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Water Music: From The Games Men Play Series [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Gouveia
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Book Description

Rivals, friends, lovers

Daniel and Dylan are the top swimmers in the world; Alex and Alí, the top tennis players. They play for God, country, family, and the need to escape their troubled pasts. In their quest to be the best, they also harbor a secret: Each is in love with his rival.

The four hit it off at the Summer Olympics in New York and reconnect on an island vacation that gives new meaning to doubles, round-robin, and preliminary heats. By then, the shifting professional fortunes of each couple have begun to signal a change in their personal relationships as well, one that will lead to new alliances and betrayal and engulf them in tragedy.

Told from their alternating viewpoints, Water Music is about power, jealousy, dominance, and submission. It’s about how the past informs the present and the future and how the choices made by nations, our families, and ourselves color our lives. Ultimately, it’s the story of how we come to accept those choices and learn to live with loss through love.

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  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Publisher: River Grove Books (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Left me shaken, stirred, and punch drunk July 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book just shook me up. It stirred me. It spilled me into an ice-filled glass left me punch drunk.

Four points of view. Four young virile men. Four tragic stories of love and loss and abuse and hope.

Dylan and Daniel are Olympic-caliber swimmers. They meet at training camp in their late teens and end up being roommates. Dylan has suffered great losses: his mother suffered early onset dementia, and his father became abusive in his frustration. Dylan took the brunt of the abuse before his mom committed suicide and Dylan and his younger brothers were cared for by their aunt. Dylan's father is wealthy, but he won't take any support, and uses his swimming endorsements to supplement his brothers care, and eventual college tuition. Daniel's parents divorced years ago, splitting Daniel from his twin sister, Aniri, who was later killed in a horseback riding accident. Daniel feels like the less worthy child. When he and Dylan connect, they experience the first real affection they've had since childhood. Daniel insists to stay closeted, and compels Dylan to, as well. In their relationship, Daniel would be the Top, but he's physically and emotionally abusive to Dylan--something that starts small and grows, particularly as Dylan become the better swimmer of the two.

Alex and Ali are professional tennis players. Alex is closeted, and Ali has had a horrific life which he keeps closeted. Ali learned tennis in Iraq under the American "occupation" when he is befriended by a soldier. For years he plays there, entertaining the troops, until his pal is killed and Ali is "adopted" by a pedophilic defense contractor. Through this man's connections, Ali's family is able to obtain asylum with relatives in France--meanwhile Ali suffers molestation for years in the US.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative! June 19, 2014
By sgalley
Format:Kindle Edition
From the very first page of WATER MUSIC, Georgette Gouveia pulls you into the story. The commentary of the swimming competition makes you feel as if you are there – actually watching the event. The author allows the reader to get to know each character through their own voice. This works in a very good way. You actually feel the emotions of the characters. Keep the tissues nearby. You are going to need them.

This is an absolutely amazing story of discovery and self-realization. It takes you on an emotional journey, and breaks your heart at times. The characters are incredibly strong and determined.

This is a heart-rending read. I cried and I laughed - but you come through to the other side with a sense of satisfaction and closure. As the characters develop throughout the book, and in addition to the angst and heartbreak, there are many moments of happiness and steamy romance. This is definitely one to read.

This story and the emotions it evokes, prove that love is love - regardless of gender combination. It is just as touching, complicated, sweet, sexy and scary as a romance about a woman and a man. Love is love. Gender does not change the emotions, feelings, OR the heartache.

I am so glad I gave this book a chance because I could not put it down. Georgette Gouveia’s unique and captivating writing style had me glued to my Kindle. I fell in love with the characters and the story. I think you will too.

ARC provided by NetGalley and River Grove Books.
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Fascinating and interesting read this book is, about two top swimmers and two top tennis players who all have a quest to be the best in their field. They hit it off at the Olympics in new york but each is in love with their rival, its a story of betrayal, power, jealousy,dominance, submissiveness in their personal relationship.
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By Ronni
Water Music, the debut novel by Georgette Gouveia brings readers into the world of professional sports from a unique point of view. First in a series of novels, The Games Men Play, Water Music introduces the reader to four competitive athletes, Daniel, Dylan, Alex and Ali who come from different backgrounds and are tangled in clandestine relationships. It’s a modern tale of lust, love and life for four men coming to terms with their sexual identity. From the west coast to New York to the island of Mykonos in Greece, Gouveia, a seasoned journalist and writer well versed in contemporary culture and sports takes the reader and the characters on an unforgettable journey. Water Music is a provocative addition to the world of LGBT fiction and sports novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOWSA! February 28, 2014
By Sarah
As a fellow writer who has looked up to Georgette Gouveia as a colleague and mentor for years, this book was a riveting eye opener.

And to think I once thought Ms. Gouveia was prude (in a good way of course)! It turns out that I'm the one that needed to be brought into the 21st century! Georgette, your book has introduced considerations in literary prose I'd yet to venture into and my starry eyes are opened because of it!

This is a fun romp and delightful read, no matter whose team you for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book... February 6, 2014
By Marie B
I loved this book. It's readable, provocative and written so you feel like you know the characters and are in their heads. It's about four pro athletes who are gay, their relationships, struggles, successes, etc... and as you read it, you'll start to see that they're not too far from some famous athletes on the circuit today. I also follow along with the author's blog - she writes about sports from a more cultural perspective so it's a good read whether you like sports or not. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What wonderful writing! Beautiful insight to the human spirit and ...
What wonderful writing! Beautiful insight to the human spirit and the longing to be loved. Gouveia is a master writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I DEVOURED IT!
This was such a well written story that it was difficult to put it down. The turns and twists are absolutely enthralling, definitely recommend it!
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...because it is all from the emotional perspective of men! Yet, I kept forgetting this was a female writer. A good writer is a good writer; it doesn't matter. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dana Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Water Music
Brave, beautiful and full of excitement. This book is a great read by a wonderfully gifted writer. I have been sharing it with my friends and all I hear is rave reviews..... Read more
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More About the Author

Georgette Gouveia was the senior cultural writer with Gannett Inc. and currently is editor of WAG magazine. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied with Grace Paley and earned a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts in critical writing. She is the author of "The Essential Mary Cassatt" (Harry N. Abrams Inc./Wonderland Press).

"Water Music" is her first published novel.

When she's not writing and editing, Georgette likes to sing coloratura arias, decorate her home, do yoga and lift weights, indulge her passion for beautiful things, including men, collect Hello Kitty, argue with her uncle about sports and revel in her spinsterhood.


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