Series: Boxer #1
Published by Rie Warren on December 5th 2016
Genres: M/M, Sports
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The biggest fight of his life isn’t . . . In the Ring.
The bright lights. The roaring crowd. The chance at a championship belt. The not-so-little secret Liam Shaughnessy—the Bonny Bruiser—is fighting to keep tucked far away.
Liam got the pussy pounded out of him on the mean streets of Cin-city—the other Sin City. The oldest in a Catholic clan where his da never pulled any punches, he went from geek boy to the golden boy of the boxing world care of his fists. Liam’s on the fast track to having it all . . . all except the one man he wants.
Michael Fairweather makes pretending to be hetero goddamn difficult for Liam. The man is blond and beautiful and just so happens to be Liam’s trainer. With a penchant for doing shirtless yoga, giving midnight massages to loosen Liam’s muscles, and sometimes even taking it out in the ring with him. To say Liam has porn-style fantasies about Michael is an understatement.
Michael’s out and proud. Liam’s only proud of what he can do in the ring. He can’t risk his career, least of all for someone unavailable. Michael has a lover. Liam has the lies he lives every day. And when his money-grubbing manager gets involved as the title win approaches, Liam doesn’t know what hit him.
Fight to win. Fight with honor. It won’t be easy, but that’s okay. Nothing worth fighting for ever is.
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As an avid M/M reader, I’m always a little worried when I try out a new author who primarily writes M/F and has jumped on the same sex romance train. But Rie Warren’s In the Ring shows that some authors can be diverse in their writing and succeed.
In the ring is the story between Liam and Michael. Liam is an up and coming boxer, who is forced in the closet by his manager who doesn’t believe one can be gay in such a macho sport. This is proven false by Michael who is the quintessential man. Former football player and the boy next door type. He also happens to be Liam’s trainer and openly gay.
This book was very different than most M/M books I have read, simply because this features two very manly men. The testosterone simply drips off the pages and the sexual tension is to die for. There was actually one scene (which I read at work) that was so hot, I was blushing. But in addition to this, the storyline of acceptance of oneself and doing everything possible for love was really well written. In addition to two very different and yet similar main characters, some of the secondary characters were so well developed that I’m hoping ring girl Anya or Gideon and his homo erotic paintings are up next in the series.
I spent a few days hot and bothered by these guys and their sexual antics, which makes this a solid 4 star book.