- File Size: 2269 KB
- Print Length: 265 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (August 18, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 18, 2015
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QE1J5M8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Laid Out (Worth the Fight Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Book #4: Worth the Fight Series
Source: Author and Purchase
My Rating: 6 DAMN BIG STARS
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??
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 !
With the way Cain treats her it's a miracle that she doesn't tell him where to step off. He's angry she's single, he's angry when she meets someone, he's angry she's not with him, he's angry when she's with him. With him having so many mood swings its no wonder she doesn't have a case of whiplash.
Cain is going through so much that it's tearing him apart. He feels that he doesn't deserve to be happy that Violet will always belong to his best friend.
Violet tries to break through past Cains' defenses to no avail. She tells him that she loves him and wants a life with him and if he can't face that then she's done and never wants to see him again.
This is kind of heartwrenching where you feel Cains pain and at the same time you want to hit him upside the head. Violet was so nice that people treated her like a doormat until she developed some backbone and fought back. This story is worth the read.