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

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.

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Sidney Halston's writing, to me, is good and enjoyable. She writes loveable characters, interesting though kind of predictable plots, and the smexy scenes are hot. While I wouldn't call her books amazing, I'd rather think of the word pleasant. They are great if you're a hardcore fan of the sport romance genre, or you know, if you're in the mood for that genre. For instance I like that genre, that's why I keep requesting these books, but I also know what to expect from them. Rarely do they surprise me or take me on an unexpected ride.

The same with Below The Belt, you know upfront how it's going to end and I was about seventy five percent correct on how Tony and Francesca would get there. To be clear, this doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it, 'cause I did. An excellent relaxing and sexy story, with no big surprises.

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The Author
Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain, or even simpler, “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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