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Making a Splash by Sean Michael at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-August-2017

Book Blurb

After a scandal of Olympic proportions, Vince Dawson lost his job as a diving coach and is on a downhill slide. So when he sees Austin Brody at a local pool, diving like a trained athlete, he thinks he’s found his ticket back to the big leagues.


Austin thinks Vince is crazy for wanting him to dive competitively. He dives for beer and smokes, while working double shifts as a welder. Still, he’ll give training with Vince a shot.


But Austin isn’t willing to let Vince rule his life, and Vince—used to hopeful young athletes folding under pressure from him—finds Austin baffling… and hot. Even if they can work together and become more than friends, they still have a long way to go before they’ll be ready to compete. 



First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2007.

Book Review

When I read the first edition of this book many years ago, I really liked it, so I was looking forward to reading it again in its second incarnation. And it was every bit as interesting to get a glimpse into the world of a diver with Olympic ambitions the second time around. Austin is a great character, totally carefree and not at all ambitious – at first. But then he meets Vince, a diving coach with enough ambition for both of them – if he can get himself to return to the world of sports. The two men make up quite a pair – and that is just their professional relationship. Getting their feelings involved as well doesn’t make things easier for them – but it did make it much more exciting for me to read their story!

Vince has sworn off diving – or so he thinks. A scandal caused him to withdraw, with few divers or sponsors trusting his judgement, despite the fact the whole thing was totally unjust and ridiculous to boot. He starts the story lounging at a local pool – see? He can’t really stay away from the water even after all the negativity. Then he sees Austin diving – and that, as they say, was all she wrote. It was fascinating to watch him be sucked back in. First, he approached Austin and asks him to do a few dives for him. Then he begins thinking sponsors and serious training, but he is careful to be honest with Austin about his past.

Austin is a grown man with a job, and he loves diving just for the fun of it. He has no idea that people are willing to pay for him to dive full-time, and I don’t think he takes Vince seriously at all when they first meet. But Austin loves diving so much, and it is fairly easy for him, that it’s very tempting for him to start training seriously. And once he wins a few meets and sees the money coming in from the sponsors Vince has managed to find, Austin’s world changes. He still works hard – except now he gets to focus on something he really loves.

Sports and ambition aside, it doesn’t take Austin and Vince very long to discover their attraction is mutual, white-hot, and they make a great couple not just professionally. Their physical encounters begin hot and get hotter, and the feelings that grow between them are not far behind. It’s clear that these two men are meant for each other, and I loved every minute of their explorations.

If you like your romances super-hot, if you enjoy sports-based stories with lots of competition and a touch of suspense, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read in the exciting world of top athletes and their coaches, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. I found it as engrossing the second time around as I did when I first encountered it. As for the ending? It’s a little abrupt, and I would have liked to have seen more, but the author left me in no doubt that Austin and Vince are going to make it in every way, and that’s what I think counts the most.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 169 pages/57350 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-July-2017
Price $5.99 ebook
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