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Hard to Handle (SBC Fighters, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2008

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Book 3 of 5 in the SBC Fighters Series

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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.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425219720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425219720
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kelly VINE VOICE on February 24, 2008
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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.
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A Kid's Review on 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'.
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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.
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One of Lori's less successful formulaic alpha-male-pursues-spunky-female-in-distress Nora Roberts knock-offs. Among other editorial challenges, Lori is somewhat flummoxed by names. Harley Handleman sounds like a motorcycle accessory. Hard to Handle, get it? Get it? Anastasia is referred to by the wrong last name early on. In another book which I reviewed, Benjamin becomes Benjamen and then back to Benjamin. Harley's uncle has the wrong last name as he is Harley's mother's brother, not his father's. I do find it extremely interesting that 3 years before 50 Shades of Grey, Lori has characters named Anastasia and Dakota and explicit sex featuring light bondage, so maybe ahead of her time? As with all her titles, the explicit sex is well done, albeit from the male point of view.
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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.
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