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  • Hardcover: 523 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739492756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739492758
  • ASIN: 1410405737
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 15 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,172,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MaryGrace Meloche on Feb. 19 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
More than not, Lori Foster is an author who rarely disappoints. And without a doubt, HARD TO HANDLE is the best in her SBC Fighters series . . . so far!

Mini Synopsis:
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!

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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!

Grade: A-
Sensuality: Even the innuendoes are sizzling HOT!

MaryGrace Meloche.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cryna Palmiere on Dec 26 2007
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Hard to Handle is the third book of Lori's SBC fighter series, one we have been waiting for and a terrific read. There is also a secondary romance - a bonus for the reader - in Barber's story which all blend together to make a terrific read.

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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Hard to Handle Feb. 24 2008
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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Harley Handleman has built his entire life to the end goal of being the SBC extreme fighting champion. He has been close, but life always interferes with his plans. After his latest disappointment, he rents a remote cabin to rehab and get his head together.

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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing... April 18 2008
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After reading 'Simon Says', I was quick to pick this one up. 'Simon Says' was a great book: good primary and secondary characters, believable plot, etc... I was excited to find out what happened to Harley Handleman and Barber but this book fell very flat in telling both of their stories. After many stops and starts, I finally managed to finish the book and was left with the same ugh feeling I had when I started it. Without much dexterity, this book intertwines the story of Harley+Stasia and Barber+Jasmine.

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'.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I'm noticing a trend Feb. 17 2008
By C. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love Lori Foster's books and this one doesn't make me change my mind. But I've noticed a trend recently that is prominent in this book. And that is the trend of having multiple story lines going in one book. Sometimes it works, most times it doesn't. And, for me, I'd have to say it doesn't really work in this one. Not because any of the stories are bad, but because I think Barber should have had his own book. And so should Anastasia and Harley, the main characters of this book. There were several chapters where they didn't show up at all. Of course, this is not the first time she's done this, but it's the first time that it bothered me. I think the problem here was it was carried just a little bit too far and too much time was spent with other couples. And as good as the stories may be or as much as I like the characters, when you jump from one story to another I really do think it can take something from the main story. Perhaps they think readers will be bored with just one story line and they feel they have to cram two or three plots in one book. Some might like that, but I'm getting a bit tired of it myself.

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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not the best Lori Foster. Feb. 22 2008
By H. N. Morataya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love Lori Foster and the other books about the SBC have been really fast and enjoyable reads. I was really looking forward to reading this book, the teaser chapters on her website made this book a must buy for me. However, I found myself flipping through the book trying to get to places with Anastasia and Harley in it. I did not like the fact that the book titled Hard to Handle, was mostly about Barber and his love life. I agree with other reviewers that the book loses its focus on the main characters. If you flip almost to the end of the book, you can see where Anastasia and Harley finally get together, and it only took about 200 pages or so. I did not like this book at all and am sorry I rushed to the bookstore to buy it.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Hard to Handle Feb. 5 2008
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
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Harley "Hard to Handle" Handleman is determined that nothing is going to stop him this time from achieving his ultimate goal of gaining the SBC title belt. In the past, personal misfortunes have kept him from even entering the ring for a title fight. This time nothing, absolutely nothing is going to stop Harley, especially not trouble with women... But when Harley meets Anastasia, all his plans are thrown out the window because as much as Harley would like to forget Anastasia, she seems to have taken permanent residence in his brain and in his fevered dreams.

Anastasia Kelley has known Harley casually for a long time, since she has been renting him a cabin during the winter months for several years. Even though Anastasia is really attracted to Harley, she knows his reputation and isn't eager to become another notch on his bedpost. Still, when chance throws them together and Anastasia sees a way to be close to Harley and help him reach his goals, she jumps at the chance.

As fate brings Harley and Anastasia closer together by chance and manipulation, they must battle against an unknown person threatening Anastasia and Harley's tendency to rigidly control his emotions... Will they ever manage to come together and make it work?

Hard to Handle is another fun romp into the SBC and the community of fighters that band together like a brotherhood when the need arises outside of the ring. As we have come to expect, Ms. Foster delivers characters who are flawed, but appealing, and a light plot full of humor and wit that will keep you entertained from start to finish. Harley is the ultimate Alpha male who will delight, entertain and frustrate you by turns while keeping the sexual tension high enough to singe you. Anastasia, on the other hand, is not your typical woman. She refuses to trip over herself in an effort to capture Harley's attention, which in itself serves to catch Harley's eye. These two spend a large part of the book dancing around each other and the attraction they feel, but when they finally come together, it will leave you sweating and reaching for a drink to cool down! However, there are some parts of the plot that are slightly predictable, but as always, Lori Foster will have you too busy with her characters' foibles and witty secondary characters to care too much for the flaws of the book. Pick up Hard to Handle for a funny and entertaining read that will leave your romantic heart well satisfied!

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