Below the Belt (Worth the Fight #3) by Sidney Halston
Adult Contemporary Romance/Erotic
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.
Francesca Silva took a chance on Antonio Marino, the MMA fighter better known as “Scarface” who tanked his career with too much booze and too many of his escapades with women making the tabloids. He was lucky enough to get a second chance thanks to her taking him on at her gym, but unfortunately for all involved, it was going to take more than just a lifeline to make him wake up and face the consequences of his decisions.
Tony, with his sexy Cuban accent, had the cocky tough guy routine down to a science, even if he didn’t really deserve the attitude anymore. The self-assuredness was there, but the talent and training just wasn’t. So, when he started getting even more distracted by his ever-present lust for Francesca, it looked like doom for both of them since she’d put a lot of money behind making him a star again. There was a LOT of tension between these two, both the good and the bad kind, and Tony couldn’t deal with the reality of his career potentially coming to a screeching halt and this woman denying him left and right. Francesca was strong-minded and had made herself a successful business co-owning the gym, but she was so guarded after having her heart broken that she was just NOT letting Tony crack her armor. Well, that’s what SHE said…
While I loved that Tony was all possessive and horndog crazy for Francesca, there were times that I wanted to throttle him for making stupid decisions. He had a bit of a temper that would rear its ugly head when his ego took a hit, so sometimes he was taking two steps forward and ten steps back. But, I still loved this sexy Cuban, especially when his accent slipped into a Ricky Ricardo impersonation and he was all over the place with his emotions! It was sweet and made me smile, and it just showed how passionate he was about this woman. She confounded him and challenged him at every turn, and her strength (yep, she can fight with the best of them!) was a thing of beauty. When they finally got under each other’s skin enough to take things up a notch, they were hot-hot-hot!
Below the Belt was a quick, sexy, fun read that fans of hot bad boys are sure to enjoy!
“So? We okay?”
“Of course we are. Why wouldn’t we be? My job is to keep you in line, and yours is to provoke me. You’re doing an awesome job at it, by the way.” ~Loc 321
For the first time since she could remember, she felt lost and unsure of herself. That’s what this man did to her—he made her question who she was. For eight years, that tightly constructed wall around her heart had kept her nice and safe, but somehow this man had clawed his way inside those walls and had made himself comfortable. ~Loc 1283
“Because that face of yours, it sometimes gives away how scared you are. Not of me, but of us. I just want to make sure that I don’t get too aggressive again. That you want this too.”
“Aggressive?” She snorted. “You? Not at all. That whole thing about fucking me on the hood of your car? Yeah, that was in no way aggressive.” ~Loc 1724
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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