#BookReview #MMRomance – In the Ring by Rie Warren

The biggest fight of his life isn’t . . . In the Ring. 
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.

 4 star review
Rie Warren delivers us a sexy and steamy M/M romance jammed pack with enough chemistry and attraction it will leave you breathless.  The sexual tension that runs between Michael and Liam in the beginning is thick enough to cut with a knife but once they both give in to their deserves and wants they explode!  
I loved how Rie took an alpha male like Liam and gave him a soft side, a side that anyone could easily fall in love with.  Not only did he knock them out in the ring he also knows how to knock em’ out in the bedroom.  In the Ring was a great mixture of explosive sex and heartbreaking drama.  Rie shows us the growth of both Michael and Liam, how one must break out of his shell and truly start to be who he was born to be.  Acceptance is vital for Michael in the “fighting circuit” and I loved watching Michael help him with acceptance.  Their love for one another is one only made in fairytales.  It’s beautiful and pure with a lot of spice added to the mix.  
This is my first Rie Warren read and I can guarantee there will be many more in my future.  The woman sure does know how to delivery a sexy read that will leave you wanting more.  I love these 2 men and I am very grateful to Rie for writing this M/M Romance and making me realize again why I love this genre so much.  If you love M/M romance, you love a strong and beautiful connection between 2 characters, you love a little bit of drama and you crave knock you on your butt passion and explicit sex than I would suggest you grabbing In the Ring today, it was a knockout!

Rie is the badass, sassafras author of Sugar Daddy and the Don’t Tell series–a breakthrough trilogy that crosses traditional publishing boundaries beginning with In His Command. Her latest endeavors include the Carolina Bad Boys, a fun, hot, and southern-sexy series. 
A Yankee transplant who has traveled the world, Rie started out a writer—causing her college professor to blush over her erotic poetry without one ounce of shame. Not much has changed. She swapped pen for paintbrushes and followed her other love during her twenties. From art school to marriage to children and many a wild and wonderful journey in between, Rie has come home to her calling. Her work has been called edgy, daring, and some of the sexiest smut around.
You can connect with Rie via the social media hangouts listed on her website https://www.riewarren.com. She is represented by Saritza Hernandez, Corvisiero Literary Agency.