Joyfully Jay says, “So you guys really need to read this book.” 5 Stars! — The River Leith #mmromance #gay

FIVE STARS from Joyfully Jay for The River Leith!

“So you guys really need to read this book. I truly loved everything about it. I couldn’t put it down and was so sad for it to end.  Blake’s writing is beautiful and so eloquent.  I could feel the tension between the past and the present, of figuring out where to draw the line between remembering their experiences together and building new ones.  The men are sweet, romantic, and incredibly sexy together.  This story is just so fabulous and well done, I highly recommend it.”

read the rest of Joyfully Jay’s lovely review via Review: The River Leith by Leta Blake — Joyfully Jay.

 

Memory is everything. After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain. For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach's choices may come back to haunt him. Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer.
Memory is everything.
After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain.
For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach’s choices may come back to haunt him.
Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer.

“A book I will read over and over again.” The Romance Reviews (TRR) – Training Season #mmromance #gay

“TRAINING SEASON is a tale told with such flair and tenderness, and with such insight into the two main characters that this is a book I will read over and over again.”

“A memorable story so sweetly told that it’s a real hardship when the story ends and you realise that even though Rob and Matty have their HEA, you don’t because you want to keep on reading!”

via The Romance Reviews (TRR) – Training Season

Read more of Susan MacNicol’s gushing review of Training Season at the link above and click below to buy a copy of your own!

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“One of my favorite ‘feel good’ books ever!” Training Season Review | Live Your Life, Buy The Book #mmromance #gay

“I absolutely adored this book! Definitely one of my favourite ‘feel good’ books. Ever!! It was perfect. Just perfect!”

“Beyond the MC’s are some wonderful side characters! Sooooo many great characters!”

“The descriptive writing is so beautiful too – I hate when authors are so heavy handed and verbose that I zone out – Leta Blake got the balance just right.”

Read more of Barb’s review at Live Your Life, Buy the Book’s Site:

Training Season | Live Your Life, Buy The Book.

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Stunned, Shocked and Bewildered #mmromance #gay #amreading

I am stunned. I am shocked. I am bewildered, beholden and breathless at what I have just read. What did I just read? A wonderful story? The most complete love story that I have come across? A gorgeous tale of love, hope, loss, acceptance, forgiveness and just a stunning tale…all of the above? You bet your sweet ass.”

— A Review of Training Season by Leta Blake, by The Risque Redhead Reviews.

Another really touching and amazing review of my book, Training Season. I’m so amazed! Thrilled you enjoyed it so much!

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“Read this book. Now. You will NOT be disappointed.” Review: Training Season by Leta Blake #mmromance #amreading

I am giddy over this new review! Thank you so much Ninjakitty! 😀

Review: Training Season by Leta Blake | Mama Kitty Reviews.

To quote:

“If you are looking something real, and passion that leaps off the pages, read this book. Now. You will NOT be disappointed.”

“This book felt like a real relationship, crazy hits of jealousy, moments of exasperation and the very real knife of sometimes making decisions that suck. This is the only time I have ever, and I mean EVER, emailed an author halfway through reading a book to exclaim how much I loved it.”

“What if you were madly in love, and your love treated you terribly? Abused you, mocked you, crushed your dreams and didn’t even kiss you before it screwed you? What if sometimes that love sent you flying, touching the edges of greatness and sending you away with love pouring from every particle of your body? No, this is not an episode of Teen Mom or even the latest and greatest BDSM novel. This is figure skating, and just because you might wear eye shadow doesn’t mean you get cry like a girl.”

Rating: 5 Stars

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5 stars to Training Season by Leta Blake, now available!

5 stars to Training Season by Leta Blake, now available!.

The link above goes to Amelia Gormley’s awesome review of Training Season as posted on her blog! Thank you, Amelia, for reading and for going above and beyond always!

Training Season can be purchased at Smashwords and ARe and will soon be available at Amazon and other stores! I’m even going to do a print run of this one!

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5+ glittery hearts and one unforgettable North Star! #mmromance #reviews #figureskating

Another lovely Goodreads review for Training Season has come in via Wendy at Hearts on Fire Reviews.

To quote:

The passion between Rob and Matty is combustible. Rob’s penchant for domination and Matty’s desire to give up control led them down an exploratory path with BDSM that translated to some of the most scorching sex scenes I’ve read – and I’ve read a lot of them! Some of their edgier activities will certainly be pushing boundaries for a subset of people. I was transfixed by the sense of raw power and emotion that came across not only in the bedroom (or all the other places they got their giddy-up on), but also based on the reality of their situation.

From laughter to tears, I definitely experienced the whole emotional spectrum as I followed the story of Matty and Rob. Mostly, I felt like I was consumed by an inferno of glitter tipped flames as I made my way through this book…The characters were so vivid (both the MC’s and the secondary characters) and the plot and angst were very compelling….Highly recommended with 5+ glittery hearts and one unforgettable North Star!! 🙂

Wendy, via Goodreads

Training Season will be out on December 7th!

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I admit I’m stunned and giddy and waiting for the other shoe to fall and wondering if I should dance out my joy in the meantime? I mean, I don’t even know what to say about the reception Training Season has received thus far and I’m so very overwhelmed by a weird mix of unexpected emotions that all I can say is…wow. Wow. Just…wow.

Thank you to everyone who reads Training Season, whether you share the Wendy’s opinion or not. A book isn’t finished until someone reads it. So, thank you so much for that. I’ll just be over here in the corner clutching my heart and dancing and maybe crying a little when no one’s looking, okay?

Heavy on the D/s with a little B&D and no SM #5stars #bdsm #mmromance

So excited to say that another preliminary review has come in on Training Season! Again, I’m so happy that the book has struck a chord with the folks who have received ARCs so far.

Cricket says:

(Full disclosure, I received this book as an ARC.)

Normally this isn’t a book I would pick up. I mean I’m all for gay romance, but ice skating isn’t really my thing (I lean more toward like Regency romance and science fiction). However Blake skillfully writes such realistic, complete, compelling characters that it’s impossible not to get sucked into this story.

The characters here really engage the reader. I’m charmed and delighted by Matty, no small feat because he could clearly be annoying or too over the top campy, but Blake finds just the right middle ground with him, keeps him likable and self reflective even while he’s diva-ish and spectacular. Rob is incredibly delightful, but more impressively Blake masterfully does a true reveal on him, as we discover him entirely through Matty’s eyes. She presents him so well that it’s impossible not to fall in love with him even as we slowly learn all his flaws.

The sex was intensely emotional, delicious and scorchingly hot. Pretty much exactly what I’d hope for in a book like this, but which isn’t found or written this well nearly often enough. It’s really, really explicit and it’s BDSM, though I’d say heavy on the D/s with a little B&D and no SM. I don’t think you need to be into those things to enjoy this, but be warned that it isn’t vanilla at all.

I laughed joyfully at the humor in this book. Much of it was subtle but it really hit the right notes with me. I’m tempted to quote some good bits but I don’t want spoil any of it for anyone. While it was funny it was very emotionally intense. Perhaps because the characters were so well drawn and engrossing, but I felt emotionally wrung out as I went through their trials with them. I should be clear, this is not an easy book, you will love the characters enough to hurt when they hurt and it won’t be easy on either of you. But it is so worth it to have characters so real you want to be down in it with them.

I entirely loved this book, despite my initial misgivings. And I feel like I learned a lot about competitive ice skating, in case I ever need that knowledge (you never know!). 

If you like books with fully realized characters and explicit sex then this book is probably for you, even if you think you don’t want to read about ranchers or ice skaters. This isn’t your typical romance, this is a real story about realistic people who have a whole lot of sex and fall in love in very real ways, while they grow and change as people.

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