Title : Fight
Author : Kelly Wyre
Publisher : Loose Id (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 243 pages (e-book)
Published : March 4, 2014
Rating : ★★★★1/2
To Nathan Hunt, honesty is anything but the best policy. Telling the truth has gotten him nothing but heartache and pain; so lying about who he is and what he wants seems to be the only path to job security and friends. Hell, it even brings him a hollow kind of happiness.
Except, that’s not much of a life for any man. Especially one with Nathan’s passions. Desperate to cure his self-made misery, Nathan agrees to go along with a con that will score cash for Nathan to start over. There’s just one problem: lying is getting harder by the day. And a con who can’t lie, is a con who gets caught.
Nathan’s attempts to distract himself from his moral quandary lead him to a mysterious, intoxicating man named Fury. The Mixed Martial Arts fighter knows a thing or two about lies and pasts better left buried. He and Nathan have something else in common – they both want to be with someone who lets them be themselves.
Together, they undertake a journey that proves honesty is more dangerous and more difficult than either of them could have imagined. And as they combat addiction, thugs, guns, and their own inner demons, Nathan and Fury can only hope that their battle to be together will be worth the bitter fight.
I loved this book!!! From the very first page you’re put in the mindset of Nathan. He’s had a troubled past and he’s deep in the closet. You feel his desperation and disgust with himself for who he’s allowed himself to become from the very beginning. Fight starts off gritty and slowly turns into this love story full of hope and heartache. Neither guy is perfect but that just adds to their real appeal. A lot of people get turned off by guys in the closet stories, I’m not one of them, but I thought Nathans reasoning was very understandable. He’s decided he’s going to make a success out of himself no matter what. Even if that means marrying the bosses daughter. No worries. She knows he’s gay and hooks Nathan into a scheme to get her inheritance. She’s probably the most unlikable person in the book. She has her moments though. When you almost think she’s decent. Nathan’s dirty secret of sneaking off to clubs for hard and anonymous sex isn’t working anymore however. It’s not relieving any stress and is making him feel worse. That all changes when he meets Fury.
The one who steals the show in this story is Fury. OMG the man is so sexy! I don’t know if you’ve read either book but he reminds me a little of Terrible from the Chess Putnam series and a little Z from Zero At the Bone. I’m a sucker for a tortured hero and just mentioning these names has a big effect on me, so he’s in great company on my list of fiction fantasy men. Fury has a horrible past that just won’t let him go. It’s still haunting him. People see him as this big tough king of the fighter pit but he’s vulnerable and self-conscious. And wise! He has some of the most honest, stop you in your track lines in this book. It’s so unexpected because at first you see him as everyone else does. You don’t expect him to be so deep and need love so badly. I fell so hard for him right along with Nathan. Fury sees a need for real human affection. Nathan is completely gobsmacked by Fury. He’s so enamored he slips in his usual straight guy routine. Fury sees right through it and recognizes something in Nathan that calls to him. Makes Fury need to reach out and connect. They’re so perfect for each other despite coming from very different pasts and having very different stations in life. They’re love story is hard, with some ugly secrets bared and dangerous situations to face. Obstacles created by people close to them they don’t know how to escape.
Although the love story is heartbreaking and intensely beautiful, there is a very uplifting theme of picking yourself up and climbing out of the dark theme that builds from the moment these two meet. The rest of the book is great too. Two different worlds with so many lies. Fury because it’s mostly full of violent criminal types. Nathan because he is essentially living a lie with the rich and famous types. I HIGHLY recommend this book. I’m so mad at myself for putting off reading it for so long. I was completely consumed by this story.
Rated 4.5 stars by Whit