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Got the post-Olympic blues? Here are four steamy gay romances to take the edge off your craving

by davincikittieFebruary 26, 2018

If you’re a little bit sad that the games are over, or find yourself suddenly pining over social media darlings like Adam Rippon and counting the days til the next figure skating competition, you’re in good company. The world has Olympic Fever right now, and it’s not going away just because the games are over.

But we still need to, you know, function in our everyday lives. So here are my top four recommendations for taking the Olympic-blues edge off right now. Oh! And because I adore gay romance and read a lot of it, these romances are all about the boy love. =)

Figure Skating

I’ve tried a handful of Olympic-themed figure skating romances lately, but my top two choices on this list come from the same author—Keira Andrews. I also featured her a few months ago in My Favorite Things, Pirate Edition, so she has definitely caught (and kept!) my attention. Both of these romances are relatively new, but one is Adult Romance and the other is New Adult, so whether you read both those genres or are staunchly in a single camp, one of these figure skating romances should satisfy.

Psst! I talk more about Keira’s swoon-worthy pirate romance in my podcast here.

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Adult romance: The Winning Edge by Keira Andrews

This multicultural adult romance is a MUST-READ for fans of gay romance, figure skating, and the enemies-to-lovers trope. As of this posting, The Winning Edge is available in Kindle Unlimited.

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Got the post-Olympic blues? Here are four steamy gay romances to take the edge off your cravingMy star rating: four-half-stars
The Winning Edge by Keira Andrews
Published by Self-published or LLC on February 8, 2018
Genres: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance, Sports, Kinky Romance, Power play, Enemies to lovers
Pages: 215
Source: Reviewer
Add it to your To Read shelf: Goodreads

Can figure skating enemies find love off the ice?
After an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira is distracted to say the least. He’s worked for years to have a chance at Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Playing cat and mouse with the steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life, but they can’t keep their hands off each other as the Games approach.

Dev soon learns that beneath Mikhail’s arrogant and aloof exterior is Misha, a passionate man who warms Dev’s heart and scorches his bed. They’re both determined to win, but for Misha his freedom could be at stake if he and his partner take anything less than gold. Who will stand atop the podium? And can secret lovers from different worlds make a life together once the competition ends?

This gay sports romance from Keira Andrews features enemies to lovers, two alpha men, sequins, and of course a happy ending. Content previously published as novellas Cold War and Holding the Edge.

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New Adult romance: The Next Competitor by Keira Andrews

A must-read gay romance for fans of New Adult angst and Olympic-level figure skating.

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Got the post-Olympic blues? Here are four steamy gay romances to take the edge off your cravingMy star rating: four-half-stars
The Next Competitor by Keira Andrews
Published by Self-published or LLC on December 6th 2016
Genres: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance, Sports, New Adult
Pages: 247
Source: Reviewer
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If he risks his heart, can he keep his head in the game?
To win gold, figure skater Alex Grady must train harder than the competition morning, noon, and night. He’s obsessed with mastering another quadruple jump, and due to the lack of filter between his mouth and brain, doesn’t have a lot of friends. As for a boyfriend, forget it. So what if he’s still a virgin at twenty? The Olympics are only every four years—everything else can wait. Relationships are messy and complicated anyway, and he has zero room in his life for romance.

So it’s ridiculous when Alex finds himself checking out his boring new training mate Matt Savelli. Calm, collected “Captain Cardboard” is a nice guy, but even if Alex had time to date, Matt’s so not his type. Yet beneath Matt’s wholesome surface, there’s a dirty, sexy man who awakens a desire Alex has never experienced and can’t deny…

Note: This gay romance from Keira Andrews features opposites attracting, new adult angst, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.
First published as a YA novel in 2010. This new version has been extensively rewritten, updated, and expanded.

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Summer Sports

Or, maybe you’re so done with the Winter Olympics and already looking forward to the Summer Games. I can’t deny, I love me some summer sports too! Here are two of my favorite Summer Olympics gay romances.

New Adult romance: Match Point by Leigh Carman

I devoured this book so hard I didn’t even stop to take review notes. It is emotional and angsty and I loved every second of it. This book has all the yummy things—sexy shirtless men, beachside volleyball, pro sports environment, and a scorching hot connection between the guys.

“Oh yes. Pull out your sparkly top, baby, because we’re hitting the gay clubs tonight.”
“Fuck you, Savage. I don’t own a sparkly top.”
“Rainbow?”
“No.”
Dex gives me a disgusted look. “What kind of gay man are you?”
“Not a very good one, I guess.” One who crushes on his straight teammate, that’s what kind of gay man I am. A stupid one.

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Got the post-Olympic blues? Here are four steamy gay romances to take the edge off your cravingMy star rating: five-stars
Match Point by Leigh Carman
Series: Players of LA #1
Published by Dreamspinner Press on July 20, 2016
Genres: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance, Sports, New Adult
Pages: 167
Source: Publisher
Add it to your To Read shelf: Goodreads

Also in this series: Two-Man Advantage
Also by this author: Two-Man Advantage

Two stubborn men.
One is a rude jerk. The other, the life of the party.
It was hate at first sight.

Pro beach volleyball players Finn Callahan and Dexter Savage have been rivals since college. While Finn always comes out on top on the court, Dexter’s carefree and fun-loving personality earns him scores of adoring men and women. And as much as Finn fights to deny it, there’s another reason for the tension he feels when Dex is around. Hate wasn’t the only thing he felt when he first laid eyes on his opponent.

When they’re forced to team up, the two men must bury their differences—on and off the court—if either of them is going to succeed professionally.

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New Adult romance: Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer

This romance is perfect for readers who can’t get enough of men’s platform diving. If you like intense emotions, close bonds of friendship, and hot and hard bodies in tiny swim trunks, take a dip into Elyse Springer’s world of diving. Be patient with Jeremy—he takes some time to really warm up to—laugh along with Brandon’s carefree spirit, and chase that special feeling these guys do all the training for: the platform dive.

This book was a 2017 GraveTells Romance Top Pick! Read the review here!

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Got the post-Olympic blues? Here are four steamy gay romances to take the edge off your cravingMy star rating: five-stars
Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer
Published by Riptide Publishing on May 29, 2017
Genres: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance, Sports, New Adult
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: Heels Over Head

Jeremy Reeve is one of the best divers in the world, and he’s worked hard to get where he is. He intends to keep pushing himself with one very clear goal in mind: winning gold at the summer Olympics in two years. That medal might be the only way to earn his father’s respect as an athlete.

Brandon Evans is everything Jeremy isn’t: carefree, outgoing, and openly gay. With his bright-blue eyes and dramatic tattoos, he’s a temptation that Jeremy refuses to acknowledge. But Jeremy can’t ignore how talented Brandon is—or that Brandon has no interest in using his diving skills to compete.

They’re opposites who are forced to work together as teammates, but Jeremy’s fear of his own sexuality and Brandon’s disinterest in anything “not fun” may end their partnership before it begins. Until a single moment changes everything, and they help each other discover that “team” can also mean family and love.

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What are YOUR favorite Olympic romances? I need mooooore! =)

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davincikittie
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
2 Comments
  • Leigh Carman
    February 27, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Thank you so much for recommending Finn and Dex to soothe the post-Olympic blues! They are one of my all time favorite couples, glad to see you feel the same. xoxo

    • February 27, 2018 at 9:00 am

      You are so very welcome! The start of the story is heart-breaking, then these guys have the most amazing push and pull in their personalities. Just fantastic. Thank you for stopping in! <3

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