Molly Reviews: The Next Competitor by Keira Andrews

Blurb:
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.

This new version has been extensively rewritten, updated, and expanded into a new adult romance with explict on-page sex.

Where To Buy:
Amazon

Review:
This story was lovely. I adored Alex and Matt and watching them grow together over the course of the book. The  figure skating was amazingly written and so detailed. I always felt like I was out there on the ice with Alex. The book pulled me in and kept my attention from start to finish. I couldn’t stop reading because I had to keep going and find out what happened.

Alex is so awkwardly adorable. The way he can’t stop himself from blurting out what’s in his head most of the time had me cringing and laughing in equal measures. He knew and worked to keep his mouth shut more often. But he was truly tender hearted and just wanted to be accepted for who he is, not judged by his social gracelessness. By the end when he realized how lucky he was to be unconditionally loved by his family and to have made it as far in his career as he had I couldn’t love Alex any more. I loved how he pushed Matt to go for singles skating and got everyone around him to work harder without realizing it. He was a character that made me incredibly happy to see happy and in love by the end of the book.

Matt gave me all the warm feels. He was so good for Alex. The way he truly saw Alex for who he really was and loved him despite the jagged edges. He was gentle with Alex when he got into his reeling panic but knew when to push Alex to slow down and enjoy things. Matt did so much growing in this story too from gaining confidence in himself and who is to learning he can be himself and the world won’t end.

Watching these two dance, err skate, around each other and then get blocked from starting for a while to a slowly burning passion that exploded when they finally got together. But the settling of that desire and love was the best part. Sure they’re deeply in lust with each other still. But their feelings for each other grew into so much more. Their love was solid and strong by the end of the story. Though they do have some obstacles ahead that I would love to see how they handle. I hope there’s a sequel at some point so we can see more Matt and Alex. Or even another couple in this figure skating universe. I’d gladly read the heck out of it.
Stars:
Four and a half

About Keira:
If you enjoy reading steamy romances between two men who can’t live without each other, you’ve come to the right place.

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

Author Contact:
Website: http://www.keiraandrews.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keiraandrewsromance/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/keiraandrews

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