Review: “Risk” by Baylin Crow

AUTHOR: Baylin Crow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Gay For You
LENGTH: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book


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 is 23 years-old, but he had a rough start and tries his best to make a better life for himeself. He’s tired of surviving day to day like he has for the past few years. That’s why he asked his uncle Pete if he has a job for him at his training center.
Asher is 28 years-old, a Light Heavyweight champion, and a womanizer… at least that’s what the world thinks. Asher is gay and in the closet, coming out means the death of his career and he can’t risk it.
When Drew and Asher meet, a strong attraction sparks between them. If Asher is gay and knows that he can’t act on it because of his career, Drew is completely lost, he’s straight and had never been interested in a guy, even now except for Ash.
Can they risk their future for something as uncertain as love?

You all know that a book with a fighter and I’m a goner, so it’s not a surprise for you if I told you that I loved this book, but it was a good surprise for me since it was my first time with this author (not my last).

Drew is straight until he meets Ash, and at first, he becomes friends with the guy. Drew is impressed by Ash, but when they become roommates, Drew understands that he’s attracted to this man. He’s confused, he’s always been attracted to women, and never saw men in a sexual way, but Ash broke all his certainties. I love Drew, he’s funny, smart, and strong, very strong, maybe not physically but mentally he’s stronger than any fighter. At first, he’s completely lost and confused about Ash, but he takes his courage (in a bottle of tequila), and he acts on his attraction. I loved it. Even if he didn’t jump on the gay rainbow at first, even if he back-pedals sometimes, when he stops fighting it, he’s at one-hundred percent on board and ready to fight hard for Ash.

Ash is gay, and in the closet. His parents disowned him when he came out to the family. He works hard on his career, to be on top, so he can’t risk losing it because of his sexuality. He was attracted to Drew the minute he saw him, but refuses to try anything because of Pete, his trainer and Drew’s uncle, and also because Drew is straight. Nonetheless, Ash can’t help but be with Drew as friend, as lover, but not like what Drew really wants. I love Ash, he’s a fighter, physically very strong, his body is a powerful machine, but when it comes to his heart, he’s fragile. I love this duality in him, how he hides behind his strong appearance and a kind heart. That doesn’t mean he’s weak, not at all, he’s just scared and had to almost lose everything before understanding what really matters for him, and then, the strong, determined and confident fighter is back.

I love these 2 guys, they were adorable and enter in my “favorite couple” list.
It was a very good read, I loved the plot and the characters, I loved the author’s style too. The writing was dynamic and fresh, not repetitive or boring, and we alternate between Drew and Ash’s pov.

It was a good gay-for-you book, with angst (not too much thank you!), misunderstanding, but also love and a beautiful happy ending.
I highly recommend this book, it’s a great read, and you will have a very good moment with them.

5 OptimuMMs for the artist and his fighter!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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