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Series: Worth the Fight #5
on January 5th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Sports, General, Contemporary Women
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If you love the MMA romances of Vi Kreeland and Kendall Ryan, Sidney Halston’s Worth the Fight series will knock your socks off! In Fighting Dirty, a geek-chic cage fighter proves that appearances can be deceiving . . . and oh-so-tempting.
With his preppy clothes and horn-rimmed glasses, Enzo Silva is the last dude anyone expects to find in a mixed martial arts gym. A wealthy Brazilian banker who never had to fight for anything, Enzo’s stuck in the amateur circuit—but he burns to make the pros. Maybe that explains the heat he feels whenever he’s around Jamie Lynn Calhoun. The pint-size, magenta-haired bartender with the Texas drawl is everything he’s not . . . and everything he craves.
Tough as nails and independent to a fault, Jamie Lynn—JL to her friends—works hard to pay her bills and keep life simple. Enzo is doing his best to complicate that. Even though she likes to bust his balls, he’s got some kind of a nerdy-hot vibe that makes JL wonder if she might finally be able to let her guard down. It might do the boy some good to spend some time in her world, where blood, sweat, and victory are as sweet as the first taste of real love.
Also in this series: Laid Out
Also by this author: Laid Out
Fighting Dirty is the fifth book in author Sidney Halston’s Worth the Fight series, centering on a group of amateur and pro MMA fighters. The romantic protagonists of Fighting Dirty appeared in previous statements and the history of their flirtatious friendship help create a strong foundation for their deep and passionate love story.
Jamie Lynn Calhoun, whom everyone but Enzo calls JL, is a tiny, tattooed pixie of a girl with a smart mouth and tough attitude. The sass is strong in this one. Enzo is an extremely wealthy Brazilian businessman who has moved to Florida to further his family’s business interest – and to secretly train and indulge in secret passion for jiu-jitsu. Their contrasting physical appearances, Enzo is buttoned-down with horn-rimmed glasses and JL wears combat boots and changes her hair color almost daily, make JL doubt their compatibility. Luckily the heart can look past the image one projects to the world.
After answering to his parents his entire life and finally freeing himself from a loveless arranged marriage, Enzo his ready to embrace life and fulfill his passions – that means training at the MMA gym and patiently winning Jamie Lynn’s heart. A bet with JL’s twin brother causes her to see Enzo in a new light. Deciding he isn’t as stuffy as she thought, Jamie Lynn asks Enzo on a date – one that ends up lasting four days.
With Enzo, Jamie is able to open her heart and share her secrets, showing her softer more vulnerable side. Enzo leaps at the chance to love and project JL, being her emotional and physical support. Once family drama and conflicting interests create a wedge in the couple, Enzo gives Jamie Lynn the space she needs without ever letting her forget how much he loves and supports her, allowing their connection to mature and deepen organically.
JL’s saucy attitude has been a highlight in the other Worth the Fight books and the author does a very good job digging deeper into her character, offering solid backstory and providing JL with the perfect partner in Enzo, who appreciates her exactly as she is.
If you like your heroes with muscles, brains, and hearts of gold and your heroines funny, sexy and complicated, Fighting Dirty is the book for you.
Excerpt from Fighting Dirty
“What made you change your mind about going out with me?” he asked as they crossed the parking lot. “Not that I’m complaining. But you’ve been saying no for almost a year.”
“You always seem so predictable, but you doing this . . .” She shook her head. “I guess it made me see you in a different light.”
He held her car door open for her as she tucked the canvas facedown in the backseat and then got in the car. “I’m glad it took me completely humiliating myself to get you to go out with me. Maybe I won’t kill your brother for this ridiculous bet, after all,” he said. “I’ll make reservations at the Tackle Box and pick you up at eight tomorrow.” When she looked at him for a moment too long, he said, “You don’t like the Tackle Box?”
“That was a dumb question. You’re always working. Let me rephrase the question. Can you take the day off tomorrow?”
Enzo quickly thought about all the teleconferences he had scheduled and all the reports he had to do. “I can.”
“Okay, so I’ll pick you up at eight.”
“Uh . . . I don’t understand.”
“Eight in the morning,” she clarified. “I asked you out, so I pick. That’s the deal, okay? It’s my treat. I pick where we go and what we do.”
“I don’t think—”
“You hate giving up control, don’t you?” she asked wryly, already knowing the answer. “Don’t worry so much. Just be ready. It’ll be fun—spontaneous. You’ll like it. I promise.”
He let out a breath. “Fun and spontaneous isn’t something I’m very comfortable with,” he admitted. But then he decided, What the hell? He’d already survived taking the biggest leap of faith of his life by moving from Brazil to Florida, something that was so completely out of character his parents thought he was still mourning the end of his marriage. So, going on a date with a beautiful woman and letting her take the lead . . . what could possibly go wrong?
“Okay, fine. I’ll text you my address,” he said as he leaned in and kissed her cheek. She folded herself into her crappy fifteen-year-old Honda Civic, which was mostly red, except for some patches where the paint had chipped off. The bumper was held together with a hot-pink bungee cord, and there were bumper stickers plastered everywhere. He couldn’t picture her with any other car but this one; somehow it suited her perfectly. But she was absolutely out of her mind if she thought he’d be going anywhere with her in that clunker tomorrow.
About Author Sidney Halston
Sidney Halston lives her life by one simple rule: “Just do it.” And that’s exactly what she did. At the age of thirty, having never written anything other than a legal brief, she picked up a pen for the first time to pursue her dream of becoming an author. That first stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Halston lives in South Florida with her husband and children.