★4.5 Fighting Dirty Stars★
“Sunshine and butterflies was all that floated above her. A world where maybe the poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks got a happily ever after.”
Fighting Dirty is the fifth book in the Worth the Fight Series. Although there are several characters that crossover throughout the series, each book can be read as a stand alone. In Laid Out, the fourth book in the series, we were introduced to JL and Enzo. This is their story.
“She was the type of woman who ate street vendor foods, who didn’t plan things, who liked to dip her feet into the ocean just to think.”
JL is a spunky foul mouthed artist who works as a bartender. She has an “easy breezy” mentality about life and love. Despite her difficult upbringing, she has transformed into a strong independent woman. With the love and support of her twin brother, she lives life without boundaries. She has always felt an attraction to Enzo (a Brazilian Business Man) who works out at her brother’s gym. Enzo is equally attracted to JL. Even thought they are complete opposites, the interest and attraction continues to build. After incessant requests for a date, JL eventually concedes and Enzo and JL begin the “ride of their lives”.
Recently divorced, Enzo lives the “clean life” of a business professional. Carrying on his family business has allowed him many luxuries. Although Enzo has plenty of money and wealth, it is JL’s easy personality that inspires him to break away from his mundane life. JL is the catalyst and inspiration Enzo needs to break free! When Enzo is consumed by JL, it is like the blind man that could now see!
“I just had a little sip of you, and now I can’t get you out of my senses and I will not be able to sleep or work, or basically do anything until I get to taste you. Completely. Thoroughly. Selfishly.”-Enzo
“Sugar, if your definition of letting loose, is to give me orgasms and talk dirty to me, I’ll take it.”
Fighting Dirty was an extremely enjoyable read. Told in dual POV, the characters were extremely likable and both experienced a great transformation throughout the story. Although the theme of “opposites attract” is a popular trend in writing today, this was a highly entertaining read. The characters were complex and well developed throughout. Some elements were slightly predictable and yet, the tenderness of the two main characters kept me engaged the entire read. The sexual chemistry between JL and Enzo was explosive and paired well with the emotional connection. The fighter element is not the forefront in the story but instead it serves to enhance the transformation of Enzo and JL.
“I’m right where I’m meant to be. You are my life.”-Enzo
I highly recommend Fighting Dirty to all of my “fighter romance friends”. This is a light and delicious read that is sure to put a smile on your face and make your heart beat just a little faster! I look forward to the next book in the series as I am certain Ms. Halston will create another knock out!