Unquestionably talented figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything for his Olympic dream, but his lack of discipline cost him the gold once before. Now the pressure’s on. He needs a coach who can keep him in line, but top coaches don’t come cheap, and Matty can’t afford to stay in the game no matter how badly he wants to win. When a lucrative house-sitting gig brings him to rural Montana, Matty does his best to maintain his training regimen. Local residents turn out to be surprisingly tolerant of his flamboyant style, especially handsome young rancher Rob Lovely, who proves to be much more than a cowboy stereotype. Just as Matty requires a firm hand to perform his best on the ice, Rob shows him how strong he can be when he relinquishes control in the bedroom. With new-found self-assurance, he drives himself harder to go straight to the top.
But competition has a timetable, and to achieve his Olympic dream, Matty will have to join his new coach in New York City, leaving Rob behind. Now he must face the ultimate test. Has he truly learned how to win—on and off the ice—during his training season?
Story: 5 Stars!
Narration: 5 Stars!
Overall: 5 Stars!
Matty Marcus is flamboyant and fabulous, but his lack of discipline cost him his Olympic dream. Now, he's back to training and determined to make what he needs to win, even if it means spending countless months house-sitting a ranch in Montana to get the money he needs to hire a new coach. Meeting Rob Lovely, his neighbor, was not part of the equation, but Matty can't resist him.
Matty needs someone that will work him hard on the ice, but he has no clue how rewarding and freeing it can be to relinquish control in the bedroom until Rob shows him. But will he be able to keep it all together when it's time for him to leave Montana and Rob behind?
Training Season was one of the first MM books I bought and my first Leta Blake read and after 3 and a half years and more books than I can count, it still remains one of my favorites. There's just something about Matty and Rob that clicked with me and while I'm not overly fond of BDSM, it works in this story and for these characters.
The audiobook narration by Michael Ferraiuolo was outstanding, truly, one of the best I've heard. He captured Matty's essence and the chemistry between Rob and Matty and managed to transmit it through his voice. Damn, if those hot, sexy scenes didn't sound even better through Mr. Ferraiuolo's pleasant voice. *fans self* The emotion, the fear, his eagerness to win and do right by his family, his longing and love for Rob and Ben, all came together beautifully to make what was already an amazing read into a masterpiece. The narrator did a great job with all the other voices, as well, they were all perfectly identifiable.
*** Audible code provided to the reviewer for my listening pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.
Narrator Bio Locally, nationally and internationally, Michael Ferraiuolo is dedicated to helping artists realize their projects. Through audio recording, production, voice acting, narration, singing and composition it is his goal to provide honest, professional, and practical services to writers, producers, and artists.
With top tier recording capabilities and years of practical experience it is his hope to help writers enhance their project through collaboration and creative exploration.