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Training Season [Anglais] [Broché]

Leta Blake

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16 janvier 2014
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?

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For as long as Leta can recall, stories have hijacked her mind, abducting her to other lands, and forcing her to bend to the will of imaginary people. While Leta Blake would love to tell you that writing transports her to worlds of magic and wonder and then safely returns her to a home of sparkling cleanliness and carefully folded laundry, the reality is a bit different, the reality is her absence results in piles of laundry and forgotten appointments. In between abductions, Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

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  • Broché: 288 pages
  • Editeur : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (16 janvier 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1494304635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494304638
  • Dimensions du produit: 22,8 x 15,2 x 2 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unexpectedly blown away - this one will stay with me for a long time 8 décembre 2013
Par Spifette - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
When I finished reading this book, I was in a bit of a haze. I turned off my kindle and I found myself quietly going about doing small things around my apartment, slightly distracting, nothing too terribly taxing. I realized I was trying to process, even separate myself from the emotional ride I had just survived. Emotional distance. We all do it. I don’t know the last time I’d done that in reaction to a book. Not that I could think much of anything, at least nothing more challenging than washing my face or putting dishes away. What follows is my attempt to try and explain how this happened, without giving too much away.

I was not at all expecting what I got in this story. I really didn’t have many at all. I try not to when I’m starting one, except for the general hope that I like the book as I’m reading it and still do when I’m finished. This one fits this bill and so much more.

This started out with pleasant introductions to characters and settings. Matty as a character allowed me to see early on the humor and depth of knowledge this author has of these people she’s created. The glimpses of Matty’s family and best friend are included in this. Matty is sarcastic, caring, confident – cocky even – when it comes to his skating (at least he was before the situation he finds himself in at the start of this) and is usually quick to realize his verbal mistakes when they collide with others’ feelings. He’s just not always quick enough to stop from making those mistakes.

Then we meet Rob, a seeming opposite to Matty in many ways, but none of them are screamed from mountaintops with neon colored signs. Rob is strong, also has a good sense of humor, is caring, intelligent and dealing with his own crossroads of sorts in his life. We slowly start to find out that he is what Matty needs and wants out of life, and Matty is the same for Rob.

This one snuck up on me. And like Matty, I was quick to realize it’d done so. Between the ease with which Ms Blake handles language and her use of that ease to bring such an emotionally honest and bare, nowhere to hide story, I had no chance. I felt the surprise and uncertainty of these characters. I sank into the heat and security. I let the richness and progress glide and ripple over my heart. Even now, I still struggle for the words.

There was a first for me with a scene in this book. It was one of the most intimate, revealing, loving and truthful parts of a love scene I’ve ever experienced. Just like any treasured first, I don’t want to let it go, to disappear. Even though I know I can never experience it again as a first, I know that the next time I read this story, it will still whisper to me unlike any other.

There is pain in this book. Both Matty and Rob arrive at the start of this story coming from places of pain. There is pain they share, willingly. There is pain that seems insurmountable. All of it necessary to the story. No cheap shots.

I could talk about the structure, the way time is handled, but I want that to be yours. I could talk about the friends and family of Matty and Rob, but I want you to meet them for yourselves. I could talk about food and sex and skating and cooking, but I want you to have those things to discover for yourselves.

I think I could come back to this review every day and easily find something to add, something to highlight, something that popped into my heart that day and made me say ‘Oh, yeah!’ and smile at the memory.

Bottom line: this is a piece of fiction that will be around years from now, still being read, still causing emotional exclamations and snorts of delight. For me, this is going on that same list with Jane Eyre, The Godfather, Into This River I Drown, From Russia With Love, Lonesome Dove, Special Forces, North and South – not as hyperbole but as those books that have and will become a permanent part of me. These all contain characters that have become as much a part of me as my own DNA. Yep, I think I’m still in a haze.

There aren’t too many guarantees in life, we all know that, but I think I can come pretty damn close in saying you’ll be changed for having read this story. I feel like I haven’t said enough and this book deserves every positive word that can be said about it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 And the Gold Medal goes too----- Training Season! 8 décembre 2013
Par AlexJouJou - Publié sur
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I feel like a better title for this book would be "Perfect Season" because that is what it was all about to me. It's what we want: perfection. It's what we want to see in others: perfection. It's where we want our lives to be - the place we want to live. It's just not always the most realistic viewpoint to carry.

I'll spare you the blurb, which actually describes this gem perfectly.

From the characters to the prose to the level of angst and love this one delivers a Gold Medal winning performance. I loved both characters - though sometimes I didn't like them very much. It felt absolutely real. We all strive for the "Perfect Season" in our lives and so very rarely do we get it - until we look back on what we've done, seen, loved, and worked towards and realized that it really was all for a reason. Sometimes we get kicked down so hard that we think we're so far underground we won't see the light of day, well, ever - and yet we keep going. The drive, the motivation, to do something like Matty is doing seems foreign to many - but people who have it, who give like that, who commit like that, it's overwhelming, painful, endorphin producing, rewarding, and downright costly. All at the same time.

What great fortune to also find a book that contains BDSM but is not about it. No fancy schmancy clubs here with paraded twinks naked with collars. No discussion or negotiation, no BDSM101 lecture, nada. No "Boy" this and "Sir" that protocol. Just honest need, want, and desire that gets expressed with a more D/s theme running through. I will definitely say that this one has two kinks that are neither common nor comfortable for a great amount of people: breath play and medical (enema). Yet I would challenge anyone to read this and not to understand what was going on, how these fit in to the story, and come away with the thought that it was those things that identified the book. Because they just so don't. The scenes's are memorable for how they express the characters relationship and growth and understanding. They are expressions - of something far greater and far more importance. Divine.

A top 5 pick of the year for me. I very rarely stay up until 4am to finish a book. I did here and didn't regret it one bit and didn't even wake up tired. I woke up with this feeling that I'd just left my Grandma's house on Christmas day after all the food, festivities, and love and I so want to go back to that place again. For that moment, in that time, at that place - it was, for me, The Perfect Season.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unexpectedly amazing! 5 décembre 2013
Par evereadysmile - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
(Full disclosure, I received this book as an ARC.)

Normally this isn't a book I would pick up. I mean I'm all for gay romance, but ice skating isn't really my thing (I lean more toward like Regency romance and science fiction). However Blake skillfully writes such realistic, complete, compelling characters that it's impossible not to get sucked into this story.

The characters here really engage the reader. I'm charmed and delighted by Matty, no small feat because he could clearly be annoying or too over the top campy, but Blake finds just the right middle ground with him, keeps him likable and self reflective even while he's diva-ish and spectacular. Rob is incredibly delightful, but more impressively Blake masterfully does a true reveal on him, as we discover him entirely through Matty's eyes. She presents him so well that it's impossible not to fall in love with him even as we slowly learn all his flaws.

The sex was intensely emotional, delicious and scorchingly hot. Pretty much exactly what I'd hope for in a book like this, but which isn't found or written this well nearly often enough. It's really, really explicit and it's BDSM, though I'd say heavy on the D/s with a little B&D and no SM. I don't think you need to be into those things to enjoy this, but be warned that it isn't vanilla at all.

I laughed joyfully at the humor in this book. Much of it was subtle but it really hit the right notes with me. I'm tempted to quote some good bits but I don't want spoil any of it for anyone. While it was funny it was very emotionally intense. Perhaps because the characters were so well drawn and engrossing, but I felt emotionally wrung out as I went through their trials with them. I should be clear, this is not an easy book, you will love the characters enough to hurt when they hurt and it won't be easy on either of you. But it is so worth it to have characters so real you want to be down in it with them.

I entirely loved this book, despite my initial misgivings. And I feel like I learned a lot about competitive ice skating, in case I ever need that knowledge (you never know!).

If you like books with fully realized characters and explicit sex then this book is probably for you, even if you think you don't want to read about ranchers or ice skaters. This isn't your typical romance, this is a real story about realistic people who have a whole lot of sex and fall in love in very real ways, while they grow and change as people.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful love story 10 décembre 2013
Par JustJen - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
4.5 stars

I knew I had to give this a try after seeing a few trusted 5 star reviews. Even though I don't generally enjoy reading about characters like Matty (flashy, glittery twinks), I gave this a shot, and I was not disappointed. Matty quickly grows on you and I ended up really enjoying him. Then, there is Rob, who is such a sweet, sexy cowboy. I really loved them together, especially the d/s stuff which really seemed to work for them.

These guys entered started their relationship knowing it couldn't go anywhere but were unable to ignore their attraction. I don't think either one had any idea their feelings would grow so deep in their short time together.

This has some great side characters, including Rob's son, Ben. I absolutely loved Angus and Bill and really hope they get their own story at some point.

This was funny, sexy and sweet, yet at times, heartbreaking. Towards the end, I was on the edge of my seat. The ending is a bit surprising and I loved how it played out.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazingly moving 5 décembre 2013
Par Amelia C. Gormley - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
What an amazing book. Where do I even begin?

Matty. I love that he is so unapologetically femme. He totally owns who he is and that is amazing. But he’s also a very flawed character, in the best possible way. He’s bitchy and selfish and immature at times. But he’s so damn passionate about everything that you just have to adore him.

Rob. If he has one flaw as a character, it’s that he’s a little too perfect and could use a couple flaws. But he’s also the perfect stabilizing, grounding thing Matty needs in his life.

The story. At times it was so hilarious I literally LOLed and other times I literally wept. It took me across the entire emotional spectrum. I love that there were no easy solutions to the dilemma Matty faced, no pat, perfect way he could have it all without sacrificing something. And I love that this book goes a route many wouldn’t, and demonstrates that even when you do make the sacrifices and give something your all, sometimes it’s still not enough. The side characters were well constructed, each having their own subtle influence on the MCs without ever being heavy-handed.

And all of this was delivered in Leta’s smooth, flawless prose. I don’t know how she does it. I envy her the knack for it. She manages to be descriptive without becoming flowery, and there are never any moments (as there almost always are with other authors) where I read a sentence or a paragraph and it just feels clunky and takes me out of the story. She’s truly one of the best authors I’ve read in this genre.

Now, in the interest of transparency, Leta is a friend of mine and I read an earlier incarnation of this book years ago. That said, it’s still an amazing book, and even better for the changes and additions she’s made. Nothing I’ve said in this review has been sugar-coated; every word is 100% true and I would make all these same statements about this book if it were written by a complete stranger.

Anyway, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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