I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Training Complex by Leta Blake
Series: Training Season #2
Published by Self Published on May 11, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
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Figure skater Matty Marcus didn't capture Olympic gold, but he won rancher Rob Lovely's heart.
After Rob sold his ranch and Matty hung up his skates, they started a new life together in New York City. Now Matty has taken on a fresh challenge as a figure skating coach, and Rob's second career as a physical therapist should be everything he's dreamed of. But in the brutal heat of their third summer in the city, Rob yearns for the wide-open country, and the intensity of city life awakens Matty’s demons.
Matty asks for increasingly intense BDSM scenes, and his disordered eating and erratic behavior ramp up the stakes. Rob struggles to stay in control, and after a well-intentioned anniversary gift goes awry, he still thinks he can handle the fallout. But the concrete jungle is closing in and his coping skills are unraveling.
Their love is deep, but Rob will have to admit the truth about what he really wants before they both tumble into chaos.
It’s five years since we last saw Matty and Rob and their relationship is strong. However, Matty’s now a skating coach and his inner struggle with self perception and image shows up in the form of an eating disorder (or disordered eating). Rob is now a physical therapist and loves it but isn’t loving life in the city. He’s also stressing through how to best approach and resolve Matty’s issues.
I really like Matty and Rob, love them together. It was wonderful revisiting these characters. However, the storyline surrounding them is just not something I find interesting. It’s an incredible story that not only explores the concepts of disordered eating and eating disorders but how these particular characters are impacted given their dominant/submissive relationship.
I’m not a fan of stories with sexual relationships heavily influenced in BDSM but can handle elements. This is not one of those light-fare stories so if true BDSM lifestyles are your preference, it’s presented magnificently. I learned a lot (more than I wanted) and the writing is brilliant. The issues are skillfully woven into the fabric of the characters and their lives. I just wish it was a story that I found appealing as I believe it’s well researched and intelligently delivered.
I’m a huge fan of Leta Blake and accepted the review request without even reading the book description. Even though the topics weren’t of interest, I could still appreciate the quality of the story. In this instance, its definitely me and not the author or the story.
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