Training Season (Belen’s Review)

Title: Training Season (Training Season #1)
Author: Leta Blake and Michael Ferraiuolo (Narrator)
Publisher: Leta Blake Books
Release Date: June 1st 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


A Montanan rancher and a flamboyant figure skater find lust, then love, but can they find a life together?

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 book contains BDSM elements.

Michael Ferraiuolo rocks this narration! He brings out Matty’s stubbornness and desire and Rob’s strength and comfort. His character voices are on point and, quite simply, enhanced my listening experience. This audio was fantastic!

I absolutely adored, loved, cherished, cheered, and cannot extol enough eighty-five percent of this book.

Part Three and some of Part Four devastated me. Devastated. Me. I felt as though Leta Blake ripped my heart out, chopped it into little pieces, threw it in a garbage disposal, turned it on, and then laughed while I bled out on the floor. And I was going to skip it when listening…but I couldn’t stop listening to Michael Ferraiuolo!

The part when Matty breaks up with Rob? I HATE IT SO MUCH. I still do not understand why that needed to happen the way it did. It felt even more unnecessary the second read through. I realize Matty needed to return to pursue his Olympic dreams, but I felt like he could have continued to be with Rob while he was doing it. Their separation just really annoyed me this time.

And then for Rob to be in New York, but not contact Matty? Argh!!

I usually loathe when a story has the whole “but it’s necessary for us to break-up/separate” storyline… So, frankly, kudos to Leta Blake for writing that and still getting me to love Matty and Rob.

I was so enthralled by this story, I cannot even begin to describe it properly. Apparently I can describe it grossly (see above), but not properly.

I can only hope Michael Ferraiuolo is going to come back and narrate Training Complex too!


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Audio copy of Training Season (Training Season #1) provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future