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Sucker-Punch (Don't Read in the Closet Events)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  287 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Dear Fabulously talented Author,
After years of training and dedication I have finally achieved my dream of becoming the world heavyweight champion. I have put everything else in my life on hold to make earning this championship. I thought everything was worth it until I recently injured myself. Now they say I will have to forfeit my title if I cannot defend it in my next
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Published July 8th 2011 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads

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Aug 07, 2013 julio rated it really liked it
it's 4am.

black writes like...

like an eccentric inventor

who fills her home with beautiful machines

a steampunk trolley brings the tea

while on the table

the jeweled shell of a clockwork turtle

pops open

to serve you biscuits

i'm drunk on the words
When I saw the promt and the great pictures chosen for this story, I was really excited to read it. Sucker-Punch is the story of Triple J - Jesse, the current heavy weight champion in boxing, who desperatly tries to overcome the consequences of a sucker-punch before he needs to defend his title.

His doctor advises him to see a young PT specialized on Jesse's kind of injury. While Jesse first isn't sure, if there anything that can help him overcome his balance problems, he is quickly willing to f

**** 4 Qi stars ****

To box or not to box, that is the question.

A nice read about a boxer in need of some physiotherapy, meeting his hot physio therapist which makes him question his goals and decisions, sprinkled with some Qigong (some sort of Tai Chi).

There even was a Miyagi.

"You have to learn to look at yourself in the mirror.

A short story in the collection"Don't Read in the Closet, Volume One"from the MM Romance Group Hot Summer Event 2011.
ClickHEREfor the sto
Heather C
I loved this story! Its sweet with a lot of emotion and its obvious that Sarah spent a lot of time with research. I want more Jesse and Evan!
Aug 05, 2013 AnnaLund rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: M/M romance buffs, good soulful people
Recommended to AnnaLund by: julio
I am not surprised at all; Sarah Black has the writing gift, indeed.

Here, she stunned me with her sentences, put together Just So.
And she created a marvelous short story about life, careers, and what comes next—especially when there are midlife career-changes looming. Brilliant.

See, sometimes you just need a little push.

Some highlights:
"...twelve pudgy, elderly men and women with the hungry look of people who had recently been put on low salt diets." This made me giggle so bad, the descriptio
Jul 19, 2011 CAS rated it it was amazing
Wow Sarah,
This was AMAZING! It just went to the top of the list as my favorite. I feel like I was Sucker Punched, it just caught me completely and totally off guard with the way it immediately drew me in and would NOT let go, I just didn't expect the depth and the undeniable chemistry without the sex.
I would LOVE to read more about these two amazing men, they are so complex and captivating, I really want to see where Jesse's new path will lead them.

I HIGHLY resented seeing the words THE END,,
Jan 16, 2014 Monique rated it liked it
A very enjoyable read about a focused and driven heavyweight champion boxer, and a sweet and loving PT who devotes his life to helping people.
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
What a great story. I loved it these guys were so cute I want more
Free short on her website or here

To sum it up: To Much, Too Fast. Over the course of four freaken days they go from PT/patient to 'friends' to maybe boyfriends to joking about moving in together. That's insane. The premise to this story was great and if it had taken place over the course of a few months that would be awesome. A therapist developing a friendship with a patient isn't unheard of, and then things progress from there. But going out for pizza and beer after their first PT session and
Jul 30, 2011 SueM rated it it was amazing
Wow Sarah! I loved how Jesse responded to Evan, changing his focus and career and I loved the underlying sexual tension. Evan's reaction to the brutality of boxing was pretty accurate I think. Working as an opthalmic assistant I have seen several highly ranked boxers with permanent eye/brain damage, and was always frustrated/puzzled by their drive to return to their sport. I'm very glad that Jesse did finally realize that it was time to end the competition before it was too late. Thank you for w ...more
Kendra T
Jan 15, 2012 Kendra T rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-story, mm
I really loved this story. I loved the MC's and their journey together. I liked conflict of Jesse being a boxer and Evan being opposed to boxing...yet them working together to be happy with each other. Great story.
Wendy Ann
Jul 30, 2011 Wendy Ann rated it really liked it
I sometimes find it hard to get emotionally connected with the characters when there's a lack of intimacy/sex in the story, but no problem with that here! The author managed to weave a web of intimacy around Evan and Jesse without them ever crawling between the sheets! It's obvious she did a lot of work to include so much rich detail in this story with the boxing and Qi for physical therapy - truly impressive and very much appreciated!! This was my first boxing related story and a knock-out winn ...more
Britta ★ Nachteule ★

***Read as part of the free Don't Read in the Closet: Volume One anthology. Story #3***

3,5 ouchie-stars

A great example that a story don't need exlicit sex scenes to be good!

The relationship developed a little bit too fast for me but still it was lovely written and I would like to read more by this author!
Monica Alexander
Aug 19, 2013 Monica Alexander rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this short story that had a lot, especially because it was longer than a few scenes. You felt like you got to know the characters, and the chemistry of between them was fantastic. I loved how Evan was able to help Jesse find the happiness he was missing in his life.

4.5 stars

So, so good. A sweet little package, this shortie. Gonna investigate the backlist.

ETA: found the pic of Jesse. hot.

Jul 21, 2011 Sadonna rated it really liked it
Shelves: free, mm
Loved it! This just shows how wonderful and romantic a story can be without explicit sex (not that I'm knocking that at all ;-)). Both characters were once again so authentic in their voices.

Thanks for such a lovely read.

Apr 22, 2012 Cindi rated it really liked it
This story just proves that there doesn't have to be a lot of (or any, in this case) sex to make it a great one. Great characters. Great story. Short story but I don't feel short-changed at all. A lot covered in only a few pages.
This story could have been so great but everything felt so rushed. I never once during this read felt there was an attraction between the two MC's. All of a sudden they were just boyfriends. When did that happen?
The beginning looked like 4 stars but it seemed rushed when Triple J changed his life in a direction that I suppose he hadn't thought about before.
Anwen Ross
Jul 29, 2011 Anwen Ross rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance, free
Jesse the boxer is a great character. He says so much in so few words. Sarah Black has done a great job with this story.
This was a very sweet story, I loved the characters.
Story Prompt:
After years of training and dedication I have finally achieved my dream of becoming the world heavyweight champion. I have put everything else in my life on hold to make earning this championship. I thought everything was worth it until I recently injured myself. Now they say I will have to forfeit my title if I cannot defend it in my next match scheduled for later this year. I am beginning to wonder if i can even recover enough to compete ever again, let alone in such a short tim
Oct 05, 2011 L-D rated it it was amazing
This story was part of the M/M Romance Groups' Hot Summer Days Event. I love these projects because it matches an M/M writer with a photo and a reader request. To view the photo and request that inspired this story click on the link below:

The reader request that the men in the photo be a heavyweight boxing champion and a PT. The photo of the boxer is much too lean to be a heavyweight champion, but I will definitely allow for some artistic interpretation b
Apr 23, 2016 Serena rated it really liked it
Shelves: gr-dritc, romance-mm
Don't Read in the Closet: Volume One

My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Oct 31, 2014 Melanie rated it did not like it
I started reading this after being out drinking last night, it made no sense to me.
So I tried again from the beginning this morning while I wasn't drunk... It still made no sense to me.
It just felt very disjointed.
May 03, 2014 Alicja rated it really liked it
Great writing, character interactions, and even character development in such a short story. It was sweet and funny and a bit dramatic, yet fresh and interesting. Kept me interested.
Lillian Francis
Apr 15, 2015 Lillian Francis rated it it was amazing
Should have felt like insta-love, but it didn't. Beautifully paced so it seemed as if the MCs came together (not like that!) naturally rather than forcing it.
Dec 09, 2014 GlamLawyer rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-athletes
Interesting collision between the silent and controlled boxer and the happy therapist. I would like to read more about them.
Aug 08, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok
I had a hard time connecting with this story. Never quite understood when Evan and Jesse actually fell in love.
Oh I enjoyed this one. Boxer gets injured, finds himself a hot PT and the sparks fly.
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