Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Brick Yard by Carol Lynne

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 finds that his 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?

Reader advisory: This book contains themes of terminal illness and child abuse.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is my second read from this author and I have to say she is quickly becoming a go-to author.

Lucky is scared and confused. He was being neglected and abused by his drug using mother and her johns. He escapes to the protection of The Brick Yard, where Brick offers him a job and a place to sleep when he needs it. Lucky knew from a young age he was looking at men differently. When he overhears Dray, the top fighter in the gym, having sex in the shower with another man, he knows without a doubt he's gay. Dray's world falls apart soon after when he is outed and the fans turn on him. Dray leaves the gym and the only life he's ever known.

Years later Lucky knows he needs Dray in Chicago. Can Lucky handle the changes happening in his life? Can Dray keep Lucky on his fighting path?

The Brick Yard is sexy and sweet, emotional and moving. It's the perfect combination sports romance. I originally picked it up for the MMA aspect but I quickly fell into it for the writing. The pain and suffering the characters go through is written wonderfully. It was an easy read but kept me on an emotional roller coaster, knowing what was bound to happen within the story but hating it when it happened. I look forward to more from this author.

An avid reader for years, one day Carol Lynne decided to write her own brand of erotic romance. Carol juggles between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. These days, you can usually find Carol either cleaning jelly out of the carpet or nestled in her favourite chair writing steamy love scenes.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Brick Yard by Carol Lynne to read and review.

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