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"Oh, I loved this story! I am a figure skating fan, so I was really intrigued when I saw this book, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. Keira Andrews does a wonderful job with combining the skating world with a well developed, super sexy romance." ~ Joyfully Jay Gay Romance Reviews
"Alex and Matt are a beautiful couple and I cheered as Matt gradually coaxes Alex to loosen up and live a little... This was a joy to read. I highly recommend it." ~ Alpha Book Club
"This is a strongly written New Adult M/M sports romance which features elite amateur skaters... Both sweet and tender, and hot and dirty loving are on the menu, folks." ~ V's Reads
"The chemistry and hotness between Alex and Matt was off the charts. The sexual tension so thick you could cut it with a knife. The story is well written and paced well, as are all of Keira's books I've read. It's filled with emotion, hot sex, romance and love." ~ Bayou Book Junkie
- Publication date : December 4, 2016
- File size : 1463 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B01N5BX708
- Print length : 247 pages
- Publisher : KA Books; 2nd edition (December 4, 2016)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #372,312 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Excellent inside-look portrayal of figure skating at the Olympic level. Ms. Andrews clearly knows this sport, even better than I do, and I was delighted to learn new things. If those things aren't true, they're presented so well that I certainly believed they were true! This author has done some serious homework in learning the athlete-side details of the every day grind. I loved seeing inside their practice routines, what a day at the rink looks like, how they train and share space, the often catty yet supportive dynamics that underpin the events leading up to every competition, the financial stress and family sacrifice that goes into forging a world champion skater. Matt was a solid character, and he brings balance to the much more tightly-wound Alex. Their sex scenes are somewhat few, but well placed and super hot.
Alex. Sometimes. Sometimes not. He has moments where you can see inside his insecurities and understand why he says the not-so-kind things he does, yet there are other moments where I just thought, "man, I really don't like this guy." And I think that is where the New Adult element gets me. As humans, none of us are perfect. We make mistakes and alienate friends and enemies alike. That's part of growing up. The "today" me would never be friends with the "10 years ago" me or even the "twenty years ago" me, and you couldn't pay me to relive the stress and pain of learning all those life lessons about how to treat people. Which is basically what Alex's story arc is. He's an athlete at the very top of a crazy stressful and competitive sport, and he's not comfortable in his skin. We're riding along with his journey from a new adult to a mature adult, and that is the critical emotional element that defines the New Adult genre. And that is why it has so many haters—because angst is real and plenty when you're growing into your skin. And Alex inspires a story full of angst.
So all that said, I went between 3.5 and 4.5 stars for this story because of Alex's bouts of rudeness. But ultimately, I'm going with 4.5 because it's real. Ms. Andrews has portrayed a believable hero, one you shake your head at while rooting for him to learn that next critical lesson. He's vulnerable in ways only the first-person present-tense viewpoint can express, so I'm glad Ms. Andrews took the chance on alienating all the haters out there and did what felt right for her story.
The bottom line here is: If you love figure skating and you enjoy emotional, vulnerable, angsty gay romance, this is absolutely the story for you.
Alex turns out to be a lot sweeter than we would expect, but he still needs the quiet calmness that Matt brings to his life. I don't know; there just wasn't anything particularly special about the characters or the plot. It didn't grab me and I like skating. There are more books on the Kiera Andrews backlist, and I will continue to work my way through them because her writing is solid and usually the books are nothing short of wonderful.
The book features an opposite attract bit of fun but as we get to know Matt and Alex more there complexity as people elevates the novel and makes their love story really sing.
This Olympic theme romance is sexy but it emotionally sexy as well.
Alex and Matt are a couple who deserve the Happily Ever After in the sport and in love they both work so hard to achieve.
A great cast. Good stuff!
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Maybe another story with the very patient and understanding Matt [<3 Captain Cardboard, if he sticks around long enough?] 4 years down the line at the next Olympics in Annecy will show us a totally different Alex....one who has grown up and into himself as a human being, his love of Matt and all things skating [here's hoping no injuries get in the way]. Unfortunately, at the mo I can find no redeeming qualities in him, and I have to say he's one of the very few MC's I've disliked.....
Other than Alex [yes, let's move on], this was a really interesting and informative story from Keira, full of detail and knowledge, and if you hadn't realised just how much effort, time, money and pain goes into creating an Olympic champion, this would answer all of your questions.