Francesca Silva is a remarkable woman. She’s drop dead gorgeous and can hold her own in the MMA world. Growing up in and out of the ring, Francesca has a tough as nails exterior that she wears as armor to protect the side of her that can be hurt by a man. She opened herself up once and fears letting anyone get close to her again.
Worth the Fight needs a fighter that can attract other fighters. Francesca goes to bat for Scarface, a well-known name in the MMA circuit. He’s a bad boy that can’t seem to control his anger or stay out of the headlines. As Francesca gears up to train this rough and tough fighter she gets more than she bargained for.
In Below the Belt, readers are thrust into what I would call a very light version of the mixed martial arts world. Francesca may be a MMA trainer and Scarface (aka Tony) may be a sought after fighter but there just wasn’t enough MMA action going on in my opinion. I was really looking forward to a few good fight scenes to get my blood pumping…some much needed edge of my seat drama. There just wasn’t enough!
I will say that the hero/heroine of the story were well developed and their personalities were definitely befitting of individuals in the MMA world. Tony’s never give up attitude when it came to Francesca was fantastic. I am always pleased to see a strong female character not give into the hero so quickly. Francesca fights her attraction to Tony and for good reason. Her past experience with love, marriage, and commitment didn’t go well and that took a toll on her emotionally.
The romance that steadily blooms between Tony and Francesca is one of those that kind of sneaks up on you. I like that Tony put everything out in the open for Francesca. I just wished that she would have been more upfront with him. The love scenes throughout the story are somewhat mild. If you’re expecting highly erotic scenes you won’t find them here.
I recommend Halston’s Below the Belt to readers of romance that enjoy a light and exciting love story.
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