesn’t want him to feel obligated to her or to think she needs rescuing. She’s a big girl now and she can take care of herself.
Except try telling that to Cannon Colter!
Oh, what a road we ride down to get to Cannon and Yvette’s HEA!
Yvette wasn’t my favorite heroine in the entire world but by the end she totally grew on me. I just had a hard time with connecting to her and her need to not be a bother to anyone. I could see it for a while. But when a threat is real, like REALLY scary, you don’t just close your eyes and hope it goes away. It seemed like she tried to handle a situation like that and it bothered me. Her ability to judge the seriousness of a situation was “seriously” lacking… *groan*.
On the other side though, Cannon’s character more than made up for Yvette’s tiny shortcoming (c’mon, she’s only a character in a book, she’s not a real person!). It was nice to finally read a book where the totally awesome, perfect in almost everyway guy has to chase the girl and win her over. Except it wasn’t entirely like that. There’s a spin to this story that isn’t too major but it’s nice to see how it was worked through 😉
I also love, love, LOVE the supporting characters and the fact that they have fantastic, fun, and dependable relationships with Cannon and each other. Best sister in the world? Merissa! Best friend in the world? Armie! When is their book? Who knows but it’s not the next one! Boo hiss!! Although waiting makes me want it more!!! Honestly, I’m only guessing they hook up… please?
The story behind the romance was a great little mystery that I had completely wrong. Since it had me guessing (I suck dishwater at mysteries) I couldn’t figure out how they were going to wrap it up by the end of the story. Sure enough, it did. But there are a few tiny story threads flowing through the story that will both continue to the next book (Denver and Cherry’s story) and beyond (pretty please, I’m begging you!).
I am completely hooked by Lori Foster’s writing. I enjoy her Ultimate series stories so far, I fiercely adore her MMA heroes *swoon*, and even if she has a secret “in” with my heart (she’s an Ohio author – my dear home state), I wouldn’t recommend her if she wasn’t a good writer.
Yep, she IS good….
About the author:
Lori Foster first published with Harlequin in January 1996. Her second book launched Temptation Blaze and her 25th book launched Temptation Heat. Since those early days, Lori has routinely had 6 to 10 releases a year. She’s a Waldenbooks, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author with over 50 titles published through a variety of houses, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martins, Harlequin and Silhouette.