Carry and Drag by Michelle Frost
Series: Open Wounds #1
Published: May 18, 2018 by Michelle Frost
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary 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?
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Carry and Drag but I absolutely loved this really cute story. It’s not overly complicated and the angst is very minor and I just loved the sweet relationship that Dagen and Ollie develop. While the attraction is immediate for both Dagen and Ollie it takes time for Ollie to feel comfortable taking a chance on being hurt again. I enjoyed watching these two guys fall in love supported by Dagen’s very boisterous and unique family.
Dagen is ridiculously tall and muscular and looks like he could break someone in half but he’s really just the softest cinnamon roll hero and I love him for it. I’m a huge fan of books with gentle giant heroes and I liked how calm and steady Dagen was as a character. He has a wonderful family to support him, a profession he’s dedicated and he’s just a genuinely nice person. He’s the exact opposite of what Ollie expects when he first meets his new roommate. Ollie has fled his old tattoo shop and a toxic relationship and he’s hoping this new job will go better. But Ollie has learned not to trust happiness and he’s always waiting for the other shoe to drop. My heart broke for Ollie and what he’s been through in life and I was so glad to see him with someone as gentle as Dagen.
I can’t wait to read more about each of the brothers in this series!
**Reader Safety: Hero was abused in his last relationship (referenced, off page)
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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