In Sidney Halston’s latest sizzling MMA romance, a former title contender turns the tables on his knockout trainer with a lesson in seduction.Once one of the most sought-after names on the mixed martial arts circuit, Antonio “Scarface” Marino watched his career go down for the count as he chased skirts and made tabloid headlines. Now he’s finally making a comeback, and it’s all thanks to Francesca Silva, a Brazilian bombshell as tough as any of her fighters. But who’s the real Francesca: the trash-talking trainer who rides him hard, or the vulnerable woman who blushes at his touch?
Francesca went to the mat to sign Tony because she believes he still has the potential to bring big success to her gym—if she can keep his head in the cage and out of her personal life. After a short-lived marriage soured her on love, a one-night stand is all she can handle. Now Tony’s kisses are stirring up complicated feelings—especially when he agrees to face her ex in the ring. Francesca’s used to freezing guys out. But Tony’s tempting her to give in to the heat.
Tony “Scarface” Marino was perceived to be the bad boy of professional MMA fighting who couldn’t stay out of trouble. Tony spent his spare time with a revolving door of women as well getting into bar fights. Francesca Silva is a strong confident woman who is the owner of Worth the Fight (WtF) Academy which trained fighters. After Tony’s last bar fight his agent and sponsors were ready to drop him until Francesca decided he was a fighter worth fighting for. Francesca believed that her team at WtF Academy would be able to train Tony to be the fighter he once was in addition to cleaning up his image.
Tony wasn’t looking for a relationship, but when he fell, he fell hard. Francesca closed herself off after a failed marriage for the fear of being hurt again. Since Tony met Francesca he wanted a chance with her and Francesca wanted no parts. A romantic wedding pushed these two together. Once Tony had Francesca he wasn’t letting her go he needed more. Francesca’s fears forced her to keep Tony at an arm’s length. Francesca kept Tony on his toes and pushed him while Tony forced Francesca to face her fears.
This was the first book of Sidney Halston's that I have read and I wasn’t disappointed. Tony was a true alpha-male who had me wrapped around his fingers. He loved his family and was not going to give up on the girl he loved. He was hard headed in the beginning of the book but it was great to see him grow. Francesca is the epitome of a strong woman; although she had her insecurities she could go toe to toe with any man and be feminine at the same time. It was nice to see a woman that didn’t need to depend on a man but it was easy to agree that together they were both stronger. Sidney Halston has a new fan as I plan on reading more of her stories.This review was prepared by our guest reviewer, Michelle Flaville. An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.