Review of Against the Cage (Worth the Fight #1) by Sidney Halston


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 229 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

In her Loveswept debut, Sidney Halston turns up the heat as a sexy cage fighter shows a former bookworm how delicious a few rounds between the sheets can be.

For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentally punching an officer . . . in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.

Jack Daniels knows how to take a hit. After all, when he’s not chasing reckless drivers, he’s kicking ass in a mixed martial arts ring. So what takes his breath away isn’t the low blow, but the woman who dealt it: a gorgeous knockout with legs Jack wouldn’t mind being pinned under—who just so happens to be his best friend’s nerdy little sister, all grown up. Soon their instant chemistry leads to a sizzling affair, but Jack and Chrissy are fighting an uphill battle if they want to make love last beyond the final bell.


YAY ~ Double Review!

Mindy enjoyed this book so much that I just had to go and request it myself, and I suggest anyone who loves a sexy MMA alpha man to definitely go buy this! ~Jenn


Mindy’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Forever (Grand Central Publishing Group – Loveswept) in exchange for an honest review*

Chrissy Martin must return to her hometown after eleven years to bail her brother out of jail. Her first day back is very interesting. After having a flat tire, breaking the heel on her shoe, she gets pulled over for speeding and ends up punching the cop in a very delicate spot. She finds out after the officer gets himself back together that he is no other than her brother’s best friend and her childhood fantasy that she just also happens to hold a grudge against.

Jack Daniels is an officer and does MMA for fun on the side. He cannot believe his eyes discovering he has pulled over the one person he thought he would never see again. Not understanding why she is so bold and harsh with him he decides he cannot let her out of his sight.

Chrissy does not understand the MMA world and wants nothing to do with any kind of violence. She is a doctor and fixes people for a living. Her brother Slade and Jack break people for a living causing her to perform stupidectomies.

Chrissy and Slade have a lot of differences that need to be talked about but no one wants to do the talking. With all the fighting with her brother she decides to stay with Jack at his house and has a very special connection with his dog Drogo.

This book is hilarious, happy, sad and one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. The chemistry between Chrissy and Jack is HOT! The sexual tension between them is rewarding to say the least. And whatever you do, do not think of Jack and Chrissy as brother and sister.

If you love a HOT romance and MMA fighters you will love this book. I cannot wait to read the next installment. (Please say this is a series!!)

My Favorite Moment: My all-time favorite is when Chrissy gets pulled over.

My Favorite Character: I am going to choose a couple of characters for this. This might sound crazy but I have a soft spot for Drogo. And Jack…well let’s just say who doesn’t like a strong alpha male that does MMA for a side job.

Mindy 5 Heart


Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Forever (Grand Central Publishing Group – Loveswept) in exchange for an honest review*

With a life filled with regrets and responsibilities Chrissy isn’t the happiest of people. The things she does for her brother, Slade, are down out of a sense of obligation and she doesn’t want to be the one driving down to bail him out of jail or be the one helping to take care of his problems, but she does it because she’s all he has. Too bad Slade doesn’t realize exactly why she does it and he tends to just make things worse in the process.

Jack grew up alongside Chrissy and Slade, literally right next door, and had been best friends with Slade since they were kids. Having the hots for his best friend’s baby sister could be complicated, but that doesn’t really stop him from pursing what he wants.

With Chrissy “the town’s sweetheart” back in town, everyone she runs into wants to fix her up with their son, or brother, or any other single male relative they can come up with. And at times it’s downright hysterical how forward some of those single men are…even when they’re literally all next to each other competing for her attention. Not to mention the way Jack feels about the unwanted attention toward her.

She may have left a shy timid girl who would do anything asked of her, but she returned a spitfire who had no issues with speaking her mind.

I thoroughly enjoyed Jack’s unwavering and straightforward approach toward Chrissy. The things he said to her would knock any woman off kilter, and she was no exception. As Chrissy’s reasons for staying away Jack begin to unravel things get a little more interesting and a lot more HOT! 

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Chrissy getting pulled over after an already very crappy day was so hilarious. Everything from rolling down her window to the so-called sobriety test kept me smiling and occasionally laughing out loud. Of course the police officer’s thoughts on the situations were quite funny also. Too bad he didn’t actually say what he was thinking.

“Did you just call me ass, right after punching me in the balls? Ya’ know, I’ve tasered people for less.” 

My Favorite Moments: I loved all the sexual tension between Chrissy and Jack and definitely enjoyed all the ‘foreplay’. He is one determined man! 

Jenn 5 Heart

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