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

Below the Belt

Who needs pancakes?!?!


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (MMA)

Book Length (Est.): 272 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

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.


YAY – Double Review!


Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

I had so many highlights on my kindle for this book that I’m not even sure where to begin. Below the Belt has an ass kicking feminine lead, an imperfectly perfect sexy MMA fighter, princess named kittens, and all the characters I loved from the first two books in the Worth the Fight series.

Francesca is a suit wearing, high heeled strutting, beautiful woman who not only owns a MMA gym, but can also be known to put a man in his rightful place. But it’s all a façade. A mask she’s worn so long she doesn’t even know who she is anymore. And she’s fine with her life…until she signs Antonio.

Tony used to be the best, but age and life has caught up to him and Francesca and the WtF gym are basically his last chance. He should be grateful, he should be ecstatic, but all he can think about is the sexy woman who’s always jumping his ass to work harder.

In Tony’s attempt to get the woman he’s infatuated with things become much more than he ever would have expected. It won’t be just her body he’s after, oh no, he also will want her heart. Problem is Francesca is unable to give her heart to anyone, not even the man who she’s grown to truly care about.

Below the Belt is another great book in the Worth the Fight series. It has humor mixed with the complicated emotional love story. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll put your heart in your throat, and it’ll make you love Sidney Halston for writing another incredible book.

My Favorite Laughable Moments: Honestly I have a few. I love it when Francesca explains their relationship timeline. Not exactly traditional, but it sure was hilarious. Oh, and when they discuss meals that are better than pancakes…first his and then hers…her response made me laugh out loud. And I’m sure there are more like when his mother smells her chicken soup, but I’ll end with Tony’s ‘notes to self’ when Francesca is drunk. They were kind of hilarious. 

My Favorite Moment: When Tony calls Francesca out after she attacks his car…when he tells her what she should be saying to him. Talk about emotional!

Jenn 5 Heart


Mindy’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Antonio “Scarface” Marino’s career is going down fast. Worth the Fight takes him on to help renew his image, train him and get him some fights. Tony is a hot head fighter that does not know the word defeat, or the fact that he is getting older. If you ask him he can win a fight without even training.

Francesca “Frankie” Silva is the co-owner of Worth the Fight and decided to give Tony a chance to help make the facility some money. She is finding it very hard to keep his head on training and fighting and out of her personal life.

Frankie had a short marriage in her younger days that has made her very closed off from the idea of being in a relationship. With Tony asking her out almost every day she is finding it very difficult to stand her ground. He just wants to go out with her and she just wants him to put that same effort into training.

Tony gets his chance to meet the real Frankie when he is signed to his next match……her ex-husband. Finally getting her to agree to a date and him putting in all the training that he can, it seems that life is turning out to be great. Until trust gets in the way.

I loved this book. This is the third book in the Worth the Fight series and I was not let down. The chemistry between Frankie and Tony is intense and it fits them perfectly. They both have series issues but together they are whole.

Please say Cain gets the next book!!

My Favorite Moment: I absolutely loved and laughed so hard when Francesca finally met Antonio’s mother. Oh for the love of soup! 

Mindy 4.5 Heart

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