Also in this series: Holding Strong, Tough Love, Fighting Dirty
Series: Ultimate #1
Published by Harlequin HQN on August 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, MMA Fighters
A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he's never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster…
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…
Cannon Colter, is the ideal hero, but he truly became a true hero for Yvette Sweeny on a horrific night that still haunts her. Cannon saved her when she was kidnaped. Yvette fell in love with Cannon, but Cannon thought Yvette too young and distancing himself from her was the hardest thing he had to do. Now its three years later, he has just returned from one of the hardest fights that he managed to win, and Yvette’s grandfather has passed away. Cannon and Yvette are brought back together when the will claims both of them has equal heirs to a pawn shop and a house. Cannon understand Yvette in ways no other man can. He sees her as intelligent, strong and courageous. And she was worth waiting for all this time, and now Cannon wants her forever. But Yvette is determined to show Cannon she isn’t the flirty girl she was three years ago. She has made a successful business with a friend in California. But there are inner demons of Yvette that could keep her from the only man she has ever truly loved.
Cannon, is one of those heroes that is a true hero in every sense of the word. Honorable, loyal and strong. Cannon is an MMA fighter and is one of the best. He isn’t shy around women, confident and knows his own abilities. But he also knows a good woman when he finds her and Yvette has always had his heart and is willing to wait for her no matter how long it takes for her to mature and be ready for him both physically and emotionally.
When need be, I can fight dirty, though usually I just fight for sport. But when it comes to you, I fight to win.
I fell hard for Cannon because of the way he views Yvette and how he treats her. I love how respectful and understanding he is, doesn’t take her life a train at high speed. He slowly wins her over by gradual degrees, he is patient and sees the real Yvette, inside and out. Love a hero that is willing to wait and be patient and not rush into anything.
Yvette was raised by her grandfather and worked along side in his pawn shop. She was kidnaped but was rescued by Cannon and suffered a severe case of hero worship. She fell hard for Cannon, but he rejected her. So she left and moved to California and made a new life for herself. Yvette comes back for her grandfathers funeral and try to figure out what she needs to do about Cannon now that he has returned full force into her life. Yvette is ashamed of how she practically worshiped Cannon and wants to prove she is mature and a woman, not the flighty girl he viewed her as. Yvette is haunted by her past, and we see how trauma can affect us in numerous ways. Yvette hasn’t had it easy when it has come to romantic relationships, and Yvette is attempting to deal with her problems on her own. What I truly found I liked about this heroine, is her inner strength.
Plot and Story Line
No Limits is the first full-length novel in the Ultimate series. This series is based on a crew and group of MMA fighters. No Limits is a story that I fell hard for. I can’t believe how long it took me to get a hand on this book, because I adore Lori Foster and she did a fantastic job with this book and setting the series up. The couple we have Cannon and Yvette have some rough hills and mountains to overcome. Both Cannon and Yvette have loved each other for years, but when they both return to Ohio at the same time…sparks fly. The chemistry between these two is quite intense and I could get enough of seeing their bantering and the way they interact with one another. I loved seeing these two reconnect with one another.
This is a story that I couldn’t stop reading, Lori Foster is the storyteller that captivates the reader from the beginning. I just wanted more of these two. I love how easy going they are with one another. At first there is some sexual tension, and quite a bit of reluctance on Yvette’s part, but Cannon is ready to pursue her and uses every ‘weapon’ at his disposal to gain her trust and love.
He had an athlete’s body, a fighter’s strength and an angel’s heart – all wrapped up in gorgeous good looks.
Yvette is brought into the band of Cannon’s group of friends who are quite colorful. Each member is so different, but each one of them is outrageous and Yvette takes it in stride, and she gains the friendship of each man. These secondary character really added some flair to the story and we saw some characters flirting around each other and I am eager to read their books in the near future.
The love story between Cannon and Yvette, isn’t what I was expecting.
“Don’t run from me,” he said low, his mouth touching her ear. “Swear to God, Yvette, it only makes me want to chase you.”
We see two people that are reconnecting, but there are emotional demons to fight before either one of them can embrace what they have together. We see some sub-plot lines that add more conflict to the story. We see other characters take a step into the story that attempt to keep Cannon and Yvette apart from one another. I found myself intrigued by the development of the story. It takes some twists and turns, with some drama and some funny moments that added a charming quality to this romance. I couldn’t get enough of it, the strong emotional bond, the sizzling sexual chemistry and the secondary characters that wrapped this story up perfectly.
I truly love this cover, because it has a tough feel to it, both physically and emotionally. Its almost thoughtful and pondering in some ways. Love the stance…calm and secure and sexy all at once.
No Limits is a stunning beginning to a new series that kept me on my toes. It dug into my emotions, stimulating and compelling. Bravo to Lori Foster for creating a love story that captivates and charms in the most balanced way.