Risk by Baylin Crow
AUTHOR: Baylin Crow
LENGTH: 271 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2018
We never should've been anything more than roommates.
DREW: Life dealing me a hard blow is nothing new. What's one more sucker punch?
When my uncle offers me a job working at his MMA training center, I jump at the chance to turn my life around...not upside down and questioning everything I know about myself.
Light Heavyweight Champion Asher Ramsey is the definition of a ladies' man. His stormy gray eyes and inked skin call to the artist in me and make me itch for my pencils and sketch pad so I can capture every detail. If I'm honest, they make me itch to touch every detail too, which confuses me.
After he offers to let me stay in his guest room, I discover there's more to Asher than he allows the world to see.
ASHER: My life is a lie. A play written and directed by my PR manager.
With the biggest fight of my career only weeks away, my focus is on securing my title. Losing my belt to some new up-and-comer isn't an option, and I can't afford any distractions. Or an unwanted attraction.
When Drew begins working at the gym where I train, my priorities waver. To make things worse, I offer to let him stay with me until he finds a place of his own. It'll be fine. Sure, I'm attracted to him, but I'm an expert at hiding behind the mask of a straight man. Besides, he's completely off-limits. Not that it matters--we don't even play for the same team.
What's the worst that can happen?
Drew just can't seem to catch a break, he's had a rough time of things growing up and now as an adult things don't seem to be getting any better. That is until he meets Asher. Asher is a Light Heavyweight Champion that works out and practices at the gym Drew's uncle owns and where he will now be working in a menial position. The thing about Asher is that he is gay and way in the closet because he was told that if he came out it would ruin his career as an MMA fighter. In order for Asher to keep his private live private he has his manager set up blind dates for him with various women and it's totally staged so that the paps can get photos, but Asher isn't happy about it. Oh and did I mention that Drew is straight, yep, he has never even looked at another guy before so why is he take second and third glances at Asher now? Hmmmmmm
I loved the way the author didn't overshadow the friendship and attraction that was growing between Asher and Drew with a ton of angst. There was some but it wasn't over the top. Baylin Crow is a fairly new author with only two books under her belt so far and I have read and enjoyed them both. While both books are sports oriented they each can be read as a standalone so you can read Risk and then Scar or Scar then Risk, either way you like I am sure you will enjoy them both. Happy Reading!!!
About the Author:
Bios are challenging. I don't have a clue how to write about myself. Fictional characters, sure! Me? Not so much. Lol. It's the reason my author bio stayed practically blank until after I finished my second novel.
Who am I? Well, I live in Texas where the heat and I don't get along. One day I hope to call Northeast USA home. I'm a wife and mother of 2 ridiculously cute kids. I have 2 dogs and 1 cat, the latter of which is a spoiled brat, but she's my spoiled brat. ❤
I fell in love with writing during elementary school with my first "bare book". And only within the last few years have I been able to try my hand at it as a career (which I have high hopes for btw!).
Spending the day under a fluffy blanket reading or writing away on my laptop with a mountain of coffee is my idea of time well spent. I get to live so many lives through books that I consider myself genuinely lucky to call myself an avid reader.
That's me in a nutshell. I hope I'm finding my place among like-minded people. ❤❤❤ And I hope you'll enjoy reading the stories I write.