Book Title: Training Season
Author: Leta Blake
Genre: MM romance with BDSM elements
Word count: 288 pages
Level of sexiness: medium to high
Part of a series: yes, has a sequel called Training Complex
Amazon Link: you can find Training Season here
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 some BDSM elements.
Training Season came highly recommended to me, and the book did not disappoint—though it was different than I had expected.
Matty, one of the main characters—is a wonderfully developed characters who feels very real. His ‘voice’ in the book is awesome and I loved the combination of strong, sassy, and vulnerable. He’s also vulnerable. You see the issues he has, and you want better for him, more.
Rob was a surprise to me, a more complex man than I had pegged him for at first. He’s the perfect partner for Matty, though I did not always like him, honestly, or the choices he and Matty made.
The BDSM part of this book was really well done. What struck me was that the book wasn’t about that, it was about Matty and Rob and their romance. In that sense, the BDSM part of their life was almost an essential part of their journey, but not the main topic. That being said, the scenes were very well done, and I loved seeing Matty’s journey in this, realizing he needed this.
It’s a rough ride for them with a few heartbreaking choices that left me gasping until they get their happy end—which is not even a complete happy end, since the sequel continues their journey. I can’t wait to read that one.
Training Season is a wonderfully written MM romance for those who like a little kink and don’t mind a few heartbreaks till they get to their happy end.