Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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


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.

My Review

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

The thing I like about this series is that the books just keep getting better. I liked the first two books, but this one kept my attention and I got through it very quickly. I think it had a lot to do with the main characters. Francesca Silva is a very complex woman. At first she seems like a no nonsense, very uptight business woman, but the more we learn about her, the more we learn that she is that way for a reason. She has spent years building up a persona that she thinks people want to see, not who she really is. Then Tony Marino comes into her life. Tony is a MMA fighter that is entering the later stages in his career. The problem is he drinks, has lots of meaningless sex, gets into bar fights and doesn't train properly. But Francesca sees something in him and is determined to get Tony back to championship form. 

Francesca is hot. Tony is hot. Francesca is stubborn. Tony is stubborn. Tony doesn't want to train the way Francesca wants him to train. They fight ALL THE TIME. But put these two together and you get a sexy, explosive relationship that I could not get enough of. There was never a dull moment with these two. I like that just as Francesca sees something in Tony, Tony can see right through the personality Francesca has built to hide her true self. And I think that is why their relationship worked well. 

I like when a book has good secondary characters and this book has plenty. The guys from gym are hilarious...especially Travis. I like a good Southern man. But I really hope that Cain and Violet's story is next....I am so intrigued by them. There is a story there and I can't wait to find out what it is.

Amazon buy link: http://amzn.com/B00MSRYORI

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