The Brick Yard (book review & giveaway)

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 1.57.08 PMThe Brick Yard was written by Carol Lynne.  The Press House and Totally Bound provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

thebrickyard_exlarge_PNG 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 addict 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?

The Brick Yard is available on Amazon or Totally Bound.

My review:

While Carol Lynne's novel is absolutely a gay erotic romance... that is not at all the big picture of The Brick Yard.   Truly, this story is about discovering  how much a single man can impact the lives of many.  It's a story of figuring out that what you want the most may be "the hardest fight of your life".  It's about overcoming childhood trauma and abuse to accept that you're worthy of love.  It's about finding your safe haven... location and people.

On finishing this book... I am absolutely in love with the characters of Dray and Lucky.  The path they took to get to each other totally drew me into their story.  But... the character that truly filled my heart was Tony Brick.  If only everyone was fortunate to have a man like Brick in their lives... the world would be a truly amazing and supportive place.  Finding out with Dray and Lucky just how many people he effected throughout his life was overwhelming.  And he did it just by being himself.  It makes me want to know more about his life BEFORE this story.  Before there was a Brick Yard.  If Carol Lynne ever write a prequel to The Brick Yard it will immediately move to the top of my reading list.

About the author:

Carol Lynne is the acclaimed author of more than eighty erotic romance books. 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 favorite chair writing steamy love scenes. More about Carol can be found at: https://www.totallybound.com/author/carol-lynne

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