Hard To Handle

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Sometimes Fate delivers a left hook.

After Fate deals Supreme Battle Challenge (SBC) fighter Harley Handleman a sucker punch, his uncle secretly hires a pretty lifecoach to get Harley back in the ring of life. Anastasia Kelley has actually known Harley for years, but never as well as she's going to now. Hot for his fighter's form, she has trouble keeping it professional, especially since Harley doesn't know she was hired. And when Anastasia turns the tables on him, it's as if ...

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Overview

Sometimes Fate delivers a left hook.

After Fate deals Supreme Battle Challenge (SBC) fighter Harley Handleman a sucker punch, his uncle secretly hires a pretty lifecoach to get Harley back in the ring of life. Anastasia Kelley has actually known Harley for years, but never as well as she's going to now. Hot for his fighter's form, she has trouble keeping it professional, especially since Harley doesn't know she was hired. And when Anastasia turns the tables on him, it's as if he's been hit below the belt. But that's also where is uncontrollable lust for her burns.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425219720
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: Fighters Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 371,862
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Foster is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many contemporary romances.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Very good series

    I wish that they would make it a little easier to find the series. I don't mind reading them out of order, but it get irritating. I look forward to the next book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    entertaining contemporary tale

    Like all fighters in the SBC, Harley Handleman dreams of being the extreme fighting champion. However, though his record makes him one of the top contenders, he has had bad luck when it comes to fighting for the title. His latest setback is a dislocated elbow (see SIMON SAYS) that leaves him in need of rehab instead of a championship bout.----------- When Harley needs time away like to train or heal, he leases a cabin from life coach Anastasia Bradley. Although they have known each other for several years neither thought much beyond politeness until now. They are no longer two ships passing in the night since Anastasia has taken time off to heal mentally from a nasty client. As they fall in love though both try to avoid that feeling, all bets are off when someone tries to kill her. Harley knows she is his life mate as her safety comes before his upcoming title shot.-------------- The third SBC romance (see CAUSING HAVOC and SIMON SAYS) is an entertaining contemporary tale due the changing relationship between the two likable lead characters. Harley and Anastasia now have the time to realize their attraction for one another. One late scene involving the couple arguing seems unnecessary and unresolved, but no one will care except nitpicking reviewers as fans of Lori Foster will wonder if Harley will win the only prize greater than the SBC belt, the woman he loves.---------------- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2009

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    Love the strong

    I put off ordering this book and now that I read it I keep asing myself why???? It was great. I love the strong alpha male. Plus the strong alpha female. You have sex, romance, intrigue, and action during the story and it makes for a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

    I'm reading my way through Lori Foster's books, and it's awesome

    I'm reading my way through Lori Foster's books, and it's awesome! I especially love this book for the honest way that Anastasia handles herself with Harley. A definite 5 star read!

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    Posted October 14, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    HOT!!!

    Love this series i didnt read them in order i read back in black first and after getting a glimpse of all the characters in that book i had to go back and read there stories and lets just say im glad i did i loved this book also hard to handel is awesome i couldnt put it down handelman is so HOT!!!""

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    One OF THE BEST HEARTWARMING SEXY STORIES !!

    Lori does the best job of putting chemistry and love and sexual tension together!!! Love her stories!!! One of my new favorites! Keep writing! Traci!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    A good buy.

    Stays pretty true to what you expect from Lori Foster. Not her best, but a good, relaxing read. Glad I bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    a must

    these are great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    This is book 7 of Lori Foster's for me in the past two weeks, sh

    This is book 7 of Lori Foster's for me in the past two weeks, she is so great! I loved this book as much as the previous two in the series, can't wait to read the rest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2010

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    Hard to put down.

    Love this series (except My Man Michael--it just doesn't count.) Harley is renting a cabin in the woods from Anastasia while he rehabs his elbow. (It was injured when he helped save Dakota at the end of Simon Says.) Although Harley has rented from Anastasia for years, they have never really gotten to know each other. Stasia has admired the hunky Harley from afar. Once Harley notices his landlord, he can't stop thinking about her. Of course, it takes some time for both to admit their feelings, and there are some misunderstandings along the way. There is also heart pounding angst and some steamy sex. I love that we catch with the other SBC fighters and their significant others. ( Dean and Eve, Roger and Cam, Gregor and Jacki from Causing Havoc as well as Simon and Dakota from Simon Says. Even Barber from Simon Says gets his own lady in a nice side story.) You could read this book as a stand alone, but it is much more fun to read the series and get to know the characters as they develop. (Don't worry about skipping My Man Michael.) If you love or even like Lori Foster, you will enjoy this book. I love it when everything works out in the end!

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    Title pretty much says it all

    'Hard to Handle' is not really any better or any worse than the others in the SBC Fighters series, just not really riveting. The main plot revolves around Harley Handleman and Stasia, his "life coach" and his issues and various attempts on her life. There's also a secondary romantic plot for Barber, Dakota's musician friend from the previous book, and his new lead singer. All of them end up in Harmony, and there's plenty of interaction with characters from the other titles in the series.

    I don't want to say that Lori Foster's most recent books are getting worse and worse, but they're definitely not keeping my interest. She used to have really fun and distinctive characters/plots, but lately all the heroes and heroines are running together (partly because they all keep showing up in books together) and the writing style and dialogue seems almost amateurish. I've been skimming more than really reading them.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    Least of this Group

    Of the three fighter books, this one was my least favorite but only because there wasn't enough nookie. Still good because of who wrote it but I was wanting more...

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Hard to Handle

    Lori Fosters is Great! Anyone that like the UFC will enjoy this book.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    LOVE THIS BOOK!!

    I love Lori Foster's writing, and this book was just amazing, you fall completely in love with the characters and wish they were people you knew! When reading this book, I just wished I could be part of whats going on! After finding out that there were more books like this and the SBC series, I had to read them all! I couldnt put these books down and definately missed a lot of sleep just trying to find out what happens!

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

    HARD NOT TO ENJOY

    I really enjoyed this book in the fighter series. It had humor but also it had suspense. I recommend it. But I also recommend that you read the other book in this series first, you'll understand more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    Great work

    I thought this book was great! The romance was just the right level of hot, and the storyline kept the pages turning!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2008

    Good but not great

    I liked this book quite a bit. Its not one of my favorites but a good way to pass the time. I liked the side story with Roger and Barber but I felt Barber deserved his own book. There were a couple of parts that felt too rushed. Especially the end with the reaveling of the villian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    Another Keeper

    Lori Foster delivers an all out sexy one two punch in Hard To Handle. ------------------- Harley Handleman, an extreme fighter hasn¿t had many breaks in his fighting career. He retreats to his rental cabin in the mountains for training and some much needed R&R. Harley has always enjoyed the give and take of conversations with his landlady, Anastasia Bradley. He has always put the attraction he feels for her on the back burner but this time something has changed. --------------------- Anastasia Bradley, a life couch has taken some down time to reflect after trouble with her last client. Stasia has always looked forward to Harley being back in town but up until this visit she has ignored her feelings for him. When some startling close calls happen to her Harley becomes her shadow. As Harley tries to keep Stasia safe their attraction cannot be denied. They both are strong people who have overcome diversity to excel but the past does linger in them. -------------- Hard to Handle is another exceptional story by Lori Foster. Harley and Stasia are compelling characters that you really want to get to know better. They will touch your heart with their love for their friends and family. Their chemistry is smoking hot and their conversations are lighting quick. I always count the days till the next Lori Foster book comes out on the shelves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

    A reviewer

    As someone posted before, Hard to Handle left me a little puzzled as to why L. Foster moved from her fun and sexy characters to people who were more interested in themselves than love. I just don't know--something left me wanting more than waiting for Havoc to finally get a chance to get a 'title fight.'

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