Two years ago, swimmer Isaac Flood hit rock bottom. His alcoholism caught up with him, landing him in jail with a DUI. After facing his demons in rehab, he’s ready to get back in the pool. He stuns everyone at the US Olympic Trials, and now he’s back at his fourth Olympics with something to prove.
Diver Tim Swan made headlines for snatching a surprise gold medal four years ago, and then making a viral coming-out video with his actor boyfriend, the subject of splashy tabloid headlines. Now his relationship is over and Tim just wants to focus on winning gold again, but reporters in Madrid threaten to overshadow Tim’s skill on the platform.
When Isaac and Tim meet, they recognize each other as kindred spirits—they are both dodging media pressure while devoting their lives to the sports they love. As they get to know each other—and try to one-up each other with their respective medal counts—they realize they’re becoming more than friends. But will the relationship burn bright for just sixteen days, or can it last past the Closing Ceremony?
So- I think I “forgot” about this book because I was so sad at the change in Olympics – I mean – of course we have to change the Olympics – but I am still sad.
I absolutely adore swimming and have followed Michael Phelps since the beginning (I studied in Baltimore so that makes him part mine- right?). In my youth I was a huge Louganis fan, too. Anyhow, Kate McMurray did an AMAZING job with this. I was captivated right from the beginning. The swimming was even exciting. I mean, she really could have done the swimming any way she wanted but I LOVED the way she did it. (No spoilers.). I also thought she handled his alcoholism really well.
I didn’t love Tim as much, but I did appreciate his portrayal in the end and definitely thought he was great for Isaac.
For me, this was Isaac’s story and Tim was more side note – which is fine. I would love to see more from them in the future – maybe after retirement – with a new pupil… something.
I loved this and it made me totally jonseing for the Olympics – maybe I’ll watch some old races…
6 of 5 stars