Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Baylin Crow
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 271 Pages
Publisher: Baylin Crow
Release Date: April 25, 218
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: We never should’ve been anything more than roommates.
DREW: Life dealing me a hard blow is nothing new. What’s one more sucker punch?
When my uncle offers me a job working at his MMA training center, I jump at the chance to turn my life around…not upside down and questioning everything I know about myself.
Light Heavyweight Champion Asher Ramsey is the definition of a ladies’ man. His stormy gray eyes and inked skin call to the artist in me and make me itch for my pencils and sketch pad so I can capture every detail. If I’m honest, they make me itch to touch every detail too, which confuses me.
After he offers to let me stay in his guest room, I discover there’s more to Asher than he allows the world to see.
ASHER: My life is a lie. A play written and directed by my PR manager.
With the biggest fight of my career only weeks away, my focus is on securing my title. Losing my belt to some new up-and-comer isn’t an option, and I can’t afford any distractions. Or an unwanted attraction.
When Drew begins working at the gym where I train, my priorities waver. To make things worse, I offer to let him stay with me until he finds a place of his own. It’ll be fine. Sure, I’m attracted to him, but I’m an expert at hiding behind the mask of a straight man. Besides, he’s completely off-limits. Not that it matters–we don’t even play for the same team.
What’s the worst that can happen?
Review: Not sure what took me so long to get to this one, but I’m glad I finally did! I loved Asher. He was a badass dedicated MMA fighter working on defending his title. He is closeted and focused on his career, suffering through the many dates his agent sets up to uphold his image, being told time and again that to come out would ruin his career. That’s been the status quo until Drew comes into the picture.
Drew has not had it very easy. His father died when he was young, his mother hooked up with an unsavory guy who got her hooked on drugs that ended up taking her life. During that time, he was caught with drugs and had to suffer the consequences. When we meet him, he has just lost his current job and is staying with his bff, Claire, before turning to his uncle for help and a job. His uncle gives him a job and tasks Asher with keeping an eye on Drew.
The two end up hitting it off, but while Asher is gay, Drew is not, and it takes some time for him to understand his feelings and accept his bisexuality. When they do take things further, they have great chemistry. There is still the issue of Asher’s career situation, so it doesn’t look good for them for a while and they hit some bumps before things smooth out. It did seem as though Drew flipped from straight guy to questioning/curious to boyfriend very quickly. Likewise, a relationship vs. the career that has consumed Asher’s life seemed to be resolved overnight.
But, all in all, I really enjoyed this and wasn’t ready to let these two go. I’m a bit sad this isn’t a series, because I’d really love to see more of them!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*