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Against the Cage by Sidney Halston

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Chrissy Martin hasn’t returned to her hometown of Tarpon Springs, FL since she left years ago but is forced back when her brother Slade needs to be bailed out of jail. The very last thing she needs is to run into Jack Daniels, now a local cop who is sexier than ever and also happens to be her brother’s best friend who never looked at her as anything more than a bratty kid sister.

Chrissy, having worked the last decade as a doctor in poverty-stricken countries, is no longer the nerdy bookworm he remembers from his childhood, and Jack feels compelled to protect this woman at all costs. Slade is a cage fighter whose underground matches might cost him his life if Chrissy can’t stop him before it is too late. Jack wants to help and protect her, so it is no surprise that she quickly falls into his arms.

He is also a mixed martial arts fighter who epitomizes the one thing she can’t handle – violence. Attending one of his fights brings back all the brutality from her past relationship to the forefront, and Chrissy isn’t sure if she can comprise on something that she knows will destroy more than just her heart.

A solid plot with substantial threads to keep the narrative flowing, Halston’s (Seeing Red, Seeing Black) creates an organic and sensual dynamic between Jack and Chrissy that makes an easy buy-in for readers. And if the story isn’t endearing enough, add in Jack’s feisty Chihuahua/pit bull mix that will have readers instantly hooked and eagerly awaiting Bk. 2 (Against the Cage is the first book in the Worth the Fight series).

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, May 2, 2014.

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