Book: Making a Splash 2nd Edition
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Publication date: July 5, 2017
Length: 169 pages
Reviewed by Erin
After a scandal of Olympic proportions, Vince Dawson lost his job as a diving coach and is on a downhill slide. So when he sees Austin Brody at a local pool, diving like a trained athlete, he thinks he’s found his ticket back to the big leagues.
Austin thinks Vince is crazy for wanting him to dive competitively. He dives for beer and smokes, while working double shifts as a welder. Still, he’ll give training with Vince a shot.
But Austin isn’t willing to let Vince rule his life, and Vince—used to hopeful young athletes folding under pressure from him—finds Austin baffling… and hot. Even if they can work together and become more than friends, they still have a long way to go before they’ll be ready to compete.
Everyone who reads MM knows that when you pick up a Sean Michael book, you're going to get a book that's low on angst, if there's any at all, and high on sex. Lots and lots of sex. Sean Michael's books are perfect for when you want to escape reality and just lose yourself in a book that doesn't tax your mind and leaves you with a smile on your face. Making a Splash definitely does both. This is a re-release. I didn't read the first edition so I can't say if it's been updated or not, but the new version was a nice way to spend a few hours.
I haven't read too many books about swimming or diving so I thought the topic was a refreshing one. Unfortunately most of the book didn't really work for me. From Vince's supposed coaching prowess to Austin's diving talent, none of it felt very authentic. When you have a diver who's trying to make it professionally smoking, eating cheeseburgers, and having sex almost non-stop when he's not in the pool, well, that's not the most realistic thing I've read. Yeah, often you have to suspend belief while reading romance, but still. Since there were next to zero secondary characters, and the one's that were included had almost no impact, the story felt very flat and one-dimensional. As with many of Sean Michael's books, I was left unsatisfied. The book had potential, but it just didn't quite work for me.
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