Laid Out (Worth the Fight #4) by Sidney Halston
Released: August 18, 2015
Genre: MMA Romance
Publisher: Random House, LLC
Reviewed by Sarah
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Perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and Cecy Robson, Sidney Halston’s scorching new MMA romance proves there are no holds barred when it comes to seduction.
Growing up an Army brat, Violet Channing could never meet her dad’s high expectations. But in the eyes of her best friend, she could do no wrong. He even insisted that he should be her first kiss. Now Cain Sorensen is all grown up, hardened by years in special ops and always looking for a good fight. Tall, with striking blue eyes and impossibly blond hair, he’s a modern-day Viking warrior. Of course, Violet’s all grown up, too, and she’s ready to surrender to his every command.
Cain knows he’s bad for Violet. His work is dangerous, and his hobbies are downright deadly. As a private mercenary and a mixed martial arts fighter, he could never let such an innocent soul into his world. And yet his most grueling combat training is no match for Violet’s killer curves, hot touch, and suggestive glances. Now all of Cain’s most explosive fantasies are coming true—but once they cross the line between friends and lovers, there’s no turning back.
I have mixed feelings on this story. Let’s start with my not so favorite things. Many times throughout the book, I thought that the characters and the storyline lacked focus. It seemed details would become watery and indecisive whether it is their physical descriptions or some of their personality traits. For example Violet is sometimes portrayed as fuller figured while other times she’s small but curvy. While I enjoy narratives with enough vagueness that I can create the character mentally, it can be difficult to stay engaged when it’s all over the board.
I didn’t realize when reading Laid Out that it is part of a series. After finding out, it now makes more sense why there was a barrage of secondary characters. Really I thought the story stood on its own without most of the interaction with them. Truly it also felt like the MMA part of the story was ancillary as well. Believe me these two characters had enough baggage to root a story without needing much else. They are full of angst, sometimes bordering on too much.
This story shines with the dialogue. The conversations are real without being too colloquial to where you would get lost. At times the exchanges emotes passion while other times there is profound sadness. Cain and Violet are both quite damaged but in very different ways. She’s harbors negative sentiments from a criticizing father to the loss of her fiancé. While she is generally a happy and sweet person, she also retains some bit of self-loathing. Cain has seen much in his time at war. He undoubtedly is plagued with some form of post-traumatic stress disorder, and sadly, appears to not want to face it. Much of the time he is overly intense and often borders on simply just being an arse. He’s a hard one to fall in love with.
While this isn’t a favorite read, it has some shining moments with impressive interchanges. If you’re ready for deep story with an abundance of angst than this is one you won't want to miss.
Rating: 3 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.