Book Reviews

Breathing Snow by Dev Bentham at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 25-July-2013

Book Blurb

Dear Author,

We’ve hated each other for three years. Since we were supposed to be rivals and everyone expected us to fight, we just did it. But then we met under completely unexpected circumstances and realized that neither of us is the prick we thought the other one was. Eventually, we became friends and now I cannot imagine a life without him. Just a few people know that we only fight for publicity now and actually like each other very much.

But during our last “fight” something went awfully wrong. He grabbed me in front of the cameras and kissed me! And I liked it! Now, everyone asks me if we are gay or if that was some kind of prank. But I really don’t know! I need to talk to him but he doesn’t react to my phone calls. The only thing I know is that I don’t want to lose him.

Photo Description:
Two men stand whisper-close, one second from a kiss.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.


Book Review

From enemies who don't really know why they hate each other, to friends and then to lovers, this story covers several years of Cory and Teag's lives. Much like an endurance race in skiing, there are no quick solutions, nor are there any huge surprises. But one of the things I really liked was the fact that, like in real life, they sort of fell into their relationship as enemies due to lack of information and a ton of assumptions, then came out of it because they'd done a little growing up, started to talk, and figured out that all the other stuff in their lives wasn't half as important as what they ended up feeling for each other.

Cory is a fighter. He isn’t rich, can barely afford the training, but wants to ski and win so badly he can taste it. Competition is in his blood, and seeing Teag, one of his key competitors, have everything handed to him on a silver platter, so to speak, just gets to him. But when they end up on the same team for the world cup, things change. Suddenly they have to work together in the relay race, and Cory begins to learn a few facts that make him reconsider the truth of what he always thought he knew about Teag.

Teag may be the "rich kid", but he has a damned difficult life. An overbearing father, who doesn’t think he should be skiing, a health condition that makes every race even more of a challenge than it would be anyway, and the need to hide who he really is make everything a challenge. Add to that the fact his father sponsors other skiers, rather than his own son (saying he wants to avoid being accused of nepotism), one of them his arch-rival, Cory, and Teag doesn’t have it easy either. He, too, ends up making assumptions and has a lot to learn.

If you like testosterone-fueled men who are all about the competition until being teammates becomes more important, if you enjoy reading about athletes and the tough training they put themselves through to win, and if you're looking for a read that is as filled with intense, understated emotion as it is with heat and passion, you will probably like this free short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 51 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-June-2013
Price FREE
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