The Brick Yard by Carol Lynne

 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?

This was another book that I had read the short in the What’s His Passion? Bundle, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the full length novel.

Needless to say, I am so glad that I waited for it because this was a great read! I loved how it was so different than what is out there now, instead of it being an insta-love, you get to watch the slow build as both men come to terms with their love for each other. But even better than that, I loved how there were some times where I really wasn’t sure what was going to happen next.

Dray and Lucky were both amazing characters – they each had their strengths, as well as their weaknesses, but they ended up working together, and working things out. I did love how there were so many things happening at the same time, at least for me personally, that the story kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Overall, I really loved this book and I really hope that the author writes another story about these men! I couldn’t get enough of them!