Title: Training Season
Author: Leta Blake
Publication Date: November 11, 2013
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review: Matty Marcus was at the height of his figure skating career when he suffered an injury that took him off the ice and out of competition. Now, as he’s completing his recovery, it’s time to start thinking about how to get back into the game. Though he never expected that he’d be taking a house-sitting job on a Montana ranch to raise the funds to hire a new coach and start seriously training again. And he certainly didn’t expect to spend that time next to an incredibly handsome neighbor who somehow seems to know exactly what Matty needs. But as the two of them grow closer, Matty knows he will need to make a choice – even though he’s certain there’s no choice to make at all.
I really enjoyed this one. It’s an M/M romance with a well-developed and believable story (while still having its moments of heat along the way). Even though Matty seems a bit over-the-top at first, it’s to quickly connect with him and the other characters and be cheering and yelling at him as the story progresses. There’s so much about this story and its characters that is unexpected, too, that it really kept my interest and, in many ways, I really would like to know what happens next for everyone involved. (This is also one of those books that I would give a great deal to see as a film, if only more people were optioning and adapting LGBT-themed literature.)
Content Warning: A few brief BDSM scenes.
(eGalley provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)