ARC Review: Stacked Up (Worth the Fight #6) by Sidney Halston

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Opposites attract in this seductive novel from the author of Against the Cage (“Funny, steamy, scorching.”—Toni Aleo), with a chiseled MMA fighter falling for a single mom who could use a real man in her corner.

Working two jobs to support her infant daughter is harder than anything Penny Richards has ever done, but it sure beats living under the rules of her stepfather, a television preacher who demands a picture-perfect family. And if Penny hadn’t struck out on her own, she never would have met Travis Calhoun. The intensely physical heavyweight brawler has a way of drawing out her wild side. But Travis lives fast, with no responsibilities—and that just isn’t for Penny.

Most of the women in Travis’s circle wear tight clothes, high heels, and tons of makeup—not pearls or plaid headbands. But once he works past Penny’s inhibitions, Travis discovers a kindred spirit who longs to trust someone with her body, and her secrets. Still, Travis can’t help but wonder if this rich girl is just slumming it before she returns to her privileged life. Now it’s up to Penny to prove that she wants her hard-edged, hard-loving fighter just the way he is.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Penny left Oklahoma with her infant daughter Belle.  She is starting a new life after leaving the home of unwed mothers.  A new start is what she is planning.  She arrives in Tarpon Springs and works as a waitress in a bar.
One night in walks Travis Calhoun. He is bigger than life, distracting her enough she drops another tray.  Travis comes to her rescue helping her to clean things up.  His interest is peaked as is hers but she won’t do anything about it.  She has her daughter to think about and doesn’t need the complication.
Travis pursues her for over a year and finally one night walks in the bar as she cries feeling overwhelmed.  Penny gives into a kiss and later caught in a picture with Travis which ends up plastered on the internet.  Penny’s world starts to crumble as her family finds out where she is.  Travis is determined to help as his friends rally around them to protect their own.
I love this series.  The characters are loyal and fun.  In this story Travis finally breaks through Penny’s armor.  The past books you see him flirting with her but she always shoots him down.  This book really digs into Travis as a character.  You already know what his childhood was like if you read about J.L. but this story gets into his head a bit.  His fears and insecurities are laid out for the reader to see.  You see what drives him.
He is also a sweetheart which is sigh worthy.  He takes care of Penny and then Belle.  I love his interactions with Belle.  It was funny to watch him panic and then melt in a puddle at the girl’s feet.  Totally cute!

Penny’s life is also explained.  You feel for her as the author reveals what she ran from.  She is a strong character and a single mom.  You are rooting for her from the beginning.  Belle’s father is horrible as is Penny’s stepfather.  The reader joins the guys from the Academy in the fight against and evil step-father.  A great read and an awesome addition to the series.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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