Title: Training Complex (Training Season #2)
Author: Leta Blake
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 11, 2015
Page Count: 345
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Buckle up – Matty’s back!
Figure skater Matty Marcus didn’t capture Olympic gold, but he won rancher Rob Lovely’s heart.
After Rob sold his ranch and Matty hung up his skates, they started a new life together in New York City. Now Matty has taken on a fresh challenge as a figure skating coach, and Rob’s second career as a physical therapist should be everything he’s dreamed of. But in the brutal heat of their third summer in the city, Rob yearns for the wide-open country, and the intensity of city life awakens Matty’s demons.
Matty asks for increasingly intense BDSM scenes, and his disordered eating and erratic behavior ramp up the stakes. Rob struggles to stay in control, and after a well-intentioned anniversary gift goes awry, he still thinks he can handle the fallout. But the concrete jungle is closing in and his coping skills are unraveling.
Their love is deep, but Rob will have to admit the truth about what he really wants before they both tumble into chaos.
I admit that when I heard about this book coming out, I was excited as fuck. The first one rocked my socks off and I couldn’t wait to get more Matty & Rob. When Training Complex was released, I couldn’t one-click fast enough.
I was nervous, though. I don’t like my HEA’s being fucked with and as much as I wanted more Matty & Rob, I wasn’t sure how I would handle it if they broke up for any period of time during this book. Thank fuck, that did not happen. Nope, their HEA was never in danger. There was a lot of stress and boatloads of pressure and both Matty and Rob were drowning in it. But their commitment to one another? Never in question. Now, I won’t go so far as to say you won’t be put through the emotional wringer while reading Training Complex>. Because I would be lying.
Training Complex picks up about 3 years or so after Matty and Rob got back together in Training Season. They’re still living in the small apartment that Rob was living in when Matty found him again. Matty has been working as an assistant coach and Rob is quite settled into his physical therapy job.
Rob doesn’t really like living in NYC, though. He’s there for Matty, but he really misses the wide open spaces and sky you can actually see and the quiet. New York is noisy and dirty and he feels claustrophobic. Plus, the past year has been really stressful for Matty. Matty internalizes so much and when that happens, his issues manifest in disordered eating, and other methods of self punishment. And this time it’s worse than it ever has been before.
Their BDSM play is a lot more hard core than it was in Montana, with Matty wanting more and more intense play to help his destructive inner voice stay quiet. And while Rob loves their pain play, he doesn’t like doing the “resets” at all. They’re intense, and exhausting and they hurt him, too.
Rob tried so hard to be the strong one, but he was neglecting his own needs and he was forgetting that Matty is more than his sub. Matty is his boyfriend; his partner. So Rob didn’t talk about his unhappiness with living in the city. And Matty is just a bit self-centered, and dealing with so much of his own stress and unhappiness with what he perceives as his failures, so he didn’t notice.
And like anything under pressure, once the pressure rose too high to be contained, they broke. And it was intense and it was hard to breathe. But when the dust settled a bit and they actually talked to each other – really talked – you could see so so clearly their commitment to one another. And it was so damn beautiful I wanted to cry.
“We’ll be able to see the North Star almost every night.”
Matty kissed Rob’s chin. “I see it every night now. I see it whenever you look at me.”
Rob cupped Matty’s face, gazing into his eyes. “I see it, too.”