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The Thomas Flair: A M/M Summer Games Romance Kindle Edition
It’ll take more than medals to mend their relationship.
Diabetic gymnast and team alternate Sol Ashvili had one thing on his agenda when the 2016 Rio Olympics wrapped up—confess to his teammate and best friend Tony Thomas that he’d been in love with him for years. But Tony took a major deduction in Sol’s heart when he jetted out of Rio and turned his back on an almost-finished college degree, international gymnastics meets… and Sol. The first two Sol could forgive—barely. The last? Not a chance.
Tony’s crowd-pleasing, no-holds-barred, high-octane gymnastics style stole its nickname from a legendary gymnastics move—the Thomas Flair. After the 2016 Games, he vaulted into a career as an internet celebrity, specializing in extreme sports and risky stunts. When Tony decides to battle his way into competition shape to earn a spot on the 2020 Olympic team, he has to survive the most extreme risk of all: facing Sol again.
For the sake of the team and the reputation of US men’s gymnastics, Sol and Tony must leave the past behind and get a grip on working together. And as the Games draw closer, they realize that being more than teammates might be the only way they can truly fly high and stick the landing.
The Thomas Flair is a 64,000-word friends to enemies to lovers second-chance rom-com set around the Tokyo Olympics that might have been, featuring a thrill-seeker who needs reining in, a perfectionist who needs to let go, redemption, rowdy teammates, and a few risky moves that will never make it into the Code of Points.
- ASIN : B08CBTCMSW
- Publisher : Reality Optional Press (July 27, 2020)
- Publication date : July 27, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 836 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 246 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #147,400 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was a friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romance between two best friends and gymnasts, Solomon Ashvili and Tony Thomas. Having competed together in college and in the Rio Olympics in 2016, Sol and Tony knew each other's strengths and weaknesses, but neither one realized that THEY were each other's greatest source of strength and their greatest weakness. When Tony decided to go pro after the 2016 Summer Games without a word of goodbye to Sol, their friendship ceased to exist. Years later, Sol is preparing to go through the trials to ensure his spot on the 2020 Olympic team, but the sudden appearance of his former best friend, Tony, throws him for a loop. While Tony's made a new career by taking more risk, the biggest one may be finally coming face to face with Sol.
This was a pretty fast-paced read, and one that I quite enjoyed from start to finish. I found both the story itself and the cast of characters led by Sol and Tony rather engaging and interesting. After everything that happened in 2016, I was curious to see how these two main characters were going to try to find their footing now that they were once again in each other's space. How would Tony make amends for his disappearance and would Sol be receptive to not just Tony's moves to redeem himself but also to the possibility of the two of them actually rekindling their friendship AND exploring their not-so-platonic feelings for each other. Reading this book made me feel wistful, not just because the Summer Games were postponed, but also because of the recent passing of Kurt Thomas (yes, I'm old enough to actually know who he is and remember watching him on television). 4.5 stars for The Thomas Flair.
The Olympics is a key part of the storyline. Gymnasts Sol and Tony have been friends since they were kids, but Sol decides to tell Tony he wants to be more while they are both at the Rio Olympics, Tony as a US team member and Sol as an alternate. When Tony learns some upsetting news, he bails on Rio—and ghosts Sol in the process. Four years later, when Tony decides to return to competition for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, he and Sol reconnect, as friends, teammates, and lovers, against the backdrop of training and the Olympics themselves.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. I kind of rolled my eyes at Tony’s reason for ghosting Sol, which I thought didn’t entirely make sense, and Sol is way more forgiving than I would expect anyone to be in his situation. So, the beginning of the novel was a little rough for me. But Sol and Tony are really great as a couple once they are together, and it was easy to root for them to get their HEA. The two of them have moments that are pretty adorable. (Just an example: When Sol suggests he might “reward” Tony if he sticks his dismounts, Tony’s response is “Don’t offer me sex for performance. I’ll feel so cheap. Motivated, but cheap.” LOL.) Plus, if you like gymnastics, there’s a lot of actual discussion of the sport and Olympic competition in addition to their romance.
As a diabetic, I really appreciated the author’s realistic handling of Sol’s diabetes. Sometimes authors throw illnesses into their books for the sake of drama, and it’s kind of an afterthought to the actual plot. But the story here includes references to Sol’s efforts to keep his glucose levels throughout the narrative in a way that really highlights that managing the disease is a daily effort. It’s a difficult balancing act to regulate insulin and food intake, even more so for an elite athlete like Sol.
Recommended for readers who enjoy sports and friends-to-lovers romance.
A copy of this book was provided for review; all opinions expressed are my own.