Below the Belt
Worth the Fight # 3
By: Sidney Halston
Releasing February 10th, 2015
In Sidney Halston’s latest sizzling MMA romance, a former title contender turns the tables on his knockout trainer with a lesson in seduction.
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.
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~ 3.5 Mi Amor Stars ~
It pains me to say this but this was not my favorite of this series. I loved both Against the Cage and Full Contact, but for some reason this one fell short for me. I did enjoy this story and I thought it was a good addition to this series, but I had a hard time connecting with Francesca.
As with the other books, I really like Sidney’s writing style. Her stories are smooth and flow effortlessly. I think what the problem with this book to me was that it lacked a strong storyline. This book primarily revolved around Francesca and her trust issues and Tony’s issues with his dad. There were two aspects in the story that I thought could’ve been built upon….The hurricane and Francesca’s Ex, Rodrigo. I think expanding on those would’ve added more suspense and drama to the story and would’ve kept the reader on the edge of their seat.
Tony and Francesca were explosive characters. Both very strong willed and not ones to back down. With that said, they spent a lot of time arguing during this story. I did like some of their banter and the quick come backs, but by the time they were finally together, I was ready for it to be over. I thought all the arguing was a little over the top. Now I don’t want to focus only on the negative….I LOVED Tony!!!! He was an amazing man. He honestly put up with so much from Francesca that I give him credit for not giving up. He is a sexy, sweet talking and panty melting MMA Fighter. You really can’t go wrong with that combination. Oh and he was excellent with kids 🙂 As for Francesca… I liked her but I had trouble connecting with her. She was just so angry all the time. What I did like about her was her dedication to her father and the gym. She was a strong, feisty and witty woman. I liked that she could give just as good as she got!!!
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of this series and Sidney Halston’s.
Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain, or even simpler, “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.