Molly Reviews: Swimming the Distance by Annabeth Albert

When denial turns to deception, love may not be enough to keep Kyle and Bodhan’s relationship afloat. Hours before leaving for the Olympics, Kyle Christopher discovers that his long-time boyfriend, an Olympic long distance swimmer, has done an interview where he denied being gay. Despite sharing a home and a dog with Kyle, three-time Olympian Bodhan Petrov isn’t ready to come out publicly. After Bodhan’s lies start stacking up, Kyle’s not sure he can keep waiting quietly in the shadows. When their estrangement takes a toll on Bodhan’s performance, both must decide where their priorities lay once and for all.

Originally published in 2012 as part of the Going for Gold Anthology

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This was such a good story. I enjoyed Bohdan and Kyle together. You can feel their history together and their love despite their current issues. Bohdan’s fear was palpable throughout the story. While his fear of coming out was partly unfounded, I understood why he struggled with the decision. Kyle was a total sweetheart and my heart hurt for how he was feeling throughout the story. He had faith in Bohdan but needed to see him acknowledge what they had was worth fighting for. You could feel Kyle’s love through the whole story. The backdrop of the start of the London Olympics brought a great layer to the story to showcase the pressure Bohdan was under. I liked how Ms. Albert stayed true to the Olympics but also made it fictional at the same time. Bohdan struggled with interview. I felt bad for how he froze up when they asked the tough questions. Kyle and Bohdan have such a sweet happy ending. I love we get to see their relationship progress and get to where they’re both happy. I want to see more of these two. I’d love to see their wedding and how Bohdan handles the future based on what happens right at the end of this story. They’re such fun characters.
Four and a half

About Annabeth:
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.

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