Sunday, February 9, 2014

Review: Cold War by Keira Andrews

Cold War
by Keira Andrews
Published February 4th 2014 by Loose Id

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars 

After an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most surprising and intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira needs to refocus. He’s worked for years to win Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Distraction in the form of steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life.

But with the Games only days away, they can’t keep their hands off each other. 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 on the line. Can Dev put his deepening feelings on ice as he goes for gold?

Cold War is a timely read for me, especially with the Sochi Olympics ice skating competition going on and me watching. But this story is not about that event, this takes place four years later, when greats like Plushenko have retired (after I just saw him land those quads and winning the Gold for the fourth time).

This is the story between two male pair skaters. Unfortunately, for me at least, they are not the skating pair as they each have their lady partners. Dev is Team USA and Misha is Team Russia. Traditionally, these teams have had high drama and these two are not missing out on any of that. Thing is, the drama is on the ice, off the ice, and on the sheets.

As they compete on the ice, the two men find themselves seeking each other out after one unforgettable encounter in a locker room. Flustered, the two men spread wide their fake grins, sit together for the media blitzes, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. 

The two men keep good secrets and find themselves in each others' arms, unable to resist. But the Games are only days away and they each must make a decision: get distracted and ruin their chances on winning the Gold, or avoid one another and risk their chances on winning the Gold.

Cold War is a light, romantic and erotic read between two men whose attraction for each other almost overwhelms their years of training. They make their decisions, they make mistakes and they compete. It is a relationship that could go wrong at any point. 

The story read well and it had the right elements to make it an unforgettable romantic read. I was a bit disappointed in that this came out a bit short but then thought: what if this is exactly how the author meant it to be? It does end on an HFN note but with a huge potential. I ended up thinking and feeling more than I should have really for I so wanted their story to continue. This is only a hundred pages and it felt like it could go for another hundred or more. I hope the author does think about continuing their story for I have to confess: I fell in love with Misha. He is such a drool worthy sweetheart. 

Overall, a light and short read with a huge potential for a bigger story and hotter scenes between two sexy men on the ice and off it. 

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