Title: Fighting Dirty
Series: Worth the Fight, Book 5
Author: Sidney Halston
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Sports, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
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.
The highlight of this story was that Enzo was relentless in his pursuit of Jamie Lynn. I'd think it's reasonable to say a year is a damn long time for anyone to keep asking the same person out only to be turned down each time. But seeing Enzo's interest in Jamie Lynn made me want to know the man behind the suit a whole lot more.
Not that Jamie Lynn wasn't justified in saying no to him. I got it. On the surface, he didn't seem like the kind of guy she'd date anyway: reserved, neatly pressed and dressed, rich. She was the opposite of all that, which suited her fine, but didn't seem to be enough of a deterrent for Enzo.
Her spontaneity, beauty, wit, and ability to live life to the fullest made her incredibly attractive to me. I could see why Enzo was to her too.
The biggest takeaway was the way Enzo changed. In the eyes of his family, he wasn't much of anything. Nothing he did or could do would change their opinion of him. With Jamie Lynn, he learned that happiness came from being with someone who appreciated you for you, loved you for you, and wanted you for you.
And for a man like Enzo, who had the ability to buy the world, discovering his world was with a pint-sized, ever-changing hair colored, tattooed bartender who taught him to live because life is worth living was amazing and beautiful.
Definitely worth reading and worth owning. It's a terrific addition to this series, a character driven romance that is humorous and heartwarming.
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.