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Laid Out (Worth the Fight) by [Halston, Sidney]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (18 Aug. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QE1J5M8
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3.75 stars--LAID OUT is the fourth installment in Sidney Halston’s adult, contemporary Worth the Fight MMA romance series. This is former Special Ops soldier / MMA fighter Cain Sorensen, and nurse Violet Channing’s storyline. LAID OUT can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous storylines is imparted where necessary.

Told from third person point of view LAID OUT follows the rekindling of a friendship between Violet and Cain. After two tours of duty Cain went MIA and in the ensuing time Violet’s emotions were all over the place believing her best friend, and the man that she loved since childhood was missing or dead. She had already lost one friend to the war in the Middle East but losing Cain would have destroyed Violet’s heart and soul.

Violet has issues with self esteem following a childhood where she was always considered overweight or slightly plump, and in this, Violet’s issues of weight are a continuing presence, throughout the story. In the ensuing years Violet has grown into her body but her lack of confidence finds our heroine asking Cain to ‘teach’ her how to make love–and of course- you know what is going to happen when two people who love one another promise to remain friends in the face of everything that is going on.

The relationship between Violet and Cain is one of life long friendship and love. Along with their other best friend and fellow army brat Jeremy, Violet and Cain did everything together including falling in love-the problem-Jeremy and Cain fell in love with the same girl. Upon his return Cain continues to send mixed signals as it concerns his relationship and love for Violet Channing.
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~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads~~

This is one in a series, and whilst we meet previous characters, it is possible to read this as a stand-alone. If you do, then be prepared to want to go back and read the rest, as these are great stories.

Mix up a military man with MMA skills and a curvy woman; three friends since childhood, with huge amounts of guilt, lots of chemistry and a great bunch of friends ... and you get this enjoyable and intense read. One of those books where you want to jump in and point out the obvious to the clearly oblivious couple, but can't help but turn the page to find out how they finally work it all out. It isn't ay easy journey, that is for sure - but definitely worthwhile. You might want a tissue or two - just in case.

Oh, and a definite foreshadowing of who may feature in the next in the series - looking forward to it!

~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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I think by far this is my favourite Worth the fight book. It's about 2 best friends falling for the same girl and one of them thinking he is doing the right thing by stepping back and letting the other have her and at the time it was right but fast forward about 12 years and that is all over because one is dead and the other is afraid to step up and take his rightful ace by her side because she once belonged to his best friend.
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HASH(0x934e2720) out of 5 stars Book #4: Worth the Fight Series 2 April 2016
By RoloPoloBookBlog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Laid Out by Sidney Halston
Book #4: Worth the Fight Series
Source: Author and Purchase
My Rating: 6 DAMN BIG STARS
My Review:

Cain Mother Effing Sorensen!!! Holy Hannah do I love this book!!! I have officially read it three times and I have no intention of three being the last time I read this book. Seriously?? This one is on my list of all-time favorite reads and here’s why.

The cover: Let’s just start with the first thing you see. Hands down, this is the finest cover of the series and that cover model, yeah, he works for me on all kinds of levels. More importantly (but not much!) is how much the model resembles who I saw in my head as I read this book all three times. This is really a near-perfect pairing between the actual image and the written description.

The plot: Halston throws everything into this book and from start to finish it is captivating. Cain has a very hard past that he has worked to overcome but he’s a guy so his version of overcoming is to first, run away from it; two, suppress it; three, ignore it; and, finally, beat the crap out of other grown men as an MMA fighter. Unfortunately, the past has a way of cropping up and biting one on the ass. For Cain, that past is not only his issues with his parent’s but also the loss of his best friend in war, and his feelings for his dead best friend’s fiancé, Violet. Of all of past problems, Violet is by far the curviest, most delightful, most talkative, sexiest, most frustrating issue. She is the one past and now present problem that Cain just can’t seem to overcome and God help him, he doesn’t want to.

For Violet, the move to Tarpon Springs was a necessary evil. Following the death of her fiancé, life in her hometown was generally unbearable. After finishing her nursing degree and at the urging of her best girlfriend, JL, Violet packed her bags and moved to Florida. Violet expected to find peace and a fresh new start, what she got is Cain Sorensen, her dead fiancé’s best-friend and the object of her damn-near life-long crush. Hoping to resume the strong friendship they once shared, Violet runs headlong toward Cain only to be shot down, insulted, and generally ignored at every turn. Violet is completely confused by Cain and his actions but she just can’t seem to shake her feelings for him.

The past and the present of two decidedly different characters come together in such a beautiful and seamless way in this read.

The characters: I am a total character junkie and Laid Out brings it where the characters are concerned. Violet is one of the sweetest most charming characters in all of the Worth the Fight series. From the moment she opens her mouth (and she does that a lot!) she will hook you and have you rooting for her. She is a wonderful contradiction. In so many ways she is confident yet in others her lack of confidence is glaring. She smart and totally witty yet at other times she stumbles and fumbles her words and often plants both feet firmly in her mouth.

Cain Mother Effing Sorensen!!! Without doubt and without reservation, Cain is my favorite character in the entire Worth the Fight Series. No one else even comes close to his awesomeness. Up until Violet pulls the words out of him, Cain is a man of very, very, very, very few words. He is quite literally silent but deadly and that makes him all kinds of sexy. Cain’s past has certainly left him damaged and until Violet, he was willing to just keep running, suppressing, ignoring, and fighting. Violet brings out both the best and the worst in Cain and because of Violet, he wants to finally deal with the worst in order to be his best for her. Cain is honorable, sexy, fiercely loyal, sexy, intelligent, sexy, scary skilled in a lot of arenas, sexy, and did I mention, sexy?

On top of Violet and Cain are the usual suspects from the Worth the Fight world. Chrissy and Jack and Slade and Jessica are happily moving forward with their lives as other previously minor characters begin to play a more prominent role. For example, Violet lives with JL and has known JL and her twin, Travis for many, many years. Clearly, their time is coming 

The Bottom Line: I can’t express enough how much I LOVE this book. In only a handful of cases over more than three years of blogging have I handed down a 6-star review. Everything I love about reading and writing comes together in Laid Out. Fantastic characters that I just can’t get enough of, excellent plot that has both highs and lows, past crashes into the present, supremely strong writing, and the overall ability to suck me in and make me forget about the real world. Do I really need to further sell this one to you??
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x936cb36c) out of 5 stars A little torn in this one. 21 Aug. 2015
By Amazon Customer Bobbie Quinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Violet Channing 's mom died when she was born. She was raised by a straight laced military man with help from her grandmother. He was a strict dad and didn't show much sentiment. He was always on her about her weight. She was not pencil thin, she had curves. His constant complaining made her self-conscious and along with her shyness made her a target for bullying at school. She was a very forgiving person and her sweetness stood out. Every once in a while she would let her feisty side out. She had two best friends growing up, Jeremy and Cain. They were all army brats. They were three years older than her. They were inseparable. She was a tomboy type and liked being that way. As the boys grew into men they followed each other into the army and then Ranger school. One was her first kiss , first love and first heartbreak and the other was supposed to be her happily ever after. Sometimes life doesn't go as you plan.
Cain Sorrenson was part of a three person best friend group. Jeremy, Violet, and himself. They did everything together. Jeremy and Violet were kinda shy but not him. Jeremy convinced him into entering the army and he knew this was where he should be, protecting his buddies back. When Violet was sixteen he had been her first kiss. Sweet and innocent just like her. From that day forward she had owned his heart. It could of been before that all he knew was she consumed his thoughts. He could not be with her so he wrote her a " Dear John" letter and broke her heart. Now she belongs to his best friend and they are friends again.
Everything has changed for Violet and Cain. Now they barely speak unless he is being gruff or mean to her. Fate brought them to the same town with the same friends. He has to stay away from her. She don't understand why they can't be friends again. At one time they knew everything about one another and now they barely speak.
I was really conflicted about Laid Out. I had to reread a few times. The flow of the story is excellent. The character great and well thought out. My problem was with the main heroine, Violet. More of personality traits. I really wanted to shake her and tell her to get a backbone and Cain, I just wanted to tie down so he would quit running. That's when I realised that I may have reservations with personal traits of the character but I still enjoyed the the read. Sidney Halston did an excellent job pulling me into the story . Great job !
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x936cb270) out of 5 stars really good! 18 Aug. 2015
By mandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 stars

Cain and Violet were childhood friends. Cain has been in love with Violet forever but put his feelings aside because his best friend was also in love with her. Cain felt like his friend would make Violet happy so he stepped away. Violet and Jeremy happy together until Jeremy died in the war. Years later, Cain is back in town and he's still in love with Violet but doesn't think he should be with her - she will always be his best friends girl. To fight his feelings, he pushes Violet away but he has a really hard time staying away from the girl he loves.

I really enjoyed this story. There's something really special about this author's writing - she has this great way of adding humor to her books when you least expect it. A swearing bird - hilarious. This book is loaded with hot sexual tension - I couldn't wait for these to to finally get together. This is really steamy but it takes a little while to get there. I loved these characters and the storyline - a friends to more romance. My only complaint about this one is that Cain did annoy me with how much he pushed away. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to read more in this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x934e2b58) out of 5 stars Laid Out for Laid Out! 27 Aug. 2015
By Malissa Coy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This story of best friends turned lovers is a roller coaster of emotions. There is so much sadness that comes along with this book but the love between these two characters outshines it all.

Violet Channing and Cain Sorensen have known each other since they were practically babies, the two of them and Jeremy Edwards were best friends their entire lives, but when the two boys (a few years older than Violet) follow in their father's footsteps and join the military things begin to change. First with a passionate first kiss between Violet and Cain leaving Violet wanting more and then heartbroken and secondly with a letter sent across the ocean from Jeremy to Violet asking her out.

Tragedy strikes the trio with Jeremy's combat related death and nothing will ever be the same again. Years of separation, years of quiet longing, and years of guilt have to be overcome for this couple to find happiness. The barriers may be too much for love and ultimately too much for friendship.

I really enjoyed these two characters. Violet is just a regular woman, she's you and me She's the woman who while happy with herself also struggles from years of self-esteem issues. She's a woman who has had her heart broken, she is the woman who is always the light for her friends but battles to find that light for herself at times. She's the kind of woman you want to be your friend because she is fun to be around, she offers you the truth but never in a harsh way, she's kind and thoughtful, she cares about her friends and gives of herself freely. She also has a fabulous profanity prone parrot, haha!

Cain...What to say about Cain? First off this is my image of Cain:

The author describes him multiple times as a blond-haired viking...and there we have it, haha

Cain is dark and brooding. He's the quiet guy that when he actually says something everyone stops to listen to because he only talks when he has something important to say. He's a guy that is fighting his feelings of love, guilt, anger, sadness. He is a guy that loves with every part of him but somehow manages to not be able to love himself. He is the kind of guy that you would want at your back but one the kind of guy you can never get a feel for.

A brief talk about the other character's in the book. I really enjoyed everyone of them and I can't wait for JL and Enzo's story. I loved the way that Sidney set them up at the end of this book. The one thing that I missed though is what happened to Iggy Mitchell? I am going to be stressing about this until I find out, but I can't tell you guys why because that would give away a major part of the story...but I know you guys are going to want to know too, so go read the book, haha.

I worried that I would get really frustrated with this book, the whole 'secretly in love with the best friend who was engaged the other best friend' bit bogging down the entire story, but I am more than happy to say that Sidney Halston pulled this one together beautifully. It does take quite a while for the story between Violet and Cain to play out, it is a slow build up, but I never felt the need to skip pages or to toss my kindle. The story flowed naturally and while the book is totally swoon-worthy from the first page to the last, the 'sexy' times weren't so superfluous that the book became only about that. I like a good sexy scene (and there are some good ones in here) but I want a real story, I want to feel something from the characters, I want to know their hearts and minds and I can say very happily that you will get that with this book.

This was the first book in the series I read (I know, I know, you guys know how much I hate reading out of order) but I can say you won't be lost or confused if you read Laid Out before any of the other books. I will however be going back and reading the first few stories because I loved these characters from the book so much I just want to know more about them.

The only thing I could say that I would h ave liked more of is more of the MMA fighting. This series is MMA based and I kinda missed that, we got some of it with some underground fighting and of course the training the guy go through, but the whole story line with Cain fighting in a major MMA fight a year from when he comes back gets swallowed up by the rest of the story. Maybe in the coming books we will get more of that, we will find out what he's doing now, if he is still fighting or totally out...but as far as in this book it gets kind of gets pushed to the side. There is more of a military background presence in this story than MMA which is just fine with me, except that the whole series is based around the Worth the Fight (WtF) Academy and we didn't get much of that in this particular book. Don't forget though that this was the first in the series I have read, I have a feeling the WtF Academy comes in to play more in previous books. But don't go into this one expecting a lot of MMA because you won't get it. Again, though it doesn't take away at all from the book or the story. I really loved the way this story came together and played out and I think you will too.

This is a great read for any Contemporary Romance fans, particularly those who like a book with sports and military backgrounds. It is a slow build but once you get into the meat of the story you will not want to put it down and when you are done you will want the next book in the series right then!

~HAPPY READING~
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x934e2d08) out of 5 stars Oh yes...teach me! 20 Aug. 2015
By Jennifer Hines (Hines and Bigham's Literary Tryst) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**4.5 Fiery Hearts!**

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Three military brats, all close in age, growing up together as best friends...only problem with that is both boys are in love with the girl. Violet got her first kiss the day of Cain and Jeremy 's first deployment. Cain had made her feel things with that one kiss she wouldn't feel again for a long time, but it wasn't him who chased after her, it was Jeremy who confessed his love while away. It was Jeremy who came back, wooed her, and proposed to her. It was Jeremy who re-enlisted and didn't come back, leaving a broken-hearted Violet and a best friend who carried the blame.

Violet grew up in a military household, she understood sometimes the ones you love didn't come home, but that didn't make it any easier when she lost Jeremy. Neither did the fact that Cain became distant after that and she felt like she'd lost him too.

Cain has always loved Violet, but sometimes the bigger man has to step back and let his best friend win the girl. Jeremy's death changed everything, but it took a stubborn Violet to fully push him to realize some things are worth fighting for.

Laid Out is sweet, sexy, and hilarious. It'll capture your heart, raise your body temp, and make you laugh.

Not only do the characters capture your heart, but I fell in love with Bird too. How can you not love that damn bird! The ending will give you a glimpse on what to expect in the next book, and I for one cannot wait to read JL's story.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Girls night out! Francesca tells a little secret about Cain and Violet's reaction was one I won't soon forget. Not to mention all the other info the girl's added in afterward about their own men. Overall, it was definitely an interesting evening for them.

My Favorite Moments: Cain really thought he could help Violet?!?! I don't know which he did more of...training her or working off the reactions his body had to it.
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