Today we welcome author Sidney Halston to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Sidney's Against the Cage comes out May 27, and the hero is a cage fighter who meets a bookworm and teaches her a thing or two. Sidney wants to gives us her top ten reasons of why she love—and why you should, too.
1. The men are seriously hot. Like…smoking hot. They’re muscular and mostly shirtless, at all times. Lots of testosterone, lots of alphas, and lots of hotness all locked up in one cage! I could probably end this list right here.
2. The coolest, sexiest tattoos you’ll ever see are on MMA fighters. These men are seriously into their tattoos, and it shows!
3. They love to talk crap to each other. It’s like watching people gossip—live. And what woman doesn’t like gossip? It’s very entertaining to watch.
4. Camaraderie. There is a sense of brotherhood among the fighters. Even though there is a lot of crap talking (see above), at the end, there is (usually) respect for one another and it is one of those swoon moments for me. I love to see the guys hug it out at the end of a grueling match.
5. It’s not complicated. In MMA, the guy whose arm was just dislocated is probably the loser of the fight. It’s that easy.
6. Randy Couture. I should move this to #1. Goodness, he’s gorgeous! He really was the reason I fell in love with MMA. Oldie but a goodie. And yes, before he was in the Expendable movies, he was a professional MMA fighter. I loved him first, ladies. Hands off!
7. Women are becoming a huge thing on the MMA circuit, with fighters such as Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey, you can see some kick ass women kick some serious butt. Maybe I should have a woman join Worth the Fight Academy. That should really cause some stirring of hormones.
8. There’s reality shows (yes, plural). Don’t you want to keep up with reality shows? Well, you need to watch some MMA fights to know what’s going on in the reality show(s).
9. Warrior! Have you seen the movie Warrior? What a fabulous movie. I recommend it. 2 words: Tom Hardy. *sigh*
10. Michael Bisping….WOW.
My husband introduced me to all things Mixed Martial Arts (that’s what MMA stands for) over twelve years ago before it was a “big thing.” We’d go to live fights all the time and watch them on PPV. My husband is a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, so there’s a lot of “fighting” related sports—watching as well as doing—in our home. Not to mention, MMA is huge in Miami, where I live. Even my six year old son loves it, he does judo and wrestles with my husband all the time. So, Jiu Jitsu is a big thing in my house, and Jiu Jitsu is a big part of MMA. In MMA fights, the fighters are normally trained in a variety of martial arts, so, unlike boxing, where you only punch, in MMA, there’s kicking, and grappling, as well as punching. When it began, it was even bloodier than it is now because there were no rules, at all.
I tried to incorporate a lot of these things into Against the Cage. The men are hot and at times, a little controlling and barbaric (in a good way, of course), but there’s a lot of camaraderie between them.
So, now you know how I came to love MMA, and why you should love it too.
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Sidney Halston lives her life by one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started” (Mark Twain). Or even simpler: “Just do it” (Nike). And that’s exactly what she did. At the age of thirty, having never written anything other than a legal brief, she picked up a pen for the first time to pursue her dream of becoming an author. That first stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Halston lives in South Florida with her husband and children.