A big welcome to Tibby Armstrong and Bianca Sommerland as part of their tour with Gay Book Promotions for The Asylum Fight Club.
Guest Post and Excerpt
The Asylum Fight Club: In Love With A Criminal
Hello to all the awesome readers who are joining The Asylum Fight Club Tour and celebrating the latest release, Uneven Justice (The Asylum Fight Club Book 7)! If you haven’t met either of us, I’m Bianca Sommerland, author of The Dartmouth Cobras, writing with Tibby Armstrong, author of The Hollywood Series.
For those who don’t know, this series about a BDSM/Fight Club can be a bit gritty. Not for the faint of heart, but if you’re not into boxing or MMA, you’ll still find deep, engaging stories and characters to fall in love with.
Including the ones who might have broken a law.
Obviously, there are some things our heroes would never do, but mistakes have been made. What makes even the characters with a criminal past so loveable is how hard they’ve fought for redemption and the men they’ve become after some long, hard journey’s. Some, like Curtis Smith and Noah Leonov, were born into families where not being on the wrong side of the law took being forced away from a very dark path.
Then we have Wren Gibson, who was led into temptation and paid for his mistakes. And may never stop paying in one way or another. In his book, we see how the impact of his choices, which I think makes him so much more relatable. It’s almost expected that some people will look at someone who broke the law and say they deserve what they get.
But that’s harder to do once you see their humanity. Their potential. Their pain and their regret.
Wanting this character to have a second chance, cheering when they prove how much they’ve learned, holding your breath when it seems they might slip back into old habits, is a unique experience.
In the end, there’s something about knowing someone’s crossed the lines that society draws around us. And when it comes to protecting the people they love?
They’d be willing to do it again.
Here’s an excerpt from Cold Justice (The Asylum Fight Club Book 4):
Jared brought his hand up to Wren’s face and cupped his cheek, brushing his thumb over his bottom lip before leaning down to kiss him. “My reputation scared away others I may have enjoyed very much, which didn’t bother me. But you were never afraid, were you?”
“No, sir.” Wren licked his bottom lip, savoring the hint of coffee with a faint trace of cinnamon from the pastries Jared had Matt bring them for breakfast. Lawson’s boy had always seemed a bit nervous around Jared, but not as though he believed everything people said. More like he was reacting to something he sensed in the Dom… The very thing that had drawn Wren to him. “I knew what you were capable of. But I never thought it would be used against me the wrong way if…”
Jared trailed his fingers along Wren’s throat. “If?”
“If you ever really saw me. I was never sure you would unless I acted out like the other subs, and that…that’s not me. And I knew you didn’t like it.” He sighed, then gasped as Jared circled a nipple with his fingertip. “I liked it when you were pleased.”
“You please me very much.” Jared kissed him again, longer this time, curving his hand around Wren’s dick and smiling against his lips when he panted. “Careful…” His light laugh when Wren held his breath hinted a warning that Wren rarely heard aimed his way, but he knew it was one of the tools Jared had mentioned. A reminder of who controlled absolutely every part of him in this moment. “Keep breathing with me.” He stroked Wren languidly, bringing his lips to his ear. “You’re still hurt. I wouldn’t want you getting overexcited.”
Restraining himself was almost more painful than he remembered the burn being. He trembled as he focused on matching Jared’s excruciatingly slow breaths. Tried to stop himself from moving even though need had him desperate to thrust into Jared’s hand.
He whimpered, unsure how he’d gone from not really caring about anything sexual to having to bite his tongue to keep from begging for it. Jared would give him as much or as little as he chose. He wanted the Dom to have that power. But God, it had never been this hard before not to take the last step to release.
“How Noah managed to have you for so long and keep his hands off you…” Jared kissed down his throat, letting out a soft, thoughtful sound. “And you never tried to tempt him?”
The fire had nothing on his cheeks right then. Tempt Noah? He shook his head, feeling like he moved in slow motion, though his pulse raced on its own plane. “He always took what he wanted when…we were…in prison.”
Forming words was very difficult as he fought to keep a grip on himself, even while Jared teased him closer and closer to the one place he couldn’t go. Not until the Dom decided to let him. Imagining how Noah had brought him to his bed almost every night, how he’d corner him in the library, or in the showers when no one else was around…
Is. Not. Helping…
Jared kissed his shoulder. “And after?”
“Once we knew I was going to be free, he said that part of our relationship was over.” Wren tipped his head back. Focused on Jared’s breathing until he couldn’t separate it from his own. “But I still had a place and it was good when he was home. He still disciplines me sometimes, rarely, but I tried to behave the way he’d taught me. The things I do for him make him happy. I like that.”
“Mhmm, but there were still things you needed.”
“I didn’t think about it.”
“Until…” Jared’s hand stilled, his lips returning to Wren’s. He smiled, a glint in his eyes that was impossible to decipher. “You were with me.”
“Yes, sir.” Wren moaned as Jared deepened the kiss, his hand holding him loosely, keeping his arousal at an unbalanced precipice. A deep ache settled in the base of his spine. “Even though I shouldn’t have…I wanted…”
“You needed. So much.” Jared chuckled, sucking lightly on his bottom lip. “Enough that you did something very foolish, something very dangerous, to yourself, trying to predict what I might do to you.”
“I saw you when I was doing it. I couldn’t be like Kelly, taking that feeling he talked about on my own. But when I thought of you, it was…” He blinked, laughing at himself because there was only one way to say this and it was too fitting. “Hot.”
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The Asylum Fight Club by Tibby Armstrong and Bianca Sommerland
Fated. Forged. Forever.
A place where men live and love by their fists—and ropes are for more than just the ring—The Asylum Fight Club isn’t the easiest place to live or work, but it’s a haven and a home for three men who’ve put their livelihoods—and lives—on the line to build a members-only gay sanctuary.
At the heart of The Asylum, Lawson Gaumond, Noah Leonov, and Curtis Smith, are three ex-lovers with one mission: to protect those they care for at all costs in an often unforgiving world of violence and vice.
They are three men, with one vision. Their bonds forged in blood. Fated to be together. Forever.
Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance
Overall Heat Rating for the series: 4 – 5 flames
Note: Depending on the book it could be either 4 or 5 but they aren’t erotica, so the sex is detailed, but part of the story, rather than the focus of the story.
It’s best to read the stories in order.
Cover Artist: I’m No Angel Designs
He’ll either take down ‘The Law’. Or fall for him.
Book Title: Flawed Justice (The Asylum Fight Club Book 1)
Length: 370 pages
Release Date: October 24, 2019
Trope/s: Enemies to lovers
Themes: Found Family
It can be read as a standalone
If there were an emergency number for adulthood, Matt Kincaid would have dialed it months ago. Raising his kid brother alone is already an uphill battle, nevermind when an ugly gang initiation lands the teen in lockup. Again. Only, this time for a hate crime against a local fight club, where settling debts isn’t taken lightly. When the club offers to let Matt risk everything in a long-shot match with a man who’s as brutally handsome as he is tough, he jumps at the chance.
If Matt wins, all will be forgiven. If not? Well, he might as well move in, because ‘The Law’ will own his ass…for a very long time.
There are no limits to what Lawson ‘The Law’ Gaumond will do to protect the club he and his former lovers built. An inner-city sanctuary where Anniston Falls’ gay leather culture thrives, The Asylum Fight Club isn’t an easy place, but it’s home. Taking on a local hothead whose younger brother vandalized the space isn’t high on his priority list, but there’s something about Matt that cries out for a firm hand.
Lawson’s never backed down from a fight, and he’s not about to start when there’s no way he can lose.
When renewed gang violence erupts, spilling blood over The Asylum, Lawson and Matt must confront their pasts to find a way forward. Gunshots and knives should be harder to survive than this rough love, but coming to the ring armed with nothing but the truth is their greatest challenge of all.
The most important fight is for the truth.
Book Title: Beyond Justice (The Asylum Fight Club Book 2)
Length: 394 pages
Release Date: December 24, 2019
Trope/s: Friends to lovers
Themes: Found Family
Raised and trained by The Asylum Fight Club’s most infamous owner, Reed Dane is almost untouchable. Might sound dope, but there are disadvantages to his ‘privileged’ status. His guardian’s reputation makes a serious relationship impossible—turns out the club’s members are addicted to breathing—and the one man Reed truly wants sees him only as a stray his former lover brought home.
An endless string of one-night stands lacks the intimacy Reed craves, but at least edgy post-fight hookups distract him from what he’ll never have. Until he takes a wrecking ball to the walls that set him apart.
Curtis Smith is a lot of things—MMA fighter, club owner…son of a drug lord—but one thing he’s not is prepared to face temptation exploding past his carefully built boundaries. Reed is forbidden, to him most of all, but resisting what they both want becomes impossible with the sub challenging him at every turn. And with his past threatening everything The Asylum has been built to protect, Curtis can’t afford to be addicted to Reed’s brand of candy coated sin.
He can’t deny himself one taste before his stolen time runs out. Because when it does, all that will be left behind for Reed is a memory…
And his heart.
He thought he’d had it rough, but he has a lot to learn.
Book Title: Hard Justice (The Asylum Fight Club Book 3)
Length: 570 pages
Release Date: February 24, 2020
Scandalous headlines threaten to turn Jamie Kent from a pop star to a pariah on the regular, but this latest one is a little too close for comfort. The Asylum Fight Club seems like a good place to hide out…until he has to prove he belongs—deep in a lifestyle with a contract and rules he breaks within the first five minutes. Staying means complete surrender, but a lifetime scripting love songs didn’t prepare him to give his heart to the one man who claims everything he has to offer.
The day he returns from prison.
Reputation has its own kind of power in a place where pain and pleasure depend on who’s in control. Entangled in the lives of those he’d give anything to protect, Noah Leonov rarely takes chances, but the hardened fighter refuses to abandon the vulnerable new sub to vultures who could tear his life apart with a camera flash. With the cage where he spent two years fresh in his mind, Noah won’t trap the man he loves in his brutal world. Jamie deserves the glamour and fame, where he can have more than a broken man can provide.
He belongs in the spotlight.
Neither man ever had the choice to decide their own destiny. Imprisoned by the roles they’re forced to play, their key to freedom might be to do the unexpected.
Refuse to let go.
One game cost him his freedom, now all he has to lose is his heart.
Book Title: Cold Justice (The Asylum Fight Club Book 4)
Length: 510 pages
Release Date: March 24, 2020
Breaking a few rules didn’t seem like a huge deal.
With his name on several government assasination lists, Wren Gibson’s prison sentence might’ve been the shortest in hacker history, until an unlikely rescue lands him behind the sturdy brick walls of The Asylum Fight Club. Where everyone can game the rules, yet he’s forbidden from even placing his piece on the board.
But one Dom tempts him to gamble everything.
The Asylum’s resident, on-call medic, Jared “Doc” McCleod is familiar with the histories of every man who crosses the club’s threshold. Their pain, their fear… Of them all, only Wren has held on to his secrets, a fascinating contrast with how completely he gives up control. As the general on the front lines of The Asylum’s internal and external battles, it’s Jared’s duty to make certain the quiet sub with soulful brown eyes doesn’t fly under his radar for long.
Showing his hand could cost them both.
When Jared takes on the task of helping Wren recover from an unexpected injury, Wren begins to wonder. While the Dom is tending to everyone else, who is there for him? To show Jared he can be the sub he needs, he would willingly light himself on fire. For an ex-con with a target on his back, risking that kind of notice is a dangerous strategy, but…
Sometimes, getting what you want requires going all in.
He never thought he could be more exposed.
Book Title: Raw Justice (The Asylum Fight Club Book 5)
Length: 525 pages
Release Date: May 21, 2020
Ambition can be deadly.
The right kind of exposure is all porn star Keiran Stone needs to reach his ultimate goal of opening his own restaurant, until an ill-fated audition ends with a near-deadly confrontation on the doorstep of Anniston Falls, New York’s infamous gay fight club. Rescued by one of the club’s members, Kerian is offered a job as The Asylum’s chef, and taken under the club’s protection.
He finds more than a recipe for success.
Top-tier fighter, Dallas Stephens, enjoys a variety when it comes to play outside the ring. As a switch, he finds satisfaction at both ends of the whip. Commitment never appealed to him with relationships or careers, but Keiran’s sweet temptations whet Dallas’s appetite for more than a one-night-stand. Inside and outside of the sub’s kitchen.
Ordering off the menu can be dangerous.
As Keiran fights to establish his own place within The Asylum, threats to the club’s foundation leave both men caught in the crossfire. Love and loyalty show them they’re exactly where they belong, in the most important battle either will ever face.
Surviving it is another story.
Temptation can be deadly.
Book Title: Dark Justice (The Asylum Fight Club Book 6)
Length: 514 pages
Release Date: June 25, 2020
Gravity is just another force to overcome.
Renowned aerial artist Avery Dylan has a secret. He’s not who he seems to be. A mercenary by trade, he’s been activated by his handlers in a desperate move to bring down an impossible-to-reach target inside the infamous Asylum Fight Club.
When his high wire act proves easier to execute than one elusive submissive, Avery must resort to more than slithering silks and suggestive moves to breach the club’s defenses. Infiltrating its security requires sneaking past its most carefully guarded boundary—Rhodey Leonov’s heart.
But this is one drop that could kill.
When emotions distract from a mission, it never ends well. For the other guy. There are more headstones in Rhodey Leonov’s past than notches on his belt, which is a track record he lives with. Literally. Being unstoppable keeps his family safe. They may hate his methods, but so long as they’re in one piece, he can live with that.
Until an attack on The Asylum’s newest member reveals a weakness Rhodey can’t let stand. Having Avery recover in his bed for a few days could be a lethal mistake, though Rhodey’s not quite ready to reach for the shovel… Unless it’s to dig himself into the dark pit he’s escaped for so long. With a sub whose sweetness might be nothing but venom.
For both men, love isn’t an option, because falling only leads to one place…
A shallow grave.
NEW RELEASE – BOOK 7
The show must go on.
Book Title: Uneven Justice (The Asylum Fight Club Book 7)
Author: Tibby Armstrong and Bianca Sommerland
Length: Approx 500 pages
Release Date: July 25, 2020
Life in the wings has its disadvantages…
One-time third-wheel in the boy-band Glam Grenade, Danny DiMarco’s existed just shy of center stage for as long as he can remember—a supporting player to two best friends who depended on him to pull their weight. While they made bank, he’s left reeling when his father’s death tangles his future in the red tape of empty contracts and drained accounts.
But the show must go on.
Jackson ‘Jacks’ Turner wears many hats, most of them gathering dust. An ex-model and an in-denial fashion designer, what he doesn’t plan to accessorize with is a newbie sub who shows up on his front doorstep looking for an introduction to the world of D/s inside Anniston Falls’ exclusive gay, members-only club.
Shea Warren is no stranger to covert ops. A Navy SEAL, he knows the ins and outs of hiding in plain sight. When Danny runs afoul of the club’s most powerful cliques on his first…and second…night as his roommate’s guest, the mission becomes clear. Protect the sweet, unassuming sub before he becomes a casualty of Jacks’ wear-em-once style.
There’s no rehearsal for this next set.
The Asylum might be more accepting of sequins and spandex than most, but Danny’s not coming to come out. In fact, with sponsors whose conservative ties pay his bills, it’s more than undesirable. It’s impossible. Except, sometimes Cupid has other plans.
Just when Danny needs to hide most, he’s headed for the last place he ever wanted to be…
In the spotlight.
About the Authors
Tibby Armstrong is a Contemporary, Paranormal, and LGBTQ Romance author who also writes Urban Fantasy.
When she’s not busy avoiding the gym, Tibby can be found munching on chocolate, sipping coffee, and scouring local bookstores for her next binge read.
Bianca Sommerland, author of the award winning Dartmouth Cobras series, was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. After hitting the USA TODAY Bestsellers list, and being invited to teach several classes on writing in the sports and BDSM genre, she retreated to her writing cave and can still be found there, doing what she’s always done. Which is writing whatever the characters tell her to.
When not reading neurotically or writing as though the fate of the world rests on her keyboard, she is either watching hockey or teaching her daughters the beauty of a classic, steel pony while reminiscing about her days in Auto Body Mechanics. Her dream is to one day own enough land to park a few junkers on so she can work on restorations in her spare time. She also wants a pony. And while we’re sharing her wishlist, owning a tank is somewhere around number 5. Not that she would use it unless there’s a zombie apocalypse, but she does like to be prepared.
Her time is balanced with utmost care between ‘normal’ family life, and being lured into the fictional realm where her characters reside. For the most part, she succeeds.
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