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Losing It

(Ringside Romance #4)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Finn Miller doesn’t do social. He works his IT job from home as often as he can to avoid people. If it weren’t for his weekly training sessions at Ringside Gym, he might never leave his apartment. And he only does that because of Leo, the gym member he’s in love with. When Finn gets talked into attending a speed dating fundraiser at the gym, his greatest wish is to have th ...more
Paperback, 1st edition, 229 pages
Published February 19th 2018 by Riptide Publishing (first published February 17th 2018)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I liked this book as well, if not a little better, than the previous books in this low angst series about friends (and their romantic interests) who open a boxing gym.

The couples from the others books are quite present in this story, but I still think Losing It could work as a standalone. For maximum enjoyment, however, I recommend reading the second book, Faking It, first. That's where we first meet Justin.

Justin used to do the bidding of a wealthy, powerful man, but he found a conscience and
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

I really liked the newest addition to the Ringside Romance series.

Remember Justin from Faking It? He was such an ASSHOLE! Naturally, I wanted to read his story.

Justin McCormick's life took a completely different turn when he stopped working for Grady's dad. He basically needs to start over again. I loved the way that D'Abo slowly but steadily unveiled Justin's personality traits, until it was just the real Justin. Who would have thought that this asshole would be such a forgiving and starved
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.25 Stars***

What a pair they were, awkward and slightly broken. Trying to slot their various bits and pieces together.

Oh I liked this so much!!

Not gonna lie...I was a little worried about whether I'd warm up to Justin. Justin was a secondary character in Faking It. He was Grady's handler and fixer. He was distant, cold, unapproachable. Having cut ties with Grady's father, he's now trying to find his place in the world.

And with getting his back story and being in his head...I un
I've loved every book in this series so far. I enjoyed Losing It. Just not quite as much as the earlier ones.

At the beginning of the story I felt a little lost and overwhelmed. All the previous characters made an appearance very quickly. I knew that I was supposed to remember each couple without any intro or background, but it took me a while.

My biggest issue however, is that something didn't quite work for me with the romance between Finn and Justin. I can't believe I'm actually going to say th
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, arc-read, netgalley
This book is probably my favorite of the series so far, an interpretation of Cyrano De Bergerac, except everyone’s good looking! Finn is an introvert with a history that gave him serious social anxiety, part of the reason he trains at Ringside. But it doesn’t help with his difficulties speaking with people, or solve his dilemma over gaining Leo’s attention. The ease he immediately finds speaking with Justin doesn’t clue him in right away, about why that is. Finn is determined to find a way to su ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I love stories where unlikable characters get redeemed. We first met Justin in book two of this series. He worked for Grady's father and he had a pretty complicated relationship with Grady. He did the right thing in the end of that book but we don't really know what happens to him until now.

He doesn't have much of anything at the beginning of this story. No job, no friends and no support from family. He's desperate enough to leave Vancouver and head to Toronto where he looks Grady up. A
True Loveislovereview
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, lgbtq
Justin returns home after years of being away. He has no real friends except the few where he's now. He is lonely and thinks of himself as not lovable. He agrees to take care of some renovations return he can sleep in one of the places...not really a good place but he, he can sleep

Finn is over his head, when he sees Leo, his heart is knocking faster. Finn is shy and talking is not his strongest thing. He so desperate wants a date with Leo.
At the local speed date party Justin sees how F
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Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
4.5 stars!

This was wonderful and sweet and I totally see myself rereading this novel!

Losing It is a NA romance novel about Justin who, after quitting his job, moves to Toronto, where he starts working at a friend's boxing gym and meets shy tech engineer Finn, who trains there and who's infatuated with a popular fighter Leo. Justin and Finn bond over Justin helping Finn with speaking in public. As you can imagine things go as far away from Leo as possible, good riddance.

This novel is so sweet and
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I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Losing It is the forth book in the Ringside Romance series, which is a series of m/m romance books. It follows Justin, who appeared in the second book Faking It, and Finn, a new character entirely. Finn is a regular at the Ringside Gym, which is run by the boyfriend of the son of Justin's old employer, as well as someone he was once in love wither (but is now over). T
Lulu Forth
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This is book 4 in the Ringside Romance series and is Finn and Justin’s story. I enjoyed this one much more than book 3!

We meet Justin earlier on in the series as he worked for Grady’s father. He’s moved to Toronto for a fresh start and seeks out Grady for help and support. The guys at the gym offer him a job to live in and coordinate the renovation of the apartments above the gym.

Finn is a super shy gym member being trained by Eli in the ring. He was badly bullied at school and subs
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bgirls, mm

Review by The Blogger Girls.

This was another solid installment of this series centering around the gang now involved in some shape or form with the gym. We met Justin in the second book, Faking It, where he was the guy giving Grady trouble working for Grady’s father as his right hand man. He played an important role in Grady’s life, but after things that happened in that book, he now finds himself out of a job. He shows up at Grady’s door looking to make amends and ask for some help.

Finn is a yo
Jules Lovestoread
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I ended up enjoying this one quite a bit. Sweet, if a bit predictable...I really liked Justin and Finn's relationship. They worked so well together. <3 Full review coming to ...more
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Too cute for words, Finn Miller is the awkward guy who is so sweet. I just want to take him under my wing and protect him. As the reader gets to know Finn and his idiosyncrasies better, it is hard not to fall a bit in love with Finn. He is loyal, smart and possess an ever optimistic outlook. He is the kind of guy who would never let their friend down. His crush on Leo was interesting. When this book takes a turn when Finn meets Justin, the story starts to get really good. I have not read the fir ...more
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

4.5 Stars

I think this might be my favorite book of the series so far. I loved Finn and Justin and I enjoyed watching them transition from strangers, to tentative friends and later, to lovers. It was a bit of a slow-burn, since Justin is helping Finn, who has major social anxiety, to learn to be more confident and comfortable around others, especially Leo, who Finn believes is his dream guy. As Justin helps Finn prepare for his date with Leo, the two form a solid friendship, something that neithe
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is another fun romance between the men at the Ringside Gym. Justin and Finn are loosely connected to the group of friends who run the gym but they are perfect for each other - even if it takes Finn a very long time to believe it.

Justin was absolutely villainous in Grady’s book but a few months later he’s back and a very reformed character. I wasn’t ever able to fully believe in his transformation but I really
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
3.5 Stars. This is the fourth book from Ringside Romance and although it could be read as a stand alone I recommend reading book #2, Faking It, first since that's when the reader is introduced to Justin.

I enjoyed Faking it although I wasn't sure I was going to like Justin in the beginning of this book. He quickly grew on me and I was rooting for him and Finn. This book has a lot of UST with only a few sex scenes but those that are in the book are well written and hot. I did find Leo to a bit OT
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3 Stars

I’ve only read one other book in this series and I loved it so I thought I’d give book 4 a chance, I have to say that unfortunately I didn’t love it. I felt like both of the characters were almost… whiney or unmanly, it kept me from loving the book.

Finn is extremely anti-social to the point it’s almost crippling – he also sporting a major crush on a fellow gym rat but can’t build up the confidence to ask him out. Justin has come into town for a new beginning, leaving his old life behind t
Paige Turner
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy this series and happy to see Justin in a new light.

I found the first 1/3 of the book to be a little slow. I was tempted to write it off but I'm glad I continued. I found Finn and Justin to be a sweet duo that as well together.
I know in the other books Justin was a bit of a tool but I liked the way he developed in Losing it. Even though Justin is in his late thirties I found him to be portrayed a little young. Perhaps it was due to him starting over . Becoming vulnerable and needing to
Ruthie Taylor
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the fourth book in the series. The first three deal with three childhood friends who are rebuilding Ringside Gym, and their grown up romances. Here we see Justin, who was Grady's minder in 'Faking It', as he comes to terms with life now he has reformed. He comes to Toronto to start again, and ends up getting help from Grady, and his new friends.

Whilst it is difficult for the guys to know quite what to do about J
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Review to come soon

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy to read and review for Wicked Reads

I said this with book 3 but I need to say it again, I seriously had deja'vu when I read this book. I felt like I had read this story before. Maybe it was previously published or just so similar to something I have read before. This book is about Finn and Justin. Finn is super shy but has a major crush on this guy Leo at the gym. When they gym owners have a speed dating night Finn fails miserably and Justin offers to help Finn. This starts a fr
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another one that falls somewhere between a 4.5 and 5...

If this series had to end, I'm glad that it ended with Justin... and trust me, I never thought I'd be saying those words. He was most definitely not my favorite character when he was introduced in Faking It, the second book in the Ringside Romance series. Up until the very end of Max and Grady's story, he played the "bad guy" and he was more than a little convincing. For the record, I love it when an author makes me fall for a character th
Losing It by Christine D’Abo
Book #4: Ringside Romance Series
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 4½/5 stars

I have loved this series from the very beginning and Losing It is just one more excellent read in the series!

When first we met Justin McCormick (in book #3, Making It) he was not the nicest of men. In fact, Justin rather delighted in being the bad guy. Over the course of a decade, Justin has earned quite the reputation as an uncompromising, stone cold, shrewd business man willing to go to any length
Lisa The Novel Approach
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
~ 3.5 Stars ~

Losing It is the fourth book in Christine d’Abo’s Ringside Romance series, but it was the first in the series that I’ve read. I grabbed it because I liked the sound of the premise—I have a thing for geeks. What can I say?—and I assumed it would work as a standalone, which, for the most part, it does. For the first couple of chapters I was definitely feeling like I would have been enjoying it on another level if I had read the previous books; I would have known who all the other Rin
Annie Maus
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Losing It, the fourth standalone novel of her Ringside Romance series, Christine d'Abo crosses Cyrano De Bergerac with The Wizard of Oz. Her update is equally classic.

Justin's job, babysitting a rich man's wild teen-aged son (Grady) into adulthood, requires all Justin's glibness to smooth talk Grady's rebellious kerfluffles. But when Justin refuses to come between Grady and his true love, Grady's wealthy father obstructs Justin's employment options in Vancouver.

Eventually, even Justin's par
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, netgalley, omg-review
3.5 stars

I've enjoyed the Ringside Romance series and was curious to see where we'd end up in the 4th book now that the three friends at the core of the series have all gotten their HEAs. Losing It is about Finn, a new character, who is a shy tech guy who lives a fairly lonely life, though he wants to be anything but, and Justin, who just moved to Toronto for a fresh start with pretty much nothing but the clothes on his back and the knowledge that he wants things to be different. Justin was a fa
Mari  Cardenas
4.5 Stars!

Losing It is book 4 in the Ringside Romance series and I think it could be read as a standalone, however, I've really enjoyed the series and getting to know these great guys and their men, so just start from the beginning, you won't regret it.

We met Justin in book 2, Faking It, and he was sort of the bad-ish guy, but not quite, and now that I got to know him better in Losing It, I'm pretty sure he's my favorite of them all. There's something about a broken man that tries to hide his v
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Losing It is the fourth installment in the Ringside Romance series, and possibly my favorite so far. This story was delightful, pretty romantic, and had me from the first pages.

While you don’t need to have read the previous books in the series, this one stands on its own just fine, having met Justin already in a previous book added to my enjoyment. I already had a pretty good idea about who Justin was, what he was about, and how much that wall he always puts up needed to come down before he coul
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A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over forty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.

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