I survive on avoidance. Physical pain to avoid the mental. Disposable flesh to avoid relationships. Work to avoid attachment. My club became my empire of avoidance. Inside the ring millions are won and lost. The fight is confined to breaths, actions and reactions, fists and pain. Rules don’t exist. Only my opponent exists.
I’d been avoiding my needs for far too long when Remi stumbles into the Inferno and I’m hungry. The promise of a submissive with no attachment is far too tempting. I can’t resist him. He was only supposed to be a distraction, but I know I’ll never get over him. There isn’t a chance in this clouded hell.
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Reviewed by Robin
Remi has some unusual needs that he’d like met on the down low. He’s heard that Dante may be able to help him out with more than his fighting business. Remi is a Dominant and has a Submissive Kai. But he also needs to be submissive at times to feed his need as a Sadist. He needs this all to be hush hush and that’s where Dante comes in. Dante runs a bar and underground fight club. He also is dealing with his own issues. Perhaps Remi and Dante can provide something beneficial to each other?
“‘You’re a bastard.’ I pulled at my hair. ‘It’s fucking hell being with you. Has anyone ever told you that?’
His grin broadened. ‘The whole world is hell, doll. At least with me you get a reprieve from the sun.’
‘So this is hell at night?’
‘I like to think of it as Clouded Hell. One of the rare cool days you’ve got to hold on to when everything else won’t quit.’”
This story was different than pretty much anything I’ve ever read. It really kept my attention the entire story even though it could be quite angsty with Remi juggling Kai and Dante and his family. Kai was rather manipulative. But I kind of loved the entire situation. The back and forth pull…I was right there with Remi. The ending was rather abrupt and left some loose ends. I am really hoping there is another story to tie up a few characters’ storylines. Or I may have to tie someone up. That could be fun.
In the meantime, I’ll be watching to see if there is another book and checking out other stories by JR Gray. A great first time author for me.
If I hadn’t seen the video of the fight, I wouldn’t have believed it. I clicked the button on my laptop to rewind it, to see the way his body moved. I gripped myself through my shorts and glanced over at Kai. He was busy inking a full back piece, and I doubted he’d even take a break for another hour. He couldn’t see me from where I sat. It would be so easy.
I trailed my fingers over the places Dante had left marks. I could almost taste them, even if the bruises had faded. I’d looked at them in the mirror over my bed and fucked my hand every night since I’d left. I groaned as I slipped my hand into my shorts.
I squeezed my shaft, digging my nails into the sensitive skin. I had to bite back a hiss of pain. Kai could easily walk out and see me. The rooms in the shop were three-quarter walls to divide the space with wide open doorways. Maybe I wanted to be caught. I kicked my feet out, watching a bead of sweat drip down Dante’s neck. When he threw a punch his muscles tightened, and it took me back to him swinging his belt. The sound of his fist hitting flesh was close, so close, to the way the leather sounded against mine.
I shouldn’t be imagining him touching me, but it was impossible not to. I wanted his hands on me. I wanted him to mark me with them. I was hit with the sudden realization he’d been acting when he was in the ring with me. He hadn’t even gone at half speed. He was a monster when he fought. It took every ounce of self-control I had to keep from getting up and into my Jeep to drive to the airport.
I used my free hand to unbutton my shorts and slide down my zipper, freeing my cock.
About The Author
When not staying up all night writing, J.R. Gray can be found at the gym where it’s half assumed he is a permanent resident to fulfill his self-inflicted masochism. A dominant and a pilot, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. He frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns and conversations, to jot down notes or plot bunnies. Commas are the bane of his existence even though it’s been fully acknowledged they are necessary, they continue to baffle and bewilder. If Gray wasn’t writing…well, that’s not possible. The buildup of untold stories would haunt Gray into an early grave, insanity or both. The idea of haunting has always appealed to him. J.R. Gray is genderqueer and prefers he/him pronouns.
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