Review: Back in Black – Lori Foster

Posted 20 January, 2016 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 17 Comments

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Back in Black – Lori FosterBack in Black by Lori Foster
Series: SBC Fighters #5
Published by Penguin Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase

3.5 Stars

Gillian is a PR expert hired to smooth out the rough edges on hot- headed sports club president Drew Black. He's rough, raw and ready for any challenge Gillian throws his way. But which one's going to end up on top?

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Back in Black is filled with hot fighters, strong-willed women, romance and quite a bit of action.

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Back in Black was like time-travel for me, as I have read all Foster’s Ultimate stories, and the SBC Fighters series include some characters that show up there as well. Gillian and Drew were both great characters, and I loved the chemistry between them. However, there was another couple that started their romance as well, Brett and Audrey, and the fact that I had to follow two couples instead of just one made me feel like I didn’t really get fully invested in either of them. Don’t take me wrong – all four characters were great, and I enjoyed their interactions as well as the way they evolved throughout the story.

There was a lot of tension in Back in Black, both because Drew, the president and face of the SBC was told he needed to reign in his antics and got Gillian as a publicist and sitter. Also because a group of women were protesting very loudly against the SBC because they found MMA to be a far too violent sport, and that it should be banned. Of course, part of the intrigue was that Audrey was the founder of that group, but she didn’t know Brett was one of the fighters when they first met.

The story is quite fast paced, and there is a bit of mystery mixed in with the romance and the hotness. Of course, the writing is really good, and the flow of the story was great. And as always, Foster knows how to make the sexy scenes, well, sexy. Written in third person past tense, I got drawn into the story from the start, and I really enjoyed the ride.


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Good looks, great body, intelligence, enthusiasm, and money… Drew Black would be quite the catch if he wasn’t such a sexist, foul-mouthed jerk with the tact of a mountain goat.

It was her job to clean up his act, to make him a more presentable figurehead for the SBC franchise. Daunting, but maybe not impossible. She always enjoyed a challenge.

Brett preferred not to judge. Over the years, too many people had drawn conclusions about him, and found him guilty by association. He hadn’t liked it, so he tried not to do it.Β 

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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17 responses to “Review: Back in Black – Lori Foster

  1. Oh gosh this sounds just like my type of book! I’ve always had a penchant for sports-focused romances, but hmmm I get what you mean – focusing on two couples can be a bit difficult. It’s great that you enjoyed the book anyhow though! πŸ™‚

  2. I can see where there would be a lot of action and some suspense, Lex. I can also see why you’d feel like you didn’t get enough from the couples, despite how well developed they were. Unless the book is almost doubled in length, I’d prefer to focus on one couple because that enables me to get to know them better. Still, it’s Lori Foster so I know you enjoyed the story. πŸ˜€
    Happy Wednesday ! I can’t believe the week is half over! Of course, Monday was a holiday so I feel like it should be Tuesday. πŸ˜‰ I hope your day has been grand! **BIG HUGS**

  3. It has been a long time since I read anything by Lori Foster. I have enjoyed her work so I should probably read another one of her books soon. I have to agree with you that I don’t usually like it when a second romance is added to a book. I really like to focus on one romance at a time. When there are two romances being covered I usually feel like I am missing something with both. Great review!

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  4. I’ll be reading my first “Ultimate” book next March, I’ve never read any of her books before ^^ And now that I’ve seen the title of that one, I’m going to have AC/DC’s song running endlessly in my head all day long, lol !

  5. I have yet to read a Lori Foster book, even though there are books on my bookshelf by her. One of the people I live with is a big fan of hers. I know I keep meaning to read at least one of her books, but just haven’t. Not big on books with fighting as a background theme though πŸ™‚

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