The Official Description: Can second chance love survive past trauma?
Reece has one goal: to compete in the Olympic Games. With the gymnastics World Championships looming, his dream is one step closer to becoming a reality.
When his childhood sweetheart, Alex, walks back into his life unexpectedly, Reece’s world is turned upside down. Alex was the boy who inexplicably pushed him away and broke his heart; the boy he still loves.
When the truth behind their break-up is revealed, Reece wants to hold Alex up and give him the strength to heal.
But can Reece be Alex’s rock, and remain focused on his training, or will his Olympic dreams suffer in the process?
Hold Me Up is a MM second chance romance, with a slow-burn relationship and lots of hurt/comfort. It’s the first in a series of books that follows male artistic gymnasts as they chase gold.
Just the facts: M/M sports romance
A second chance romance in the world of gymnastics.- Kinzie Things
My thoughts bit: Reece had his heart broken by Alex when they were in high school. He had no idea what happened, there was no reason, nothing at all, he was just cut out of Alex’s life. Fast forward a few years… and Reece has moved on. He’s on the verge of fulfilling one of his dreams … going to the Olympics. Alex is suddenly back in the picture when he shows up as the reporter who is supposed to write about Reeces’s journey to the top.
Reece and Alex come to a fragile agreement to work together and very slowly, Alex begins to reveal details about what happened to him in High School.
Alex is an interesting character. He’s dealing with PTSD and has severe panic attacks as a result of the events that prompted him to break up with Reece in high school. He has managed to get a job and live on his own, but it’s because of sheer determination and the things that he has given up. He isn’t in a relationship.. and left Reece because he didn’t want to hurt him.
This is a fast-moving, simple gay romance. There’s a bit of a reveal in terms of what happened to Alex when both men were young.
Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) hate crime in the past, physical assault in the past, break up that is very emotional, descriptions of panic attacks and severe anxiety.
I received an ARC of Hold Me Up by Colette Davison via Gay Book Promotions in exchange for an unbiased review.
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