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Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer #BookReview #GayRomance #OlympicDivers

by September 28, 2017

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

This is the second gay romance I’ve read about competitive divers in as many days, so lithe, muscle-y diver love must be in the air. Or water, as it were. And Heels Over Head is unexpectedly deep.

The romantic arc of Heels Over Head is deliberate and a little bit prickly, like the character who sets that pace. Jeremy is at odds with his sexuality, and reacting to his attraction to Brandon comes at a snail’s pace. The rather slow romantic pacing—frustrating at first, but it ultimately pays off big time—gives us time to fall in love with all of the characters and their personal struggles, and with diving as a sport. When Jeremy won at an important competition, I felt it right along with him and Brandon. When Brandon’s personal situation got desperate, I ached for him and the increased pressure it put on all of them. I loved it so much, I tweeted the author about ruining my review schedule. *snicker*

It’s hard to describe just how powerful this story is or explain why I couldn’t drag myself away from it. Heels Over Head is brimming with feels, all across the spectrum of emotion: excitement, disappointment, fear, nervousness, attraction, love, hatred, loneliness, the quiet of intense focus and the soul-deep satisfaction of spending time with people you truly care about. It brings singular clarity to the rigors and challenges of professional diving, and shines a spotlight on just how challenging, mentally, physically, and emotionally, it is to perform at the top level on the world stage.

I love little things about the story, like how the chapter headers peek inside the characters’ psyches. Reading Heels Over Head was like reading Selfie for the first time all over again. Pressure in my chest, bursts of emotion that stuttered my breath, tears that made it really hard to see the words on my Kindle screen, a lingering feeling of happiness and fullness and satisfaction when it ended. My only disappointment with this book was that there’s a scene missing at the end. I get why the story ended where it did, but I REALLY wanted the satisfaction of that final closure.

Excitement, disappointment, fear, nervousness, attraction, love, hatred, loneliness, the quiet of intense focus and the soul-deep satisfaction of spending time with people you truly care about.

Heels Over Head is a MUST READ gay romance. If you like intense emotions, close bonds of friendship, and hot and hard bodies in tiny swim trunks (oh yeah, I totally went there. Because, OLYMPIC PLATFORM DIVERS), this is the romance for you! 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.

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Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer #BookReview #GayRomance #OlympicDiversMy star rating: four-half-stars
Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer
Published by Riptide Publishing on May 27, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance, Sports
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher
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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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Review Score Details
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Writing style & finesse
9.4
Originality
9.5
Authenticity
9.2
World-building
9.0
Character development
9.5
Likeable/relatable characters
9.0
Plot tension
9.1
Flow & pacing
9.1
Heat &/or sexual tension
9.0
Technical style
9.3
Overall enjoyment
9.4
Final Thoughts

Heels Over Head is a MUST READ gay romance with a slow burn, just enough angst, and some very skimpy swim trunks.

9.2
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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.
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Writing style & finesse
Originality
Authenticity
World-building
Character development
Likeable/relatable characters
Plot tension
Flow & pacing
Heat &/or sexual tension
Technical style
Overall enjoyment