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Worth the Fight #5
Releasing Jan 5th, 2016
If you love the MMA romances of Vi Kreeland and Kendall Ryan, Sidney Halstonâs Worth the Fight series will knock your socks off! In Fighting Dirty, a geek-chic cage fighter proves that appearances can be deceiving . . . and oh-so-tempting.
With his preppy clothes and horn-rimmed glasses, Enzo Silva is the last dude anyone expects to find in a mixed martial arts gym. A wealthy Brazilian banker who never had to fight for anything, Enzoâs stuck in the amateur circuitâbut he burns to make the pros. Maybe that explains the heat he feels whenever heâs around Jamie Lynn Calhoun. The pint-size, magenta-haired bartender with the Texas drawl is everything heâs not . . . and everything he craves.
Tough as nails and independent to a fault, Jamie LynnâJL to her friendsâworks hard to pay her bills and keep life simple. Enzo is doing his best to complicate that. Even though she likes to bust his balls, heâs got some kind of a nerdy-hot vibe that makes JL wonder if she might finally be able to let her guard down. It might do the boy some good to spend some time in her world, where blood, sweat, and victory are as sweet as the first taste of real love.
âWhat made you change your mind about going out with me?â he asked as they crossed the parking lot. âNot that Iâm complaining. But youâve been saying no for almost a year.â
âYou always seem so predictable, but you doing this . . .â She shook her head. âI guess it made me see you in a different light.â
He held her car door open for her as she tucked the canvas facedown in the backseat and then got in the car. âIâm glad it took me completely humiliating myself to get you to go out with me. Maybe I wonât kill your brother for this ridiculous bet, after all,â he said. âIâll make reservations at the Tackle Box and pick you up at eight tomorrow.â When she looked at him for a moment too long, he said, âYou donât like the Tackle Box?â
âDo you work tomorrow?â she asked as she got back out of the car.
âThat was a dumb question. Youâre always working. Let me rephrase the question. Can you take the day off tomorrow?â
Enzo quickly thought about all the teleconferences he had scheduled and all the reports he had to do. âI can.â
âOkay, so Iâll pick you up at eight.â
âUh . . . I donât understand.â
âEight in the morning,â she clarified. âI asked you out, so I pick. Thatâs the deal, okay? Itâs my treat. I pick where we go and what we do.â
âI donât thinkââ
âYou hate giving up control, donât you?â she asked wryly, already knowing the answer. âDonât worry so much. Just be ready. Itâll be funâspontaneous. Youâll like it. I promise.â
He let out a breath. âFun and spontaneous isnât something Iâm very comfortable with,â he admitted. But then he decided, What the hell? Heâd already survived taking the biggest leap of faith of his life by moving from Brazil to Florida, something that was so completely out of character his parents thought he was still mourning the end of his marriage. So, going on a date with a beautiful woman and letting her take the lead . . . what could possibly go wrong?
âOkay, fine. Iâll text you my address,â he said as he leaned in and kissed her cheek. She folded herself into her crappy fifteen-year-old Honda Civic, which was mostly red, except for some patches where the paint had chipped off. The bumper was held together with a hot-pink bungee cord, and there were bumper stickers plastered everywhere. He couldnât picture her with any other car but this one; somehow it suited her perfectly. But she was absolutely out of her mind if she thought heâd be going anywhere with her in that clunker tomorrow.
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Sidney Halston lives her life by one simple rule: âJust do it.â And thatâs exactly what she did. At the age of thirty, having never written anything other than a legal brief, she picked up a pen for the first time to pursue her dream of becoming an author. That first stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Halston lives in South Florida with her husband and children.