Thanks to NetGalley, I was given a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
First off, I have to say that I adored this book. It’s a book that really pulled on my heartstrings, the story was beautifully written and I must admit that i shed a tear or two along the way.
Lucky at the beginning of this book is 8 years old, his mother is a meth addict and abusive meaning that Lucky must look after himself. Lucky being so hungry is forced to raid dumpsters at night to try and find enough food for him to survive. He comes across The Brick Yard, a gym that trains fighters and at night he would look through the window at the men training and vowed to himself that one day he would become a fighter just like them. At 10 years old Lucky is still out trying to find enough food to feed himself, which is becoming increasingly difficult as the restaurant owners have become aware of him and try to chase him off. As he is staring through the dirty window of the gym one snowy night, Brick, the owner of the gym comes out and asks him if he wants to come in and get warm. Brick offers Lucky a job cleaning and washing the towels for a small wage, which he jumps at the chance to make some money to feed himself.
Dray is young up and coming fighter, he has made his way to the big leagues and is finally making good money from his fights and his sponsors which he extremely happy about after having a bad child hood. Dray was taken in by Brick when he was younger and has trained as a fighter since. However, Dray is betrayed and outed by his long term boyfriend Vince, and quickly his upcoming career is shattered and he chooses to leave Chicago.
Dray follows Lucky’s career closely in the years he is gone, however never returns because he doesn’t want to taint Lucky’s career. Brick becomes ill, meaning that Dray comes back to The Brick Yard and back to Lucky.
Lucky is extremely fragile, still stuck in the past that hes a “bad boy” and deserves to be punished, but with Dray and their newfound romance to help him through can Lucky get out of the past and start seeing a future?
I loved Dray’s character. He was from the outside you’re typical bad boy, covered in tattoos fighter but inside he had a heart of gold. His character was extremely nurturing, fighting for Lucky and bringing the broken man back in to the light again. Lucky’s story was heartbreaking! he’s deeply emotionally scarred from his childhood and he doesn’t understand that Dray or anybody else could truly love him. These characters together are truly something beautiful.
Dray and Lucky stay by Bricks side until the very end, and with his legacy to lead them they create a future which means children like them will always have somewhere to go.
This story overall touched my heart, it made me smile, it made me cry but most of all it gives you hope. That people like Dray, Lucky and Brick really are out there making a difference. This story touches on some really serious issues. It deals with physical, emotional and mental abuse, LGBT issues, death and grieving.
Id recommend everyone give this book a shot, but be warmed. It an emotional roller coaster, but one that is extremely worth the read.