STACKED UP by Sidney Halston

 

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STACKED UP
Worth the Fight #6
Sidney Halston
Releasing May 31st, 2016
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Opposites
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.
 
Working two jobs to support her
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.

Most of the women in Travis’s circle
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.
 
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Excerpt

If there was one thing Travis knew with absolute certainty, it was that there wasn’t a single female on God’s green earth that could look more out of place in a strip club than Penny Richards. Her curly brown hair was held back with a headband thing that reminded him of a private school girl, and not the sexy ones he fantasized about. More like the pretty, yet awkward and out of place stuffy ones. She had black straight-legged pants and flats that looked completely practical and not at all sexy.

Even Ruby’s suggestive t-shirt looked unassuming on her. Maybe it was those damn pearls she rubbed when she was nervous. He was used to showy women with tight clothes, high heels, heavy make-up and poofy hair. Women that valued their own self-worth by the reactions they received from men. Men such as himself.

And, if any man in the place knew that her mouth was as fucking unexpected as a typhoon in Ohio, they’d be all over her. He hadn’t been exaggerating when he’d said it was the best kiss of his life, her kiss had been slow and sweet and quickly erupted into maddening need and desire.

The problem was that since he’d first laid eyes on Penny, something had clicked. He wasn’t sure what it was, but something had shifted inside of him. Something he wasn’t sure could be put back together to its original state. Maybe it was those big brown doe-like eyes that said everything but nothing all at the same time. Her naiveté, her awkwardness, her big easy smile that hid something he couldn’t seem to figure out.

He’d always thought it was strange that his friends had fallen head over ass in love with their girlfriends and never again saw another woman. The way they wanted to possess and protect their women had been incomprehensible to him.

Until he’d met Penny.

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USA Today bestselling
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.

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Stacked Up
Sidney Halston

I thought I would do something a little different this time and start out with what I don't like about this book.  I usually wait until the end of the review to point out all the ways a book didn't work for me but, why wait?  Ok.  Here goes.  I HATE THAT THIS IS THE LAST BOOK IN THIS SERIES.  There, I said it.  I am so sad to see this series end.  I have read them all and I feel like I'm losing an amazing (and sexy) group of friends.
Travis is a smokin' hot MMA fighter with a sweet side that will turn you into a puddle of mush.  He's also single, cocky, funny and sexy as hell!!  Taking full advantage of his fame, he spends his days at the gym and his nights with a willing female.  Until Penny comes along and changes everything.
Penny is a single mom trying to make a new life for herself and her daughter.  The last thing she needs is a smooth talking cowboy with a sexy smirk!  Especially when that cowboy makes it clear that he has no interest in kids or commitment.  But when he turns on the charm it may be too much to resist!!
I loved everything about this book!  Well, except the part about the series ending.  The natural progression of the relationship between Penny and Travis was fun to watch.  And the back and forth banter was awesome!!  They really couldn't be more different so that made for some funny and sometimes embarrassing (for her) exchanges.  Penny is inexperienced, clumsy and really awkward at times.  And Travis has this larger than life personality that fills up a room.  But somehow it works.  And when Penny's past catches up with her Travis will stop at nothing to make sure she is safe.
This was a great story with all the feels.  I laughed and I cried (that thing at the end..shh!!  really got me) and I was definitely frustrated at times.  But mostly I fell in love!  That's right!  I fell hard for Travis and when he finally opens up and allows himself to love Belle I am a goner!!  Put a fork in me, I am done!!  Oh, and the chemistry was sizzlin'. All in all, it was a great ending to and amazing series!
~ Kimberly Anne

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