Title: Against The Current
Author: Elaine Ashford
Publisher: LoveLight Press
Reviewer: Larry / John
Release Date: January 28, 2016
Genre(s): m/m Gay Fiction / Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 94 pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb: What happens when your teammate is also your biggest rival … and the hottest guy you know?
A cocky, charismatic bad boy…
Miles Hann is the best freestyler on his college swim team. He works hard, and plays harder. He’s got no complaints…except for his new teammate.
Jake gets on his last nerve. First he criticizes Miles’ form, then beats his time during practice. It wouldn’t be so bad if he weren’t so unnervingly sexy–Miles doesn’t know whether to punch him or kiss him.
Too bad Jake is straight.
A quiet, determined Adonis…
Jake Anderson won’t compromise his swimming for anyone, even hotshot Miles. But he doesn’t mean to get under the other man’s skin…he’d rather be right up against it. His steely self-control seems to melt when Miles is around.
Too bad Miles is straight and can’t stand him. Jake can’t stop imagining what it would be like if they both lost control–together.
No one’s more surprised than Miles and Jake when their rivalry becomes something much more intimate. But keeping what they’ve found is like swimming upstream. Can they prevail against the forces pushing them apart, or is a real relationship forever out of their reach?(End Blurb)
Have you ever felt threatened? I think we all have felt something like that at a point in our lives. Have you ever felt threatened and wanted the person who was threatening you? Probably not, but that’s how both of the lead characters feel in Against The Current. It’s Miles’ world and he shouldn’t be worrying about the competition from someone from his own team, yet Jake has shown up on Miles’ turf to take his title.
Miles and Jake do the hot and heavy dance around their infatuation for each other. They go through all the traditional aspects of love – infatuation, interest, possession, hate, and eventually understanding. The journey they travel is extremely well written by Elaine Ashford. She brought me along for the ride as she did for the others in both boys lives.
What took me by surprise was the ending, which I will not divulge. I had it backwards in my mind and was pleased to see she didn’t agree.
This is not my first Ashford book, and won’t be my last. I enjoyed her writing style, the plot, and the suspense she intertwined into the chapters.
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