Title: Training Season (Training Season #1)
Author: Leta Blake
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 11, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary/Figure Skating
Page Count: 343
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Unquestionably talented figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything for his Olympic dream, but his lack of discipline cost him the gold once before. Now the pressure’s on. He needs a coach who can keep him in line, but top coaches don’t come cheap, and Matty can’t afford to stay in the game no matter how badly he wants to win.
When a lucrative house-sitting gig brings him to rural Montana, Matty does his best to maintain his training regimen. Local residents turn out to be surprisingly tolerant of his flamboyant style, especially handsome young rancher Rob Lovely, who proves to be much more than a cowboy stereotype. Just as Matty requires a firm hand to perform his best on the ice, Rob shows him how strong he can be when he relinquishes control in the bedroom. With new-found self-assurance, he drives himself harder to go straight to the top.
But competition has a timetable, and to achieve his Olympic dream, Matty will have to join his new coach in New York City, leaving Rob behind. Now he must face the ultimate test. Has he truly learned how to win—on and off the ice—during his training season?
This review was originally posted on Goodreads on November 24, 2013.
fist pump I absolutely ADORED this book! Where do I even start? Ok, first off, I’m a pretty big figure skating fan, so my interest was piqued just from the blurb. Ice Castles was a favorite movie as a child,
I rocked a Dorothy Hamill haircut during the 1976 Olympics,
The Cutting Edge came out right after I graduated from college and I was living in an apartment with 3 other women and we wore out our VHS copy of that movie together over late nights with pizza and beer,
and one of my absolute favorite gay soap couples was Roman and Deniz, a gay figure skating pair from Germany.
So, yep, pretty psyched!
Training Season is a beautiful romance set in the gorgeous open skies of Montana country. Matty Marcus, disgraced Olympic figure skater, is sent to Whitefish, Montana to re-train for the next Olympic games and basically get his head back together after a devastating and publicly humiliating loss at the last Olympics. This is his last chance, given his advanced age of 22. There he meets and quickly falls in love (against his better judgment) with 30-year-old rancher Rob Lovely (best name EVER??) a charming, delightful soul with a bright, happy 12-year-old son named Ben, who is interested in figure skating himself and happens to contains some god-given talent. Both Matty and Rob proceed with their relationship knowing that Matty will leave after his 6 month stay in Montana and continue with his skating career and participate in the next Olympics which is still 2 years away. The fact that Rob shares custody with Ben’s mother makes it impossible to even consider Rob going with Matty, even if he wanted to. So, we know early on there is gonna be some heartbreak. sob
Pretty basic boy meets boy, boy falls in love with boy, boys must separate for the greater good of both their career aspirations and their families, right? Um WRONG! What stood out in this book and what it did to make my fuck yeah, 5+ stars shelf, was the passion between these two and how author Leta Blake turned some of the dirtiest, kinkiest BDSM sex acts into the hottest, most loving scenes I have ever read. I’m talking screen melting here folks! Because I am so anal about spoilers, and because I really believe you will enjoy the story more if you go into reading this without knowing some of these scenes before hand, I’m not going to list them here, but I will let you know that a few of them I actually would run, screaming from in a normal reading situation. Full-on gross-out mode! But not here. It was fucking HOT. AS. HELL. fans self And this just put that fuck yeah, 5+ stars cherry on this delicious sundae.
I’m HIGHLY RECOMMENDING this one to any and all fans of M/M romance. It was that good.