Laid Out

Laid Out

by Sidney Halston

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Overview

Perfect for fans of Katy Evans and Sarah Castille, Sidney Halston’s scorching new MMA romance proves there are no holds barred when it comes to seduction.
 
As an Army brat, Violet Channing could never meet her dad’s high expectations. But in the eyes of her best friend, she could do no wrong. He even insisted that he should be her first kiss. Now Cain Sorensen is all grown up, hardened by years in special ops and always looking for a good fight. Tall, with striking blue eyes and impossibly blond hair, he’s a modern-day Viking warrior. Of course, Violet’s all grown up, too, and she’s ready to surrender to his every command.
 
Cain knows he’s bad for Violet. His work is dangerous, and his hobbies are downright deadly. As a private mercenary and a mixed martial arts fighter, he could never let such an innocent soul into his world. And yet his most grueling combat training is no match for Violet’s killer curves, hot touch, and suggestive glances. Now all of Cain’s most explosive fantasies are coming true—but once they cross the line between friends and lovers, there’s no turning back.
 
Don’t miss Sidney Halston’s Panic series:
PULL ME CLOSE | MAKE ME STAY | KISS ME BACK | WHAT ABOUT US
 
And look for all of her hard-hitting MMA romances:
AGAINST THE CAGE | FULL CONTACT | BELOW THE BELT | LAID OUT | FIGHTING DIRTY | STACKED UP

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.”Library Journal
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101886298
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Series: Worth the Fight , #4
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 91,364
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling 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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Laid Out 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much hot and cold from the hero. Also, I do not like heroines with body image issues. Too much emphasis on her weight. No thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book - loved Cain & Violet - great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just ok cain took forever toget his self togthernot my fav of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this series. Must read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy the writing the well crafted story, characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series. Pre ordered the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cain & Violet's story is about courage and loyalty being as important as love ... truly beautiful!
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
Violet’s two best friends Cain and Jeremy enlisted in the Army and were leaving. Before Cain left, he gave Violet her first kiss. She has always had feeling for Cain, so she hopes this will lead to something more. Cain however knows his best friend, Jeremy is interested in her. Therefore Cain writes to Violet and tells her it was a mistake. He thought he was doing the right thing by stepping aside to allow Violet and Jeremy to have a future together. They finally do get engaged but then tragedy strikes. Years later they find themselves in the same town together. Violet tries to reconnect with Cain. But Cain feels guilty about Jeremy’s death and wanting to build a relationship with Violet. He feels he is not good enough for her. While Violet will always miss Jeremy, she wants to move on and find someone. But she is a little shy and awkward so who does she get help from; Cain of course. Then things seem to heat up between the two of them. Overall this is a great book. It deals with touchy subjects, such as PTSD and body image. Characters are well developed and strong individuals. It pulls in characters from the author’s other books. So you get to still connect to them and see how things turned out for them in the future. So far I have been disappointed in any book by this author. And this one is no different. I will certainly continue to read her books.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
I think Cain might be my favorite of the series! While he is certainly frustrating with his hot/cold treatment of Violet, he also has a very sexy side that won me over. Violet is pretty easy going and Cain's nickname for her - Sunshine - fits her perfectly, but I loved it when she got riled up and let Cain have it. There is plenty of sexual tension in this friends-to-lovers story, and Cain can't help but practically stake a claim on Violet when she is around other men. It was a nice, slow build to their relationship, but it made their coming together really hot. Another great story in the series! 4.5 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
4 ½ Stars First off, let me say that this is the first book I have read by Sidney Halston but it definitely will not be my last. This book was freaking awesome! Even though it is the 4th book in her “Worth the Fight” series you can definitely read it as a stand alone book. Cain is not your typical book hero. He brooding, unfriendly, stubborn and hard to get along with, so basically an complete jerk. However, for those who know him well they know he is loyal to the end and fights for those he loves. Growing up as an Army brat Cain had always counted on his two best friends, Jeremy and Violet. Following in their father’s footsteps, Cain and Jeremy enlisted and joined the Army. After tragedy struck on one of their deployments Cain left the Army behind and ran away from those he loved, including Violet, the only woman Cain would ever love but could never have. Now Cain works special ops as a mercenary and also as a mixed marital arts fighter. Both jobs are dangerous and deadly but it is the only things that keeps his mind off Violet and her killer body and smile. 1 (1) Violet always stood out in a crowd, but for all the wrong reasons, or so she thought. Being a curvy teenager and having a dad tell her she was constantly over weight left Violet without any self esteem. The only two people in her life who ever showed her any affection or who cared about how people treated her where her two best friends Jeremy and Cain. The three of them were best friends until the day that Cain gave Violet her first kiss and then left for deployment. Years later Violet can still feel that kiss on her lips like it was yesterday. Except the tall and lanky Cain that gave her that kiss has grown into a sexy brooding man who will barely acknowledge her existence. The book is a beautiful fast paced, emotional journey of love, healing and two people learning how to move on. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. I received an eARC of this book via the publisher and Rock Star PR for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and reviews stated are my own.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
I have a love/hate relationship with this story. Might sound a bit strong, but hear me out. I loved the characters, they are well thought out, the author showed how they grew as people, how they worked on their numerous issues, and how they felt deeply, intensely, and thoroughly. I loved Cain and Violet, both as individuals and together. They have so much history, like only people growing up together can have. He had always been her hero, fighting for her since a kid to protect her. Everything he had done in his life, has somehow been connected to her. He was her first kiss, a kiss that changed them both. They have so much fire in between them, the chemistry is burning hot, the feelings they have for each other are like lava. When Cain starts to give her dating lessons, things get complicated. Because originally, it wasn't just Cain and Violet growing up together, there was also Jeremy. The man Violet was engaged to, before he died in the war, Cain's best friend. And that brought lots of complications, issues, and hurt between Violet and Cain. The pain, sorrow, and damage that was done to their relationship, by mixed messages, leaving when things got difficult, and by being a jerk, I hated it. Cause it went on and on. It seemed like they were stuck in this behavioral model, and couldn't get out of it. It is obvious that they love each other, the feelings are palpable on every page. But the communication between them, and not just from Cain, is lacking, to say it mildly, and the pain that cost is agonizing. And to top it off, Cain is using illegal fighting as an excuse to get rid of the frustration, guilt, and anger he has, creating dangerous situations. I got emotionally invested in these characters, I felt for them, their joy, love, and the deep pain they cause for each other. I was a blubbering mess towards the end, when it seems everything is lost, and that is why I have such a strong investment in the story, that I actually have a love/hate relationship with it. But the author brilliantly gives the characters the keys to their believable HEA, with an epilogue that leaves the reader thirsting for the next story in the series ~ Five Spoons!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Violet and Cain have known each other since they were children. They have been best friends this whole time, along with Violet's late fiance. They are attracted to one another and they both fight it to preserve the friendship they have. When it comes to family, they are all each other has left. Cain has known he was in love with her since they were teenagers. He gave her the very first kiss from a boy she ever had. Then he tore her heart open with a letter that nearly killed her. Violet started seeing their other best friend instead. He eventually asked her to marry him and all of it was witnessed by Cain. How much pain would he have to endure? When her fiance died, she turned even more to Cain - only to see a cold shoulder. Cain blames himself for her fiance's death. The problem he has now, besides guilt, is that he is love with a woman who will never want him. But she turns to him for help anyway. Together they have a strong friendship when they work at it. Violet is feeling alone and unwanted. Cain has so much to tell her that he keeps to himself. They must learn to fight for what matters before its too late. I found this to be a genuine romance book! It has everything for you. ***This ARC copy was given for review purposes only.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
While Cain is ex-military, special ops, and MMA fighter he is also the sweetest guy. He comes across as quite the a** and believe me he deserves all the names that he is called throughout the book yet he cares. He just doesn’t know how to show that he cares and thinks he doesn’t deserve the right to care. It is up to Violet to shake up his world and push him outside his comfort zone and learn to let his feelings show. It hurt me to see how withdrawn Violet was in the beginning of the story. She was a push over, letting everyone tell her what to do from what to wear to who to date. She did not stand up for herself EVER. As the story went on I was so proud of her. She grew into herself and realized she was worth more than she thought. She stood up to her friends, her co-workers, and most importantly Cain. She realized life would go on, although it wouldn’t be as steamy, without Cain. I cannot imagine how hard that had to have been for her. The relationship between Cain and Violet was steamy to say the least. It didn’t move fast It actually moved at turtle pace. I was okay with that. While the sparks flew, they didn’t just react and regret. They made sure, with lots of arguing and walking away, that what they had was real and that they were both on the same page. Some of their conversations made me blush, but for them they were necessary. This is a great series. Alpha males, sexy men, strong women, and military life is all of my favorite character traits. I recommend checking out Laid Out.
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
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AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Laid Out is book number four in Sidney Halston's Worth the Fight series. While part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone companion novel. Though I've not read all four books yet, I did read book number three and enjoyed it very much. Laid Out is Cain and Violet's story. Their relationship goes back many years, back to a time when they were both young and inseparable, The two of them, along with their other friend Jeremy, were best friends. When the relationship changed into something more, it kind of threw a kink in things because both boys liked her. Cain is dealing with a tremendous amount of guilt as a result of this decision, and that coupled with what happened to Jeremy, are sometimes almost more than he can deal with. Now with both of them living in the same town, Cain and Violet are afraid of where things might go between them and that will affect their friendship. Because of this, they try to fight the chemistry and intense attraction they have to each other. When Cain is forced to finally make a choice, things change in a drastic way. Cain has a secret that has been eating him alive, however, one that has kept him from his own happiness, one he needs to get past if things are ever going to work out between him and the only girl he has truly ever loved. I enjoyed reading this friends to lovers story, and enjoyed watching the relationship between Violet and Cain develop. It was wonderful watching them both come out of their shell. Cain, of course, is super hot, which makes the story that much more appealing. The romance was great, also. Overall, Laid Out is a great story and one that I really enjoyed, and would most definitely recommend to contemporary romance fans. Check it out.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the series but you don't need to read the previous to totally enjoy this story. Fabulous! I kept wanting to yell at Cain to get with the program and just do it! I have read all four of the books and this might my favorite. I can't come up with the words as to how good this story is. Emotional, sexy and so well-written. Wowzer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TSRBR More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 4 Rockin’ ★★★★ They grew up together and have always been friends. In Laid Out, Worth the Fight series this friendship grows and evolves into something entirely different than either expected. Author Sidney Halston once again delivers an incredible, heart stopping read for her fan’s enjoyment! The book is set in Tarpon Springs, Florida and centers on a group of MMA fighters, the gym they train at, and their friends and family. Ms. Halston’s characters in this novel could be your next door neighbors or friends you get together with and go out for dinner and drinks. This novel is filled with realistic characters and situations that are easily related to while still totally involving the reader in an action pack story. Our hero, Cain Sorensen has loved Violet Channing as long as he has known her. He gave her, her first kiss and then gave her up because his best friend loved her too. Struggling for years watching them together almost destroyed him. When his friend was killed in an ambush, Cain’s guilt once again kept him away from Violet. Is there a way for them to be together? Will Violet ever feel the same way about him that he feels about her? Take the time to enjoy this emotional story about love and friendship! Hero: Cain Sorensen 4 stars Heroine: Violet Channing 4 stars Steam: 4 stars Plot: 4 stars Cliffhanger: No
GeriSlavinsky More than 1 year ago
Anyone who knows me there are very few times that I am speechless, but this book did it! Not only did I not talk, but I did not move until I finished this book once I started it. I LOVED it!! Such great characters, both main and background. Even better was the topics they brought to the light like PTSD, survivor's guilt, negative body image, and functioning when someone you love is in the military. Top that off with a hot and sexy Ranger who just happens to also be a MMA fighter and HELLO why are you still reading my review? You should have already one clicked and started reading. Cain is sweet when he is a little boy and still shows the good manners he had but that rough side he now has makes him ever hotter. I melted so many times during this book I thought I would pass out. There is no denying the chemistry between him and Vi and it reaches out from the pages. The reunion scene brought tears to my eyes. Their friends equally were as well written and added so much to this story. I will never get the hours of sleep I missed while reading this book, but it was well worth it and I will definitely keep this as one of my go to books to re-read.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
Even though this is the first book out of this series that I've read, I didn't feel like I didn't know what was going on. The author did a great job! I thoroughly enjoyed Violet and Cain's story and will be purchasing the rest of this series!
starznstripes24 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 shining bright stars If you haven't read this series, why not? It gets better with each book. Cain is a man of very few words and always has been. Violet is his best friend from childhood. When she showed up in FL they were both surprised and Cain was anything but friendly towards her. If anything, he spoke even less and always seemed upset and distant. Violet's trying to date again but she feels awkward and believes her appearance is a deterrent to most men. She's a curvy girl. She wants Cain to help her and give her a man's POV and guidance back into the dating world while strengthening their friendship. You may think you've read this before, but this story is truly unique. There are underlying issues on both sides - and they all stem from a trio of BFF's that grew up together. Cain, Jeremy and Violet were raised on a military base and have been together since they were in a playpen. You really need to read the book to find out what happens. I don't want to give anything away, but we get the privilege of watching a closed off Cain learn to accept the change around him and become a friend again. We see how Violet grew up with her father and classmates putting hew down due to her weight but became a strong woman who is comfortable in her own body. Seeing both Violet and Cain take responsibility of their past and learn to let go and grow made my heart smile. I wasn't expecting to have such strong emotions during this read. Childhood friends to lovers is my favorite type of read, but this one really is something special. It had everything I look for and a lot of what I didn't know that I needed. There were so many little unexpected surprises along the way. Sidney really hit a home run in my opinion! Just in case you're wondering, there's still plenty of MMA gym time, fighting and appearances by the rest of the close knit group. I highly recommend this book and this series. I received a NetGalley copy for review.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Army brats to the core, Jeremy, Cain and Violet grew up together and they were quite inseparable...until Jeremy and Cain head off to war. Jeremy sets his sights on Violet and they quickly marry but only Cain returns home. Cain has loved Violet practically his entire life. He carries the loss of his chance with Violet well since his best friend Jeremy got the girl. Now Jeremy is gone and nothing is standing in his way but his guilt over Jeremy's death. Now Cain has returned home and is quite an accomplished fighter who gets caught up in the illegal underground cage fighting as an outlet for his anger and guilt. Violet is a strong and independent woman who has learned to thrive even after tradegy. Just when you think Cain's vacillations are going to bring her down she still manages to pull herself through. PTSD, guilt and war all play a major roll in Cain's and Violet's story but Halston also manages to wheedle in some funny, a healthy dash of romance and some uber alpha male action. I really enjoyed reading Laid Out. I found the story to be very entertaining with a wild ride on the romance roller coaster. I received this ARC copy of Laid Out from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review.