Title: Cold War
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Loose Id.
Characters: Dev Avira, Mikhail Reznikov
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I had to read this book. There is something very intriguing about figure skaters, and the journey they have to hopefully win Olympic gold.
Dev and his skating partner have worked hard to be part of the Olympic games. But as much as they improve and strive to win the gold, Dev’s arch rival-Russian, Mikhail, and his partner always seem to be one step ahead. To make matters worse, Dev finds himself hopelessly attracted to the ice king, and hates the fact that he finds himself caring for a man whose emotions are colder than the rink they skate on.
When Mikhail suddenly makes a pass at Dev, he can’t help but give into temptation. As he slowly gets to know Mikhail, Dev quickly notices that there is more to the ice king than meets the eye, and soon Dev finds himself wanting a forbidden love that could ruin his or Mikhail’s career forever.
I really liked this book. I thought Dev was a sympathetic hero. He’s worked hard to achieve success for him and his partner as popular pair skaters. He also has the ambition to one day be a coach in the same field he competes on. I thought Dev’s relationship with his partner was a strong one and I liked the friendship they had between them.
When he gives into his attraction to Mikhail, I understood Dev’s confusion and anxiety over the affair. Dev has a lot to lose and he’s very afraid of getting emotionally involved with Mikhail, whose public persona is cold and impersonal. But Dev soon discovers Mikhail is a warm, loving man who has had to repress his homosexuality and his feelings toward Dev. I thought the conflict between the two men rang true and I loved the intensity of their attraction between each other.
If you are looking for a sexy, romance with just enough angst to keep things really interesting, then Cold War is definitely for you!
Reviewed By: Gabbi