Dane Connelly is a former boxer who is facing the loss of everything he cares about: His eyesight and Noel Atherton, his lover. It his worries about his eyesight that may be driving them apart as well. To add to his worries, Narone - the man who nearly did him in in the ring - is out on parole and is looking for revenge.
Noel wants the status quo to end and he wants Dane back in their bed. He wants Dane to tell him what's wrong, and tries to give them time away from the gym - not always with the greatest results. Can these two men from such disparate backgrounds reconcile? Or will outside forces (in the form of Narone) split them apart? And what of Dane's eyesight?
I liked the premise of The Boxer and I liked the characters. The story provided a nice glimpse into their lives and how they try to work things out - with mixed results. While I did like the story overall, what kept me from giving it a higher rating is that I found the dialogue between Dane and Noel to be a bit stilted, while their interactions with the secondary characters such as Ally, Gilbert and Mr. Trent to flow better.
Genre: LGBT Contemporary
Former boxer Dane Connelly faces losing it all, everything he fought for in The Janitor. He's hiding problems with his fight-damaged eyesight from his uptown lover, Noel Atherton. How can he be a man for him if he can’t see to fight or to paint? And now the vicious killer Narone, who almost broke him in the ring, is out on parole, looking for payback. Dane is desperate to protect the man he loves.
But Noel has had enough of sleeping alone in their empty bed, aching for Dane, so he devises various exotic scenarios to seduce him, giving his lover the sexual domination he needs. He knows Dane is not being upfront with him, and after being patient for months he’s growing alarmed something is really wrong. Now Noel has to use his body and his heart to fight for his beloved boxer.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices, violence.