February 2, 2015

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.


Antonio “Scarface” Marino was once at the top of his game. He was one of the best MMA fighters out there. Now he is on the verge of losing his sponsors and business deals because of his image. Antonio has manage to make his life more of a spectacle than his fighting. Sleeping around, drinking, and getting into fights doesn’t help Antonio in the ring. His last chance is his new trainer and gym, Worth the Fight.

Francesca Silva is as tough as any of the fighters at her father’s gym. No one knows it because of the power suits and sky high heels but she can go toe to toe with Tony and win. Francesca took a chance on Tony to try and pull more big names to save her gym now all she needs is a win. That’s getting hard to do when Tony doesn’t listen and has spent every day from day one hitting on her.

Both Tony and Francesca have had their tough times in life but this story is about getting a second chance at happiness. A second chance at finding love and what you were meant to do with your life. Francesca came off as an ice queen but once Tony started to break her down there was so much more to her than that. She was actually really vulnerable and soft. Tony came off as a player but there was more to him as well. He was still domineering and all alpha with a terrible jealousy streak but he was also very loving. He loved his family and he cared about Francesca and her feelings.

I really liked this story. My problem was with the relationship. Francesca was really afraid of getting into a relationship and it took the whole book for her to give herself completely to Tony. It was a little unrealistic to me but I got over it. I liked their banter and watching them grow as a couple.

I would definitely recommend this MMA romance and the whole series!

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  1. I've not read any of these but that will soon be remedied! Anticipation....I, too, like happy ever afters!

    Kathleen Bylsma

  2. Thank you for hosting for the lovely review! I hope you give it a try Kathleen!

  3. Kathleen if you like MMA romances this whole series is worth giving a try!

    Happily ever afters are the best