Title // Hard Justice (Body Armour #2)
Author // Lori Foster
Publication Date // March 27, 2017
Publisher // Harlequin (Australia)
Genre // Romance, Erotica
Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…
Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she’s sweet and intriguingly innocent. It’s a risk-free assignment, until he’s required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.
Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it’s not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that’s real, raw and absolutely against the rules…
I was really excited to get into Hard Justice, but unfortunately it feel a little flat for me.
The story opens with former MMA fighter-turned-bodyguard meeting his latest assignment – wealthy heiress Fallon Wade, a young woman with overprotective parents and a traumatic past who wants to start finding her way back out into the world again. She’s looking to try new things and make friends, and her parents compromise by hiring a bodyguard to keep her safe. As a result, Fallon’s feeling a little smothered, but that changes when she meets Justice Wellington. He takes her out to places she wants to go, meets new people, along with many of his friends and she becomes immersed in the MMA culture as a result. One night, after pretending to be a couple, true feelings begin to develop between them. Fallon’s also dealing with a former boyfriend who’s reluctant to give her up, while Justice is being pursued for a rematch of a fight that he has no intention of committing to.
Hard Justice is not a bad book. It did, however, feel a bit problematic for me personally. I really liked Fallon; I could appreciate her history, her trauma and her need to finally be herself. It was encouraging that she was trying to break away from her over-protective parents and be brave enough to take new risks and live a little. And for a while, that worked in the story – until the over-protective (and frankly, overbearing) behaviour was adopted by Justice under the guise of his love for her and needing to protect her from every little thing. It really rubbed me the wrong way, and I found it disappointing that Fallon gave into that so easily rather than trying to be that happy, independent girl.
Ultimately, it just wasn’t the right kind of book for me. If you like the damsel-needing-rescue kind of romance, you may like this one.
I gave it 2 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an eARC of this title in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts are my own.