I loved this book and am thrilled to share it today! Ricky by Ashley John! It’s a powerful, beautifully told story about the power of love! I’m a huge Ashley John fan and this is one of my new favorites! I hope you’ll check out my review.
On the surface, Ricky Thompson’s life is one long party. His razor sharp wit and unwavering sexual confidence masks his true pain and suffering, and that’s how he wants to keep things. Ten years after the death of his fiancé, Ricky has completely given up on the illusion of love. Wild nights in the bar and even wilder casual sex have become his coping mechanism, and he wants to keep the party going at whatever cost. When he is attacked in a dark alley and left for dead, Ricky’s life takes an unexpected turn and the party suddenly comes to an end.
Chase Brody doesn’t know where life is taking him. Between running his gym and raising his son, Dylan, the only time he puts himself first is his once a week trip to the gay bars. His family has convinced him he needs to find a mother for Dylan, so he keeps his sexual desires secret. He always believed women were for love and men were for sex, but he is forced to reevaluate everything he thought he knew when he stumbles across a helpless man in need of his help.
After Chase takes Ricky to the hospital, he offers him free self-defense classes, but it soon grows into something more complicated and both men are forced to listen to their hearts once again. Chase doesn’t know how Ricky will fit into his difficult life, and Ricky can’t seem to let go of his past heartache. With so much at stake, will these men admit they were wrong about love and surrender their hearts to each other, or is the risk too great?
I have loved everything I’ve read by Ashley John and I can definitely now add Ricky to my loved list! There was something so special and touching about this story and I just loved every minute, even when he had me in tears!
Ricky, oh I feel like I need to enter a sigh after I say his name, he is such a powerful character, not an instantly loveable one, he’s definitely got some attitude, but he’s a strong one indeed. He doesn’t believe in love anymore or for that matter seeing anyone more than once. After the death of his fiancé years earlier, he believes love only leads to pain. He has his friends, his work and Miss Kitty Litter, his drag persona to keep him happy. Until one night in a dark alley he is beaten and left for dead.
Chase is a single father, he co-owns a gym with his brother and isn’t quite sure where he falls when it comes to his sexuality. He enjoys being with men but pictures himself settling down with a woman, mostly for his son’s sake. It doesn’t help that his homophobic dad, his brother and his crazy wife are all trying to push him into finding a woman. He does go out to the gay bars when he can, usually for a quick hook up, until one night in an alley he discovers someone who’s been badly beaten. He calls for help and stays with this person in the hospital, trying to help Ricky recover.
There is so much emotion in this story and I really felt it all. Ricky is not an easy character to just love, he’s snarky and bitter and always puts himself first. But, as I started to see the softer side of him, the side that is still in pain, I was rooting for him and wanting him to let other in and be loved again. Chase completely stole my heart right from the start! He’s a very sweet guy who loves his adorable son and just wants to give him the best life he can provide! These two start off forming a friendship as Chase tries to help Ricky and it quickly becomes more. They definitely seem like an unlikely pair but my heart was totally invested in these two, they just worked for me.
There really is a lot to this story, a lot of emotion that both Ricky and Chase have to sort through and experiences that will shape their relationship. I loved watching them open up to each other and then yes wanted to throw things at Ricky when his stubbornness took over! Ricky has a good amount of angst, but not too much, I never did want to give up on these two. I absolutely adored the way this story came together in the end and was proud of both Chase and Ricky for standing up and loving themselves and each other.
Ricky is another beautiful and heart stealing book from Ashley John that will definitely stay with me! I cannot recommend this book enough and am truly looking forward to whatever comes next!
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About Ashley John
Ashley John is a young gay author of gay romance novels. Living in the north of England with his fiancé and two cats, Ashley John spends his days writing down the voices he hears in his head. His books are primarily romance dramas with sprinklings of erotica and he has a knack for making you feel like you’re living right beside the characters he creates. Ashley John is also a keen artist and he puts his artistic side to designing all of his own covers.
Find Ashley John at ashleyjohn.co.uk