Series: Improbable Bonds #2
Author: Lily Michaels
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Length: 105 pages
Reviewed by Truus
Almost two decades of boxing couldn’t prepare Clayton for the biggest fight of his life—one that put love on the line.
Boxing had been Clayton James’ life for nearly twenty years, but the threat of a serious injury if he continued to fight forced him into retirement. Refusing to be down for the count, he carried his love of the sport into a new career as the owner of a gym. But low membership and a tightly stretched bank account mean he’s faced with closing his doors—or taking one more match to save his business.
The bullying that Tyler Kirk thought he’d left behind in high school not only managed to carry over into college but also seemed worse. Being older than the average student because of the years he’d taken off to rehabilitate his sister after the accident that robbed them of their parents didn’t lessen the attacks he faced. His chance to find peace was in the meaty hands of the finely chiseled and sexy-as-hell owner of the gym he hoped could give him self-defense training.
Neither man expected the adversarial start of their relationship to melt into something that quenched Clayton’s long-neglected need and one that Tyler wasn’t even aware he had. Nor could they prepare for the intense sexual chemistry that flowed between them to quickly morph their training schedule into a hot and heavy hookup routine.
But the risks of Clayton’s final match are amplified when it’s no longer simply his health and well-being on the line but also the love of a good man and the promise of family.
Reader advisory: This book contains references to a fatal car crash, as well as homophobic violence and bullying.
Clayton is the owner of CJ Gym & Boxing Club, after he’s forced to retire.
Tyler is skinny, almost looks like a kid, and has been bullied all his life. He’s his sister's caretaker after their parents died.
When Tyler enters the gym, he’s clear he wants to learn to defend himself against the bullies.
His whole attitude is demanding and that triggers something in Clayton.
Clayton’s demeanor trigger something in Tyler he never knew he had. Tyler is way too young for him. But never judge a book by its cover!
Clayton starts training Tyler and Tyler starts reading about D/s dynamic and relationships.
Clayton is welcomed into Tyler and his little sister lives, it’s his chance for a family. If only he didn’t have to make a life-changing decision that could ruin him, literally.
This is a super-fast-paced, short story, sexy, sassy, snarky, more than enough and very clearly developed. Every important fact is mentioned. I’m always in awe how authors can create a satisfying story with emotions, definitions, and a clear plot with even an HEA in just about a hundred pages! Tyler and Clayton were more than sexy in their scenes. The learning process was just like Tyler’s whole being convincing, the dynamic between Clayton and Tyler was awesome.
Overall a very attractive narrative.
My first read from this author but certainly not my last!
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