TITLE: My Hero: The Olympian
SERIES: My Hero Series #2
AUTHOR: Max Vos
COVER ARTIST: Alex J. Corza
LENGTH: 129,600 words approx.
RELEASE DATE: November 15, 2015
BLURB: After a romantic evening, Rich and Johnny face the light of day as a couple. Johnny’s coming out forces them to face some serious repercussions as the world of collegian jocks adjust to their first openly gay football player.
Rich is still working towards the World Diving Championships with his hopes and dreams set on the 2012 London Olympic Games, while as a couple they deal with concerns closer to home.
With the support of friends and family, the young couple grow closer together, but with prejudices and adversity at every turn will Johnny and Rich be able to tackle the world together?
No matter what, Rich will always be Johnny’s hero.
“No, I’m not going to and there is nothing you can say that will make me either.” Johnny crossed his arms, a defiant look on his face, his eyes narrowed slits.
“Oh come on, John, I wear them.” Rich held up the skimpy black racing briefs. “For me?”
Johnny looked away. “No. I said no and I mean no.”
Rich leaned in close to Johnny so only he could hear. “If you wear this, I can guarantee you some of the best sex in your life. If you think I get turned on by jock straps…”
Johnny glared down at Rich. “You don’t play fair.”
“Wasn’t it you who recently said that all is fair in love and war?” Rich smirked as he dangled the tiny briefs in front of Johnny.
“It better be the best ever.” Johnny let his arms drop. “Okay. But you promised.”
Again, Rich leaned in close. “Maybe even join the mile high club.”
Johnny’s eyebrows shot up and a grin blossomed on his face. “Deal.”
“Are we done here?” Dan called to the two college men. He was standing at the counter, credit card in hand.
“One more thing, Dad.” Rich hurried over to him. “This.”
Dan raised his eyebrows slightly. “Oookay then.”
Rich snickered when he saw Johnny blushing.
“I think this will be all,” Dan said to the clerk.
“I’m going to give you a discount,” the young woman said as she rang it up. “It isn’t every day that we can say an Olympian wore some of our gear.”
“I’m not an Olympian yet,” Rich commented.
“Rich Miller, I’ve known you my entire life, and if anyone is going to be an Olympian, it’s you.” Michelle Stubbon smiled at Rich as she started putting the pile of swimsuits, track suits, shorts, and other things that he and Johnny needed for London in a bag.
“Thanks, Michelle. I appreciate the confidence everyone has in me.”
“Just remember us lowly folk when you come home with Olympic gold,” she laughed as she handed Dan the receipt.
I was really excited to read and review My Hero: The Olympian after reviewing the audiobook for My Hero. At the end of that book, Johnny and Rich had just got back together after a slight pause in their relationship. Johnny had always been straight before running into Rich at college and becoming friends. Rich had once saved him from drowning and it earned him Johnny’s unwavering friendship, but Johnny soon realized that he was attracted to the person Rich was. Rich was gay so it didn’t bother him at all to have feelings for the man who he rescued years before, but Johnny had to come to terms with what it meant for him and for his football career. There was a fight, a misunderstanding, and a betrayal, but the two made it through it and this book takes place right after they make up. To read my review of My Hero click here.
This book primarily follows Rich and Johnny as Rich works his way to the Olympics as a diver for Team USA. Rich has had this goal for a long time but tended to be too stressed out and over trained, causing him to fail. But this time he is secure in his relationship with Johnny, he has strengthened his relationship with his dad, and he has a whole bunch of new friends supporting him. However, things aren’t peachy keen. He and Johnny become the targets for homophobic bullies. Throughout this, though, Rich remains strong.
What was great to see, was how much the characters developed in this book. Everyone became stronger, and relationships formed in unlikely places for Rich’s dad, also for a friend, Virgil, who I really liked in the first book. Anita, Johnny’s cousin, and Ruthie, Rich’s best friend, also meet and fall for teammates of Johnny. Rich and Johnny already have solid feelings of love, mutual respect, and sexual attraction. That sexual chemistry leads to many funny scenes while at the World’s and the Olympics. There was a lot of sex in this book, I’ll admit. But personally, each time, I saw the relationship strengthen because of it. Their shared love of food sex, of handing over control to the other, and of pleasuring the other, deepened their feelings of love.
The epilogue of this book was one of my favorites. It paints a picture of the life that Rich and Johnny create after Olympic and NFL careers. The amount of genuine caring between them made my heart skip a beat. I love the way they loved each other and how they liked to give back to the community after all their experiences. All their successes brought them joy, but they wanted to share it, instead of becoming wealth obsessed snobs. There is little angst and though I like that sometimes, this was a story of a beautiful story and it left me with a “feel good” feeling. I definitely recommend it.
Max Vos is the bestselling author of My Hero. He is loved by his readers for his ‘inappropriate’ side, bringing hot and steamy sex to his writing. Not hemmed in by a single genre Max has the ability to woo you with sweet romance, move you with the power of his words and make you question your definition of love.
Having retired in 2011 after more than 30 years as a chef, Max turned his creativity to writing. You can always find wonderful Southern charm, well rounded and vibrant characters with a good meaty story line in a Max Vos book. Each book will give you something new and amazing to love.
Winner’s Prize: E-copies of My Hero and My Hero: The Olympian
Runner Up’s Prize: E-copy of My Hero: The Olympian
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