Summary: Former lovers meet again in Sochi and have a chance to learn that a gold medal isn’t the greatest prize you can win at the Olympics.
After the knee injury, Liam O’Connor, the former gold medalist, is no longer able to compete in the Olympics. He’s in Sochi as an assistant coach for another male figure skater and hopes to avoid Eric Lanney as much as possible.
Meanwhile Eric is back to compete for gold in pair skating, but is that the only thing that will be important to him? Maybe when the former lovers meet again in Russia, they will both learn that a gold medal isn’t the greatest prize you can win at the Winter Olympics
Review: This is a short and sweet love story set in the world of champion figure skating and the search for Olympic Gold. Liam is attending in Sochi as Assistant Coach to the men’s team since he can no longer skate due to a debilitating knee injury. Making it more difficult for him is the fact that he won the gold medal at the last Olympic Games, and it was on that night that his boyfriend, Eric, broke up with him when Liam came out during a press conference. Eric’s mother is Liam’s boss, and Eric is here with his partner, Andrea, as they try for gold in pairs figure skating.
What Liam doesn’t know is that Eric regrets his choice to stay in the closet, and wants an opportunity to make things work again. With a few misunderstandings and continued arguments, the two struggle to get through the week. When Eric finally swallows his pride, they are able to make strides toward a new commitment, and as Eric enters the final competition, he’s finally able to skate freely without all the emotional baggage he’s been carrying around. As the story ends, it looks like the guys are going to get their HEA after all.
I really enjoyed this story. Both MCs were believable, sweet, young men who grew up as close friends before becoming lovers and their breakup lent a bittersweet touch to the story. The author packed in quite a bit of story in a few pages, and I recommend this to all lovers of M/M romance, especially those who like a little heartwarming tale to bring a little sunshine to a cloudy day.