Review of In the Ring (Boxer #1) by Rie Warren

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Hot For The Trainer!

 

Genre: Romance, Erotica (M/M)

Book Length (Est.): 280 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

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.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Liam worked his way up the boxing ladder by using his body and fierce determination. It was all he knew how to do and he was good at it. Never losing. Always winning. The only reason he fought so hard was to help out his family, minus his deadbeat dad. He’s a sweetheart with a big heart and the only problem is that he has to hide who he truly is from the rest of the world. In his eyes he’d never make it to the heavyweight championship if the world knew he was gay. And so he kept his feelings and urges under wrap.

“Just because I’m gay doesn’t mean I’m a pussy.”

Michael is an open and out gay man. He’s also Liam’s trainer. And he has a secret of his own. He might not exactly be single, but he feels a lot more for Liam than any normal trainer would. Too bad Michael is like the rest of the world and things Liam is straight. That is until Liam sets him straight and unleashes a whole new awkwardness between them. Want and desire versus right and wrong.

“Liam, are you just curious – or gay? Because this” – his fingertips drifted down my abs which jumped on contact – “is really dangerous.”

Liam wants to remain in the closet. Michael came out once; he doesn’t ever want to hide again.

Limits will get pushed, hearts will get broken, and the boxing world will never be the same in In The Ring. As always Rie Warren does it again. The Boxer series has started off with a kinky bang covered in awesome sauce.

My Favorite Laughable Moment had to be when Liam is telling Michael the alternatives to calling him dear and then the waitress even chimes in. Can’t argue when a stranger seconds it.

Jenn 4 Heart

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