Beth reviews Training Complex (Training Season #2) by Leta Blake, self-published by Leta Blake on May 11, 2015, 345 pages.
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.
Matty Marcus and Rob Lovely Part Two. ❤ It is not a secret how much I loved Training Season; it’s one of my all-time favorite books ever. So when Author Leta Blake announced she was writing a sequel, I was giddy with excitement. Absolutely insanely off my rocker. And let me tell you, this beauty of a sequel does not disappoint. The boys are back!! If you read Training Season, then Training Complex is an absolute must-read. And if you have not yet read the most wonderful story of Matty and Rob and how they met, then you need to check it out, and may I add; you are in for a real treat.
This story is a thoughtful contemplation and continuation of how two seemingly contrasting individuals can become stronger as a united team. The first book brought them together in the wide open range of Montana and it was beautiful. This second book drops us into the lives of Matty and Rob in their big-city environment. You see where this is headed right? Matty is definitely a city-boy but Rob, our sweet rancher Rob, is struggling. But – big strong Rob needs to keep his head together because the way that their relationship works is that Rob handles Matty. Matty needs a handler, and Rob is the man in charge. So if the lovely Rob Lovely is having a hard time coping with the endlessly crowded, hot, grimy and cacophonous city, how can he maintain his grip on a situation that seems to be spiraling out of control, in more ways than one?
Training Complex is full of sweet loving moments, funny moments, and angsty stressful moments where I found myself on the edge of my seat. And there are some smokin’ hot scenes filled with amazing intensity. One aspect I particularly appreciate about this book is how the author digs deep into these men’s relationship – into the why, and the how of how it works. It doesn’t skate across the surface of their love, but rather picks it apart and tears into the muscle. Matty and Rob have this unique and complex BDSM relationship and we get to see the thought processes that go along with how and why Matty does what he does and the same for Rob. We witness the care and consideration that Rob puts into all of his actions in dealing with Matty. The result is an enormous appreciation for their relationship.
A few words about the cover: I adore the cover for Training Season, featuring the beautiful Matty. In Training Complex, it is so appropriate to have the gorgeously handsome Rob on the cover, yet if you look closely into the background, you will see the city, Matty’s skates, and the leather crop also making an appearance. Fantastically perfect!
This story is amazing. I loved it and I am currently feeling quite bereft over the fact that I’ve finished reading it and now it’s over. I am sure Training Complex will join my small pile of comfort re-reads, right alongside Training Season.
#bookhangover of the best kind 🙂 ❤ 10 Fabulously Sparkling Pots of Gold from me!
While Leta Blake would love to tell you that writing transports her to worlds of magic and wonder and then safely returns her to a home of sparkling cleanliness and carefully folded laundry, the reality is a bit different. For as long as Leta can recall, stories have hijacked her mind, abducting her to other lands, and forcing her to bend to the will of imaginary people. This absence from reality results in piles of laundry and forgotten appointments. In between abductions, Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.
Author Website: Leta Blake