Review: Fighting Dirty (Worth the Fight #5) by Sidney Halston

Book Blurb

If you love the MMA romances of Vi Kreeland and Kendall Ryan, Sidney Halston’s 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, Enzo’s stuck in the amateur circuit—but he burns to make the pros. Maybe that explains the heat he feels whenever he’s around Jamie Lynn Calhoun. The pint-size, magenta-haired bartender with the Texas drawl is everything he’s not . . . and everything he craves.

Tough as nails and independent to a fault, Jamie Lynn—JL to her friends—works 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, he’s 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.


Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Lorenzo Silva, known as Enzo to his friends, is now a free man. His divorce is final and he is determined to go on a date with JL. She has turned him down every time he has asked. He also wants to try and fight in the professional circuit instead of the amateur one. He has goals for his life outside of his successful work life.

Jamie Lynn finally gives in and asks Enzo out. He jumps at the chance to go out with her. She takes him to a park and then rock climbing. She is making things up as she goes along. Enzo is used to planning everything meticulously. So she drives him crazy in her attempt to get him to relax. Their first date lasts four days. Both are completely opposite to each other but are drawn to each other.

As they learn about each other they both fall for each other. JL has issues though. She is worried about their social differences. She also has to deal with her mother and her sobriety. She also has a secret that no one knows. She loves to paint and she has been helping beautify a part of the warehouse district by painting a wall of a building. It is her escape and where she truly shows who she is.

Enzo is surprised at her secret and has a secret of his own that could destroy everything they are trying to build together. Things start falling apart when JL learns the truth about Enzo. She lets her insecurities take over. Enzo ends up fighting his family to get what he wants.

I like this series. The fighters and the women in their lives are fun to read about. The author presents great stories of how they all come together. Enzo had been asking JL out in previous books and you knew it would eventually happen.

The author did a great job shining a light on who these characters really were. The pasts and what exists in their lives now made them more compatible than you would think. I loved how Enzo completely accepted JL as she was. He was steady and loyal. He was exactly what she needed. The ending was hilarious. JL is such a character that the situations she produces gives the story line a quirky side to the plot. She made the story and pulled Enzo along into her crazy, free personality. A great addition to the series involving cherished characters. I give it a 4 out of 5.

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