Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Book Review - Medal Up by Nicole Flockton and Fiona Marsden - Bookish World Cup - South Korea

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Title: Medal Up: A Winter Games Duology
Author: Nicole Flockton and Fiona Marsden
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Publication Date: 5th February 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Two couples tread on thin ice at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in this captivating duology—but love has Olympic-sized impact on their dreams.

Fighting Their Attraction: Snowboarder Brady Thompson landed in Seoul favored to win elusive gold. But instead of fresh powder, he finds that a past he can’t escape is twisting his half-pipe into knots. Figure skater Arielle Baldwin is determined to win a medal so she can walk away from her coach mom’s stranglehold on her life. Can a good girl and a bad boy reaching for their dreams make for a dynamic duo?

Man of Ice: How can the Games go so wrong for friendly, upbeat Maybelle Li? Her ex-skating partner is raining on her parade with memories of the past, and her current partner, Bohdan Dovzhenko, is the hottest thing to hit the ice this decade—and the coldest companion. He’s all work and no conversation beyond grunts and commands. But as their medal hopes rise, so does Bohdan’s word count. He’s not made of stone, and being locked outside of Belle’s sunshine is simply no fun. Now their growing closeness may be too hot to dismiss—but will it burn down their chance to forge a new future as well?

I love the Olympics, I love the Winter Olympics, I love romance books, sports romances, and books set in foreign countries. 

So when I came across Medal Up, a duo of romance set to the back drop of this years 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea I couldn't resist purchasing and taking a look. 

These are two separate novellas that interlink, from different point of views, written by two different authors.  Each of them focuses on a different partnership.  Between the two books we are introduced to snowboarder Brady, ice-skater Arielle both of who are determined to win gold in their events, and then Bohdan and Maybell who are a ice skating partnership, but are they more. 

I loved the descriptions of the Olympic village and even for non sports fans, the level of sport in the books is accessible.  There aren't too many of the tricks, or twists or jumps named so especially with Brady you don't need to worry about snowboarding language. 

There are all sorts of threads weaved into these novellas, and I found that Fighting Their Attraction was the hot and steamy book of the pair, while Man of Ice had quite a bit more depth to the story. 

Incredibly enjoyable set of stories that were just what I needed to relax with after a particularly trying day. 

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