Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Review: Below the Belt (Worth the Fight #3) by Sidney Halston from Loveswept

Below the Belt
(Worth the Fight #3)
by Sidney Halston
Published February 10th 2015 by Loveswept

In Sidney Halston’s latest sizzling MMA romance, a former title contender turns the tables on his knockout trainer with a lesson in seduction.

Once one of the most sought-after names on the mixed martial arts circuit, Antonio “Scarface” Marino watched his career go down for the count as he chased skirts and made tabloid headlines. Now he’s finally making a comeback, and it’s all thanks to Francesca Silva, a Brazilian bombshell as tough as any of her fighters. But who’s the real Francesca: the trash-talking trainer who rides him hard, or the vulnerable woman who blushes at his touch?

Francesca went to the mat to sign Tony because she believes he still has the potential to bring big success to her gym—if she can keep his head in the cage and out of her personal life. After a short-lived marriage soured her on love, a one-night stand is all she can handle. Now Tony’s kisses are stirring up complicated feelings—especially when he agrees to face her ex in the ring. Francesca’s used to freezing guys out. But Tony’s tempting her to give in to the heat.

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My Thoughts:  Below the Belt is the third book in Sidney Halston's Worth the Fight series, but can easily be read as a standalone companion novel.  It is the the first book I've read in this series and I enjoyed it very much.  I've even gone back and purchased the first two books in the series so I can read some more about these hot sexy MMA fighters.  I don't know about you, but there is just something about these fictional MMA fighters that just does it for me.  (The real life ones, not so much - I have a really hard time getting past the cauliflower ears).  The fictional ones though, they just float my boat.  Antonio Moreno is Cuban and as a reputation for being a bad boy and a player, and the ladies all love him.  Tony, however,  has wanted his boss, Francesca Silva, ever since he laid eyes on her, but she is somewhat of an enigma to him, and has managed to always shoot him down.  Francesca Silva puts on a front with her suits, heels, and tough facade, even though she's built this whole persona as her way of protecting herself from getting hurt...again...
What many of the guys don't know, however, is that she can throw down with the best of them and could probably give each of her fighters a run for they money if she was to go toe to toe with them in the ring.

A night of passion leads to much more between Tony and Francesca, even though she tries to nip it in the bud.  Tony doesn't give up easily though, which Francesca soon finds out.  Tony has a temper and is very jealous, but despite herself, Francesca can't help the way she is drawn to him.  When a blast from the past comes back into her life, things get even more interesting.  I enjoyed the romance and dialogue between Tony and Francesca, especially when Tony's temper would flare causing his accent to make it hard to understand him.  His responses were often comical, and he is one of those leading guys in a story that just completely win you over, especially the more you get to know him and his family and experience their family dynamic.  The romance is smoking hot and the story itself was quite entertaining.  Below the Belt is one of those contemporary romances that fans of this genre will most definitely will want to add to their list.


  1. I read this as well and really liked it. Something about those fighters. ;)


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