The Next Competitor
If he risks his heart, can he keep his head in the game?
To win gold, figure skater Alex Grady must train harder than the competition morning, noon, and night. He’s obsessed with mastering another quadruple jump, and due to the lack of filter between his mouth and brain, doesn’t have a lot of friends. As for a boyfriend, forget it. So what if he’s still a virgin at twenty? The Olympics are only every four years—everything else can wait. Relationships are messy and complicated anyway, and he has zero room in his life for romance.
So it’s ridiculous when Alex finds himself checking out his boring new training mate Matt Savelli. Calm, collected “Captain Cardboard” is a nice guy, but even if Alex had time to date, Matt’s so not his type. Yet beneath Matt’s wholesome surface, there’s a dirty, sexy man who awakens a desire Alex has never experienced and can’t deny…
Note: This gay romance from Keira Andrews features opposites attracting, new adult angst, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.
Novel length: 72, 303
Read Chapter 1 here.
4 of 5 Stars
As I was reading this book, I was surprised to realize that as big of a fan of the Olympics as I am, I’ve never read a story about Olympic athletes. I really enjoyed this one – it is a cute, pretty quick read.
While there is a bit of romance in the story, I really felt like this was more of a coming of age story about Alex. Alex is still young – 20 – and very immature. He’s a great skater but not so great at all the other stuff that goes along with it. He’s learning, albeit the hard way, how to navigate being in the international eye. He’s a bit of a jerk at first but as we see more of the real Alex we see that he’s just has some maturing to do. Matt is good at helping him see that not only does he need to relax a little bit when it comes to competing and life in general, he helps him focus on some of the things he needs to work on and makes him a better kid overall. Matt has a couple of his own issues to overcome and together, they seem to make each other better. I would have loved for them to skate together but alas, I guess we are not there yet.
I will say there was a LOT of skating info in the story – a couple of times I skimmed through some of the technical stuff; but overall, this is a unique and unpredictable story with a sweet romance that I definitely recommend.