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Training Season Audiobook

Training Season

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A Montanan rancher and a flamboyant figure skater find lust, then love, but can they find a life together?

Unquestionably talented figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything for his Olympic dream, but his lack of discipline cost him the gold once before. Now the pressure's on. He needs a coach who can keep him in line, but top coaches don't come cheap, and Matty can't afford to stay in the game no matter how badly he wants to win.

When a lucrative house-sitting gig brings him to rural Montana, Matty does his best to maintain his training regimen. Local residents turn out to be surprisingly tolerant of his flamboyant style, especially handsome young rancher Rob Lovely, who proves to be much more than a cowboy stereotype. Just as Matty requires a firm hand to perform his best on the ice, Rob shows him how strong he can be when he relinquishes control in the bedroom. With new-found self-assurance, he drives himself harder to go straight to the top.

But competition has a timetable, and to achieve his Olympic dream, Matty will have to join his new coach in New York City, leaving Rob behind. Now he must face the ultimate test. Has he truly learned how to win - on and off the ice - during his training season?

This book contains BDSM elements.

©2013 Leta Blake (P)2017 Leta Blake

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    BevS 01/07/2017
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    "4.5 stars overall...."

    I loved this story, and I know Leta has sweated blood and tears [and spent an awful lot of money] bringing this to her readers. Michael did a great job for the most part too, I loved his Matty voice...in fact I loved every voice, his female ones are brilliant and Elliot was a hoot [such a drama queen], BUT... his Rob voice came across as stern, old (even though he was only supposed to be 29 or so) and without much intonation IMHO, and to be perfectly honest, that spoiled things slightly for me so as far as the audio goes, I'd give this 4.5 stars.

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  • Kate M
    09/06/17
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    "Very good"

    This was a very good book💕it was also a very steamy book🔥🔥which I love. It was sad at times, having to make a chose between your dream and your love is extremely hard. The author ended it awesome. I can't wait to read more books! 👍👍

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    29/07/17
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    "Real good"

    Only thought that the story dragged a bit, could have been an hour shorter. Enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carra at Making it Happen blog
    Sunrise, FL United States
    26/07/17
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    "You'll find a wonderful love story here!"

    This is one of those rare instances when I’ve only listened to the audiobook version of the story and not read the ebook version beforehand. I usually prefer to read the ebook first so I can see how the audio compares to my expectations based on what I read, and how I interpreted the characters myself. I was very pleased with Michael Ferraiuolo’s narration—I thought he did a fantastic job giving all of the characters unique voices, and clearly demonstrating their emotions. The pacing was just right as well.

    As for the story itself, it did feel like it moved a bit slowly at times for me. This aspect was mostly made up for with the characters, who I did like quite a lot, especially Rob. He’s responsible, strong and caring, and I thought he was perfect for Matty. Matty’s character does play into some stereotypes, but I admired his dedication and strength to make a comeback. The two of them falling for each other was beautiful, and the amount of emotion and feeling was deep enough to make them having to part quite agonizing.

    Some of the BDSM aspects though I was not comfortable with, there were two scenes in particular that I didn’t care for even if one of them (breath play) was meant to show Matty's trust in Rob. But those aside, the remainder of the intimate scenes were pretty damn hot, and show just how much the two of them were falling for each other.

    There’s a huge amount of emotion at the end of the second and in the third and fourth parts of the story, enough to give my heart some really strong tugs and you might have found some watering eyes as well. I mean, the time Matty and Rob were apart when Matty returned to his full training and competing was hard—not just for them but for me as a reader/listener too.

    For the story, I give Training Season 4 stars…the narration, a definite 5—the emotional impact of the narration was definitely a huge plus for this story for me. This book is meant strictly for readers/listeners 18+ for adult language and sexual content, including some BDSM elements that may make some readers a bit uncomfortable. But if you look past those, there’s a great love story to be found.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica Alcazar
    Snellville, GA
    17/07/17
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    "Training Season (Training Season, #1) by Leta Bla"
    What did you love best about Training Season?

    I first read this book last year and was absolutely blown away by it. It's a subtle read, there's nothing in it that, at first glance, is really groundbreaking. But I think it's the subtlety and the reality of it that makes me love it so much. I received a copy of this audiobook as a reward through the author's Patreon, so maybe that means I'm a bit biased, but honestly, this was such a great audio experience of a book that I already loved.<br/><br/>Matty is such a wonderfully complex and flawed character. He and Rob are amazingly sweet and perfect and heartbreaking to read. Their story is one that, from the beginning, is tainted with a little sadness and regret, as Matty's time in Montana is limited and Rob's world is centered there. It's hard to see how an HEA is possible, but they jump right in with both feet and no regrets and no holds barred, and their love for the other is tangible. I teared up a bit when I read this book the first time, but listening to some of the heartbreaking scenes brought them to life. I was bawling like a baby, sitting in the parking garage at work, not wanting to stop listening. (My coworkers asked me that day if I was ok. It was hard to explain that my heart was breaking for fictional characters.)


    What about Michael Ferraiuolo’s performance did you like?

    Michael Ferraiuolo does a great job of narrating this book. His voices for Rob and Matty are on point and his pacing is perfect as always. He gives the words feeling while keeping them distinct and easy to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a HEA/HFN by the end. No worries there. If you want to stop reading Matty and Rob's story at the end of this book, you definitely can and be left satisfied. Though I don't know why you'd want to. Their story continues in Training Complex.<br/><br/>Reviewed by Annie L for OMGReads Blog

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Violet Marshall
    25/06/17
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    "A Fantastic Narrator And Story!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Because this is an audiobook I am going to break it into 2 parts first the narration. This is the first time I have listened to a book done by Michael Ferraiuolo. I am unfortunately very selective on the sound of the voice when it comes to audiobooks. And Michael is mid-range for me but what I did find out is that he is an incredible narrator. He gives this book life and each character has their own voice (meaning you know who is talk at all the times) and that is very important in an audiobook. So even though his voice isn’t my preference, because of the quality of what he does he goes onto my very good narrators list now.<br/><br/>This is the first book in The Training Season Series. What a tremendous book the writing was amazing. The characters were well developed and thought out. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters fantastic. Matty Marcus and Rob Lovely are the MC’s of this book. There was humor, skating, cows, broken ice?, Olympics, lots of sexy moments, a teenage son, a purse and so much more in this book. I thought that this book was fantastic the length was great and there was a lot of detail and substance. You may find yourself needing a box of tissues too. I can highly recommend as a great read. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belen
    United States
    17/06/17
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    "4.5 Stars"
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    Michael Ferraiuolo rocks this narration! He brings out Matty’s stubbornness and desire and Rob’s strength and comfort. His character voices are on point and, quite simply, enhanced my listening experience. This audio was fantastic!<br/><br/>I absolutely adored, loved, cherished, cheered, and cannot extol enough eighty-five percent of this book.<br/><br/>Part Three and some of Part Four devastated me. Devastated. Me. I felt as though Leta Blake ripped my heart out, chopped it into little pieces, threw it in a garbage disposal, turned it on, and then laughed while I bled out on the floor. And I was going to skip it when listening…but I couldn’t stop listening to Michael Ferraiuolo!<br/><br/>I usually loathe when a story has the whole “but it’s necessary for us to break-up/separate” storyline… So, frankly, kudos to Leta Blake for writing that and still getting me to love Matty and Rob.<br/><br/>I can only hope Michael Ferraiuolo is going to come back and narrate Training Complex too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lily G Blunt
    16/06/17
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    "Amazing story and superb narration!"

    After reading Leta Blake’s Slow Heat and loving it, I rooted around my Kindle looking for more of her stories and found Training Season, which I hadn’t read. I was about a third of the way through when the audiobook came out, so I stopped reading and started listening from the beginning instead.

    Training Season is a lengthy story with a compelling plot, wonderful scenes and dialogue, and splendidly drawn characters. It’s an amazing audiobook that really bowled me over. In fact I listened to the last few hours well into the early hours of the morning because I couldn’t sleep until I found out what happened to Matty and Rob. There were lots of tears, as well as plenty of laughs along the way, and so many lovely feels because of these two very different but perfectly matched guys. I adored them both! Rob definitely lived up to his name—Lovely! And Matty, oh my heart went out to poor Matty and his ice skating dream.

    The intimate scenes were smoking hot and loving throughout. I liked the way light bondage, spanking, and breathplay brought them closer together and demonstrated so much about their feelings and the connection and trust they shared. The scene in the corn maze came as a surprise, but boy oh boy, it was a sizzler! The story is so much more than a collection of sex scenes. It’s a beautiful romance that develops over the time in Montana and doesn’t fade when they are apart. Knowing Matty would have to leave in six months time added some delicious angst from the start.

    I’m a fan of Michael’s audio work, but his narration of this story was simply superb. Outstanding, I’d say. There’s a host of characters and he portrayed each one remarkably. He’s one of the few male narrators who can make women sound like actual women. His voices for Margaret, Donna, and the host of other females were distinct and each depicted in a way to match their personalities. The same is true of the men. I LOVED Rob’s husky, sexy, commanding voice and I just broke when he and Matty were saying goodbye. Matty, Ben, Elliot, Matty’s father, and Justin were all unmistakeable. I also liked how Ben’s voice matured over the time they were apart. I sincerely hope Michael is chosen to narrate book #2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • emelinda
    06/06/17
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    "WOW!!"

    Amazing!! I loved this book very much and the narration was excellent. More please...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mari Cardenas
    22/07/17
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    "The audiobook is even better than the book!"

    Matty Marcus is flamboyant and fabulous, but his lack of discipline cost him his Olympic dream. Now, he's back to training and determined to make what he needs to win, even if it means spending countless months house-sitting a ranch in Montana to get the money he needs to hire a new coach. Meeting Rob Lovely, his neighbor, was not part of the equation, but Matty can't resist him.

    Matty needs someone that will work him hard on the ice, but he has no clue how rewarding and freeing it can be to relinquish control in the bedroom until Rob shows him. But will he be able to keep it all together when it's time for him to leave Montana and Rob behind?

    Training Season was one of the first MM books I bought and my first Leta Blake read and after 3 and a half years and more books than I can count, it still remains one of my favorites. There's just something about Matty and Rob that clicked with me and while I'm not overly fond of BDSM, it works in this story and for these characters.

    The audiobook narration by Michael Ferraiuolo was outstanding, truly, one of the best I've heard. He captured Matty's essence and the chemistry between Rob and Matty and managed to transmit it through his voice. Damn, if those hot, sexy scenes didn't sound even better through Mr. Ferraiuolo's pleasant voice. *fans self* The emotion, the fear, his eagerness to win and do right by his family, his longing and love for Rob and Ben, all came together beautifully to make what was already an amazing read into a masterpiece. The narrator did a great job with all the other voices, as well, they were all perfectly identifiable.

    Highly recommendable!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DPiazzi
    12/07/17
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    "Great story and awesome narration"

    The narration: There are quite a few good narrators in the m/m romance genre and it’s hard to create a favorite list, but Michael Ferraiuolo is up there in my preferred narrators. He is good at creating characters with strong voices and also ones with a slight lilt and softer tone. It was perfect for the effeminate character Matty and the rugged rancher Rob. I would definitely say his narration adds to the story and I’m glad I listened to it.

    The story: I have only read a few books by this author in the past, but I’m going to have to start reading a lot more. The story starts with Matty taking a job that pays enough to fund his figure skating passion and his determination to reach the Olympics. The couple whose house he watches over demand that he entertain guests while he stays there, but it isn’t long before he meets the neighbor who turns Matty on, but doesn’t ping his gaydar at all. After he realizes his mistake, he begins a friends with benefits kind of situation even though he knows that Rob could possibly distract him from his goals, and possibly become someone important to him.

    Matty’s time at the ranch is temporary, though. The bulk of the story takes place in Montana at the farm/ranch. I loved seeing their relationship develop and I felt like the two men really brought out the best in one another. Matty gave Rob joy in his daily life, he tutored Rob’s son in figure skating, and made them both sweet treats, Rob gave Matty his care and concern. He supported his goals to return to Figure Skating even knowing it would mean the end to their time together. I was a little heart broken about what had to take place because I could really empathize with Matty. He couldn’t give up his dream, but his casual arrangement had definitely become more. Rob also gives Matty the discipline and dominance he needs. There is some BDSM in this book but not the sort that has clubs or contracts, but safewords are in place and their play together is kink-filled and hot. Alas, Matty does finally make his move when the couple who own the house return.

    The part of the book after Matty left is interesting. It is neat to get this view of his talent and his training. But Matty never has one hundred percent of his heart in the skating because Rob still owns part of it. It would easy to skim this part because it features a lot of longing on Matty’s part and not much satisfaction. The story takes a new turn when Matty sees Rob’s son, Ben, far away from their home in Montana. Ben admits that a lot of things have changed in their lives, but he is closed lipped about exactly what has changed for Rob. As Matty’s heart sank, so did mine. I felt the fear that the two wouldn’t be together, even though they had been apart years, I was rooting for them. I don’t want to give anything away, but I thought the author created a very nice ending. I do look forward to reading or listening to the next book in the series if it comes out on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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