#TeaserTuesday: Fighting the Fear by Courtney W Dixon (Fighting for Love)


For today's #TeaserTuesday, we've to an exclusive sneak peek at Courtney W. Dixon's entry into the multiauthor series, Fighting for Love: Fighting the Fear. This book will release on Wednesday January 3, 2024 and is currently available for preorder.

From the Blurb:

One was afraid to fall in love again. The other was afraid to be himself. Together they fight their fears.


A motorcycle accident several years ago nearly took my leg. Then, it took my UFC career and, eventually, my marriage. My current life revolves around working a dead-end job and barely living. The only thing keeping me moving forward and giving me purpose are those kids I teach MMA at Knockout Gym. That is, until him. When Nolan calls for help from a dark alley, I don’t want to get involved, but what man am I to ignore a plea for help? Now, I spend several evenings a week teaching the young man how to defend himself. But who is going to defend me against him? He’s breaking down my walls, block by block, and I’m falling for him.


I don’t belong here. A rich boy in a bad neighborhood equals trouble. There’s no way to fight four men off who mug me. But he comes out of nowhere like some knight of old, fighting his way through the thugs, saving my life. The incident left me shaken. I can’t go through that again. Jace can teach me to protect myself, so I hire him for private lessons. But he’s become more than my trainer and savior. Would he want a young, rich boy? We are worlds apart. Can we get past our differences to find common ground? Because I want him.

Fighting the Fear is a standalone MM romance novella in the multi-author collaboration Fighting for Love. All the stories take place in the shared gym Knockout MMA Training Facility. At Knockout Gym, happily ever afters are hard-won.

This is a demisexual, bi-awakening, age-gap, friends-to-lovers romance where even coming from different worlds, you can still share similarities and fears.

CW: Mugging, depression, homophobia, violence, explicit language and sex. 
From the Excerpt:
“I want to be happy again,” he finally said.

God, I ached for him. He oozed so much pain and loneliness that it penetrated through my skin and into my very being.

“And what would make you happy?”

Tell me, Jace. Tell me your hopes and dreams. What do you want?

“Being near you fills me with a strange sort of light I’ve never felt… not since her. It’s a beacon, slapping me in the face, telling me how lonely I’ve been.” I wasn’t a crier, but my eyes watered as his pain hit straight to my soul. “That you’re a man strangely doesn’t bother me. I’ve never thought of men or of dating them before. I… know you’re gay, and I don’t expect you to like me back by that simple fact, but… I’ve been thinking a lot about you, more than as a friend and student.”

Jace’s truth and honesty ripped me open raw. I was damn near in awe of him. I had been a liar my entire life, never being open about who was or what I wanted, yet here was this broken soul who was trying to claim what he wanted, not without fear, but owning that fear. I wanted to share that with him. To be as bold as him.

Fighting the Fear will release on Wednesday January 3, 2024 and is currently available for preorder.