An Ali Recent Release Review: Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Jeremy Reeve is one of the best divers in the world, and he’s worked hard to get where he is. He intends to keep pushing himself with one very clear goal in mind: winning gold at the summer Olympics in two years. That medal might be the only way to earn his father’s respect as an athlete.

Brandon Evans is everything Jeremy isn’t: carefree, outgoing, and openly gay. With his bright-blue eyes and dramatic tattoos, he’s a temptation that Jeremy refuses to acknowledge. But Jeremy can’t ignore how talented Brandon is—or that Brandon has no interest in using his diving skills to compete.

They’re opposites who are forced to work together as teammates, but Jeremy’s fear of his own sexuality and Brandon’s disinterest in anything “not fun” may end their partnership before it begins. Until a single moment changes everything, and they help each other discover that “team” can also mean family and love.
This was the first I’ve read this author and I was very interested in the diving aspect.  That is something I have not read before.  The story follows Jeremy on his goal of winning the summer Olympics.  He’s completely and totally focused on this goal and it controls his entire life.  He eats perfectly, doesn’t date or have sex, practices all the time, and really has no life outside his diving.
The two guys meet through a mutual diving coach and Jeremy is initially resentful of Brandon for a number of reasons.  As they get to know each other the two of them start to fall for each other.  The relationship takes time to develop and the book covers a pretty good span of time.
I loved Brandon and the side characters but I had a hard time warming up to Jeremy.  I understood he was completely devoted to his sport but he was just too much for me at times.  He tells Brandon that if he had to choose between him and his diving career, he’d pick diving.  While I understand this is probably realistic for someone trying to go to the Olympics it’s not really the utter devotion I’m hoping to see in a romance novel.
The writing was good and I enjoyed the author’s style. She does a great job bringing you into the story and making you feel what the characters are going through. I wasn’t sure about the pacing in a few places but overall it worked for me.  My biggest complaints were that it was not a solid hea and that we didn’t get to see the actual outcome of the Olympics.  An epilogue would have gone a long way in my opinion.
Overall though, I found this enjoyed and unique.  I would recommend it and I will definitely try more by this author.
Cover:  The cover art is done by Natasha Snow.  I liked it a lot.  I think it is very eye catching and perfectly captures the story.
Sales Links:  Riptide Publishing | Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 366 pages
Published May 29th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
ISBN 1626495661 (ISBN13: 9781626495661)
Edition LanguageEnglish

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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