Ricky by Ashley John @itsashleyjohn #mm #review


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On the surface, Ricky Thompson’s life is one long party. His razor sharp wit and unwavering sexual confidence masks his true pain and suffering, and that’s how he wants to keep things. Ten years after the death of his fiancé, Ricky has completely given up on the illusion of love. Wild nights in the bar and even wilder casual sex have become his coping mechanism, and he wants to keep the party going at whatever cost. When he is attacked in a dark alley and left for dead, Ricky’s life takes an unexpected turn and the party suddenly comes to an end.

Chase Brody doesn’t know where life is taking him. Between running his gym and raising his son, Dylan, the only time he puts himself first is his once a week trip to the gay bars. His family has convinced him he needs to find a mother for Dylan, so he keeps his sexual desires secret. He always believed women were for love and men were for sex, but he is forced to reevaluate everything he thought he knew when he stumbles across a helpless man in need of his help.

After Chase takes Ricky to the hospital, he offers him free self-defence classes, but it soon grows into something more complicated and both men are forced to listen to their hearts once again. Chase doesn’t know how Ricky will fit into his difficult life, and Ricky can’t seem to let go of his past heartache. With so much at stake, will these men admit they were wrong about love and surrender their hearts to each other, or is the risk too great?

addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14April's Showering Words

I really enjoyed this book.

Ricky is a man who is about to fade away, he has not learned to process his pain and grief for a love that is no longer possible.

Chase is ready to blow up, his family are pushing him to get married and have a woman influence for his son.

There is so much pain and confusion going on throughout this story that it had me crying more than once.  The way both characters are dealing with the pressures of life without the help of a loved one is hard to take.  Once they find each other their relationship is filled with pain and cross purposes. As things get further along and they admit to feelings neither one of them can explain.  The love that develops is strong and true.

Ashley John has really put forth a wonderful and feeling book!  A must read for anyone who loves a great love story!  This is a hard book to read because of the history each character has to work through. However it is definitely worth it!

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