Title: Fighter (The Brick Yard #1)
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: February 9, 2017
Page Count: 303
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Book one in The Brick Yard series.
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 is a love story set in the back drop of MMA World and has two men one of whom is vying to be the next champion and the other whose opportunity for the same was snatched from him. The story is also a wonderful love story and a story about the connections we forge in life.
Lucky and Dray’s story is told right from when Lucky is just a teenager. We see Lucky’s progression from a teenager to a man and how he changes with time and how his past affects him and makes him the man he is today. Dray and what happened to him was really sad and in spite of losing his dream he wholeheartedly agrees to make the dream a reality for Lucky. Although Dray’s attraction to Lucky quickly turned into love and even though it did not make sense at first their relationship and how they both understand and accept each other made it worth it. Dray is exactly what Lucky needed. Their relationship and how they fell in love and how their love strengthened made me truly fall in love with them. Lucky’s past made my heart hurt for him but I was happy that Dray was there as his pillar of strength. They both did have their own issues to sort out but it was worth it. There are a number of secondary characters who are such vital part of this story that it was all their book too. This book is so much more than just a love story. This is about the connections we forge and about giving back. This is about fighting the past to rise above it all to make a better future. I loved that the author introduced so many heart tugging elements into the story and weaved it all to create a story which truly touched my heart.
Lucky and Dray will indeed make you fall in love with and so will all the other characters. I just can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Highly Recommended.
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