Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fighter by Carol Lynne

Title: Fighter
Series: The Brick Yard, 1
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre/ Pairing: M/M contemporary
Pages: 320
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb
For Lucky Gunn, the hardest fight of his life happens outside the cage. On the south side of Chicago sits an old gym called The Brick Yard. Ten years ago, on a bitterly cold day, Lucky Gunn wandered into The Brick Yard dressed in a threadbare jacket, looking for refuge. He hadn't expected the owner, Tony Brick, to welcome him with a job and a place to sleep when Lucky's abusive and drug addicted mother made it too dangerous to return home.

Dray was a gay man living in a world of straight fighters. When his secret was exposed to the media, he dropped out, giving Lucky a piece of advice: if you want to make it as a MMA fighter, bury the part of yourself that won't be accepted. Lucky discovered the cage was the perfect place to keep his demons at bay, but when he learns his trainer and mentor, Brick, is suffering from end-stage cancer, he begins to spiral out of control.

After eight years, Dray returns to help Lucky and Brick deal with the devastating news. With Dray so close, Lucky's old desires return, and Dray teaches him more than how to fight. Torn between his career and the passion he feels for Dray, Lucky's past demons resurface in full force, threatening his sanity and his budding relationship with Dray. Despite leaving the cage years earlier, Dray finds himself in the battle of his life with the only man he's ever loved. Will he stand and fight, or walk away like he did years earlier?


Fighter by Carol Lynne is a very strong start for the Brick Yard series she is building. I really enjoyed the grittiness and depth of this book. Ms. Lynne has always been a huge favorite of mine for bringing strong characters and lots of emotion, this book is that in spades.
On the South side of Chicago there is a gym called The Brick Yard. Ten years ago Lucky came in looking for refuge. The owner took him in and he never forgot that kindness. If not for Tony the owner he would not have had a chance.
Dray is a gay man in a world of straight fighters. He is betrayed and outed in the most humiliating of ways. He warns Lucky never to come out as gay. Lucky has a hero worship for Dray. He wants to be just like him one day. He also has a huge crush on Dray.
Lucky wants to be a fighter. He was too young to keep the drunks off his mom but he could grow and learn to fight. Lucky eventually does become a fighter. Then Tony becomes sick.
Dray has been away for a while now, and Lucky brings him back. Can they save the Brick Yard and Tony together? Or will Dray's past always haunt him, and never let him have a future?
I loved the connection and love in this story. I really super want more. There are strong and great characters that I want more of in this story. When you want a powerful story of love and friendship this is the one to pick up. 

                            Five Shooting Stars

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