The Brick Yard

Carol Lynne
The Brick Yard
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Totally Bound Publishing
Release Date
October 2014

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 addicted 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 finds that his 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?

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Nov 01, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
123 people found the following review helpful
On the surface, THE BRICK YARD by Carol Lynne appears like it is simply a love story between two men.

In reality, it is much more. Within the pages is a powerful storyline of one man who has made it his mission to rescue boys from the street, using his gym as an outlet for their anger and pain. It's also a story about a young fighter named Lucky who is haunted by his past. He has to shake off the demons before he can move forward.

A terminal diagnosis serves as a catalyst for the story, drawing all of the characters together. Dray, who left town after being publicly outed as gay, is drawn to Lucky. What follows is an intense story as Lucky and Dray explore their attraction.

There is plenty of chemistry in this m/m relationship, but it is well balanced by a solid storyline. While it is definitely a love story, the book uses characters who are damaged to tie the threads together. Whether it is caused by a breakdown in the family unit or the loss of a loved one, that sense of loss can impact future relationships.

Filled with angst, THE BRICK YARD will leave an impact long after the last page is read.
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