At first, the love between Theo and Valentin in Blow by Blow appears to be a case of opposites attract. Outwardly, they couldn't be more different. Valentin is a hulking heavyweight who emanates raw masculinity. Theo is a lean bantamweight who loves to wear makeup. Valentin tends to keep to himself, while Theo is flirty and outspoken, but beyond this, the men share similar traits.
They're both stubborn and highly competitive. Theo might look frivolous, but he takes his responsibilities seriously. Valentin sometimes appears to be cold, but he's fiercely passionate and he will defend those he loves with his very life.
Valentin and Theo both look one way, but often act another. Strangely, their inner selves are blatantly revealed through their cars.
Theo, always thinking of ways to conserve so that he can provide for his family, drives a simple economy car.
Valentin, despite his modest apartment and generally simple lifestyle, drives a pricy sports model.
In Blow by Blow, the heroes' cars say something about who they are. Do you think this is true in real life as well? Are cars just a mode of transportation, or do they say something about their owners?
Blow by Blow
by Kate Hill
M/M Erotic Romance
Release Date: 11/24/2015
A hunky former heavyweight champ and an ass-kicking beauty fight for their lives and their love in a futuristic world of MMA.
Theo "Little Raven" Fisker, is a bantamweight with attitude who plans to make a name for himself in the Radical Warrior Tournament, a prestigious mixed martial arts event. The problem is no team will sign a male fighter who walks out in silver and pink with nail polish to match, until he meets Master Jesse.
Impressed by Theo's talent, Jesse welcomes him onto his up and coming team. Fists and sparks fly when Theo meets gorgeous Valentin Merrickson. Theo draws Valentin out of his protective armor and sparks hope for a life the tough heavyweight never imagined possible. Their love grows, but threats from extremists and an injury that ends Valentin's career in the cage might tear them apart.
"I'm sorry," Valentin said. "That belt must be pretty special to you."
"It is." Theo sighed. "I really need to catch the bus and get to sleep."
"Not yet, but I'm working on it. I used a rental to drive here, but I returned it yesterday."
"Want a ride?"
"Didn't you just get here?"
Valentin shrugged. "I'm done with my drink and I'm in training, too. Ready to go?"
Narrowing his eyes, Theo considered the offer. Just sitting next to Valentin in a car, smelling his cologne, would be enough to make him horny all night. This guy would not be good for his training. Why did he have to join a team that had the most gorgeous man in the universe as its heavyweight champion?
"I'm ready. Just let me get my bag."
"Right here." Liz, who had approached, picked up his black bag from behind the counter and handed it to him.
Theo took it from her.
From the corner of his eye, he noticed a news headline on the widescreen TV above the bar.
"Hey, Liz," said one of the waitresses, stepping behind the bar to turn up the volume.
"The Spellman Hill Vigilante strikes again."
Theo listened to a brief report about two guys who had been knocked unconscious by a helmeted figure while attempting to mug a woman on her way home from work the previous night.
"Spellman Hill Vigilante?" Theo asked.
"Yeah. Over the past year or so a guy in a black helmet has been on the streets stopping crime in and around Spellman Hill. He seems to focus on crimes against the gay community, but not always," said the waitress. "A few of his victims claim he attacked them at random, but I'm not so sure. Cops don't like him for obvious reasons, but I feel a little safer knowing he's around."
"I wish the news would stop sensationalizing this guy," Liz said, shaking her head.
"Hey, in a way he's a hero," Valentin said.
Liz raised her eyes to heaven. "Just as long as he doesn't try to be a 'hero' near my club. If you ask me he's just a wacko."
After saying good night, Theo and Valentin walked out of the club together. Valentin was more than a head taller than Theo, so even with his high-heeled black boots Theo needed to look up to him. He kind of liked it. Hell, he loved it.
Outside they climbed into Valentin's sleek black sports car. It probably cost more than Theo had made fighting over the past couple of years. Still Valentin could probably afford it with little stress. He'd done well in his career and Theo had read several articles in sports magazines that mentioned Valentin's wise business investments.
Smiling, Theo stretched his long legs and leaned back in the leather seat. "I could get used to this."
"I know what you mean," Valentin said under his breath. His blue gaze lingered on Theo's legs and crotch.
"Are you flirting with me, Sunshine?"
"Why not? You've been doing it all day."
Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.
When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family and pets. Kate also writes under the pen name Saloni Quinby. She enjoys hearing from readers and she can be contacted at email@example.com. Visit her online at http://www.kate-hill.com.