Worth the Fight series will knock your socks off! In Fighting Dirty, a geek-chic cage fighter proves that appearances can be deceiving . . . and oh-so-tempting.
expects to find in a mixed martial arts gym. A wealthy Brazilian banker who
never had to fight for anything, Enzo’s stuck in the amateur circuit—but he
burns to make the pros. Maybe that explains the heat he feels whenever he’s
around Jamie Lynn Calhoun. The pint-size, magenta-haired bartender with the
Texas drawl is everything he’s not . . . and everything he craves.
Even though she likes to bust his balls, he’s got some kind of a nerdy-hot vibe
that makes JL wonder if she might finally be able to let her guard down. It
might do the boy some good to spend some time in her world, where blood, sweat,
and victory are as sweet as the first taste of real love.
~ 5 Pretty Boy Stars ~
Fighting Dirty is the 5th book in Sidney Halston’s Worth the Fight Series. This is one of my favorite MMA series. I have read all the books so far and have really enjoyed each of them. I have to be honest this book was probably my second favorite of the series. This one brought me back to what I loved the most about this series.
I was sucked into this story right from the beginning and the storyline was interesting enough to keep my attention all the way to the last page. I loved Enzo and Jamie Lynn almost as much as I loved Chrissy and Jack. This book was the perfection mix of humor, sex, and MMA fighting. I thought the characters were well developed. We learned a lot about these two in this book. I love when a book can tap into so many different emotions throughout the book.
I thought the pace of the book was really good, it’s a fairly quick read but nothing was rushed and I think just enough information was given without it being too much causing it to drag on. This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone, because as with the other book in this series, the next book is about another character. This book is a complete story with an great epilogue. (Which, I’m guessing, actually sets up for the next book.) We were introduced to a couple new characters so I’m not exactly sure who the next book will be about.
In this book the focus is on Enzo (Francesca’s Cousin) and Jamie Lynn (JL)(Violet’s friend and Travis’s Twin Sister) We met JL back in the first book in the series but she has always been a side character. Now she takes center stage and we get to see truly how feisty she can be. I loved her character. She was strong and sassy, but still vulnerable and sweet. All JL was looking for was for someone to love her. She had a crappy mom growing up, all she did was yell and belittle JL as she was growing up and when a tragic event happened to JL in high school, she gave no support what so ever. But even after all of this JL was able to move on and build a decent life for herself, with the support of Travis. Enzo comes to Tarpon Springs for business reasons and to be by his cousin, and also to train to be a MMA fighter. This is how he meets JL. JL and Enzo are complete opposites, but that is what draws them to each other. I thought these two were the perfect fit. Kind of like the ying and yang. They brought out the best in each other. They also had amazing chemistry.
I truly enjoyed that we got to see some of the past characters from this series. It’s always nice catching up with them and see how things progressed. What I liked though, was that they weren’t the focus of the story. This truly was Enzo and JL’s story. I am looking forward to getting to know Peggy, Iggy and Travis more. I think they all will have interesting stories to tell.
I would recommend this book to everyone who is a fan of MMA love stories or is just looking for that perfect mix of humor, love and sex.
“What made you change your mind about going out with me?” he asked as they crossed the parking lot. “Not that I’m complaining. But you’ve been saying no for almost a year.”
“You always seem so predictable, but you doing this . . .” She shook her head. “I guess it made me see you in a different light.”
He held her car door open for her as she tucked the canvas facedown in the backseat and then got in the car. “I’m glad it took me completely humiliating myself to get you to go out with me. Maybe I won’t kill your brother for this ridiculous bet, after all,” he said. “I’ll make reservations at the Tackle Box and pick you up at eight tomorrow.” When she looked at him for a moment too long, he said, “You don’t like the Tackle Box?”
“Do you work tomorrow?” she asked as she got back out of the car.
“That was a dumb question. You’re always working. Let me rephrase the question. Can you take the day off tomorrow?”
Enzo quickly thought about all the teleconferences he had scheduled and all the reports he had to do. “I can.”
“Okay, so I’ll pick you up at eight.”
“Uh . . . I don’t understand.”
“Eight in the morning,” she clarified. “I asked you out, so I pick. That’s the deal, okay? It’s my treat. I pick where we go and what we do.”
“I don’t think—”
“You hate giving up control, don’t you?” she asked wryly, already knowing the answer. “Don’t worry so much. Just be ready. It’ll be fun—spontaneous. You’ll like it. I promise.”
He let out a breath. “Fun and spontaneous isn’t something I’m very comfortable with,” he admitted. But then he decided, What the hell? He’d already survived taking the biggest leap of faith of his life by moving from Brazil to Florida, something that was so completely out of character his parents thought he was still mourning the end of his marriage. So, going on a date with a beautiful woman and letting her take the lead . . . what could possibly go wrong?
“Okay, fine. I’ll text you my address,” he said as he leaned in and kissed her cheek. She folded herself into her crappy fifteen-year-old Honda Civic, which was mostly red, except for some patches where the paint had chipped off. The bumper was held together with a hot-pink bungee cord, and there were bumper stickers plastered everywhere. He couldn’t picture her with any other car but this one; somehow it suited her perfectly. But she was absolutely out of her mind if she thought he’d be going anywhere with her in that clunker tomorrow.
stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Halston lives in South Florida with her husband and children.