Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Making a Splash
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 169 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2017 (second edition)
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.
Making a Splash is definitely making a splash with its re-release. Sean Michael gives their solid writing, great ideas and their signature sizzling sensuality. However, I have mixed emotions right now. On one hand I really loved the main idea of this story. Austin and Vince have truly explosive chemistry and their relationship is built up nicely. The sex scenes are well written and seriously hot. On the other hand the sex took over the plot and I feel that the balance was not right, and the sexy-time was taken a bit overboard. I might have loved and appreciated this story more 10 years ago when it was first released and I was new to this whole genre.
You will absolutely enjoy this book if you love reading plenty of sex scenes with a solid basic plot-line, two likable characters and you have an interest in diving. I love watching diving. It is a true form of physical art and I admire the athletes who give their dedication and time to give perfect performance in front of judges, which makes it all the more difficult. I truly enjoyed the diving angle, and would have loved to read a bit more about it.
For me the main issue was the balance. It was completely off from one third of the book. There was way too much sex for my taste and I feel there should have been more depth to the story itself. I was hooked the first part of the book but as soon as the sexy-time took over, it became a bit flat and boring. I would have loved to get more depth to the characters, more details about their backgrounds and personalities.
Some things just didn’t make sense to me. For a serious athlete smoking, beer and fast food just didn’t make any sense even with Austin’s amateur past. Some details were overdone and became a bit repetitive. If I have to hear Pop Tarts one more time I would scream, no matter how much my kids and I love them. It was just too much. Also the no condom issue was a bit weird and I didn’t get why they never used one or why they never talked about it.
Overall I would say that this is a good read for everyone who is looking for very well written, sizzling hot sex with an interesting sporty story-line as a backdrop with two hot guys and diving. Enjoy.