Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Duncan was an Olympic hopeful when his skeleton sled crashed in training, and he ended up paralyzed and wheelchair bound, likely for life. Instead of wallowing in self-pity he decides to use some of his marketing talent to help his friend Todd, also an Olympic-level skeleton racer, earn money to pay his way in the costly sport. The author explains, on several occasions, that the US athletes in many sports, especially the little-known sports, have to pay for much of their expenses, travel, and training on their own. In fact, in some places in the story, the dialogue is quite forceful and anti-IOC. Since this was in audio format, it may be that the narrator emphasized some of these segments, but I suspect it was as the author intended. I once met him and heard him say that he often gets inspiration for his stories from real-life news stories so I have no doubt the plight of Olympic level athletes is as stated in the story.
However, I digress. This story is about the relationship that develops between Todd and Duncan as they work together to help Duncan become more mobile and independent. Slowly, they begin to act on their attraction, and also slowly, Duncan’s body begins to respond to Todd’s stimulus. Those who’ve read Andrew Grey know that the MCs are going to be sweet and sincere and will end up with their dreams coming true or on the way to coming true and their lover will be with them for a hard-won HEA.
Characters from the previous stories in the series are present for this one and narrator Greg Tremblay does an outstanding job of bringing the story to life. I’d tag this one: #men with disabilities, #winter Olympic sports, and #HEA.
The cover by LC Chase features two young men kissing, with the silhouette of a man in a wheelchair in the bottom right pane. As usual with this artist, the cover is attractive and perfect for the story.
Listening Length: 5 hours and 38 minutes
Audible Audio, 6 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 9th 2018)
Original Title Heart Untouched
Edition Language English
Series Hearts Entwined #3