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Publisher's Summary

If you love the MMA romances of Vi Keeland 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.

©2015 Sidney Halston (P)2017 Sidney Halston

Critic Reviews

"A sexy across-the-tracks romance...full of hot chemistry and some serious wooing!" ( Heroes and Heartbreakers)
"If you love cracktastic drama and sexy times, this is for you!" ( RT Book Reviews)

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Texan Sass meets Brazilian Boss

I had no idea when I requested this story that it was actually part of a series. So in saying that this to me can also be a stand alone novel.
I loved this story and how everything was well paced. You cant help but fall in love with JL's spunk and look on life but in some aspects she reacts childishly to some stuff BUT that is part of her charm. I LOVE the things she teaches the bird to say that you will see. I don't know why but this added a cuteness to her character and I loved it. She is a bartender by day and a painter by night. No one, not even her twin brother knows she paints. She has a tragic past with her family and it still haunts her in the present. It breaks your heart what she goes through but comes out so much stronger for it.

Enzo, a sexy Brazilian there to buy and sell and restore neighborhoods falls in love with our quirky bartender. Their attraction is instant but JL resists. It makes for a fantastic read. When a few twists and turns you never see some of the things coming! This story keeps you on your toes and wanting more!!

Lacy does an AMAZING job bringing this story to life. Sidney Halston did a wonderful job with this story and I can't wait to listen to more by her. Lacy has quickly become a favorite reader for me! Her voice is paced just right and she does a great job switching characters and setting the tone for the scene with her voice. I hate listening to monotone people who talk super slow and Lacy is anything but that! Check out her stuff you wont regret it! I look forward to the other books from this series!


I requested and was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review with my honest opinion.

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My Thoughts on Fighting Dirty

This was a really good introduction to a new to me author. Enzo and JL were complete opposites but I loved how Enzo couldn't have cared less about that and went after what he wanted. JL was sassy and independent and very opinionated and she made for a fun read.

The narrator was really good and kept me interested. Really good female and male voices which is so important to me for enjoyment.

I will be on the look out for more books by this author for this series and hopefully this narrator.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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SPITFIRE STREET ARTIST AND THE MAN

I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

GREAT BOOK. This is the first I’ve listened to from this series and this author. Well developed unique characters that are visual opposites come to realize how much their values are the same. JL is a perky pink-headed bartender and closet artist who moonlights helping to restore decaying neighborhoods with bright meaningful street art. Enzo is Brazilian, comes from money, is in the business of buying, selling and developing rundown neighborhoods, but dreams of leaving that grind behind for the grind of MMA fighting. Characters from previous books are active and new ones introduced. Even with all that... it’s easy to follow and to get caught up in the drama and sex!

ONE BIG THUMB UP HIGH!

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A Great Dirty Listen

This was my first Sidney Halston book and will not be the last. I really enjoyed her writing. As usual, Lacy does an excellent job!

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Unexpectedly Breathtaking!

Fighting Dirty is a fantastically phenomenal journey of Enzo and Jamie Lynn and the fight that is theirs alone to win and savor. The storyline had me on my toes the entire time as these two fun and entertaining characters jab and fake until they can no longer throw another punch due to the sizzling passion that simmers just below the surface. They live vastly different lives and yet they somehow find what they are desperately missing in the other. Jamie Lynn shows Enzon what matters the most in life, and he grabs it with both hands and fights to claim all that he wants. I couldn't get enough of this wonderful journey with excellent characters that will stir your heart and make you want more from this amazing group of friends.

Lacy Laurel does a brilliant job of bringing these characters and this fabulous story to life. I love her talented voice and enthusiastic spirit. Listening to her read this book was extremely entertaining and made me appreciate the story so much more then just reading it myself. What an outstanding experience!

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Great Hot Listen

Enzo and Jamie Lynn's chemistry is of the pages hot!! She finally agrees to go on a date with him that is never ending. She must accept that he wants her dispite how much money she has. Great narration, she brings this story to life!!

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Good storyline, Interesting Characters

I received this audiobook free for an honest review. The story was well constructed with interesting characters. The narration isn't my favorite but she did a good job. I enjoyed this story.

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It’s an ok listen

This story was hot and sweet. I did have a one problem I love this narrator but her “southern accent” was off it made the Texans sound African American when they aren’t it was very distracting.
This is an unbiased review from a credit through audiobookboom

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Loved this book, absolutely loved the narration!

Audible: Narrator – Lacy Laurel

Wow, Ms. Laurel does an exceptional job with this book! There are so many characters that have an accent and she managed them all beautifully. I will definitely be remembering her name when I’m shopping for a new audiobook.


Enzo has been watching Jamie Lynn for the last year. A few months ago he finally made a move and kissed her. Despite the heat in that kiss, she has turned him down every single time he’s asked her for a date. When she finally gives in she turns the table on him and takes him out. What he thought he knew about her was nothing compared to what he learned over the course of the next few days. She is wild and untamed, fiercely independent and incredibly talented. His life has been ruled by his father and his ex-wife. For the first time in years he can breathe and he’s ready to inhale everything that is Jamie Lynn.

This was an awesome book! I loved these characters and their quirky ways as well as their humorous and passionate relationship. The pages sizzle when these two get together and Enzo is the perfect alpha protective possessive hero. I loved everything about him.

While there is just a tad pushing away from J.L., it didn’t last long because she’s strong enough to know what she wants and she wants Enzo. I actually liked that she was strong enough to admit when she was weak although she found that strength with the hero.

I’ve definitely gotta check out any other books this author may have written regarding secondary characters.

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