by Sidney Halston
My rating: 4 stars
Series: Worth the Fight - Book 4
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 302 pages
Growing up an Army brat, Violet Channing could never meet her dad’s high expectations. But in the eyes of her best friend, she could do no wrong. He even insisted that he should be her first kiss. Now Cain Sorensen is all grown up, hardened by years in special ops and always looking for a good fight. Tall, with striking blue eyes and impossibly blond hair, he’s a modern-day Viking warrior. Of course, Violet’s all grown up, too, and she’s ready to surrender to his every command.
Cain knows he’s bad for Violet. His work is dangerous, and his hobbies are downright deadly. As a private mercenary and a mixed martial arts fighter, he could never let such an innocent soul into his world. And yet his most grueling combat training is no match for Violet’s killer curves, hot touch, and suggestive glances. Now all of Cain’s most explosive fantasies are coming true—but once they cross the line between friends and lovers, there’s no turning back.
Laid Out by Sidney Halston (Worth the Fight, #4)
They grew up together, Army Brats, each living within the confines of the military life. Violet followed Jeremy and Cain with worshipful eyes, and soon they were inseparable, but only one could win her heart as they grew. Jeremy claimed Violet for his own, they were to be wed.
He and Cain went off to war, but only Cain returned, torn, guilt-ridden and secretly in love with Violet. When fate brings them back together in the same town, they begin the awkward dance of avoidance, as the ghost of Jeremy looms in their hearts and minds. Cain feels guilty for wanting what Jeremy will never have, a life with Violet. Violet discovers she loved Jeremy, but is in love with Cain, perfect in body, a total alpha male who makes her knees weak. Insecure with her body, she feels she can never find anyone, let alone attract her one time best friend Cain, while he devises a way to “help” her meet men, by teaching her the beauty she possesses, both outside and in. Can he let the confident and sweet Violet go?
Laid Out by Sidney Halston is a passionate, angst-filled tale of letting go of the past and learning to live for the both the present and future, because who knows what may happen. Cain is damaged, and finds his “release” in fighting, the pain makes him feel alive, a product of PTSD, that he refuses to acknowledge. Violet is an amazing woman and she has moments where she shines, even as she allows Cain’s hot and cold attitude to crush her, she learns how strong and worthy of love she is. Humor, sizzling intimate scenes and a few overbearing macho moments with Cain make for a wicked ride on the love train. If you enjoy the heat, the angst and the games people play, this one is going to catch you up and hold you tight until the end! Just keep your eyes and heart open to the cluelessness each of these characters demonstrate and remember what each has been through, it makes their journey make sense, no matter how overly difficult their relationship seems.
I received an ARC edition from Loveswept in exchange for my honest review.