Tuesday, May 27, 2014

[Kame's Review]: "Against the Cage"

Against the Cage by Sidney Halston

Publisher: Loveswept (May 27, 2014) 
Series: Worth the Fight, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

In her Loveswept debut, Sidney Halston turns up the heat as a sexy cage fighter shows a former bookworm how delicious a few rounds between the sheets can be.
 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.

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Kame's Review:

Chrissy Martin left home the day after she had an argument with her brother at her father’s funeral; she effectively ran away. After traveling the world helping people in crisis situations she is going back to her small beach town to bail her brother out of jail. Not exactly the homecoming she imagined, but it can’t get worse right? She never imagined her brother’s best friend; the man of all her steamy fantasies would be the officer who pulled her over for speeding.

Jack is a hunky police officer who is also a professional MMA fighter, competing in a few matches each year. He always kept an eye on Chrissy as they were growing up; often being more protective than her brother. Chrissy has a deep need to take care of people.  She has lived all over the world but craves the comfort of home. Chrissy and Jack made me laugh from their first meeting until the end of the book.  While they do have their share of steamy moments, I enjoyed the ones that they didn’t take themselves too seriously the most. To me, out of the many romantic couples I read about in books they are one of the few that rang true for me; and made me feel like they would be together for years to come.

The plot of this book is very basic, but it does have more MMA elements than other books classified as such. The whole timeline of this book in done in days but I didn’t feel rushed. There were times where parts are told out of sequence that caused me to reread parts to completely understand, but nothing that was too difficult to follow. I enjoyed the secondary characters that were introduced and I am hoping that is a sign that there will be more books with these characters.


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Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) I love the cover on this one, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Sounds like a good start to a new sports series!


Until Next Time,


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Pat Egan Fordyce said...

Loved this book! Great review!

Kame said...


Sophia Rose said...

Enjoyed reading your review, Kame! I got to read this one too and had fun with it.