Can figure skating enemies find love off the ice?
After an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira is distracted to say the least. He’s worked for years to have a chance at Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Playing cat and mouse with the steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life, but they can’t keep their hands off each other as the Games approach.
Dev soon learns that beneath Mikhail’s arrogant and aloof exterior is Misha, a passionate man who warms Dev’s heart and scorches his bed. They’re both determined to win, but for Misha his freedom could be at stake if he and his partner take anything less than gold. Who will stand atop the podium? And can secret lovers from different worlds make a life together once the competition ends?
I’m not a huge fan of ice skating but I AM a huge fan of all things Keira Andrews. Which is how I found myself reading this book. If the blurb sounds familiar, you may have seen or read this before because it’s a new shiny addition of an older story. I’m always grateful when authors bring back older releases; it allows us busy readers the opportunity otherwise missed to catch up. And I’m so happy I caught this fun and fiery enemies to lovers romance with an Olympian twist. With the Winter Olympics underway, this couldn’t have been timed any better.
As I said, I’m not well versed with figure skating. I’m glad I wasn’t lost or overwhelmed with the specifics. Andrews paints a beautiful picture with her skaters and I could imagine them gliding and flying across the rink. Speaking of skaters, wow, what a gang. Fierce competitors often have fierce emotional explosions. The feels are in full force here. Mikhail is well-known for his frigid exterior. He’s also one of the best skaters in the world. Winning the Olympics isn’t just about taking home a medal for him, it’s about earning his freedom. The Russian’s won’t tolerate his sexuality, which is his most guarded secret. If he can take home the gold he may be able to slip into the shadows afterwards. Dev has spent most of his life preparing for this moment. The Olympics…a dream come true. He needs to focus and stay on top of his game. When a heated moment between his biggest rival and enemy on the ice takes an unexpected turn, he’s thrown off. Now is not the time for distractions but he can’t deny his powerful attraction to Mikhail. When Mikhail sheds his cold mask and reveals Misha, Dev is a goner. He’s swiftly falling but they must contain their feelings. No one can know. The consequences are too steep, they must be discrete. Can they put on a winning show?
Forbidden love always tastes so sweet. Dev and Misha take the cup on forbidden love. Keira’s game is strong! I loved how viciously they hated each other in the beginning and how vehemently they loved each other by the end. Talk about flipping the one-eighty switch! Once Misha settles into his happiness, he shines. I loved how he embraced his new life. His puppy was a dose of pure joy. Both Dev and Misha are extremely close to their skating partners and the girls are polar opposites. However, their influence and spark only added to the story. Mix in their parents and we have the complete package. I adored the skating family as well as their flesh and blood. All of the relationships tie together beautifully. The competivitve drive, the emotional pull and the characters….there’s a lot to love here.
Disdain becomes desire. Anger turns into affection. And fears of nonacceptance force them to hide their true feelings.
KA groupies (like me) and figure skating fans (unlike me) as well as anyone who enjoys feeling the red-hot blaze from enemies to lovers romance should grab this one quick!
TITLE: The Winning Edge
AUTHOR: Keira Andrews
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 8, 2018
BUY LINKS: Amazon