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.
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.
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.
I already said I loved Penny, well of course, I loved Travis too. I fell in love with his southern drawl…every time he said “sugar” or “darlin,” I melted a little bit more. Penny isn’t the type of girl he’s used to. She’s pearls and headbands, but she can also give some sass off too, especially to Travis. And, he loves it! He’s sweet and caring with Penny. He’s been pursuing her for a year, and his patience is paying off. I just love him with Penny’s daughter, Belle! He became even more perfect in my eyes. Both of Travis’s girls help soothe some of the hurt he endured in his past. When you first see Penny through Travis’s eyes, you see a girl who is the worst waitress ever…spilling drinks…getting orders wrong, but she’s incredibly strong and resilient and one heck of a Momma! I loved the banter, sass, and humor between these two as well. While the characters have pain to deal with, to me, it wasn’t the entire focus of the book. It was more of a book about hope and finding your own happiness no matter what your past may be…it doesn’t determine your happiness…you have control of your own destiny and happiness.
I’m a huge fan of Sidney Halston! Every book I’ve read by her, I have loved. This one is my favorite because it touched me so deeply in my heart. I loved her dedication at the end of the book to single moms. I grew up with a single mom who was a lot like Penny. She worked tirelessly to provide for me, and while I didn’t have as much materially as some of my friends, I had a lot more love from my mother than some of my friends did. So, thank you Sidney Halston for giving single moms such a beautiful story!!!
author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule:
“Just Do It”–Nike. And that’s exactly what she did.
After working hard as an
attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to
begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very
exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative, romantic side
and wrote Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in
love with writing. Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children.
She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s
not writing, you can find her reading and reading and reading. She’s a reader
first and a writer second. When she’s not writing or reading, her life is
complete and utter chaos, trying to balance family life with work and writing
(and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way.