Sunday, February 15, 2015

Blog Tour: Below the Belt by Sydney Halston

Author: Sydney Halston
Publisher: Loveswept
Date of publication: February 2015

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.

Below the Belt is the third book in the Worth the Fight series.  It's the first one of the series I have read.  I was able to read it without having to read the first two.  It does work well as a stand alone. Below the Belt is Tony and Francesca's story.  Tony has wanted to take Francesca out for months, but she has always resisted.  One night at a wedding changes things for the both of them.  

For the most part, I liked the couple together.  They both have some major baggage to work through before they can fully trust each other. But, they defintiely bring out the better side of each other when they are together. The thing that I didn't like about the two was the way both flew off the handle too easily and automatically thought the other was cheating.  Not a good sign for a long term relationship if you ask me.  But, I found myself rooting for the couple.  I liked Tony.  For a tough fighter, he had an endearing soft side, especially when it came to Francesca.  

I definitely enjoyed this book enough to go back and read the first two books, Against the Cage and Full Contact, before the next one comes out.  

About the author:

USA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “Just Do It” Nike, and that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.

Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading… She’s a reader first and a writer second. 

When she’s not writing or reading her life is complete and utter chaos trying to balance family life with work, and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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