Author: EE Grey
Publisher: Forbidden Fiction
Cover Artist: Siol na Tine
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/10/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Romance
A chance at the Olympics has been everything Auden has always wanted, but now that it’s within his grasp, he finds himself slipping further away. Does he really want to be an Olympic gymnast when there’s so much more to life? To make things worse, he has both a major crush on his friends-with-benefits teammate, Trayce, and free-spirited musician named Shane. With Olympics trials looming on the horizon, Auden has to decide what he really wants and how much he’s willing to give up to get it. (M/M – See publisher’s website for content labels.)
I haven’t read the first book in this series yet but Tumbled works fine as a standalone.
I have mulled over this review for a few days and I still feel unsure as to how I feel about it.
For the last fifteen years of his life Auden has dedicated all his time and energy to gymnastics. He is now a resident of an institution that is dedicated to ensuring he becomes the best he can be. After taking Gold at the world championships all his efforts for the next 6 months are going towards making the Olympics Team. Every training session, and there are many, are aimed to towards those trials and the coveted five places.
The problem is Auden has lost his fire and begins to question whether this is the life he wants. He has a secret relationship with Trayce his training buddy but Trayce is only interested in getting off whereas Auden craves a relationship. He wants it to mean more than it does and he finds himself frustrated.
Sneaking out to watch a band has him meeting Shane who is a bit of a free spirit. They spend some time together at the expense of Auden’s training which sees Auden in trouble with his coach and his technical skills slipping drastically.
The problem I have is that although I enjoyed the story I really didn’t like the characters. There was a sort of love triangle where Auden seemed to whine, Shane wanted to do his own thing and Trayce didn’t seem to care about anyone. Shane’s declaration of love came out of nowhere and felt completely unrealistic but at least by that point Auden had realised what a douche he was. Trayce redeemed himself slightly towards the end and it finished with a tentative HFN. I hope the author gives us a bit of closure on the two of them in the next book.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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