Sam reviews ‘The Brick Yard’ by Carol Lynne. This book was published on October 3, 2014 by Pride Publishing and is 241 pages long.
For Lucky Gunn, the hardest fight of his life happens outside the cage.
On the south side of Chicago sits an old gym called The Brick Yard.
Ten years ago, on a bitterly cold day, Lucky Gunn wandered into The Brick Yard dressed in a threadbare jacket, looking for refuge. He hadn’t expected the owner, Tony Brick, to welcome him with a job and a place to sleep when Lucky’s abusive and drug addicted mother made it too dangerous to return home.
Dray was a gay man living in a world of straight fighters. When his secret was exposed to the media, he dropped out, giving Lucky a piece of advice, if you want to make it as a MMA fighter, bury the part of yourself that won’t be accepted.
Lucky discovered the cage was the perfect place to keep his demons at bay, but when he learns his trainer and mentor, Brick, is suffering from end-stage cancer, he begins to spiral out of control. After eight years, Dray returns to help Lucky and Brick deal with the devastating news.
With Dray so close, Lucky’s old desires return, and Dray teaches him more than how to fight. Torn between his career and the passion he feels for Dray, Lucky finds that his past demons resurface in full force, threatening his sanity and his budding relationship with Dray.
Despite leaving the cage years earlier, Dray finds himself in the battle of his life with the only man he’s ever loved. Will he stand and fight or walk away like he did years earlier?
The Brick Yard is a training center for Fighters. The owner Tony Brick has made the gym very successful. But, it’s what Tony does beyond running The Brick Yard that makes him really special.
Lucky Gunn was barely in his teens when he walked into the Brick Yard to get out of the cold. Only having a thin Jacket to keep him warm. He was hungry and would rather be anywhere but with his alcoholic drug addict mother. When Brick sees the kid walk in he offers him a warm place stay and a chance to make some money with menial jobs.
Lucky wants to fight it seems to be one of the few things that keeps his head straight. He will do anything he needs to train and become one of the best. But the attraction he has to one of the MMA fighters is hard to hide. He respects and secretly wants Dray.
Dray is a MMA fighter going big that is until the media finds out he’s gay and turns against him. Before he walks away from fighting he offers a little advice for to Lucky, to bury any part of himself that won’t be accepted.
Eight years later, it comes out that Brick has stage 4 cancer. After hearing the news Dray immediately returns to Chicago to help his former coach, the guy he has always looked up to. Lucky was already having a hard time dealing with Bricks illness now since Dray has come back all his feelings for Dray are back and strong as ever which is adding even more to his plate. Will he finally act on the desire he has alway hidden or will the demons he carries ruin everything good in his life before he has the chance?
I absolutely loved this story. It was so well written. It flowed perfectly. I had so many emotions that bubbled up as I read the Brick Yard. I would laugh and get mad but I also cried bucket loads. The things these young men went though while young was just tragic. Brick was such an amazing man, how he took care of them when they had nothing and no one to turn to was incredible. By reading the synopsis I knew that he would have cancer and it would be late stages but I was not prepared how much my heart would break for him, Lucky, Dray and everyone elses lives he touched. For having such heartbreaking parts there was also a beautiful love story of two wounded men that help heal each other. This was my first book written by Carol Lynne and it definitely won’t be my last.
Well, to be honest, I’m completely boring. I spend my days juggling two young children and my writing career. You’re just as likely to either catch me writing a steamy love scene or scrubbing jelly out of the carpet.
When I’m not writing, I’m usually planning for the next GayRomLit Retreat or spending time with my family at the lake.