Title: Truth, Pride, Victory, Love
Author: David Connor
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 30, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, sports, anguish, heartache
Page Count: 368 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Beneath the surface, they share more than dreams of Olympic gold.
Since elementary school, the question of Reed Watson’s race has needled him. But the one thing he’s always known is that he is destined to become an Olympic star—he felt it the moment he first hit the water. Chosen by a former Olympic swimmer to train for the 2016 Olympics, Reed determinedly works toward his dream.
Along the way, Reed develops feelings for two men he’s known since childhood: Cal, his next-door neighbor, and Mathias, his rival since the fourth grade. Cal’s struggle with his sexual identity and a tragedy complicate Reed’s feelings, while Mathias’s wealth quickly makes it obvious they are from vastly different worlds.
As Rio approaches, Mathias becomes a gay sports icon, while Reed is told to hide his sexuality for a lucrative endorsement deal that will offer his family a financial boost and help him with mounting debt. Reed’s unresolved desires for both men remain and so too do all the things that have kept them apart. Has he grown enough to navigate rougher waters, to find truth, pride, victory, and love?
Truth, Pride, Victory, Love was definitely a good book. There was a lot of mixed emotions that the main character felt. The one that never changed was his determination to go to the Olympic’s.
Reed met Mathias in grade school. The two was competitive even at an early age. But after a particularly rough day in fourth grade for Mathias and even though Reed stuck up for Mathias, Mathias did not return to school again.
Years later the two reconnect again at a swim meet and from the moment the two see each other they are attracted to each other. Money is the big factor in keeping them apart and their attraction towards each other at bay. Reed’s family had enough to provide what they needed and Mathias’s family had more then enough for many families. Reed struggled with the differences they had between them and their statuses in society.
Through the struggle of money, and the difference of the status it did not stop them from getting somewhat close and becoming teammates. Though this did not stop them from becoming friends this matter and quit a few other matters including being teammates and the prospects of going to the Olympics did stop them from taking their relationship to the next step.
Over the next four years they had an up and down relationship even where they did not talk for long periods of time but the fact that even after all the time they did not stop wanting each other. It just never seemed to be the right time or something was always in their way.
Eventually it came down to Reed having to eventually make. Decision. Did he want to stay in the closet and never come out or did he want to finally accept that he could no longer deny who he is and who he loved?
It was not an easy decision for Reed to make because he thought he had to take on the worries of where money was coming from for his family also. But is that what his family really wanted for him or did they just want him happy with who he is and who he loves?
This was a really good book about many different struggles that some people may face. The only negative thing that I might have to say about it is that the pacing of the book as a whole was slow in some parts of the book and I would have to take a break and then come back to it a little while later so I did not lose interest in it. Other then that I do not have anything negative to say about this book because it was a good read.
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