Monday, February 4, 2019

Review: Carry and Drag by Michelle Frost

Carry and Drag
(Open Wounds #1)
by Michelle Frost
Release Date: May 18, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance

Lift. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

Qualifying to compete on a national level is all that’s on power lifter Dagen Rourke’s mind. After an injury sidelined him the previous year, his only goal has been to overcome the physical challenges and mental demons to get back in the game. Falling into bed with the new artist at his brother’s tattoo shop was never part of his training schedule. Now he has to find a balance between the time he wants to give Ollie and the brutal training for what could be the most important competition of his life.

Run. Tattoo. Doze. Keep going.

Oliver Vos jumps at the chance to work at Vidar Rourke’s award-winning tattoo shop, Open Wounds. Getting out from under a nasty mentor and making it on his own is all Ollie has dreamed of for years. Unbeknownst to him, the room Vidar offers to rent him until he’s back on his feet would have him sharing space with tempting gentle giant, Dagen.

Living together is an adjustment, and when the heat between them morphs into something more will old insecurities and new tests drag them apart? Or will they find a way to carry the weight of their burdens…together?

Carry and Drag is the introductory novella to the contemporary MM romance series Open Wounds. This book contains mature content meant for adult readers.

A very nice satisfying short read. I was skeptical going in after finding out this is a short story but since there are already 3 books in, I decided to give it a try. First of all, Dagen isn't a MMA fighter as I thought he would be. He is a 'strong man' competitor, is sort of involved lifting and pulling kinda thing. I don't understand the rest of the jargon mentioned.

Ollie is the new tattoo artist hired by Dagen's brother and ended up being Dagen's roommate. Ollie's background story is a sympathetic one and I'm glad he found a sorta new family within the Rourke's family. Ollie and Dagen's relationship is sweet and loving. Dagen is protective without coming off like an aggressive brute. I really enjoy the camaraderie between the brothers. Can't wait read about the rest of them.