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?
This gay sports romance from Keira Andrews features enemies to lovers, two alpha men, sequins, and of course a happy ending. Content previously published as novellas Cold War and Holding the Edge.
The Winning Edge is a reissue of two novellas by Keira Andrews and with the Winter Olympics coming up I was in the mood to read about figure skaters. I loved the first novella although I felt the second dragged in places.
Dev Avira and Mikhail Reznikov are competitors in figure skating. Dev thinks Mikhail’s is standoffish and spoiled, and discovering their attraction to each other definitely brings more trouble than either are prepared for.
The first novella, Cold War, is all about Dev and Mikhail getting together while the second, Holding the Edge is staying together and making it work. I think I would have been happy to end the novella after the first episode.
I love the rivalry edge here. I’m a big reader of enemies-to-lovers and I always think it makes the tension thicker and the inevitable giving in moment all the sweeter. Dev has this intense dominant vibe going on, and Mikhail is desperate to let loose and let himself be. There’s also a bit of light kink.
I thought the second novella took over with a bit more drama than I wanted. Dev and Mikhail have to decide whether to come out to their families and with them still active in the skating world. I guess I didn’t think that what was holding them back was enough to keep them apart for so long. The pacing just fell apart, and I lost interest at the end.
That said, the romance had its cute moments and its spicy bits and plenty of angsty tension. A good read to go along with some Olympics coverage.
*I voluntarily reviewed an arc via the author through Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review.*
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.”
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