4 Stars (4 / 5)

Adrianna Rossi is no stranger to the rigorous demands required of her body. Years of pain and determination make her one of the best. Olympic glory is the ultimate goal, and she’ll do anything to achieve it. Even if that means leaving home to attend World Cup Academy of Gymnastics, a training center that serves one purpose–producing champions.

Perfection, precision, and dedication are required of his athletes. When two time Olympian Konstantin Kournakova is persuaded into training the young hopeful, he immediately regrets it. She doesn’t come close to his high standards. As the relentless pursuit of her dream keeps her striving, a passion is ignited within him.

Kova’s power and domination, coupled with Adrianna’s fierce tenacity, reveal there is more for her body to learn. Every interaction can be misconstrued, but there’s no mistaking the darkening of his gaze, the lingering of his touch, or the illicit image of his bare skin pressed against hers. Integrity is on the line. One toe off the beam and their forbidden desires could ruin everything they’ve worked for, throwing it all off balance.

“I am the moth, you are the flame. It is an irresistible attraction that will end in total destruction.”

My oh my. Even with all the reviews that said how steamy this book was, I wasn’t anticipating the intensity in which these two pursued each other, and the level of intimacy the author was able to create between two characters very different in age.

I typically root for love when I’m reading a fictional story, so things like big age gaps and under-age sex don’t bother me. If these two things are an issue for you I’d skip this one and read another book. Adrianna is the gymnast, Kova is the coach. Some attractions are undeniable, some things are inevitable, that’s the way I see it.

“Attraction is the root of all evil, not money like some say. It can be everything you have ever imagined and destroy everything at the same time.”

The build up between Kova and Adrianna is nice and slow, (I’m really not feeling instant attraction right now), maybe even a little too drawn out in the beginning for me. (once they started becoming noticeably attracted to each other I couldn’t put it down.) The author does a great job drawing you into the world of gymnastics and giving you a behind the scenes look of what you may not see from just watching the Olympics.

The second half is a LOT of sex, we are talking ones that last for so many panty melting pages and pages, but I liked it. Kova is hot and the sex is even hotter. Goodness I had to stop and use my kindle to fan myself a few times. There was so much tension between these two! I have no idea what she has planned for book two, but I can’t wait to read it! Warning, for people who hate that sort of thing, it ends in a cliffy, but the next one is due out this month, so now is the time!

I love these stories, the ones that make you cheer for the relationship you shouldn’t cheer for. Where you find yourself liking the characters that you should hate. Maybe question your sense of what is right and what is wrong. I’ll admit, the topic does seem a little cringy considering the news this year, I can see this being a touchy subject for some.

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Sara is a book hobbit that lives in a house of all boys, located in the promised land. Books stack the walls to the ceiling in some places, and she just keeps adding more. She was raised on top of a mountain that is locked in the dead of winter ten months of the year. She wears a size eleven shoe and enjoys her chicken cooked on the BBQ grill. In addition to reading she enjoys pinning crafts on Pinterest that she will never make and watching movies about people with sad lives or documentaries about serial killers.

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