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    Counterpunch by Aleksandr Voinov

    OUT OF 5 STARS

    OUT OF 5 STARS

    Shameless Recommendation

    Solange Recommends

    I just want to give you a heads up that I read book 2 before I read book 1, and I had to DNF Anchored because of the on-page non-con. This is an entirely personal preference, the book certainly wasn't bad, just not for me. Book 2 has non-con, but it fades to black.
    Now that's out of the way, guys... Counterpunch is intense. It's one of those books you read and the outside world completely fades away. For a while you're in that world and it's frightening and exhilarating and sexy. And you don't want it to end. I think this may be my favorite Voinov, and that's saying something. [December 2014]

    Where To Buy

    Buy Now From Amazon

    Shameless Recommendation

    Solange Recommends

    I just want to give you a heads up that I read book 2 before I read book 1, and I had to DNF Anchored because of the on-page non-con. This is an entirely personal preference, the book certainly wasn't bad, just not for me. Book 2 has non-con, but it fades to black.
    Now that's out of the way, guys... Counterpunch is intense. It's one of those books you read and the outside world completely fades away. For a while you're in that world and it's frightening and exhilarating and sexy. And you don't want it to end. I think this may be my favorite Voinov, and that's saying something. [December 2014]

    Where To Buy

    Buy Now From Amazon

    About Our Heat Ratings

    The hottest of the hot!
    ex. BDSM, kink, dub-con

    Super hot for adults only.
    most modern romance

    A little bit of heat.
    not overly descriptive

    Light romance and fade-to-black.
    ex. young adult

    Publisher Synopsis

    via Amazon

    Fight like a man, or die like a slave.

    Two years ago, Brooklyn Marshall was a happily married London policeman and amateur boxer with a promising future. Then he accidentally killed a rioter whose powerful father had him convicted of murder. To ease the burden on the prison system, the state sold Brooklyn into slavery. Now he’s the “Mean Machine,” competing on the slave prizefighting circuit for the entertainment of freemen, and being rented out for sexual service to his wealthier fans.

    When barrister Nathaniel Bishop purchases Brooklyn’s services for a night, Brooklyn braces himself for yet another round of humiliation and pain. But the pair form an unexpected bond that grows into something more. Brooklyn hesitates to call it love—such feelings can’t truly exist between freemen and slaves—but when Nathaniel reveals that he wants to get Brooklyn’s conviction overturned, Brooklyn dares to hope.

    Until an accident in the ring sends Brooklyn on the run, jeopardizing everything he’s worked so hard for. With the law on his tail and Nathaniel in his corner, he must prepare for the most important fight of his life: the fight for his freedom.

    ASIN: B00MRQRBDY
    ISBN: 978-1626492097

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    + Favorite Quotes

    [su_quote]”You like that?” Rhys whispered as he fondled me. “I’m going to make you want me so bad you won’t be able to be scared.”[/su_quote]

    [su_quote]Even if this meant Thorne wouldn’t buy him, even if the rest of his life was in ruins, even if he now truly was a slave and headed for nothing more than being used up like a fucking racehorse, even if everybody hated him but Cash and a few thousand strangers out there in the hall, this was one thing nobody could take from him.[/su_quote]

    Belonging Series Reading Order

    1. Anchored: A Belonging Novel

    2. Counterpunch (Belonging Book 2)

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    Though Solange has moved on from Shameless Book Club and is living somewhere in Europe, we're gladly keeping her recommendations alive and published because they were just that good. --- Solange reads and writes gay romance like it’s her job — because it is. She likes her heroes and heroines tortured and horny, her plots juicy and riddled with angst, and rarely passes up the opportunity to add in some hurt and comfort. When she’s not reading or writing, Solange rides horses, hikes around Michigan’s plentiful lakes or whizzes down mountains with a snowboard to her feet. She’s a speed-junky, a caffeine addict and a dog lover. If you’d like to get in touch, email her here. She doesn’t bite, unless that floats your boat.