Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ricky by Ashley John ~ A Review

On the surface, Ricky Thompson’s life is one long party. His razor sharp wit and unwavering sexual confidence masks his true pain and suffering, and that’s how he wants to keep things. Ten years after the death of his fiancĂ©, Ricky has completely given up on the illusion of love. Wild nights in the bar and even wilder casual sex have become his coping mechanism, and he wants to keep the party going at whatever cost. When he is attacked in a dark alley and left for dead, Ricky’s life takes an unexpected turn and the party suddenly comes to an end.

Chase Brody doesn’t know where life is taking him. Between running his gym and raising his son, Dylan, the only time he puts himself first is his once a week trip to the gay bars. His family has convinced him he needs to find a mother for Dylan, so he keeps his sexual desires secret. He always believed women were for love and men were for sex, but he is forced to reevaluate everything he thought he knew when he stumbles across a helpless man in need of his help.

After Chase takes Ricky to the hospital, he offers him free self-defence classes, but it soon grows into something more complicated and both men are forced to listen to their hearts once again. Chase doesn’t know how Ricky will fit into his difficult life, and Ricky can’t seem to let go of his past heartache. With so much at stake, will these men admit they were wrong about love and surrender their hearts to each other, or is the risk too great? 

Length: 100,000 words.
Standalone: Yes
Cliffhanger: No


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Yes, this has characters from the book Timing. Yes, it can be read as a standalone. 

After finishing Timing I was really, really curious about Ricky. I'm so glad this book came out. 

Ricky, you're a bit sluttay! but that's ok, we still love you. I loved that his character was a bit older. It just made him as being a cynic even more believable. 
He's a pretty deep character underneath all the shallow sex, and that's the part you can't wait to dive into. 

Chance happens upon Ricky after a night out, and finds him not in a good way. Mind you, Chance is a new character (if I remember correctly), he co-owns the local gym with his brother. After finding Ricky, and making sure everything is good, he offers him up some help to protect himself. That's when things get pretty steamy for them. The relationship progresses, whether Ricky wants it to or not, but there are a lot of secrets they both hide. Pretty big secrets too, ones that could potentially make or break them. For awhile, they do break them.

This (as well as Timing) seem like stories about fighting. Fighting for yourself, fighting for what you want, and fighting for the ones you love and for happiness. I like that they all have to work for it.

This was a happy read, a sad read, an anger read, but most of all, it was about falling in love and fighting for it. For Ricky he had to fight against himself and his past, and literally against people that want to hurt him. Chase he had to fight his family and fight Ricky himself. I still don't know what to think about Chance's sister in law and I'm still kind of curious if he found a summer babysitter! I can't remember that being resolved lol! 

Anyways, beautiful story, beautiful writing, and a beautiful ending. 

About the Author

Ashley John is a gay author of gay/mm romance novels. Living in the north of England with his fiance and two cats, Ashley John spends his days writing down the voices he hears in his head. His books are primarily romance dramas with sprinklings of erotica and he has a knack for making you feel like you're living right beside the characters he creates. Ashley John is also a keen artist and he puts his artistic side to designing all of his own covers.

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