Against the Cage: Worth the Fight Series [NOOK Book]

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In her Loveswept debut, Sidney Halston turns up the heat as a sexy cage fighter shows a former bookworm how delicious a few rounds between the sheets can be.
 
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 ...
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Overview

In her Loveswept debut, Sidney Halston turns up the heat as a sexy cage fighter shows a former bookworm how delicious a few rounds between the sheets can be.
 
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.

Praise for Against the Cage
 
Against the Cage is funny, steamy, scorching, and holy hot MMA fighter, I wanted more! Five stars all the way!”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Toni Aleo
 
“A steamy and fun romance that will leave readers begging for more! Sidney Halston is an author to watch!”New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair
 
“Halston’s new series opener creates an organic and sensual dynamic between Jack and Chrissy that makes an easy buy-in for readers. And if the story isn’t endearing enough, Jack’s feisty Chihuahua/pit bull mix will have readers instantly hooked and eagerly awaiting the second series installment.”Library Journal
 
“A charming and funny Loveswept debut [that] entertained me thoroughly, made me laugh and wormed its way into my heart.”—Swept Away by Romance
 
“If you’re looking for a good contemporary romance, I cannot recommend Against the Cage enough!”—For Love and Books
 
“[Against the Cage] has a little of everything . . . from funny to sweet to simply hot! . . . This one was a joy to read, and I definitely recommend it.”—The Book Reading Gals
 
“Fast-paced, steamy . . . a great summer read! Enjoy!”—Talk Books to Me
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
When ditzy doctor Chrissy Martin reluctantly returns to her hometown of Tarpon Springs, Fla., to get her brother, Slade, out of jail, the first thing she does is inadvertently punch a police officer in the family jewels. Worse, the man of the law is none other than the unfortunately named Jack Daniels, Slade’s best friend. Both Slade and Jack are fighters on the mixed martial arts circuit, which becomes a major point of contention between Jack and Chrissy, since her professional ethics clash mightily with the brutal fighting world. Scene-stealer Drogo, the tiny Chihuahua/pit bull terror of the town, adds yet more comic relief to Halston’s naturally humorous writing style. The story straddles the worlds of white picket fences and gritty cage fighting with an interesting blend of explicit sex, profanity, violence, memories of family tragedy, smalltown life, and close character connections. Some stilted dialogue hampers the flow, but the characters’ emotions ring true. (June)
Library Journal
★ 06/15/2014
Chrissy Martin hasn't returned to her hometown of Tarpon Springs, FL, since she left years ago, but she is now forced back to bail her brother Slade out of jail. The very last thing she needs is to run into Jack Daniels, now a sexier-than-ever local cop who happens to be her brother's best friend and who never looked at her as anything more than a bratty kid sister. He is also a mixed martial arts fighter who epitomizes the one thing Chrissy can't handle—violence. VERDICT Having a solid plot with substantial threads to keep the narrative flowing, Halston's new series opener creates an organic and sensual dynamic between Jack and Chrissy that makes an easy buy-in for readers. [Xpress Reviews, 5/2/14.]—Kara Kohn, Plainfield P.L., IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553390964
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: Worth the Fight
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 9,674
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    Chrissy Martin is going home after being away for years. She is

    Chrissy Martin is going home after being away for years. She is going to help her brother and get away after a string of bad luck. he bad luck follows her and she ends p being pulled over. After an accident with the cop she realizes he is her brother's best friend who she crushed on for years. Jack Daniels is surprised by Chrissy. He remembers the slightly overweight nerdy girl from years ago. The sexy woman he sees now shocks him. She is a doctor back in town to help her brother. She hates the fact they both fight to make extra money and while they begin to know the adult versions of each other they have to get over all the trouble her brother seems to get into. They have to learn to understand each other and see if they can make it work.

    This is a very good story that kept my interest until the end. Chrissy is all grown up and different from when she was young. She still at times doesn't understand she is sexy now. She is a doctor and can't seem to understand why her brother and Jack fight. She is also one to get into trouble everywhere she goes. She is afraid Jack is just out for one thing and most of the time she doesn't listen to what he says. Jack lies to her a few times to try and keep her from trouble but it never seems to work for him. I like both of the characters and how much Jack tries to show her he cares. His little dog is a nice touch and I love how it only listens to Chrissy. There is several hot scenes to get your blood going. There is also several moments you see how great a person Chrissy is. She tries her best to hel others from making the same mistakes she does. If you like a story with wonderful characters and a great plot be sure to try this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    Against the Cage was racked with sexual tension, testosterone dr

    Against the Cage was racked with sexual tension, testosterone driven cage fighting while still adding a good dose of humor.




    Chrissy returns home after 11 years to bail her brother out of jail. What she didn't count on was the undeniable attraction to her brother's best friend Jack or her brother's self destructive life choices. There is no doubt the character have steam factor going for them. But can Chrissy break through her past and deal with both her brother and Jack?




    I had a few issues that kept me from completely loving this story. Don't get me wrong, I did liked Against the Cage. I really enjoyed the sexual chemistry and anticipation. Chrissy interaction with Jack's dog is hilarious as well as many playful one liners back and forth between Jack and Chrissy. Ultimately, I found this story to be a quick, easy, enjoyable and steamy read 3.5 Stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    Hot, sweet, and lovely, Against the Cage was a wonderful romance

    Hot, sweet, and lovely, Against the Cage was a wonderful romance. I really enjoyed reading this book. From the romance, to the secrets, it was a lovely read.

    Chrissy was a good heroine. She was strong and stood up for what she believed in. I had two issues with her. 1) She could be rather judgmental and self-righteous, which was annoying. 2) She had a tendency to be a drama queen in a way that was irritating and she had habit of running away. That led to more problems than were necessary. So, I didn't really liked her, but, overall, I was okay with her.

    Jack was wonderful. He was sweet and loyal to those he cared about. He was determined to protect Chrissy, though he went about it in the wrong way. I thought he was adorable and I really liked him.

    The romance was lovely. There was some serious chemistry going on between them that got super hot. Definitely enough steaminess to go around. And, they were also sweet together. They had a long past and that allowed a depth of emotion that was rather lovely. I thought they were great together.

    The plot was okay. I wasn't totally hooked, but I was kept interested the entire way through. There were some secrets and surprises along the way that kept me on my toes. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely, tying up the romance, while leading in to the next book. I'm definitely curious about book 2. Can't wait to read it!

    Against the Cage was a wonderful romance. The romance was hot and sweet, the secrets took me by surprise, and the story was truly enjoyable. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out. 

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Steamy, sexy, and hilarious. I can't wait to read more. THe snea

    Steamy, sexy, and hilarious. I can't wait to read more. THe sneak peek for the second book sold me! Great job Ms. Halston

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    I love these two together.  You can tell they¿ve had a contrary

    I love these two together.  You can tell they’ve had a contrary relationship for years but that tension is now warping into one of the sexual variety.  They are funny and sassy and smart.  It’s fun to watch them push each other’s buttons, getting each other all hot and bothered.  It takes a little maneuvering to figure out a new dynamic with each other but they get there and it makes for a very happy ending. 

    Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    The couple in this book had great chemistry.  I liked them a lot

    The couple in this book had great chemistry.  I liked them a lot as individuals and as a couple.  They were great fun, especially with Drogo (I adored him!).  The points of view start off being separate, but they start to sort of mush together at some point, but are still easily read and understood.  The plot was a little over dramatic on occasion and very predictable, but overall good.  I enjoyed the story and look forward to more! 

    Against the Cage is a sexy, compelling story with great characters.  Don’t miss this fun story that starts off a new series that’s sure to keep you entertained!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Me

    ### For crying-out-loud!! This book rambled on and on and on. Repeating things over and over. Could'nt finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley

    I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

    Loved it! From the first page I was hooked and could not put down. I loved the humor and laughed thru-out the book. Dear Lord who would name their kid Jack Daniels and the dog, he was freaking hilarious. The storyline and characters kept me entertained. Loved the chemistry between one hot alpha male and one smart nerdy girl turned beautiful swan. I would recommend this book as a must read to anyone! Can't wait to read more in this series!

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

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    An Enjoyable Read That Needs Some Polish

    Books featuring hotties dabbling in the MMA arena are becoming all the rage and with Against the Cage Ms. Halston has joined in the fun. With this debut release the action is fast-paced, the sexual encounters steamy, and the characters are at times likable and at other times annoying. On a whole though I found this an enjoyable read with just a few quibbles that kept me from falling in love with it completely.
    Growing up Chrissy was a studious nerd who yearned for adventure. She knew just where to find it by following her troublemaking brother and his best friend Jack as they went from one drunken sex party to another. Unfortunately her fun always ended before it started as Jack saw it as his duty to protect her and always kept her out of harm's way which enforced her belief that he saw her as a child. As she saw him as something much more she became bitter and disillusioned and ultimately moved on. This led to a tragic event that saw her bruised inside and out, her father dead, and her brother full of anger at her. For years she ran away from the pain of the past until her brother's trouble had her coming own and dealing with her past head-on. Chrissy's no longer the doormat she once was but she hasn't grown up completely either as she occasionally pouted when she didn't get her way, jumped to conclusions, and still held grudges over things that happened when they were young. She's definitely a woman when it comes to her sexual desires for Jack but her actions at times were childish.
    Jack has always cared for Chrissy and was caught off guard by his ever deepening feelings for her. He missed her all the years she was gone and doesn't want to waste any more time dwelling on the past. There's a big barrier to their burgeoning relationship though as she detests fighting and he loves his time in the cage when he's not on duty as a policeman. Her past has her terrified of the violence and it takes a lot for him to convince her that what he does isn't who he is. He's still the man who goes out of his way to keep her safe as he's very much an Alpha Male. That doesn't mean he's afraid to show his softer more romantic side as he's the first to admit his feelings for her and his hopes for their future. Combine this sweet and sexy side with his gritty demeanor in the cage and you have a very drool-worthy hero. Throw in his dirty sex-talk and I was left practically drooling!
    From start to finish I found this to be an engaging and energetic read with its vivid detailing of MMA fighting where blood copiously flows and you can almost hear bones snap. The dangers are apparent and the strain this puts on Chrissy and Jack's relationship is obvious and hangs over them until almost the end. Along with the intensity of these fights there's super steamy sexual interludes and equally hot foreplay. Once they're reunited these two have trouble keeping their hands off each other even when they're arguing. The sexual tension is unrelenting and you anticipate them jumping each other every minute. The overall story though needs a bit of polish as the flow felt jumpy, going from one event to another at the drop of a hat. Too many characters were introduced throughout the story which was overwhelming at times. The conclusion of the story was a bit rushed which led to the author telling us instead of showing us how Chrissy and Jack ended up after an out of the blue event put their HEA in jeopardy. Barring all that this is a good debut book!

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

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    HOLY JACK DANIELS! What a ride! Chrissy having a bad day , broke

    HOLY JACK DANIELS! What a ride! Chrissy having a bad day , broken her favorite heels , flat tire and now she been pulled over and oh yea she just walloped the officer in the privates !! But once she sees it is Jack her  old childhood friend it makes it even worst. Quickly , she learns some things never change, like her brother fighting and now Jack is too. She despises violence and now they two mean who mean the most to her are MMA fighters.  Heartwarming story , great lines, emotional and wonderful gut wrenching ending. Confessions of a Booklovinjunkie 

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  • Posted June 8, 2014

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    Humorous and steamy but nothing new. Against the Ropes was surpr

    Humorous and steamy but nothing new. Against the Ropes was surprisingly humorous in its delivery - from the bookworm turned hot-bodied doctor to the dirty-talking cop by day, MMA fighter by night. Much like other MMA stories I've read recently or wanted to read, this hero also had a knack for falling for a woman who had been abused or viciously attacked at some point and was therefore weary of men. You can expect the usual flow from a hero who pursues a violent sport and shows interest in a heroine with baggage: mutual attraction, a lot of chemistry, sex yes, relationship no(t yet).

    The story was stacked with other popular tropes and clichés: the heroine was the “annoying” little sister, she had a crush on her brother's best friend, they all grew up together, she was “invisible”, Slade and Chrissy's parents died when they were young, the bookworm returned to her hometown and had undergone a transformation from ugly duckling to swan that neither the hero nor his libido could ignore. The heroine stubbornly refused to listen to the hero when he asked her not to go somewhere potentially dangerous.

    The history between Chrissy and Jack made the pacing of the present tension and attraction believable, and it was rather amusing to follow. This story moved pretty fast – it was one snarky encounter after another in quick succession. For the most part, I thought it was pretty funny watching those two clash verbally and then start groping one another. We got glimpses of Chrissy's childhood throughout the story which became repetitive over time.

    I liked Chrissy's nurturing side and her plucky attitude. Other times it felt like she was someone else. She was supposed to be an independent and strong woman, having “been to hell and back”, and from traveling to some of the worst places as a doctor and surviving that. And yet she couldn't summon up the courage to tell some overbearing town folks to butt out of her life (the scene in the diner). She giggled way too much, and at times she just sounded silly ("I am woman hear me roar! Roar!").

    I liked Jack's cheeky side at times and his willpower to not fall into bed with Chrissy, even though he had a really tough time controlling himself. They had great chemistry, and I was particularly fond of her driving him up the wall, and him making her blush, laugh and get turned on with his dirty-talk and double entendres. He was just a little too corny to make me fall in love with him (“I wouldn’t want you to stop doing something you love.” “I wouldn’t stop doing something I love. I’d start doing someone I love.”).

    The heroine's hem-hawing between wanting to sleep with him but not risk her heart because of her history with abuse was tiresome. It stands to reason that the act of climbing into bed with someone would leave anyone vulnerable to an attack. The love scenes were steamy. Well, the string of third base encounters. Even though this book is advertised as MMA, the sport content seemed more like an afterthought. A cop's life can also be violent, therefore I never felt that Jack's hobby was really a big enough threat to Chrissy. I was expecting a more suspenseful climax considering the build-up of the events with the girl and her abusive boyfriend, and the event that put Chrissy in the hospital only to discover there was no connection at all.

    Disclaimer: Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. It is possible that some events/quotes were changed prior to publication.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

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    Enjoyed the story. An interesting, easy read and would recommen

    Enjoyed the story. An interesting, easy read and would recommend to others.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

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    This is my first book by Sidney Halston and I enjoyed it and I c

    This is my first book by Sidney Halston and I enjoyed it and I can't wait to read the next on in the series. I loved Jack! He is on hot smut talking alpha male. Chrissy was fun and so were the other characters and I want to see them get there HEA. Do I think it was a fabulous book? No but it's worth the read and the laughs at the corny humor. Well worth the read.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    This is a book about friendship from childhood with a lot of m

    This is a book about friendship from childhood with a lot of misunderstands that get in the way. It talks about some very serious issues that are in the world today. It has taken eleven years for all the hurt and anger to come to ahead and get worked out. This wasn’t a bad read. The issue I had was we have thirty sometime men running around acting like teenagers. These are professional men with good jobs calling each other dude and acting like they are still in high school. The story does have a lot of good points and humor which did care me through and gave me a few chuckles. With some work this could be an outstanding read. I felt the book repeated things too much and could have been a better read with less of it.

    Chrissy comes homes after eleven years to bail her brother out of jail. She is still angry about issues that happen when she was young. I enjoyed the bickering between her and Jack they had some really funny times. When he pulled her over after the most trying day of her life, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong…. well let’s just say it didn’t end well when she handed him her papers and hit him in the nuts and he drops to his knees. That was funny and I totally enjoy it, the author had me hooked for awhile. Jack is her brother’s best friend who is now a cop the job suits him from since he was the one that kept her from having any fun growing up. He was always the one to keep her out of trouble, take her home. They made her a goody too shoes. He is still the best looking guy in town that she had a crush on growing up but she is over that or is she? Chrissy is a doctor and has major issues with violence, she does not understand how grow men could enjoy fighting for a living much less for fun. She finds she still has a thing for Jack but her past haunts her and won’t let her get to close, starting a relationship is out for so many reasons

    Jack has had a hard day and just wants to go home, eat and get some rest before he works on getting his best friend out of jail. He is still on duty and stops a speeder, he gets hit in the balls and falls head over heels in lust. Wait a minute that couldn’t be Chrissy, fat, nerdy Chrissy only she has changed she is now this hot little sex number that gets his motor running in a big way. It is not a question of if they sleep together it is just when. It doesn’t take him long to fill her in on his feelings of the matter of their sex life. Is funny for sure…

    I totally love that dog, he was a trip and made the reading a pleasure. However I had a lot of issues with this book. Starting with dude and going on to how her brother doesn’t have a clue what she does or how much she makes. I really like Chrissy and Jack but each character had issues that annoyed me. I love the hell cat she was but then the next minute people were walking over top of her. I started thinking she had a split personality. With Jack I still can’t get past the dude thing, I don’t think I have ever met a cop that said dude more than once if at all. I found him to be a total sexy hot alpha male who acts to young for the job he has. Her brother working and saving, he needed this one last fight to set him up in business of training men to fight, but I just never understood him.

    The book is about serious issues which lost its strong points and got lost. I did enjoy the bickering and I did find a few humorous things that make the book an okay read. I adored the dog and one liners. It is just every time I got into this story the author lost me. I am sorry this book just didn’t do it for me, I know there will be people out there that love it. I just expected more….

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  • Posted May 31, 2014

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    Best. Opening. Scene. EVER.

    There’s no way Chrissy Martin’s day can get any worse. Her boyfriend broke up with her by text, her brother needs to be bailed out of jail, she’s had a broken heel and a flat tire, and now she’s being pulled over for speeding. Except the cop is her brother’s best friend, the guy she madly crushed on when she was in school, the guy who screwed her best friend and always made her feel like a stupid little kid. Yes, her day has just gotten worse.

    Jack Daniels was cursed with a ridiculous name and an overwhelming need to protect Slade’s little sister Chrissy. She’s been gone for a decade, but she’s back now — and completely different. Gone is the insecure, nerdy little girl he remembers, and in her place is a stunning, accomplished, confident woman who brings him to his knees — literally.

    Judging Covers:
    So the cover isn’t bad, but I think it sells the book short. Sure, it’s got a hot guy on the cover, and I suppose he could be a cage fighter. But the story is so much richer and funnier and just plain better than the cover depicts. If I happened across it on Amazon, I probably wouldn’t buy it — which would be a huge mistake.

    The Verdict:
    Best. Opening. Scene. EVER.
    I actually put off reading this book for a while. Lately, I’ve read some really fun romances, and I just knew Against the Cage wasn’t going to be as much fun. Oh, how wrong I was.

    Chrissy is just awesome. She’s fiesty and willful without being over-the-top, and she definitely holds her own against lover boy Jack and her brother Slade. She’s got a few issues, but she doesn’t carry them around in a big bucket of angst, and so often she had me laughing out loud as she stood up to the guys. I also loved her inner conflict when it came to the whole alpha male thing. On the one hand, she was a strong, capable woman who couldn’t fathom fighting for sport. But at the same time, she was all kinds of hot and bothered when Jack played caveman. Relating to her was instant.

    And Jack… Oh my, what a man. He was sexy and witty and sensitive and 100% man. He doesn’t waver in his protectiveness and attraction when it comes to Chrissy, and from the moment he was about to kiss her until the very end, I was swooning right alongside Chrissy. He was the ultimate good guy — big brother role, cop — while playing bad boy with his cage fighting hobby.

    The story itself is entertaining and hilarious, from the “part pit bull” chihuahua to the scene at the diner where every available man for a ten-mile radius was hitting on Chrissy. The fact that Jack was the one who came to her rescue after every stunt — and the clumsy adventures she managed just made it perfect. If you’re a fan of intense chemistry, men in uniform, alpha males and strong feminine leads, and laughing your way through a great romance, this book was made for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. It was light and sexy. Can't wait to

    I really enjoyed this book. It was light and sexy. Can't wait to read of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    What's not to love. Little sister/BF trope. He's an MMA fighter

    What's not to love. Little sister/BF trope. He's an MMA fighter AND a cop. She's a doctor. there's a funny dog. The book is so cute and light. Great summer read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Love it. So funny!

    Love it. So funny!

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

    This book was really enjoyable. I would have to say that Jack an

    This book was really enjoyable. I would have to say that Jack and his dog Drogo make the story. Chrissy was a good heroine. She was everything a heroine should be, a little broken, prettier than what she gives herself credit for, and at odds with what her heart wants and what her head says is best. At times she annoyed me, but it was only for brief periods. Most times I found her to be entertaining.

    I am a fan of stories where old childhood friends, or little sibs of friends, fall for each other. Their history always creates another dimension to the love story. This is also a coming home story and I find them enjoyable too. What I really love is a great MMA/fighter story and this is where the story was a little lacking for me and where Chrissy annoyed me. She couldn't seem to separate out abuse/violence with sport. She referred to the look on Jack's face as frightening, but that can be said for almost any competitive contact sport.

    Aside from that, I did really enjoy the story and the townspeople. I loved how everyone was trying to set Chrissy up. Most of all I love the all encompassing alpha that Jack is in this story. Feeling the need to break the law in that little Florida town.

    Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

    Against the Cage. Worth the Fight Series. Sidney Halston Review

    Against the Cage. Worth the Fight Series. Sidney Halston
    Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
    I've read a few MMA romances now and enjoyed them, but Sidney is an author new to me so I wasn't sure what to expect.
    What we get in this novel is a simple, fun romance, a little drama, and lots of sensual moments. Chrissy, she seemed very protective of her little brother even though he's grown now, and she hasn't actually seen him in years. Email and phone seems to have been their contact, and the latest one means she needs to go back to where they were brought up and he still lives, in their old house, with her teenage crush and his best friend Jack still living next door. I love the way she and Jack meet, he's a local cop and stops her for traffic violation, she roots round for the docs needed and thrusts them out the window to him without looking up. Its not his hand that gets them though, but a much lower part of his body....luckily once he recognises her he's so pleased to see her he lets her off, after a bit of chafing.
    Jack's amazed at the grown up Chrissy, blown away by her, and her teen crush on him quickly comes racing back. He's even hotter now that he was then, and add to that he's a genuinely nice guy and they quickly get into some hot clinches. Jack and her brother though ( and Slade, her brother, is a real jerk IMO) are really into MMA, a hobby for Jack, but a career for Slade. Violence and fighting brings up really bad memories from Chrissy's past, so though she really likes Jack she needs to sort out what this part of his life means to her, and if she can get past it. Throw in some close calls with Slade doing illegal fights to make lots of money, ( he does have a good reason but Chrissy is worried about him and his health), Jack not telling her the whole truth about things and there's some sad, bitter-sweet parts coming out.
    I did enjoy the book, it was good but not great for me. I didn't feel the highs and lows were really strong enough, but that's me, I like lots of very strong emotions and dramatics. For those that want a simple, easy to read, spicy romance this will be perfect.
    Stars: Three, its a good, one off read for me but not a re read.
    ARC supplied by Netgalley

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