Armie Jacobson is good for one thing and one thing only.
One night stands
are his specialty, but when a single kiss keeps him from
diving into bed with
other women, Armie knows he has it bad. He manages to keep
from his best friend's little sister until he rescues
Merissa from an armed
robbery. And then, he's unable to stay away.
As Lori Foster explores this blooming romance, readers get
a dose of
sweetness from Merissa and the downright dirty from Armie.
I really love
both of these characters together. They were playful and
hot, surprising me
with their intensity from the very first page. Foster does
a great job of
creating tension between them, building it until it reaches
its boiling point.
I also love the involvement of Cannon on this one, who is
brother. As some of the previous couples from the series
and some cameos
from Foster's other series pop in here and there, you
definitely get a sense
of community from the group.
While I had Armie pretty much figured out early on in the
surprised me. At first she came across as uncertain, maybe
a little hurt that
Armie had rejected her, but she definitely delivered when
it was time. I love
her sass and her spirit, and I think she is the light this
book needed. I
am very pleased with how her character came out.
FIGHTING DIRTY is my favorite of the series. Expertly
blending the sweet
and the sinful in an intoxicating mix, Lori Foster will no
doubt get readers
drunk on her hotter than hell fighters.
With the life he's led and the muscles he's gained, Armie
Jacobson isn't afraid of anything. Except maybe Merissa
Colter's effect on him. It's not just that she's his best
friend's little sister. Fact is, she deserves better.
Women pursue him for one night of pleasure, and that's
all he wants to offer. Until rescuing Merissa from a
robbery leads to the most erotic encounter of his life.
Good girl meets bad boy. It's a story that rarely ends
well. But Merissa is taking matters into her own hands.
No matter how he views himself, the Armie she knows is
brave, honorable and completely loyal. And as past demons
and present-day danger collide, they're both about to
learn what's truly worth fighting for…
In Cannon and Merissa’s kitchen during a party...
Merissa looked at Armie. He used to keep his hair bleached
almost white, but lately he’d left it alone and now it was
back to a more natural dark blond. Still a little spiky,
but not such a dramatic contrast to his chocolate brown
eyes. Tattoos lined his forearms, and though she couldn’t
see it right now, not with him wearing a shirt, she knew he
had another, more understated tat between his shoulder
Faded jeans hung low on his lean hips, hanging a little
long over running shoes. Across the front of his snug
fitting black T-shirt were the words FREE ORGASMS boldly
Merissa cleared her throat. “Don’t like tea?”
“Not particularly.” He set aside the tea glass Yvette had
forced on him, and went to the fridge.
With his head stuck inside, Merissa felt free to look over
his body. Her gaze went to the colorful tribal tattoos
decorating his thick forearms up to his elbows. She didn’t
mind them, but she loved the smooth, taut skin over his
biceps more. For one startling second his shirt pulled up
and she saw a strip of flesh above the waistband of his
boxers. Muscles shifted everywhere, sending liquid heat to
burn through her system.
She fanned her face. “Yvette is trying to save you from
“Lost cause,” Armie muttered as he stepped away with a beer
and closed the refrigerator. Leaning back on the table, he
popped the tab, lifted the beer to his mouth - and Yvette,
who’d just reentered the kitchen without him noticing,
snatched it away.
Very sweetly, she said, “Cannon told me you’re on a strict
diet for your upcoming fight.”
“It’s two months away!”
“Cannon said you’d say that.”
“Yeah?” His eyes narrowed as he looked around. “Where is
Ignoring his implied threat, Yvette laughed.
Armie gave up the hard act. “One beer won’t hurt anything,
honey.” He took it back from her. “Promise.”
Yvette didn’t look convinced, but she gave in. “All right.
One.” She slanted her gaze to Merissa. “Do me a
favor, Rissy, and make sure he behaves.”
Merissa sputtered, but Yvette had already walked off with
the chips, leaving her and Armie alone in the kitchen once
Armie looked at her, his expression carefully blank, his
She let out a long, dramatic sigh. “One Mississippi. Two
Mississippi. Three Mis -”
He frowned. “What are you doing?”
“Seeing how long it takes you to panic and run.”
He took a step back. “I don’t panic.”
“Bull.” She pushed away from the counter and saw his eyes
flare. “Ever since that ill-fated kiss a few months ago,
you see me and hightail it in the opposite direction. But
don’t worry, Armie. You’re safe from my evil clutches. I
got the message loud and clear.” Leaving her drink on the
counter, she started off.
Armie caught her arm.
Just that. His big hand wrapped around her upper arm, warm,
strong. Gentle but firm.
Her back to him, her heartbeat thundering, Merissa waited.
He said nothing, but after a few seconds his thumb moved
over her skin.
It almost stopped her heart, and how pathetic was that? He
didn’t want her. He’d made it as plain as he could. Back in
November he’d kissed her, then immediately told her it was
a mistake. Now it was February and in all that time he’d
barely even looked at her.
“I don’t mean to run you off.” He stepped closer.
Close enough that she felt the warmth of his body.
Shoring up her resistance, forcing herself to remember her
new resolve, Merissa turned to face him. Her height and the
small heels on her boots put her on a level with him.
He stared into her eyes, and then down at her mouth.
Desperate yearning stole her breath and turned her denial
into a whisper. “No.”
“No?” he asked, just as softly.
Flattening both hands to the front of that ridiculous
shirt, her palms over his solid chest, she stepped him
back. “You kissed me once. Felt like you meant it at the
time - until you got all disgusted.”
His chin lifted. “Disgusted? Not even.”
Undeterred, Merissa pressed a fist to her heart. “You
leveled me, Armie. You made me feel terrible. Over a
single kiss. So yeah, I get it. You don’t want me.
Understood. Believe me, I don’t want to put myself through
Before she could move he caught her arm once more.
She stared at him, waiting, some small part still hopeful
that he’d say something to change it all.
He didn’t. His gaze shuttered, his jaw working, he fought
himself. And then, as if by force of will, he opened his
fingers and turned her loose.
Almost choking on her hurt, Merissa turned to leave - and
nearly crashed into her brother. His muscular little mutt,
Muggles, yapped at her.
Cannon took one look at her and drew her into his side.
“Hey, you okay?”
Armie made to move past them, but without accusation,
Cannon blocked him.