With many familiar faces and a delightful secondary romance, Foster's latest is a wonderful, heartwarming story with plenty of action, a suspenseful mystery and a glimpse into the sport of fighting. This very pleasing third addition to Foster's series is one that even readers who don't like sports can enjoy.

Fighter Harley Handleman desperately wants to win a Supreme Battle Challenge title belt. He's been close twice, but fate seems to be against him. Now, after an injured elbow causes him to miss the title fight a third time, he heads for a cabin in Echo Lake to reflect.

While there, he gets involved with his landlady, Anastasia, who has problems of her own. Someone is out to get her, but Harley vows to protect her. Asked by Harley's uncle to be the fighter's life coach, Stasia refuses to let her problems distract Harley from his goal. Too bad their attraction can't help but be distracting. (Berkley, Feb., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley