Title:Stacked Up
Author : Sidney Halston
Series:Worth the Fight Series
Release date:31 May 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

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.

Review :

Having read already several books in the “Worth the Fight” series by Sidney Halston – I already knew that I was going to like her plot development and her writing style. So it came as no surprise that I also liked that when I read her newest addition to that series “Stacked up”.

Reading the Blurb I thought it would be a nice touch to have a character like Penny together with an MMA fighter. And It turned out – I was right Penny as well as her family background were a real great addition.
I liked the storyline and the way it was drawn but then I encountered a problem. That problem was Travis … our MMA fighter … If you read a lot like me – you try to imagine the people in those books you read about.
And I do not necessarily mean that I would place myself inside one of the roles – no – just I like to imagine feeling related to their thinking / acting or looking. And usually you go with something you know… The blurb said “The intensely physical heavyweight brawler has a way of drawing out her wild side. But Travis lives fast, with no responsibilities“ – then you take a look at the cover of the book and you think – hmmm yes – that works …
BUT then you start reading and what I got was – Chris Penn as Willard Hewitt in the 1984 Edition of Footloose – just type that into google and check in the images the guy with the hat …
God once that picture of this cowboy was manifested in my brain – nothing worked anymore. I could not place that guy no matter how great or interesting he was as a person into that role of the MMA fighter.
I tried – believe me … So this is really only me but even though I liked the plotline (a lot) the character of Travis was a fail for me.
And I am really sorry about that.
But as I said – I liked all the former books I read – as well as the plot of this one – so there is no doubt I will pick up the next book in this series again.
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