[Review] Below the Belt by Sidney Halston



 
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.

 


** Book received in exchange for an honest review **

An early night in order to finish this. I couldn't put it down, again!
I have been a fan of Sidney's since Seeing Red  and still love her work, her men and her covers.  Ive seen the cover for this plenty of times and it was only 2 days ago that I noticed the sea!
In the third instalment we visited the lives of Tony and Francesca, Frankie or Frances.
Tony is the big name for WtF accademy and Francesca made that decision. Tony is busy trying to win her over and go on one date while Frances is busy keeping her walls up after a suprising gem in the book I didn't see coming.
The constant push and pull of their relationship keeps you enthralled and hooked. They both wind up being softer than their personas.
Both of them have interesting pasts. Little bits in time that make them who they are and it's refreshing to see how those pasts are melted away simply by forgiving and moving on, simple closure and acceptance.
Through the plot we see cocky Tony lose a fight, costing the accademy, and watch as he'd rather spend his time chasing after women, drinking and not really giving a crap because in his head he's still one of the top named fighters. But, at 34, age is catching up and Frances gets on his case.
The pair bicker all the time, and Tony, one interation at a time starts wearing at her no dating policy - so much so that after the 1st date, he barely leaves her house.
The book also gets me extremely excited about book 4! Cain and Violet. I cannot wait to get my hands on that one.
Without a doubt still in love with Sid, you just have to give both series a try!

 

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