Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Narrator: John Solo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/15/2015
Length: 07 hours 04 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult
Olympic figure skater Emory Lowe falls in lust the moment he lays eyes on his new neighbor, hockey player Nikolai Vetrov. On the surface, Nik is a typical badass enforcer, intimidating and dangerous, on and off the ice. The only son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nik has been groomed from childhood to fulfill his father’s dreams of seeing him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Igor guides his son toward that goal with a controlling—and abusive—hand, steering him clear of anyone who might ruin his chances.
Although Emory is the US National Figure Skating champion, he’s in-your-face gay, and his audacious persona rubs Nik and his family the wrong way. Raised by supportive and loving parents, Emory is Nik’s polar opposite in every way but one—his desire to succeed. Underneath the fluff and glitter beats the heart of a fierce competitor, and this side of Emory’s personality begins to close the distance between the two athletes.
While the attraction is one-sided in the beginning, Nik finds himself responding to Emory’s flirting. But before the incongruous pair have a chance at any sort of relationship, they must survive the pressures of career, separation, and most importantly, Igor’s ruthless homophobia.
I enjoyed this story. I liked Emory and Nik. Emory was a hoot and Nik was his foil. they complimented each other very well in my opinion. I enjoyed Nik’s journey to self discovery and loved the way he loved Emory but still struggled with his sexuality. This was not a perfect, no angst story. It had characters who were young and had some growing up to do and as such, they made stupid decisions. It had parents who, while not perfect, were perfect for Emory and Nik. It also had parents who could not adjust to the current century and it broke my heart to watch Nik get his heart broken by the people who were supposed to love him unconditionally.
My biggest issue with this story was the bit of eye rolling it brought out in me with the way Nik’s dad behaved and the things he did. His old world mafia mentality was a bit over the top.
But all in all, I had a good time listening to this story. I liked it in ebook format and I liked it again in audio.
This narration was…odd. The non-american characters had such strange voices. Almost like John Solo was trying for an accent he had never heard before. It made me cringe sometimes. But other than those voices, the story was well read and I was able to connect with Emory and Nik and enjoy their budding romance.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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