Title: Punch-Drunk Love
Author: Nico Jaye
Published: June 12, 2014
Publisher: Goodreads M/M Romance Group
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Oliver Reyes is a slightly nerdy kickboxer who is part of an elite team in San Francisco. Oliver is also more than slightly gay and has a crush on the team’s captain, Derek Vance. Oliver is not very obvious about his crush, certain that it’s unlikely Derek would reciprocate. When the team travels to Las Vegas for a competition, Oliver goes out to scope out entertainment options for a future trip with his friends, and what he finds is more than he expected.
I really liked this story. It’s sweet and fluffy with a dash of racy heat thrown in–something I think is expected from a Nico Jaye story. The pacing is a bit inconsistent, with a lot of slow build and then very quick resolution that almost leaves some things feeling unresolved. Though that just increases my desire to read and know more about these characters…if they might possibly resurface somewhere in the future.