Title: Carry and Drag ~ Open Wounds Series (Book #1)
Author: Michelle Frost
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SYNOPSIS: 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.
What a great start to this series!!!!
I absolutely loved this story about Dagen and Ollie and the circumstance in which they find each other just when they need someone the most. They’re both so lovable that you can’t help but root for their happy ending.
Dagen is a big dude, who weight-lifts at a competitive level and trains at his brother’s gym. A painful injury takes him out for a while, but as he conditions himself to get ready for a major event, Ollie strolls into his life.
Ollie is completely broken. Physically and mentally broken. Incredibly talented, he starts working in Dagen’s brother’s tattoo parlor, which is attached to the gym (how convenient!). Skittish would be the perfect word for Ollie as he really has gone through hell.
As the two get to know each other—which doesn’t happen overnight as Ollie is not very trusting of anyone, and rightly so—they find themselves, not only deeply attracted to the other, but highly protective and easily supportive of one another like they’ve been friends forever.
I have to admit that I liked how there was hardly any sex in this book; some stories just don’t need it, and theirs really didn’t. Maybe it’s because they’re both in their very early-twenties and each a little lost that, instead, I became so engrossed with the dynamic of how all these brothers interact with one another, especially towards Dagen and Ollie. “Carry and Drag” is more about how a family sticks together through whatever comes their way, the love and guidance that’s dished out unconditionally, and the fierce protection for whomever they feel might be in danger. And danger does finds its way to their doorstep. I also appreciated the dedication, passion, and effort they all had towards their chosen work.
This book has a great storyline, plenty attention to detail, and an amazing supporting cast, meaning Dagen’s brothers, whom I’m sure will have their stories told as the Open Wounds Series continues ~ I’m dying to know the history between Magnus, and Rory, one of the trainers at the gym. Great read; I highly recommend this one.🏳️🌈
Reviewed by Lisa Cullinan ~ Bourbon, Bikes, and Books Book Blog