Reviewed by Michelle Mollohan for Readers' Favorite
Clinch (Low Blow Book 1) by Charity Parkerson tells the tale of Gunnar, a professional boxer, and his upstairs neighbor, Liam. Gunnar doesn't recognize Liam from his past, and Liam isn't keen on cluing him in. A run of bad (or good) luck one rainy night changes everything. Both have been burned in the past, and are desperately trying to deny their attraction for one another for fear of being hurt again. Despite their inner voices telling them to stay away, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other.
Clinch (Low Blow Book 1) by Charity Parkerson was a surprisingly unexpected read. I had a preconceived idea of what a homosexual romance novel would be like. I was pleased to discover that I was mistaken. Gunnar's and Liam's characters are well crafted, each with his own demons and flaws, as well as endearing qualities. As a reader, you find yourself rooting for them to figure everything out and reach their happy ending.
Clinch touches on the complications that often occur in same sex relationships. There are complex issues with exes, hiding sexuality, and feelings of self doubt. There is plenty of angst and lust throughout. The sexual encounters are realistically written and not overdone throughout the story. The real-life scenarios really round out the tale. Liam's family members are an added bonus to the story, as is Gunnar's cat, Loki. I finished this book in one evening and am looking forward to the next installment.