Thursday, May 15, 2014

Training Season By Leta Blake

I read an Advanced Review Copy of Training Season by Leta Blake a while back.  I really thought that I'd already reviewed it but lo and behold- I did not!  Epic fail on my part.  This book was so thought provoking and fleshed out, I loved it!  Here's the cover and the Goodreads blurb:

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?

I will give a heads up on possible trigger warnings first: food issues, D/s, and probably some that I am missing so be aware if those could be a problem for you. I loved this book because it showed something that I have always believed in strongly: that certain people come into our lives for a reason and even if we choose to walk away from them for whatever reason, we will see them again or they will leave an indelible mark on our lives. Matty meets Rob and Rob leaves his mark on Matty. They leave their marks on each other really. This book has romance but is a realistic look at how sometimes we put love and life on the back burner to pursue our dreams. If something is meant to be, let it go and it will come back to you. I also enjoyed the play of the differences between Matty and Rob. They are different but they are so good together. What an emotional rollercoaster of a story!

You can click here to add Training Season to your Goodreads. Author Leta Blake can be found on her blog, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. I give Training Season 4 Fairies for a great story about life, love, believing in yourself and love against all odds.

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