Below the Belt (Worth the Fight #3)
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
Once one of the most sought-after names on the mixed martial arts circuit, Antonio “Scarface” Marino watched his career go down for the count as he chased skirts and made tabloid headlines. Now he’s finally making a comeback, and it’s all thanks to Francesca Silva, a Brazilian bombshell as tough as any of her fighters. But who’s the real Francesca: the trash-talking trainer who rides him hard, or the vulnerable woman who blushes at his touch?
Francesca went to the mat to sign Tony because she believes he still has the potential to bring big success to her gym—if she can keep his head in the cage and out of her personal life. After a short-lived marriage soured her on love, a one-night stand is all she can handle. Now Tony’s kisses are stirring up complicated feelings—especially when he agrees to face her ex in the ring. Francesca’s used to freezing guys out. But Tony’s tempting her to give in to the heat.
Source: Review copy received from publisher
This is my honest review
Rating: 4 Stars - LOVED
Tony “Scarface” Marino turned out to be such a likeable hero for me! Yes, he’s cocky and macho, but he’s got this softer side that just makes me swoon! He falls hard for Worth the Fight Academy’s co-owner, Francesca Silva, right from the beginning. Fiercely independent and headstrong, she doesn’t make it easy on Tony at all! Francesca doesn’t trust easily and has this wall up, but Tony knows exactly what he wants and is determined to break her down. The chemistry generated between Tony and Francesca is hot, hot, HOT!!! There’s plenty of dirty talking, too! Yet, I loved how Sidney Halston shows them gradually getting to know each other with several tender moments.
“Because I need you and me to be an us.”
It’s been a while since I’ve read a romance with an MMA fighter. Below the Belt’s hot cover certainly piqued my interest. This is my first time reading anything from Sidney Halston, and I enjoyed her writing style. Tony and Francesca seem like an unlikely pairing in the beginning, but Ms. Halston made what went on in the story convincing. I LOVED this installment of the Worth the Fight series! I’m curious about a certain character now, so I’ll have to keep the next one under my radar.
USA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “Just Do It” Nike, and that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.
Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading… She’s a reader first and a writer second.
When she’s not writing or reading her life is complete and utter chaos trying to balance family life with work, and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way
~ About the Worth The Fight Series ~
Against the Cage (Worth the Fight #1)
For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentally punching an officer . . . in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.
Jack Daniels knows how to take a hit. After all, when he’s not chasing reckless drivers, he’s kicking ass in a mixed martial arts ring. So what takes his breath away isn’t the low blow, but the woman who dealt it: a gorgeous knockout with legs Jack wouldn’t mind being pinned under—who just so happens to be his best friend’s nerdy little sister, all grown up. Soon their instant chemistry leads to a sizzling affair, but Jack and Chrissy are fighting an uphill battle if they want to make love last beyond the final bell.
Full Contact (Worth the Fight #2)
How could she have been so stupid? When Jessica Cross decides to give her violently jealous boyfriend—the otherwise influential and charming Dennis Stavros—a second chance, she very nearly becomes a statistic. After weeks of healing from a broken rib and collapsed lung, and with Dennis behind bars, Jessica finally feels ready to come out of hiding. But will she ever be able to take a chance on love again with someone new?
Mixed martial arts fighter Slade Martin knows he has a bad reputation. Hell, he's probably earned it. So it won’t be easy to convince beautiful, vulnerable Jessica that she can trust him—that from the moment she walked into his life, she’s been the only one he’s wanted. Powerful and confident, Slade knows he can honor his vow to protect Jessica body and soul. Winning her heart will be another matter . . . but a woman like Jessica is worth the fight.
~ Tour-Wide Giveaway ~