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Below the Belt

(Baum's Boxing #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  616 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Noah Avidan has not led a charmed life. His first serious relationship crashed and burned with his boyfriend in the bed of their dog-walker. After achieving his dream job working as a Classics Professor at the University, his life is derailed by a car accident, leaving him blind in one eye and battling to lecture through a stammer. Whatever his luck, though, Noah is bound ...more
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published December 24th 2018
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Well, well, well - I rather enjoyed that, insta love(ish) and all. I'm not overly fussed on insta but this one totally worked, I think because there was other stuff going on the kept my interest - both of them had disabilities they had to deal with, there was a canny suspense plot running through and well, like I said, I rather enjoyed this. Not even the few editing issues put me off! It's just one of those books that worked for me right now in my DNF funk.

I'm moving straight on to the next
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was amazing. It ticked all my boxes. There was suspense, a little more steam than I expected which was cool, two MCs physically scarred but still able to build a life beyond their injuries and limitations. I liked both Adrian and Noah. The way they were together at the beginning was just so adorable. Two men were awkward until they just settled into their own skin - it was what it was and both accepted the fact that they were not perfect.

Even with their feelings developing
Below the Belt was surprisingly really good! Lately I've been trying to explore more into genre's that I don't read a lot of - like m/m. So when I saw this, I was like heck yeah! Plus it's on KU.

In it, you will meet Noah and Adrian. They were both hurt in the past and they are both single. Noah's ex got him a pass to this gym and it kind of worked out in his favor. So points for the ex (even though I didn't want them to get back together. Then there's Adrian who is shy but has a deep sexy ass
Dec 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Noah Avidan has not led a charmed life. His first serious relationship crashed and burned with his boyfriend in the bed of their dog-walker. After achieving his dream job working as a Classics Professor at the University, his life is derailed by a car accident, leaving him blind in one eye and battling to lecture through a stammer. Whatever his luck, though, Noah is bound and determined to pick up the pieces and find his own way to happiness.

The day
2.5 stars

This was disappointing. I gave it 2.5 stars instead of 2 stars for the first half, which was mostly enjoyable. I didn't think Noah and Adrian had the most amazing chemistry, but they were nice together and cute.

Also it's funny that the title of this about boxing when boxing is not a big part of this story. It's mainly about the fact that Adrian is a student at the same university that Noah is a professor at, only they're so shit at communicating - or getting to know each other,
AG Reads
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5 to 4 stars. This wasn't a bad book. I did like the romance and the boxing connection, and writing style was good minus the need for further editing. The storyline had some minor issues, and a tendency for background characters to drop off the page never to be heard from again. One was supposedly Noah's best friend at the college but she fades into nothingness about halfway through. Another was the person who supposedly encouraged the scheme surrounding Noah. That person is mentioned once, ...more
~nikki the recovering book addict
4.5 stars

I kinda knew what to expect from the book especially from the blurb. But wow! Goes to show how good the writing is when even though you know its coming, it still shocks you. Im not shocked per se, nothing bad. But wow...execution was flawless!

I like my heroes flawed but in this case, its not personality flaws but physical flaws. I like that the author didnt shy away from including the strain people with disabilities go through. Its a fictional book with a romantic theme but I like that
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This was just a middle of the road read for me. I liked the first half much better than the last half. The characters were interesting and I liked Adrien and Noah together. But then the drama came along. And the villain and his plan felt a bit ridiculous. A little OTT. The drama detracted from the romance because of the way all the characters reacted to it and I found myself losing interest. With all these characters had already been through it felt unnecessary to put them through more. And ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story with well designed characters.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, freebie-kindle
Im truly surprised I finished this, but I will admit that I did start skimming towards the end.

Spoilers below

For the most part I thought this book was just ridiculous... the editing was not great plot wise.. a wrong name used here or there, a few plot holes. One minute Maggie is 4 and another she is 3.

The misunderstanding was beyond ridiculous considering there were a few minor points made when Noah mentioned or referenced himself being a professor and Adrian referenced himself being a
Nat ReadingAllNite
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this quite a lot and was impressed with depictions of characters with various disabilities and the presentation of capabilities. Im not sure if this is an #ownvoices offering but everything read as authentic. Noah and Adrian werent exactly slow burn but I enjoyed the initial progress of their romance. Characterization was good, including all the friends and colleagues of both men.

The suspense part of the plot held my attention and had me on edge, in spite of some flaws to the plot line.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Looks are deceiving

This was a great story. Main characters were both nicely developed they both had depth. Two people appeared broken based on society's definition of normal. But they were in fact extremely strong, determined, resilient and passionate. There is a scene where Noah is attacked and his fear of blindness goes into play and I could almost feel his emotions. Well done!

Merged review:

I love Noah and Adrian! They're perfect for each other!
Scout Finch
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just absolutely adored Noah, and Adrian, and their whole Story. I felt so sorry for him for this whole Stalker mess, but I really really enjoyed their Story. It is Kind of slow burn, but I personally prefer those romances where things take their time. Am currently reading the third book in the series, but will definitely read more from this author!!
Leelah🍁♋️ Orion
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This book was a stumbled on surprise. And Im so glad I stumbled. Yes it was kinda insta lovish but it truly worked for this book. I love how both men were very protective of each other. How they understood each others disabilities and loved each other because of them. How they knew you cant love it away. That It would always be a part of them. How they were willing to fight for this love. Loved both MCs and can wait to read the next ...more
I can't get enough of Lindsey's characters!!
Jennifer  Ali
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
It was okay - just didnt grip my attention enough, I found myself skim reading :( ...more
3.5 stars
Enjoyable CR with evil evil OM, and a most refreshing pair of MCs falling in love and negotiating their own and each other's disabilities.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so not expecting this to be so fucking sweet and romantic, especially given the initial setting. But it was really fantastic, a perfect read-in-a-day book. The build was believable, (hi, my now wife moved in two weeks into our relationship so that insta love thing is for real), the villain not too mustache-twisty, the disability representation so on point, and the supporting characters really wonderful. My only real criticism is the amount of typos. Towards the last half of the book, they ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A friend recommended this book to me and even though the author is new to me I liked what the blurb hinted at enough to want to give this a try. I am so glad that I did. Military, ex-or otherwise, is a weakness of mine along with nerdy, cute guys so I was drawn to Adrian and Noah immediately. The fact that these two men clicked so incredibly well right from the beginning and knew what they had found with each other was truly special, pulled me in, and kept me focused on their story.

Adrian was
I like it.
The premise is great, the guys are interesting. The story is nice, if a bit dramatic. I skimmed some of it, I was a tinny bit bored.
But the author write about disabled people, all different handicap, without being shy about it. Love that.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To everyone
Shelves: disabled-mc
Spoiler alert spoiler alert I can't write a review of this book without spoilers. So if you're like my dad and have spoilers DON'T read it.

I have den disabled all my life. As have several family members. Ours is a degenerative disease. Why does this matter you ask? While in the past few years there have been more disabled characters in books,a lot are still stereotypes and the stories are trite miracle cures?😠 Or the disabled character is in the background. Not this book. Both leads are disabled
Bronwyn Heeley
Aug 29, 2019 added it
Shelves: romance, own, dnf
PAUSED/DNFed at 20%

In this short amount of time I was reading this I had a bit of a rage in my notes and I read this one the 21st and by the 29th I still can't get myself to pick it back up. I honestly can't say I will pick it up again, (view spoiler)
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this for the most part, a contemporary romance between two characters who are disabled and have trauma. Some secondary characters also have disabilities. I felt like disability was handled carefully, realistically and matter-of-factly--this character needs a mobility aid because it's a bad day, don't come up unexpectedly on this character's side because of his missing eye, etc. It never becomes inspirational porn where the able-bodied characters learn lessons from those who are ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars - Awful editing with missing and incomplete words made this story quite frustrating. There were several times where the author would use the word them or it without the reader knowing to what the pronoun was referring. Example: Noah gave him a nod before heading out front, and he felt his heart do a little staccato pattern against his ribs when he found Adrian leaning against it, a leather jacket on, looking like walking sex in his jeans. Umm, leaning against what? There is a reference ...more
Ravenclaw Silverstripe
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this. Good plot, strong characters, apparent chemistry, good dialogue.

What I didnt like was the out of nowhere poly relationship with the secondary characters. When Anna (Adrians twin sister) met Noah and had that conversation about her knowing not to judge a persons sexuality based on their appearance , she referenced her brother being gay. Yet, not her being bisexual (possibly pansexual). Nor did she about Wes (her husband). But all of sudden Wes and her are interested in having a
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All the feels...

This story was everything I didnt know I wanted to read. I laughed, I cried, I even shook my fist in righteous fury. But I got the HEA and it was worth every twist and turn on the way. The title is spot on, as I was not expecting to get gut punched with how quickly attached I got to Noah and Adrian. Starting the book before I went to work was such a terrible idea. It was like my work day conspired to delay me even longer from being able to finish the book, but I did it. In one
Heather Moss
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love The Idea of This Series

I absolutely love this book. The characters are sweet and easily likeable. Adrian and Noah are both disabled but they don't let it limit them. They acknowledge where their limitations are and take steps to address it. They are positive about their circumstances. The author however has little moments of frustration about these limitations that the story is completely believable. I promptly went ahead and bought book 2 because the characters coming up tugged at my heart
Ottilee B.
I really really really like this but honestly I can just give 4.5 stars. Not sure why. (A lie: I had problems reading about Noah's eyes. Stupid but it gets to me, y'know??) I was thrilled to read about a gym that accepts everyone-- not because of government-enforced inclusion but because they're people like everybody else. I wanted to roll my eyes at how slippery Charlie was but I didn't! (Noah didn't say it but I will: Schmuk! ) I loved the romance between Adrian & Noah and the other ...more
Tiaesha Inabinett
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was almost too much.

This is the 2nd book I have read by this author and I since a pattern. Her stories are a bit drawn out without a resolution in sight. I am not saying I need short stories, I just need them to keep me engage. I do ennjoy all her characters.
Also, I hate when authors use big words that are not used in everyday conversation, but forget to captlize important words.
Also, there were only 2 parts, so if you read these books for hot smut, you won't get it here. Her books seem
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E.M. Lindsey is currently living in the United States. In the very little free time she has, she reads, has Netflix binges, and writes-- in that order. E.M. Lindsey's works can be found exclusively published on amazon.

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