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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review: Below the Belt by Sidney Halston

Below the Belt (Worth the Fight, #3)Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 0553390988
Pages: 288 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
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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.

My Review:

Intro: I’m slumping with the reading again. I have no idea why. I just have been. I’ve been reading Mary Balogh’s early regencies and some of those heroes are just complete putzes and have kind of slowed my role with the reading.  But that started after I finished reading this one, thankfully. And I really did enjoy this one.


Heroine: Francesca-I loved Francesca because she was so tough and strong. She was just as strong of a character as Antonio and I absolutely loved that. She was an absolutely “take no prisoners” type of heroine. So refreshing.

Hero: Antonio-He was a bit of a playboy type hero. In a big way. But I found myself liking him nonetheless. He also had a sweet side that I found rather endearing especially with both characters being of the stronger personality types.

Chemistry: There was something so nice about seeing two really strong and tough personalities fall in love. It was almost like two speeding cars colliding. But not as messy. Both of them did take some getting used to but they were amazing together.

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Conclusion: This is yet another series that I have to be catching up on. I have so many of them. But I really did love this one. Francesca and Antonio were so interesting as a couple and I loved the MMA bits. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series. 

Overall Rating

Author Info
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.

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