Personal Best (Jia’s review)

Title: Personal Best (Personal Best #1)
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 8th 2018
Genre(s): Sports Romance, Erotica
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Mike Gauliet could be a world-class swimmer if he took better care of himself. He’s too good to let go, so his team coach calls in a private trainer, up-and-coming hardass Jessy Turner. Jessy locks Mike down, putting him on a strict regimen of diet and exercise that Mike resents a lot until he realizes the changes are making him a better swimmer.

Jessy finds Mike all but irresistible but keeps his distance and remains professional, focusing all his attention on what’s best for Mike and his career. The two of them resist their attraction to each other for as long as they can, but eventually they have to give into the heat between them.

When things go wrong, though, can they, and their sports careers, survive the strain?

Second Edition. First Edition published by Torquere Press, March 2006.

Mike loves swimming, fast food and especially Dr Pepper and chocolate, too bad it doesn’t mix well. His new coach has him moving into his place, changes his diet and makes a strict schedule for him to follow. Mike may not like his restricted diet but it stops him from throwing up and the training goes well until an incident happens and trust is shattered.

Having to live with, train and be around his hot coach it’s no wonder he finds himself falling for Jessy. The characters are well thought out and executed. Mike gives in easily and follows Jessy’s rules with only a bit of complaining. I like reading how Mike gets better physically, and the plot in general is good.

Sex starts rather early and there’s a lot of it, which means the plot is pushed back a bit. The sex is hot but for me personally, I want more plot and a bit less sex.
What I think is something to be careful with is that Mike’s put in a situation where it’s easy for an authority figure, like his coach, to manipulate him. Which I’m not saying Jessy does, however Jessy, as his coach, should have tried to fight it more. In addition, Jessy should have discussed some of the things they did in bed before actually doing it. It felt as if Jessy influenced Mike into doing what Jessy himself wanted. The feelings Jessy has for Mike feels genuine though.

Definitely is a book for those who love the combination of sports and explicit sex with love in the air.

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Galley copy of Personal Best provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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