Review: Fighter (The Brick Yard #1) by Carol Lynne

February 22, 2017 Review 0

Review: Fighter (The Brick Yard #1) 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'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?

Title: Fighter
Author: Carol Lynne
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Ghosts of Alcatraz, Alrick, Unconventional In Atlanta , Alrik
Series: The Brick Yard #1
Published by Pride
Source: Publisher
Published: February 9, 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 303
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I very stupidly started reading Fighter in the evening thinking I’d get a chapter or two in before going to bed. Oh no! What was I thinking! Had I known I’d be up until 4am sobbing over this book I definitely would have waited until the morning. Instead, I read it all in one sitting and have such the book hangover now. And here is why.

Lucky and Dray. Oh my gosh, where do I begin. let’s start with Dray. He is an up and coming MMA fighter who was in the closet. That is until he was betrayed by his (Bleep) of a boyfriend and his secret was revealed. Dray couldn’t handle it and ran, away from The Brickyard, from fighting, from his life. Lucky has had it rough from day one. His mom was a crack whore, and who knew who is father was. From a painfully young age, Lucky had been taking care of himself any way he could. Dumpster diving for food and clothing, staying away from his mom’s constantly revolving ‘boyfriends’. Until one cold Chicago day, while looking through The Brickyard’s window, the owner invites him in offers him a job and a place to sleep.

The story pretty much follows along with how Lucky goes from being just this young kid Brick brings in from the street to an adult and now a MMA fighter. It’s not a pretty story and it’s very harsh and emotional. In all honesty, I was expecting Dray coming back one day, him and Lucky falling in love and BOOM end of story. I mean come on, I skimmed the blurb, knew this was going to be an M/M romance. Lucky’s harsh up bring was as worse as it was going to get, right? WRONG!!! Nope, I missed the part in the blurb about Brick. Oh my gosh…BRICK! Brick, Lucky’s mentor and savior, is suffering from end-stage cancer. My heart is breaking all over again just thinking about it. Lucky reaches out to Dray to help him deal with it. Dray comes back and has to face the demons of the past so he can deal with the future and Brick’s death.

Now at this point, you would think this would be enough pain for the story, right? Wrong again! Because now we get to be in Lucky’s head, his pain, and everything he has truly endured and never told anyone. Author Carol Lynne has put such a gut wrench twist to his story that I would never have guessed, would have suspected, had me bawling. Her characters in this story from Lucky, to Brick, to Jax sucked me in, ripped my heart out and left me heartbroken. The ending is less than storybook perfect because, we are dealing with broken people, but yet is so beautiful. This book was well worth staying up all night to read and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

 

Fighter

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