Hard to Handle Hardcover – Large Print, May 2008
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"Foster writes about real people you'll fall in love with." -STELLA CAMERON "Lori Foster delivers." -JENNIFER CRUSIE
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Lori Foster is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many contemporary romances. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Harley "Hard to Handle" Handleman has everything going for him. Sexy good looks; a sexy hard body; and a sexy shattering job. Yea, Harley Handleman has everything, except the ultimate prize of all . . . contentment. Lately, "one night stands" somehow leave him wanting and the SBC "Title Fight" somehow always excludes him. What's a guy to do?
Anastasia Bradley loves her job. She is a "life coach"; she helps her client gain confidence; to uncover their true path in life; basically to accomplish their goals without too much stress involved. Anastasia Bradley thinks Harley Handleman needs her services! Harley Handleman thinks Stasia's services would just be dandy . . . in his bed!
More and more, in my mind, I find the storylines in romance novels tend to run together! Even in books I like very much, I seldom remember the plot. Well, that can't be said of Lori Foster's SBC Fighters series! Shortly into HARD TO HANDLE and I was back in the SBC groove. This unique Lori Foster series vividly survives in my memory . . . truly! Yep, HARD TO HANDLE is about one sexy man and one strong woman neatly assembled into one great story. I love Lori Foster! Talk about an auto-buy list; this author is firmly at the top!
Sensuality: Even the innuendoes are sizzling HOT!
Harley "Hard To Handle" Handleman has always wanted to take a title belt, but it seems that when ever it has been his turn - fate has dealt him losing cards. Harley has become very controlled in everything he does now from relationships to fighting bouts. He doesn't have time to get tied down to one person and as for love "forget that!"
Anastasia Bradley is a life-coach, who rents Harley one of her cabins every year for his vacation time, and because of an incident with her work is now taking some downtime. When things start happening to Anastasia that threaten her life, Harley is determined to keep is distance - even if his protective mode is activated. But then Uncle Satch hires Anastasia behind Harley's back to become his life-coach and all of a sudden she is up front and in his face.
The heat between these two is instantaneous. Anastasia has a way of getting to Harley's control and sparks fly, but oh so much more happens. The secondary romance of Barber is a great read as well. To see the two big guys fight their own inner conflicts is a terrific read. Anyone taking this journey is in for a good read. I look forward to more of Lori's SBC fighters, and recommend this book.
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Life Coach Anastasia Bradley is Harley's landlord. They have met in passing several times, but after an unexpected encounter, he is seeing her in a new light. She is reluctant to get involved with him because his womanizing ways are legendary. Women flock to him, and she is determined not to be one of them.
When an attempt is made on Stasia's life, Harley makes it his mission to keep her safe. While he refuses her help to gain focus and get his life in order, she inadvertently has an effect on him.
I liked this book - well written! Harley is all alpha male, strong and sexy. Stasia is also strong, focused, and unpredictable. I really like that she doesn't fall at his feet, and remains her own person. That is sometimes difficult to do when surrounded by such a commanding presence like Harley. I also am glad that Barber, Dean, Eve, and the gang were involved in the story. It wouldn't be the same without them.
In a nut shell... Stasia was fairly annoying, and the resolution of her stalker situation was quick, pat and totally out of left field. Harley's bondage fetish wasn't overdone (thank goodness), but his total about-face from male ho to one-woman-man was too abrupt. I was most disappointed by the secondary plot with Barber - he was one of my favorite characters from 'Simon Says', definitely excellent trashy romance novel hero material. In this book, he starts out sleeping around as much as humanly possible (he and Harley could compete in a sluttiest man contest), whines a little bit about losing Dakota to Simon, then meets Jasmine and promptly forgets both the male slut contest and Dakota. Jasmine wasn't much of a character; if she'd had more page space I probably would have liked her. I haven't read 'Causing Havoc' so I can't say how that compares, but this book was definitely not a good follow-up to 'Simon Says'.
As for Harley Handleman being a bit unpleasant or the stories being told from the male perspective, I can go with that fine. This whole series is basically about the SBC and the world of fighters. I actually find that aspect of the books intriguing even if I don't always find the things they say or do agreeable. And eventually they do become one woman men. At least to the end of the book.
It was nice seeing all the characters from previous books and catching up with how they're doing. I really do love Ms. Foster's writing. She can do a love scene like nobody's business. I just wish it hadn't taken quite so long for Harley and Stasia to get together. Maybe because of Harley's hangups that was required, but it was as frustrating for me as it was for him to wait that long. And I didn't feel like we got any resolution to the Uncle Satch problem of trying to run Harley's life. Seems to me that things were pretty much going to continue to be the same. Which is actually kind of novel since most things get resolved in romance books, but again...a bit frustrating.
So all in all, another good Lori Foster novel but with enough problems I had to take away some stars. If you like Lori Foster books you'll like this one too, but some of you might not like it quite as much as her other books. But that's fine. She's so good that even a book with problems is heads above most of the other books out there.