Back in Black in the final installment of the SBC fighter series. (Copied from the back cover) Drew Black, president of the SBC fighting organization, is as controversial as they come. But this hotheaded entrepreneur is a perfect match for his popular sports club venture; uncompromising and extreme. Maybe too extreme. With a reputation for saying what he thinks, Drew’s been causing a lot of friction. That’s why someone’s been called in to clean up his image-before he does any permanent damage. The luck lady is Gillian Noode, a PR expert who has smoothed out the rough edges on many a man. But Drew is rougher than anyone she’s ever met, and he refuses to change for any woman, for any reason. To make matters more complicated, Gillian’s starting to like him raw. Now opposites aren’t simply attracting- they’re igniting. But in the rising heat, who will end up on top?
This novel is the final conclusion of the SBC series. In the other novels Drew is slightly mentioned and in this novel the past is never really discussed. There is not much known about Drew’s character or why he does certain things. Drew comes off as brash, arrogant, and otherwise a jerk. Gillian is a strong woman wanting to do her job, yet gets sidetracked very easily by Drew. I felt that it was unrealistic that they would meet and almost instantly ignore the professional relationship for a no-strings attached sexual relationship. I felt that was pushing it a bit too far. I did not like Drew that much as a character. I mean he was fine and it was interesting to read, but I am not attracted to that type of man. However, the other couple in the novel, Brett Bullman and Audrey Porter were much more interesting to read. Brett is an up and coming fighter struggling to let go of the past. Audrey is leader of WAVS (Women Against Violent Sports), like Brett Audrey is also fighting to let go of the past. Their past affects how they react to each other and both are very careful. How can a relationship work if they have opposite views on fighting? This couple was a joy to read as they slowly let down their guard and take a risk on the other. I felt the plot line was dragging a bit in the middle. It was more of the relationship between Brett and Audrey that moved the story along.
The sex scenes were great. I mean HOT and Steamy. Both couples had equal number of sex scenes that added to the storyline, rather than hinder it. The scenes were erotic and emotional. Drew’s sex scenes with Gillian were more about his dominant control over her. There was a lot of dirty talk between then, whereas Brett and Audrey were more about the emotional connection between them.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel. I give this novel 3 out of 5 stars. If you have read the other novels this is a great conclusion. The other characters from the novels pop up with brief cameos, but it was still a joy to read about them. If you liked this series I would recommend that you read Lori Foster’s other series Men of Honor starting with When you Dare.