Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review of Against the Cage by Sidney Halston!

Hello everybody!

Time to a review. I actually started the series backwards, since I received a review request for the book 3 in the series and I loved it. That's why I went back and read book 1 and 2 in the series as well. If you want something fun and entertaining to read,pick up A Worth the Fight series by Sidney Halston, you will like it! All books in the series can be read as stand alones.

So here is the review of book 1 in A Worth the Fight series - Against the Cage. Enjoy!

Title: Against the Cage
Series: A Worth the Fight, book #1
Author: Sidney Halston
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Imprint: Loveswept
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 27 May2014
Pages: 229 pages
Source: Purchased in amazon


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 accidentally punching an officer . . . in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.
Jack Daniels knows how to take a hit. After all, when he’s not chasing reckless drivers, he’s kicking ass in a mixed martial arts ring. So what takes his breath away isn’t the low blow, but the woman who dealt it: a gorgeous knockout with legs Jack wouldn’t mind being pinned under—who just so happens to be his best friend’s nerdy little sister, all grown up. Soon their instant chemistry leads to a sizzling affair, but Jack and Chrissy are fighting an uphill battle if they want to make love last beyond the final bell.

My review:

I really enjoyed Against the Cage. Actually, to turn it around, what is there not to enjoy? It's well written, funny and hot romance where a MMA fighter and a cop meets a doctor, a woman from his past.


Chrissy, a doctor who has been working all over the globe at different catastrophe areas, is returning to her hometown to bale out her brother from the prison. She has estranged relationship with Slade. They used to be very close, until the day, their father died. Still, whenever Slade, the MMA fighter, is in trouble, he calls Chrissy, his only living family.

On her way to the jailhouse, she is stopped by a police officer.To her surprise, the cop is the best friend of Chrissy's brother. When Jack recognizes Chrissy, sparks fly! There is a history between Chrissy and Jack, and even there is a lot of attraction in the play, there are obstacles. Jack has always seen Chrissy as a little sister (at least until they meet again) and Chrissy doesn't like the idea Jack being a MMA fighter like her brother is and Jack is also well-known player. These things doesn't fit into Chrissy's plans.


I liked Chrissy because she was independent and strong woman. I did not understand few things about her though and there were times where I couldn't relate to her. Her constant complaining and worry about MMA fights remained a mystery for me. I did understand that she was worried about her brother, but her overly strong stand against legal fights was a mystery for me. How can a woman who is working with heavily injured people daily, be so overwhelmingly nervous? I didn't understand that. She seemed little whiny when it came to what her brother did for living.

I loved Jack for several reasons. The biggest reason is probably how he cared for both Chrissy and Slade. I loved the close relationship between Jack and Slade and how Jack was the voice of reason for Slade.

I also enjoyed the relationship dynamics between Jack and Chrissy.

I would like to add, that the supporting characters were a lot of fun to read about! They gave a lot of added value to the book. I loved Slade and I am glad, that the second book in the series is about him! But all the other guys from the WtF Academy were enjoyable and well-written. The dialogues between the guys made me laugh out loud several times, the bickering was great!

Oh, and I simply must say, that the whole Chihuahua story line was awesome!


All in all, it was a fun book to read. Well-written and enjoyable plot, interesting characters, hot romance. Definitely worth of reading!

5 Flowers!

4 stars.

Happy reading!


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Sidney, thanks for coming back! The reviews of Full Contact and Below the Belt are coming soon! Love the series! :)