Thursday, May 22, 2014

Against the Cage by Sidney Halston

For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentally punching an officer . . . in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.
Jack Daniels knows how to take a hit. After all, when he’s not chasing reckless drivers, he’s kicking ass in a mixed martial arts ring. So what takes his breath away isn’t the low blow, but the woman who dealt it: a gorgeous knockout with legs Jack wouldn’t mind being pinned under—who just so happens to be his best friend’s nerdy little sister, all grown up. Soon their instant chemistry leads to a sizzling affair, but Jack and Chrissy are fighting an uphill battle if they want to make love last beyond the final bell.

Against the Cage by Sidney Halston is the first novel in the Worth the Fight Series and is definitely worth one-clicking. This novel has all of my favorite things – underground MMA fighting, a man in uniform, plenty of drama and twists, and a connection so electric, the romance makes the pages sizzle.

Chrissy Martin is headstrong but loyal to a fault. She is willing to sacrifice everything for the only family she has left, her brother Slade. After spending her life escaping her hometown, she finds herself running back when Slade needs her most. What she doesn’t expect to find is her childhood crush. Distance doesn’t always lessen attraction, and Chrissy finds herself staring down temptation and lust in the form of Jack Daniels.

Jack Daniels is my kind of book boyfriend. He’s a police officer who isn’t afraid to blur the line between right and wrong. This hero is stubborn, protective, and loves fiercely. He’ll make you swoon hard and blush even harder. His attraction to his best friend’s sister, Chrissy, has been building for decades. After a chance run-in, this twosome can’t help but surrender to the years of sexual tension and angst.

The plot kept me engaged the entire story. Against the Cage is more than just fighting and romance. There’s danger, deceit, and an abundance of drama. I loved reading as Chrissy and Jack fought their feelings for one another. At times I wanted to throttle Slade for being selfish and not seeing how much damage he was causing his loved ones. Despite all of the ups, downs, and unexpected twists, this story could not have a more perfect ending. This novel will build you up, keep you guessing, and ultimately leave you satisfied.

I can’t wait for the next installment in Sidney Halston’s Worth the Fight Series, but for now I recommend you one-click Against the Cage and get your fix of fighting, passion, and swoon-worthy book boyfriends. 

I love a good sports romance book. What I am looking for in them is not exactly what I got in this book. If you are looking for a book with lots of sports action- this is not really the book for you. Yes- there is mention on MMA fighting in this book, but other then one fight and a lot of mention about the blood, scrapes, cuts and bruises from fights that is about all that you get in this book. I went in expecting a lot of action in the ring, and I didn't get that. Until half way through the book I really didn't even get action in the bedroom at all. I am not saying that I didn't like the book, It was good, but it really didn't bring much to the story that I have not seen in other books. 

Prissy Chrissy is going back home to bail out her brother after a fight outside the ring gets him thrown in jail. The day that she goes back she pretty much has the worst day of her life. She gets a text from her boyfriend breaking up with her, she breaks the heel of her 4 inch red stilettos in a crack in the sidewalk, and then gets pulled over for speeding. On top of that, she accidentally punches the officer that pulls her over in the nuts while giving him her license. 

Jack is on his way home when he stops a car while speeding. Not only did he expect a typical traffic stop, but he didn't expect to be punched in the nuts by the driver. He also didn't expect to look into the car and see his best friends younger sister sitting at the wheel. She has not been home in 11 years since the death of her father and he will always remember her as the little girl who followed him and Slade around all the time. But oh what 11 years has done to this girl!!

I found Chrissy to be a bit whiny at times and that did start to get on my nerves. I realize that she had a rough life and a bad situation happen to her, but at times I thought that she was a bit overboard. I get that she did not like the fighting, but her views at times were a bit over the top. She keeps comparing every fighting in the ring to her abusive boyfriend from high school/college. I get that she hated the violence, but she had known Jack her whole life and should have known more then that he would never hurt her the way that she was before.

I loved Jack. He is so protective and loving and wants to prove to Chrissy that he wants her in his life. It takes a near fatal accident to prove that he will stay by her side, and that is the point that we all realize what she means to him. 

As for the rest of the characters, there are some pretty laugh out loud moments in this books that will break up some of the seriousness and hotness coming from Jack. I love how she wrote up Travis as this goof ball with a massive crush on Chrissy. Some of his one liners are pretty good. Slade is pretty mysterious and I can't wait to see what he is all about. 

I think for the most part people will like this book, but don't expect much action in the ring.

Against the Cage is the first book by Sidney Halston that I have read. The synopsis sucked me in because I am a sucker for a hot alpha-male that is also a cage fighter. Hello Sexy! What I got was a hot alpha-male that is super sexy and sweet, yet I didn't get to see much of the fighting. I was expecting a lot more action and this book just fell flat for me. 

Chrissy Martin returns to her hometown to bail her brother out of jail. The same brother that hates her, yet she can't tell him no. There were times that I felt bad for Chrissy for all that she had been through, but there were more times that she annoyed me. The back and forth became too much. 

Jack Daniels is the best friend of Chrissy's brother. He always looked at Prissy Chrissy as the nerdy little sister of his friend. That is until he pulls her over on his way home from work. What he sees eleven years later surprises him and the attraction is instant. I fell for Jack hard. He is swoon worthy and sweet. He is a cage fighter and a cop; what more could you want? Plus that mouth on him, it was HOT. He was a serious dirty talker. 

Overall this book was just okay. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. 

Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain, or even simpler, “Just Do It” Nike.

And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.

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.


  1. Thank you for participating in the tour and for your reviews!! Thank you thank you