Full Contact: A Worth the Fight Novel [NOOK Book]

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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,...
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Overview

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.

Praise for Full Contact
 
“Sidney Halston has another knockout with her latest release in the Worth the Fight series. Full Contact is a heavyweight contender in the world of MMA romances.”—Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews
 
“Bursting with humor, feisty heroines and alpha MMA fighters . . . Fans of Kristen Ashley and JB Salsbury will find that he’s a new hero to add to their book boyfriends!”—Book Crack
 
“This is one that I would highly recommend—it’s got love and romance, suspense and some heartbreak as well. . . . Don’t miss this one!”—Cat’s Reviews
 
“I loved this book! Slade is so freakin’ yummy, and the chemistry between him and Jessica is both off the charts hot and hilarious.”—My Book Filled Life

Praise for Sidney Halston’s 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
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553390971
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Series: Worth the Fight
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 147
  • File size: 588 KB

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 October 28, 2014

    Great read! This is my first book I've read from this author and

    Great read! This is my first book I've read from this author and I really like her writing style. Great pace, natural dialogue between the characters, fluid story makes this a really enjoyable read. I will definitely be going back to read book one in this series as well as some of this authors other books. I highly recommend this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2014

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    4.75* I loved this book. This is the second book in the "Wo

    4.75*
    I loved this book. This is the second book in the "Worth the Fight" series and defiantly my favorite so far. The first book was good but this one was really good. Romance, hot sex and suspense made this a book a great read. Slade Martin a Cage/MMA fighter was on the verge of seeing his dream come true and getting into a relationship he never thought he'd ever want. Jessica Cross followed her collage boyfriend Dennis to Tarpon Springs, once there he steadily turned violent. Working at the Pier the local bar Jessica meets Slade who shamelessly flirts with her and continually asks her out only to be turned down. One fateful night Slade steps in to protect Jessica from and angry Dennis and ends up in jail. Jessica leaves Dennis but when she goes to talk Dennis out of filing charges on Slade he beats her severely. Slade rushes to her side to protect and take care of her. Can Slade convince Jessica to give them the chance they both want?
    Slade is one HOT alpha male and the chemistry between he and Jessica is off the charts. I highly recommend this series. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2014

    LOVED this book. Better than Against the Cage and that's one of

    LOVED this book. Better than Against the Cage and that's one of my favorites of the year!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2015

    I fell right into the book as it is a continuation from the Wort

    I fell right into the book as it is a continuation from the Worth The Fight Series!  The characters from the first book (Against the Cage) are here and very much a part of the book.  This story for Jessica and Slade is so good, though.  

    Right from the beginning you can tell how Slade feels about Jessica.  She finds him charming but is saddened by the fact that she is responding to him and yet - women are literally throwing themselves at him - In front of her!

    Slade takes good care of Jessica after her ex-boyfriend beats her and she ends up in the hospital.  She stays at Slade's house and he nurses her carefully back to health.  She is very independent, so at the first sign of feeling better, she goes home.

    Jessica does not know how she feels about him until after she leaves and goes home.  She starts to miss him, and finds herself willing to finally go on the first date they have talked so much about.  They really are good together.  The sparks are off the charts and when they kiss.... well swoon is just a small word for how I felt.

    If you are already a fan of the book series and the MMA fighters - this book is an easy fit for you.  I found the alpha males in here to be charming, funny and H.O.T.!!  They are also totally protective and very loving.... a true hero... or three.

    I cannot wait for the series to continue with a new book coming out in February is Below the Belt.  I am so excited!!  Ms Halston has a great sense of who should be together and each book, while being read by themselves is more powerful if you read them in order.

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    This story starts with Slade waking up to a knock on the front d

    This story starts with Slade waking up to a knock on the front door. Standing at the door is one of his lovers who is upset because



    he has not answered her calls or texts. Slade can't even remember her name. As he stands there talking to "Charlene, Charlotte, Channel, Chelsey, Chantel...." his sister (Chrissy) and fiancée (Jake, Slade's best friend) walk over. Slade is trying to get rid of "Chastity" before she wakes up Jessica. Jessica is a friend, although Slade has always wanted more, who he has been taking care of after being beaten up by her ex-boyfriend. But instead of getting rid of one woman, up drives another one. And now to make matters worse, they wok Jessica and she is standing at the door watching this who scenario play out. I love the humor interspersed throughout the book. As Slade is confronted by both these women, Jack turns around to Chrissy and says "Baby, I hope you brought chairs. This is going to get real good?.
    Jessica knows Slade has been interested in her, but she also knows he is a man whore. However she decides to give him a chance. I liked the back and forth between Jessica and Slade. They are able to both give back as good as they get. You can feel their enjoyment of them bickering back and forth. When I look at the cover of a book I get a picture of how the character looks. This stood out to me because the physical description of Slade did not match the cover. Little thing I know. I like how the author pulls in characters from other books of the same series. You get sort of an added closure to their story as well. Overall loved this book. It is a solid enjoyable read with likeable characters. You will even love the dog Drogo.

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  • Posted November 13, 2014

    I spent most of my time laughing or grinning while I read this

    I spent most of my time laughing or grinning while I read this story. Slade and Jessica take the cake when it comes to witty conversations between characters.

    While the ease of their dialogue tickled my funny bone, the explosiveness of their relationship fascinated me. Slade's interest in Jessica wasn't new or sudden. It had grown over time. His claim on her heart just couldn't happen then because she was with someone, but it could happen now because she was a free woman. He just had to wait for her to heal from the beating her ex-boyfriend gave her before he could start showing her that he was the perfect man for her.

    I was surprised at how quickly their relationship began after her last one ended. I thought she would have wanted to wait a while, get used to the idea of dating again, you know? But I was reminded at the beginning of the story that Slade was the one who'd taken care of her after her ex went to prison. She'd stayed at his house, got better because of his tender care. If anyone deserved to date her, it was Slade. He made her laugh and smile. Most of all, he made her feel safe, protected, cared for, and incredibly loved.

    Everyone deserves a happy ending. The road to an HEA may be filled with bumps and twists and turns, but the ending makes all of that worth going through. Slade and Jessica deserved to be happy. They needed to see that life was more than what it had been, that they could have happiness if they were willing to take a chance on each other.

    This is the second book in Ms. Halston's Worth the Fight series, and it can be read as a standalone. However, I recommend reading Against the Cage first. It introduces Tarpon Springs as well as the characters this series is about. Just like book one, Full Contact is fast-paced, witty, and sexy, and is sure to keep a reader entertained from beginning to end.

    ***Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review***

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  • Posted November 4, 2014

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    Another Drool-Worthy Hero in a Series Dealing With Heavy Issues

    After reading the first book in the Worth the Fight series I was left enthralled by the charming and sexy Slade and his life threatening health issues. Seeing him take the lead in this story had me clamoring to read it and he ends up being the highlight as he struggles to get the girl who's haunted his dreams for months.

    Slade is a self-professed player who's brutally honest with his partners by telling them they're temporary. Despite that, women still chase after him and fight for his attention. Every woman that is except for Jessica who's still recovering from a physically abusive relationship. As domestic abuse affected his family his protective instincts come out in full force and he becomes Jessica's champion, protector, and ultimately lover. Slade's not used to being obsessed with a woman as he usually forgets them as soon as he's had them, but Jessica's always in his thoughts. He takes care of her while she recovers and then worms his way into her heart through his charm, sensuality, and encouragement of her dreams. He's a straight-up guy who doesn't like subterfuge or drama and unfortunately Jessica has a lot of drama surrounding her. Slade's a powerful man who would never hurt a woman and I fell for him as he oozed sex appeal and had a sexy way with dirty talk.

    Just like in the previous installment the heroine here too frustrated me. She didn't want her friends and family to know what happened to her at the hands of her ex but it set her up to be hurt again as she ignored many threats to her safety. Other characters say she's strong-willed but I saw a woman with understandably low self-esteem who tended to jump to conclusions. No matter how much Slade proved himself to her she always assumed the worse. Jessica appears naive in many ways due to her ex's influence and it's only when she's with Slade do I see a woman starting to come out of her shell. He's good for her if she'd only stop fighting what's so obviously right.

    This was a quick read that felt a bit choppy in its transitions. The relationship between Slade and Jessica evolved slowly from flirty to steamy with lots of speedbumps along the way from Jessica's inner demons to outside forces that often put their HEA in doubt. While I enjoyed the friendship displayed between the females in this story I was still left annoyed by their overly dramatic natures. Jessica's evolution wasn't as complete as I'd hoped but thank heavens for the men as they're all charming and seductive with larger than life personalities. The world of MMA fighting is again on display in vivid detail and I enjoyed the energy of these scenes. I also enjoyed the other fighters we get glimpses of as they have appealing and diverse personalities and I look forward to their stories being told as Texas is playful and sweet while Cain is strong and silent with mystery surrounding him. This is a good read but still has the same issues as I found in the previous installment. I have high hopes that these issues will be fixed in the next book as its fiery protagonists deserve a story that crackles.

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  • Posted November 1, 2014

    Goodness! These stories keep getting better and better! I read a

    Goodness! These stories keep getting better and better! I read any time I could to finish this book, that's how engaging the story was. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series(which I hope there is one).




    Slade is a former MMA cage fighter and Jessica is a woman who he rescued from an abusive ex-boyfriend. From the beginning, they are smitten with each other and when she finally agrees to go out with him, it ignites from there. Wonderful, spell bounding book.

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  • Posted October 30, 2014

    I absolutely loved this book! As soon as I saw the book was bas

    I absolutely loved this book! As soon as I saw the book was based in Tarpon Springs, Florida it sucked this Tampa girls heart right in. I usually don't like books that start out with something major happening and you have to read to find out exactly what was going on but Sidney Halston did a perfect job of keeping me interested. I was laughing so loud people thought I was crazy, shocked and of course towards the end of the book crying my eyes out.

    This book was super hot in the bedroom, the cage, and anywhere else that Jessica and Slade got it on. I loved that even though Jessica and Slade have both had situations in life that have devastated them they were able to lean on each other to get through it. I loved that Sydney was not a weak or a bitter woman, she didn't let her past mess up her future with Slade. I loved Slades transformation he was such a player but when he decided to make things real he went al the way. I found it super sexy that Slade was such a funny, sexy, strong man, who could take anyone out in a fight but he had no problems putting his heart out there. He placed his heart in Jessica's hands and gave her the power to make or break him!
    I cant say enough about this book. I could not put it down, Sidney Halston wrote this perfectly It was like watching a movie, I could clearly picture how everyone looked and their mannerisms. I honestly cant wait to the read the other books in the series. I think I will go back to Chrissy story first and bite my nails until the rest of the books come out. I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley for my honest review. So I hope you see how big of a deal it is that I got it for free and will purchase and review the other books as soon as they come out.
    Jessica Cross follows her college boyfriend Dennis to Tarpon Springs to support him while he follows his dreams. Dennis takes Jessica to a MMA fight and she cant help but notice one hot body in particular Slade Martin. Slade Martin and his MMA friends come into the bar that she works in and flirts with her shamelessly all the time. Of course Jessica always shuts him down because she has a boyfriend. When Dennis notices the attention Slade gives Jessica he escalates the emotional abuse he has always given her to full on physical abuse. Slade sees what's going on and puts a stop to it which of course lands him in jail and Jessica in the hospital when Dennis beats her up because she tried to protect Slade.
    The story starts with Slade helping to take care of Jessica after Dennis beats her up. Slade knows that Jessica is special and he wants her to know that he can be the man that she needs. Slade wants to support and protect Jessica from Dennis and any other man that wants to hurt her. Jessica of course cannot deny how sexy she finds Slade and so the romance begins

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  • Posted October 29, 2014

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    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. 




    This is the second book in Halston's Worth the Fight series. My previous review can be found here.




    I'll admit now, that in retrospect, a bit of my liking for this first book was because of the new buzz of actually being picked for a Netgalley Arc. If I read it now my rating may have been lower because I have become more critical of rough spots and pacing issues. That being said, Halston has really smoothed out in Full Contact.




    We met Jessica Cross as a victim and Slade Martin as an eff-up in Against the Cage. In Full Contact, they are both trying to heal and get into some semblance of adult life. This is a Loveswept, so naturally in this fluffier line; we have a caricature villain, stupid misunderstandings, and a lack of communication. But with such relatively one-dimensional main characters, you've got to have something for tension and conflict. Where Halston really shines though is her humor. I had many laugh out loud moments and for the most part I really enjoyed seeing these two very different people get together. Plus, the rest of the ensemble is really enjoyable too. You just know that everyone else is sequel bait, but it didn't lessen my enjoyment in the slightest.




    So I am giving it 3.5 stars and am ready and willing to read the rest of the series.

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  • Posted October 28, 2014

    Wow.. sexy and a great read! 2nd in her Series. I love Sidney'

    Wow.. sexy and a great read! 2nd in her Series. I love Sidney's style. Look forward to her next book. I really enjoyed this book!!!

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  • Posted October 28, 2014

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    Oh we are back in Tarpon Springs and we get caught up with the g

    Oh we are back in Tarpon Springs and we get caught up with the gang again. It was a great , wonderful read. I laugh my ass off and cried, and yes I even yelled. 
    Jessica is a fighter , and she just fought hard for her life, but when everything comes back to take it away from her she thinks she is done for. But she didn't count on Slade, and his love
    for her to fight for them both. But when he has to save him with out telling him will he let her back? GREAT read, funny and sexy as hell. I can't wait to read more and maybe Francesca story will be next.
    This is #2 in the series but it can be read alone , you won't miss out but then again skipping Jack and Chrissy book will be a sin *wink*
    Reviewed by Confessions of a Booklovinjunkie , ARC provided by Netgalley 

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