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Against the Cage

(Worth the Fight #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,268 ratings  ·  367 reviews
In her Loveswept debut, Sidney Halston turns up the heat as a sexy cage fighter shows a former bookworm how delicious a few rounds between the sheets can be.
For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop
ebook, 256 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Loveswept
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Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
3 stars
“Sleep baby. You’re not alone anymore.”

Prissy Chrissy finally made her way back home, after eleven years she returns to her small home town not out of pleasure but obligation. As soon as she hits the city limits she gets pulled over by the one and only Jack Daniels, her brothers best friend and the jerk who never let her have any fun keeping her “safe” and boring during her younger years. Jack remembers Chrissy, but the Chrissy standing in front of him is different than the ge
Duchess Nicole
It was okay. The initial setup sounded good but the cheese factor overshadowed the second half in a major way. I suppose I was expecting an edgier love story, what with two MMA fighters. Overall, it was a pretty tame story.

Chrissy is a doctor, so I'm assuming she's had a lot of schooling. But she has a major lack of common sense and often acted like the quintessential dumb blonde. She had quite a few TSTL moments, and she giggled all the time. Which Jack found endearing, but I hate giggling her
Claire Robinson
May 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, love-swept
1 - I tried, but gave up @ 40% Star.

Against The Cage started out as a really promising read. I mean anyone would think they were onto a winner, when in the first few pages, our heroine gets pulled over and promptly punches the officer in the nuts by accident!

“Please tell me I didn’t just hit you in the…”
“In the balls? Yes, lady, you punched me right in the balls.”

Sadly, the story got a little overwhelmed as it progressed, with so many random things added into it I got confused at points as to w
***ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review***

3.5 stars

Title: Against the Cage
Series: Worth the Fight #1
Author:Sidney Halston
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Rating:3.5 stars
HEA: (view spoiler)

Chrissy is on her way home to Tarpon Springs, Florida after her brother calls her from jail asking her to come bail him out. They're not really on speaking terms, but he's the only family she has left after their father passed away and she's not the kind of person who f
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Against the Cage was the first book in the Worth the Fight series by Sidney Halston. It was my first book by the author.

Chrissy Martin was a doctor who primarily traveled around foreign countries doing volunteer work but was called home to Tarpon Springs, FL to help her brother Slade.

Jack Daniels was Chrissy’s brother’s best friend since childhood. He was now a police officer but also did some MMA fighting on the side. He was also the object of Chrissy’s childhood crush.

This was an interesting
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I read a book by this author. The blurp is promising to be fun and light reading.

Chrissy comes home to her hometown. She had a very bad day and out of luck. On the top of that, she accidently hits police officer's balls. The it turns out this police officer is her old crush. To be honest, if I am Chrissy, I just want to die on the spot.

After I finish listening to the audio book, I found several flaws in the book. The wording can be edited better. Can be choose better and
Pheonix Fanfiction
ARC recieved by Net Galley in return for a honest review.

My thoughts and feelings while reading:

0.0% ARC recieved by Netgalley - going to bed now but Im going to start this in the morning! :)

3.0% "Now, it all makes sense. You punched me in the ball on purpose!" "No way! That was completely by accident. But, had I known it was you, the results would have probably been the same." This is hilarious so far! :)"

4.0% Jesus Christ! Was this the same goofy little Chrissy Martin? I love the banter
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
*Arc received from Netgalley*

Chrissy is just back in town and things turned crappy already. The icing on the cake is being pulled over by a cop….one whom she accidentally punches in the groin (ouch but oh so funny). The cop in question is Jack Daniels, her brother’s best friend.

Jack here decides to abuse his position a bit and ruffle Chrissy's feathers. But that thought flows out the window when Chrissy steps out of her car and he sees how much she has changed, he's struck dumb. Too bad that whe
Beach Mama
For once, a romance about a MMA fighter that the girl isn't attracted to his fighting. She doesn't understand the joy in violence.

Her childhood crush, Jack, who happens to be her brother's best friend, is a cop who likes to fight once in a while as a hobby. He is the perfect mix of alpha male, sweet and supportive, and sexy personality.

sexy couple photo: kisses kissgif.gif

Chrissy, is a doctor who has traveled the world to treat illness for those who could not find otherwise. She harbors deep seated pain and guilt from her pas
When Chrissy Martin left her small home town, she never planned on coming back. Yes, she had a brother that lived there but he made it clear he did not want to be close. When he call to have her bail him out of jail, she heads back home.

Her first day though is not going well, her favorite red heels have met a sad death, a flat tire, a jail house visit, and now she has been pulled over by a cop who she incidentally hits in the nuts on accident. She had no idea her brothers best friend Jack Danie
There’s no way Chrissy Martin’s day can get any worse. Her boyfriend broke up with her by text, her brother needs to be bailed out of jail, she’s had a broken heel and a flat tire, and now she’s being pulled over for speeding. Except the cop is her brother’s best friend, the guy she madly crushed on when she was in school, the guy who screwed her best friend and always made her feel like a stupid little kid. Yes, her day has just gotten worse.

Jack Daniels was cursed with a ridiculous name and an
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it

“Please tell me I didn’t just hit you in the…” She was too humiliated to say the word.

“In the balls? Yes, lady, you punched me right in the balls.”

“You don’t have to be an ass,” she murmured under her breath. But, as soon as it slipped out of her mouth, she regretted it.

“Did you just call me an ass, right after punching me in the balls? Ya’ know, I’ve tasered people for less.”

Against the Cage by author Sidney Halston is the first book in her Worth The Fight series and is a stand-alone contempo
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
I love a good fighter book, even more than that, I love a good book where the brothers best friend falls in love with said brothers sister, haha, does that make sense?!? SO, of course this book packed a punch.

Crissy is having a really bad day. First, her boyfriend broke up with her vi text, she's already having to drive back to her hometown, which she detests and hasn't been to in 11 years to bail out her brother from jail. She's had a flat, and now she's being pulled over for speeding. Yep, ab
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked the heroine, Chrissy. I liked Jack. I loved Drogo.
The premise of the story was really good, I just felt like some parts of the story lacked some.

I love these stories about two people who knew each other when they were younger and finally have an opportunity to become more than friends.
Even though I enjoyed the book, I just needed and wanted a little more. I cannot put my finger on it. The story was not rushed, but I think I just needed a little bit more depth. Some of the scenes were
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
re read via audio. was ok second time around. not as good as the first reading. kinda stupid plot with immature heroine and strange hero. Had to bring down the score.

Original comments:

4 stars. This was a good read. Sweet, sexy, fun and hot. I enjoyed it and found myself rooting for the couple to find their HEA. The pace was good, the drama was appropriate and overall I really enjoyed this read!

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Anas Attic  Book Blog
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, audiobook
Against the Cage
Against the Cage by Sydney Haltson
Contemporary Romance. Cage Fighter. Each book stands alone.
I had Against the Cage by Sidney Halston on my kindle for a while, but it kept getting pushed back, so when I got it on audio, I was so excited! The sample sounded great! I am very picky about narrators, and I very much liked the voice of Chrissy, the heroine in Against the Cage.

Chrissy is a Doctor. She has been working in a Doctors without Borders type of deal around the world, and is about to final
A Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher via Netgalley for Blog Tour

Amazon Pre-Order link--->> Against the Cage: Worth the Fight Series

~~ 5 Stars ~~

Against the Cage is Sidney Halston's Debut novel and I thought she knocked this one out of the park!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was sucked in from page one all the way through. I thought the storyline and characters were extremely well developed and written. Call me a sucker, but I LOVE a book about MMA fighters. This book was s
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Against the Cage was racked with sexual tension, testosterone driven cage fighting while still adding a good dose of humor.

Chrissy returns home after 11 years to bail her brother out of jail. What she didn't count on was the undeniable attraction to her brother's best friend Jack or her brother's self destructive life choices. There is no doubt the character have steam factor going for them. But can Chrissy break through her past and deal with both her brother and Jack?

I had a few issues that ke
Heather andrews
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh sh** I almost pissed myself laughing! This book is laugh out loud funny, the characters have history and so much chemistry Jack holy sh** I loved his a**, "did you just growl at me, ma'am? No stupid, I groaned not growled. She groaned again. "Lady, I'm speaking to you." The first page hooks you into the story and from there it just gets better especially Jack, "in the balls? Yes, lady, you punched me right in the balls." Since finding out who he pulled over Jack's imagination runs into over t ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it

barely 3 stars

damn, I wanted to like this story more, but I just simply found the tempo, the heroine and both male characters, untipically excessive in their actions.

Crissy, the female character, is overly melodramatic, almost theatrical in her interactions and I had uncomfortable chilling feeling while reading her lines, it's like she wasn't speaking her words at all, regardless the fact she's a fictional character to start with...

the same thing happened with Jack and her brother Slade...they
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars

Many people think that the first book of a series wont be as good as the following ones...THAT.HAPPENED.HERE!

It started interesting enough with the story of the once annoying little sister with a bookworm look, who used to have a crush in her brother´s best friend, leaves town after high school, tragedy strikes and doesn't come back to the little town she grew up. 11 years later she comes back to bail her brother, all dolled up with sexy-librarian look and NOW the brother´s best frien
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kara by: Toni Aleo
Toni said to read this - it'll make you giggle.


I read this book quick. I thought it was a fun read. I am excited for the next book! BRING IT ON!!
After eleven years away from the town she grew up, Chrissy finds herself taking a dreaded journey home to come to the aid of her brother. To make matters worse, she is pulled over by a local police officer who she promptly (and accidentally) punches in a most delicate area. Think that’s bad? The officer is her brother’s best friend, Jack Daniels, the boy she had a secret crush on for years when she was the nerdy, chubby, pesky baby sister. Now she is a well-traveled doctor, independent and outsp ...more
Book Reading Gals
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Title: Against the Cage

Series: Worth the Fight Book #1

Author: Sidney Halston

Genre: Romance

Blurb: In her Loveswept debut, Sidney Halston turns up the heat as a sexy cage fighter shows a former bookworm how delicious a few rounds between the sheets can be. For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentall
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review

OMG I have been totally blown away by this book - if you like cage fighter/MMA books and men in uniform and hot Alphas this really is one to go on to your TBR list! Even better the main characters were not in college or young adults, they have lived and experienced life.

Due to the fact that release day is still a while off I would not want to give any spoilers and my review is written to reflect t
I rooted for this book to be better than it was the entire but in the end it just wasn't good. It wasn't bad but it wasn't good.

I like how the hero was gobsmacked by the heroine and really liked her attitude and everything else. I also enjoyed the little MMA details threaded throughout the book.

The rest was pretty ordinary and not in a "yea! my favorite themes" way.

What tipped the romance from being good are these sorts of things:

The "I was a nerd but now I am hot" thing always grates on
This book was awesome! I love a good fighter romance and this one was really fantastic! This book had me hooked from the first page and I couldn't put it down. I think the thing I liked the most was the humor. There were a couple laugh-out-loud moments. I really loved Jack - so sexy! A cop and a fighter - such a sexy combination. Crissy is smart, funny and sweet and her and Jack together were so hot! I loved that there wasn't any stupid drama and the the storyline was fast paced and interesting. ...more

Good solid start to what looks like being an excellent series. This is Jack and Chrissy's story. He is her brothers best friend and they have known each other since early childhood. Chrissy returns to their hometown after 11 yrs away and the two of them find themselves reconnecting and their relationship and feelings for each other change considerably. This book sets the scene for future characters stories.
Lots of humour, some sweet moments, little bit of heat, good dose of
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars. This was a good book! New to me author. I will definitely be reading the 2nd book, I just hope I end up liking Slade a little more than in this book. If it wasn't for him I would have rated this book higher. ...more
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Jeanette Escudero worked as an attorney before picking up a pen at thirty years old to write something other than legal briefs. Being published fulfilled a dream and gave her an outlet for her imaginative, romantic side. Writing as Sidney Halston, she is the USA Today bestselling author of the Panic series, the Worth the Fight series, the Iron-Clad Security novels, and the Seeing Red duet. In addi ...more

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