Title: Training Complex
Author: Leta Blake
Series: Training Season #2
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: 05-11-2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M BDSM Romance
Page Count: 345
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Buckle up – Matty’s back!
Figure skater Matty Marcus didn’t capture Olympic gold, but he won rancher Rob Lovely’s heart.
After Rob sold his ranch and Matty hung up his skates, they started a new life together in New York City. Now Matty has taken on a fresh challenge as a figure skating coach, and Rob’s second career as a physical therapist should be everything he’s dreamed of. But in the brutal heat of their third summer in the city, Rob yearns for the wide-open country, and the intensity of city life awakens Matty’s demons.
Matty asks for increasingly intense BDSM scenes, and his disordered eating and erratic behavior ramp up the stakes. Rob struggles to stay in control, and after a well-intentioned anniversary gift goes awry, he still thinks he can handle the fallout. But the concrete jungle is closing in and his coping skills are unraveling.
Their love is deep, but Rob will have to admit the truth about what he really wants before they both tumble into chaos.
3 stars for this sequel to Training Season. I’m glad I read it as I have read the first one but it did drag on and I just couldn’t enjoy the BDSM scenes.
This book picks up 3 years after Training Season ends. Matty and Rob are living in New York City and Rob is still working as a physiotherapist and Matty as a skating coach under his former coach Valentina. Matty has successfully coached one of his young pupils Sabrina to junior worlds and is devastated that she is going to a training camp in Colorado Springs with the view to moving on with a new coach out there. Rob is struggling with city life and misses his ranch and the countryside. As Matt’s disordered eating issues return and become worse than ever this leads to Matt to wanting increasingly dark BDSM scenes in the bedroom and this all puts a big strain on their relationship and puts a toll on both of their mental health. Rob turns to his BDSM and sports psychologist friend Sato for advice but without the money to pay for proper therapy Rob attempts to help Matty by himself.
First off well done to Leta for the obvious research she did regarding disordered eating, I thought this was written very well into Matty’s character and my only slight issue would be that after battling severe disordered eating most of his life it would not have got better that easily without some intensive professional help. That being said it was a realistically brutal representation of true disordered eating
This book at times dragged particularly in the middle and I found it did not have as much story as the first one. The BDSM sex scenes in this book were endless and very frequent and I admit at times I was just sick of them and they were also much darker in this book.
Sato and Todd were good secondary characters in this book but other than a few brief chapters where we see Elliot, a phone call with Bill and a phone call with Matty’s mother there are no other returning secondary characters from the first book which is a shame as I would have been nice to have them involved with the story.
Rob continues to be very sweet in this book but is understandable struggling under the pressure of Matty’s disordered eating and his difficulties integrating into city life. As a result he is suffering from some mental health issues himself and I think he needed some therapy as well. They often discuss the fact they cannot afford to get Matty the professional help he so obviously needs and I cannot believe there isn’t any kind of help or support available for this in a big city like this and for a former professional athlete.
Matty is at times difficult to read in this book as he is really struggling to cope with his disordered eating, he is at times very selfish but I think this is as a result of his mental health problems. Their chemistry together continues to be good and their love for each other is obvious.
The ending was sweet but a little false as everything revolved itself very quickly! Nice to know they got their HEA though.