Title: Showing Him the Ropes
Author: Christa Tomlinson
Series Title and Number: Champions of Desire #1
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Heat Level: 4
Length: appx 74,000 / 180 p
Genre/Tags: M/M Romance, Contemporary, Erotic, Sports
SynopsisChance “The Chancellor” Gerhardt is a mainstay for Frontier Professional Wrestling. He’s won multiple championships and has the respect of the locker room. But after ten years at the top, Chance is looking for a new challenge. The one he gets, mentoring FPW’s young rookie, is both unexpected and unwanted. Devin Jacobs is a hot new talent signed by Frontier Professional Wrestling. He’s always been a fan of The Chancellor, and not just because of the older man’s skill in the ring. He has it bad for the steely eyed veteran wrestler. Unfortunately for Devin, The Chancellor doesn’t believe in mixing business with pleasure, and isn’t looking to get involved with anyone. Or is he? During long nights traveling and working together, Devin catches more than one secretly admiring glance from The Chancellor… Devin is determined to earn victories and championships in the ring. But he’d also love the opportunity to win Chance’s heart. Can the two of them navigate their way through the hyper masculinity and backstage politics of professional wrestling to the most important victory of all? Or will their shot at love be defeated 1-2-3? Christa Tomlinson is a lifelong fan of professional wrestling. When she’s not writing, Christa can be found watching her favorite classic matches or traveling to live wrestling events.
ExcerptDevin changed the subject again. “So are you married? “Hell no.” “Are you seeing anybody?” “No.” “Mess around with the ring rats then?” Chance laughed. “Not even close.” Devin thought that was an interesting answer. “So do you not hook up with any chicks? Should your gimmick be The Monk instead of The Chancellor?” “I’m not a damn monk.” “So then who-.” Chance cut him off. “This conversation is done.” Devin sat there quiet for a moment. Chance sounded just like him when he’d been trying to squirm out of admitting he was gay. And it made him wonder. Could The Chancellor be gay as well? “I don’t hook up with any of the groupies either.” “So?” “I’m just saying, while we’re traveling together, you won’t have to worry about me bringing any girls up to our hotel room.” Chance snorted and flicked on the right blinker to get over and exit the freeway. “Trust me, you wouldn’t. Because I wouldn’t allow it.” Devin laughed as they drove down the exit ramp. “Is that right? What would you do if I did, spank me?” They’d come to idle at a stop light, so Chance turned and looked at him. His face was half in shadow, but Devin saw him run his eyes over him. And his heart started to pound. He knew that look. He'd seen that look plenty of times before - from guys who were interested in him. Seeing it from The Chancellor was the last thing he'd expected. But before he could decide what to say, or if he even should say anything, the light turned green. Chance turned back around to proceed through the intersection...
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. Wrestling isn’t something I gravitate toward and I went into this a bit nervous. I am so SO SO glad I went for it. Showing Him the Ropes is so much more than JUST a book about wrestling. As a matter fact it made me appreciate these guys and girls who go out there to entertain people. It’s not easy on them at all. They work harder than a lot of athletes.
So we have the whole wrestling thing happening. Chance, The Chancellor, is asked by his boss to show the new comer Devin the ropes. Chance isn’t for it. He is a loner. Doesn’t hang with the guys, likes to travel alone, and just wants to do what he loves. But he agrees and his life forever changes.
Devin is like a firecracker. With his red hair, young body and heart, and constant smile and bright personality. It is only a matter of time before he thaws The Chancellors cold heart!
I really enjoyed watching them form a relationship. Chance fought it HARD he was very set in his ways and to see Devin break the armor was so much fun.
This was a book that not only held my attention the entire time but balanced out the emotion along with the story as well. Great ensemble characters that are quite vital to this book and I think books to come. Christa Tomlinson is quite a talented writer and I look forward to more of these boys!
Meet the Author
Christa Tomlinson is an exciting up and coming author in erotic romance. Her first self-published novel, The Sergeant, was an Amazon Best Seller for Gay and Lesbian Erotica for seven weeks straight.Although Christa graduated from The University of Missouri-St. Louis with a degree in History, she currently prefers to write contemporary romance. She loves to create stories that are emotional and lovely with sex that is integral to the characters' romantic arc. Her books include straight couples, curvy couples, gay, and multicultural couples. Love is love and everyone should have their story told. Christa lives in Houston, Texas with her two dogs, and is a retired roller derby player.
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