Worth the Fight # 2
By: Sidney Halston
Releasing October 28th, 2014
Sidney Halston returns to steamy Tarpon Springs, Florida, where a hell-raising bad boy prepares to get down and dirty for the woman he loves.
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.
Good reads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22469198-full-contact?from_search=true
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/135224-worth-the-fight
* A review copy was provided by author/publisher via Netgalley for Blog Tour *
~~ 4.5 Stars ~~
Full Contact is the second book in Sidney’s Worth the Fight series. Even though this book is part of a series and said it can be read as a standalone, I truly believe that you should read book 1 ( Against the Cage) first. This book is about another couple but I thought that the story lines were interconnected. This storyline was started in book 1 and then continued in this book. I feel that if you don’t read these books in order then you might be slightly confused or lost. Plus I think you get the true experience of the characters if you read book 1 first.
I will say that I did like the first book a little bit better, but not by much, these were both fantastic stories. I was so excited to read Slade and Jessica’s story after reading the first book. Sidney does an excellent job setting up their story in the previous book. I knew their story was going to be great. I loved the flow and pace of the book, my only complaint was that I thought the drama of the storyline was introduced a little to early. I think the drama with Dennis could’ve been drawn out a little more…kind of build up the suspense a little more. That is the reason I couldn’t give it 5 stars, but this is still a favorite of mine and I will for sure read it again in the future. I also look forward to the next book in the series. What I really like about Sidney’s books is that she offers us such a sweet and sexy love story, but she also touches on some tough subjects (domestic abuse). She has a great ability of pulling a lot of different emotions out of you. With the cast of characters she has created she will make you laugh, smile, blush, cry and even yell a little bit.
I really liked Slade and Jessica in Against the Cage (Book 1). Slade is your typical MMA fighter with an attitude who loves his women, but that all changed when he met Jessica. Jessica was a girl in an abusive relationship, who moved to a town with her abuser and eventually became friends with the towns people, Slade included. I thought Sidney gave an accurate account of what a person feels and goes through who is in an abusive relationship. My heart really broke for Jessica and everything Dennis put her through. I enjoyed watching Jessica and Slade grow into better people and watching their relationship blossom. Now don’t get me wrong their relationship wasn’t all romance and roses, they had quite a few obstacles they had to overcome, but I was happy with how this story turned out.
I loved that we got to see all the old characters again and continue on with their stories. We also got introduced with some new people and I look forward to reading more about them. I loved that she also incorporated Drogo into this story again….I love that little dog 😉
I would definitely recommend this series to anyone!!!! If you are a fan of the MMA romance book, I think you should give these a try. I know that I will read them again in the future and they will hold a place on my favorites shelf. Again, I will say that these books should be read in order to get the full impact of the characters and storyline.
He leaned down and placed a kiss on the corner of her lips. When she didn’t stop him, he licked his lips and moved closer until his warm mouth met hers. It was a slow and tender kiss. He pulled back a little and looked at her, serious and hopeful. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath, feeling that the sweet kiss was the beginning of something. Something just as sweet as the kiss. He hesitated only a moment before once again leaning down; his hand cupped the back of her neck and lifted up a little. This time, Jessica’s lips parted slightly, and taking advantage of the unspoken welcome, he slowly slipped his tongue into her mouth, just a little, sweeping the top of her lip and then the bottom as he retreated. His tongue darted out and he tasted his own lips, before closing his eyes and letting out a little groan.
“Come on, let’s get you home.” His voice was shaky.
“That was…” He closed his eyes and took in a big breath. “Jesus Christ, Jessica, your lips taste like strawberries.”
She ran her tongue around her lips, “My lip gloss.”
“I’ve wanted to kiss you for months. I kiss you and you taste like Goddamn strawberries! I fuckin’ love strawberries. I want to eat you, do you understand? Your mouth…I want it.”
“Uh…” Sounded like a great plan to her.
“Nope. Get that look off your face. I’ve been waiting months and now that I know this added thing, I don’t want just a little taste. I want so much more and tonight was our first date and I’m trying to be a gentleman. So, please, get your strawberry mouth and your gorgeous ass up so I can take you home before I eat you up.”
Jessica’s breath was ragged and she wanted to be eaten. Consumed. But Slade helped her up before standing himself. He gave her a quick kiss on the cheek, gifting her with a little frustrated groan, and led her to the door.
That night, Slade consumed her dreams. He was such a strong domineering man, and she wondered about the extent of his dominance. Would he be domineering in bed? Take charge? Have his way with her? Would she even like that kind of sex? She’d slept with a few men before, but it was never what she had always fantasized sex should be like: passionate, lustful, out-of-control. Sex hadn’t been terrible, but it was just a thing you did with the man you were with at the moment. She’d always felt like it should be…more.
And, goodness, did she want to be consumed by Slade! She wanted to feel each hard ripple of his body against hers, his long hair tickling her thighs as he dropped to his knees with a wanton need to taste her. As she thought about his fingers inside her, his mouth on her, her hands wandered down her body to feel how wet just the thought of him made her. She knew that these thoughts were just fantasies. Unrealistic. But she filled her mind with thoughts of Slade picking her up and fucking her into submission, as she touched herself. Afterward she went to sleep hoping Slade could live up to her fantasies.
Sidney Halston lives her life by one simple rule: “Just do it.” And that’s exactly what she did. At the age of thirty, having never written anything other than a legal brief, she picked up a pen for the first time to pursue her dream of becoming an author. That first stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Halston lives in South Florida with her husband and children.