Against the Cage: A Worth the Fight Novel

Against the Cage: A Worth the Fight Novel

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by Sidney Halston
     
 

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

For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup…  See more details below

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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

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
 
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553390964
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Series:
Worth the Fight , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
6,091
File size:
1 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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Against the Cage: A Worth the Fight Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 56 reviews.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
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.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
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
Sailon More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steamy, sexy, and hilarious. I can't wait to read more. THe sneak peek for the second book sold me! Great job Ms. Halston
Anonymous 3 months ago
A must read. Loved it.
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Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Jack and Chrissy have known each other their whole lives. He's her brother's best friend. One misunderstanding in high school and she stopped talking to Jack. 11 years has passed since he's seen her and now she's back and more beautiful than ever. She's here to bail her brother out of jail. Even though there are incredible sparks between Jack and Chrissy, she's fighting it because she's still hurt from the high school incident. She's been in an abusive relationship in the past. Can she deal with the violence in an MMA fighter or is it just her past coming back to haunt her? This is a "brother's best friend" romance and I truly enjoyed reading it. It was entertaining with plenty of humor, testosterone, friendship and romance. Oh, and keep a cloth close by so you can wipe the steam off your E reader screen. Got to love those sexy MMA fighters. When these guys fall, they fall hard! This is the first book in the Worth the Fight series and I can't wait to read more. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
starznstripes24 More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 stars This was a fun read for me, and I really wasn't expecting that. I was expecting the fighters, but was pleasantly delighted by all the laughter. And the laughter started very quickly. Chrissy isn't having the best day...she went to bail her brother out of jail, broke a heel leaving the courthouse, gets a flat tire and then gets pulled over when she's minutes from her childhood home. She just can't catch a break. She hasn't been back to town in 11 years, so this is quite a "WELCOME" back. Oh, and the policeman who pulls her over...her brother's life long best friend, Jack...who happens to be smokin' HOT!!! She accidentally hits him while handing over paperwork, and I almost dropped my kindle due to laughter. The reunion isn't as cheery as I would have thought, but it was perfect for the story. Chrissy is a doctor and cringes at the mere thought of violence, much less fighting, and that's precisely what brought her back to town. Her brother, Slade, was arrested for fighting. He's actually a fighter for a living - MMA and the occasional fight in the underground circuit. Jack is also an MMA fighter in addition to his law enforcement position. This book had it all for me - LIKABLE characters who have lived real life and are a little older than the norm in the romance world, real issues that need to be worked through by both the H and h in order for them to get anywhere near an HEA, kids who grew up together and fall in love as adults, fighters and a man in uniform. The only thing missing was military. LOL! There were a few things that I would have liked to have seen expanded upon, but when the issues between brother and sister come to light and they reconcile...it was so much more that I expected. As a reader, I appreciate it more that I know how to say. I strongly recommend this book. I enjoyed it so very much.
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Well worth reading the series of the fighters. This one is humerous n sexy n happy n sad . Plus has alpha hot guys.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Against The Cage by Sidney Halston is a great story.  The characters are strong and likable.  It was so easy to relate to Chrissy, I felt like she had been wearing my shoes.  After some very frightening turns, this story line ends with a well deserved HEA.  Very well done.
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
While the book started off great, I noticed that some scenes were a bit skewed from the story line. I had a real problem with the main characters, Chrissy and Jack. They grew up together but Chrissy mentions several times that she hates him because of his past treatment of her and then she kisses him, then she remembers she hates him and the cycle repeats. There is a scene where Crissy is watching Jack’s MMA match and as she’s watching him beat some guy to a bloody pulp, she has flashbacks to a previous abusive relationship. Now Chrissy feels she can’t trust Jack and doesn’t want to be around him but that same night he takes her to his house…and into his bed! The couple’s love/hate relationship was all over the place and, frankly, gave me whiplash. I felt that the main story plotline was not balanced well with the secondary lines. I also had an issue with Jack’s dog, Drogo. He is a Chihuahua but Jack frequently mentions he is a quarter Pit bull and that’s why he bites so much. Whether it was said in jest or meant as truth, it was a pretty uncomfortable stereotype for me to swallow.  Some scenes in the book seemed very choppy and as I was about to put the book down, the story would hook me back in, but it didn’t take long for my interest to wane only to have it captured again. I finished the story feeling a little queasy from all the back and forth. The story has a lot of promise. I think with some fine tuning, it could be a solid read. I respect the author’s work, but I am a little disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. ***I received an eBook copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
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BookGeekUK More than 1 year ago
I have had this book on my TBR list since it's release and constantly told myself to read it, and never got around to it once the ARC's started coming in. I have the follow up book to review and thought it was the perfect time to schedule book 1 in before I got around to it "Thank God for my spreadsheet idea. #Geek." I have read Seeing Red and Seeing Black by Sidney and loved them. I'm so happy for the author and thankful for her help when I wrote my first book. Against the Cage wasn't what I was expecting, I did think there would be more MMA but at the same time, I felt like what we got was enough. Any more and it would have diverted away from the story between Jack and Chrissy. Chrissy is back home to bail her brother, Slade, out of jail after a fight. Being back there is bad enough, but breaking her heel, getting a flat tire and then being pulled over... she realizes that her night can't get any worse. Scratch that, it can... when she punches the officer in the balls... *insert laughing in the dark.* The officer- Jack - Is none other than her brothers best-friend since childhood. The same Jack she hasn't seen for 11 years and the same one she refused to speak to after he slept with her best-friend, Veronica, which resulted in Chrissy losing said friend. Over the next few days Chrissy and Jack spend time together and a hell of a lot comes light. Their feelings. Their past. Their hobbies and how everything clicks into place for all three of them. Slade is able to understand the reason why Chrissy left after their fathers funeral and Jack finds out why she left in the first place, one of the reasons she hates his and  Slade's MMA fighting. ** Also, I adore Drogo!!! **
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A sexy, beutiful, lovely story.
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great story