Book: Truth, Pride, Victory, Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: December 30, 2016
Length: 368 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Beneath the surface, they share more than dreams of Olympic gold.
Since elementary school, the question of Reed Watson’s race has needled him. But the one thing he’s always known is that he is destined to become an Olympic star—he felt it the moment he first hit the water. Chosen by a former Olympic swimmer to train for the 2016 Olympics, Reed determinedly works toward his dream.
Along the way, Reed develops feelings for two men he’s known since childhood: Cal, his next-door neighbor, and Mathias, his rival since the fourth grade. Cal’s struggle with his sexual identity and a tragedy complicate Reed’s feelings, while Mathias’s wealth quickly makes it obvious they are from vastly different worlds.
As Rio approaches, Mathias becomes a gay sports icon, while Reed is told to hide his sexuality for a lucrative endorsement deal that will offer his family a financial boost and help him with mounting debt. Reed’s unresolved desires for both men remain and so too do all the things that have kept them apart. Has he grown enough to navigate rougher waters, to find truth, pride, victory, and love?
Mathias and Reed first meet in grade school. A bad day leads to Reed defending Mathias only for Mathias to never return to school again. It's not until years later, at a swim meet, these two see each other again. The attraction is immediate!
Mathias' family is well off where Reed's family is not. Money, as they say, is the route to all evil. Their attraction to one another matters not when money is involved... and serious secrets.
We watch these two over the course of four years. Together, not together, ups and downs. There were so many demons to face in this book. Reed's struggles seemed so much harder to me. Not to discount Mathias but Reed's were big and you felt the "make or break" scenario that played in a loop in his head.
I will say this book was a bit longer than it had to be. It lagged in quite a few places. Otherwise this is an emotional story about two guys who fall in love and fight hard for it.
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