Bearding the Lion (Tosha’s Review)

Title:Bearding the Lion
Author: J Mercury Jones
Publisher: Pronoun
Release Date: November 16, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Erotic Romance
Page Count: 56 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

“How did I get here?” wonders David. “How did this fighter get so far in my head in such a short time?”

David Levy thinks he knows the story when he steps into the Triple Hit Mixed Martial Arts gym to shadow a fighter. But he expected a mean-looking brute, not the painfully handsome, ginger haired hunk Connor Ryan. As the reporter is drawn in he discovers the surprising soft side of the alpha male with the killer fists, as well as an unexpected side of himself. While Connor prepares for the fight of his life, David faces a struggle of a different kind in which his heart and career collide as hard as a punch to the face.

But even if they win their own battles, will they lose each other as a dark secret and a fatal mistake conspire to ruin both lives?

Bearding The Lion is a standalone gay romance short with a HFN and no cliffhanger. It contains mixed martial arts fighting, explicit sex scenes, coarse language and conflicts that may be difficult for some readers. All characters in the book are over eighteen years old.

This may have been a short read but man it was a good read.

David is a reporter about to do a piece on MMA fighters. Unfortunately for David he goes into it with preconceived notions about MMA fighters so he is not being very open minded about them when he starts his draft without doing any kind of homework on them first.

So when he goes in to do the leg work for his story he learns pretty quickly that his first assumption about fighters was not only wrong but also uncalled for. David shadows a fighter in particular named Connor.

The more David gets to know Connor and the more Connor teaches David about MMA the more he starts to fall for not only the sport itself but for the man that is teaching him about it.

Connor is also attracted to David and decides they can take a chance on one another even though he does not trust reporters. After getting to know one another and starting to spend more time together the more they realize they want to learn more about each other. That may be a possibility until misunderstandings occur and even worse, when David sends his piece in to be published he sends the wrong one. He sends the one that he started before he did his homework and now Connor is the one in the cross hairs.

Can David make it up to Connor or will Connor never be able to forgive his betrayal?

This was a really good read. It was not a long book but it was packed with several different punches that I did not see coming. J. Mercury Jones definitely did a great job on making this short story into a winner. I look forward to more by this author in the future.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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