Review ~~ In The Ring by Rie Warren
In the Ring (Boxer #1)
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.(less)
Omg I LOVED this book. It has everything you could ask for in a romance! It’s smoking hot, sweet, angsty… Liam & Michael, I love these boys!!! They had me heated up and swooning. Their love story is not one to miss!!!
Right from the beginning the sexual tension and chemistry is ALL CONSUMING. A boxer and his trainer… Two guys from the opposite side of the tracks. Liam “The Bonny Bruiser” has always lusted after his trainer Michael. Every touch, every look has him dying with the need for him. One problem, the world thinks he’s straight! He thinks it would be career suicide to come out…. Michael seems to be having the same feelings, but he’s in a committed relationship. Their want and need for each other had me squirming in my seat and deliciously frustrated. But you can tell this is not just lust, there are intense feelings brewing. Friends/coworkers that turn into so much more. Their sweetness, insecurity and jealousy along with their tender moments … It all had my heart bursting with love for them.
In The Ring was told in solely Liam’s POV… Which was great, but damn I wanted to hear Michael’s thoughts! Some people who have read the book are not happy about Michael’s long-term relationship and how it played out. In my opinion, shit happens! Sometimes we are with the wrong people till we meet the right one. Both guys are only 24 years old and do not have much experience in the dating world or with relationships…. Just read the book and enjoy the story. Don’t be so judgy! It is fiction.
If you are an m/m fan. READ THIS BOOK.