Published April 30th 2018
Sebastian Stewart was never Mr. Dependable; he was more the good-time guy who only wanted to swim, party, and ink tattoos. Until he cost his team the Olympic gold four years ago. Bas is determined to do right this time around—by his medley relay team and his rookie mentee.
Jacob Burrows is in over his head. The Olympic experience—from the hazing, to the endless practices, to the unrelenting media—makes the shy nineteen-year-old’s head spin. He’s trying to be everything to everyone while trying not to fall for his gorgeous tattooed teammate who just gets him—gets his need to fix things, his dorky pirate quips, and his bisexuality.
When Jacob falters under the stress, threatening his individual races and the medley relay gold, he needs Bas’s help to escape from drowning. Bas, however, fearing a repeat of his mistakes four years ago, pushes Jacob away, sure he’ll only let Jacob down. But the only path to salvaging gold is for Jacob to finally ask for what he needs—the heart of the man he loves—and for Bas to become the dependable one.
The follow up to ‘Relay‘ is here! I was waiting for this one. Although Alex and Dane’s relationship was wrapped up nicely in the last book, there was so much story left to tell when it came to the team heading to the Olympics. And, of course, we’d been given a tease of something happening between Bas and Jacob, and I needed to know where that ended up.
So here we are. The team are deep into Olympic training and thankfully dealing with a little bit less drama this time. Although only marginally less. Bas and Jacob, mentor and mentee, are dancing around each other. Hopelessly attracted but each burned by past events that keep them from even trying to be together.
Jacob is adorable, he’s young and sweet, but he carries a lot on his shoulders. He idolises Bas, he wants him badly, but he won’t ever ask him for more because he’s been left before and he can’t go through that again. Bas is jaded and tortured with guilt, and won’t let himself have Jacob no matter how much he wants him, because he doesn’t want to end up hurting him. (Bas is also absolutely bloody gorgeous, all tall and built and tattooed with his blonde dreads. I am all about that man.) They’re an unlikely pair in the best kind of way. I loved their connection and their chemistry, every interaction was always simmering with potential.
There is so much build up with these two. For the majority of the book there’s not even a hint of them getting together. To the point that I feel like I didn’t actually get the best idea of what they’re actually like as a couple. There was a lot of pining, and almost giving in to temptation. Their friendship was a wonderful thing, but it was always tinged with longing and holding back.
But the story kept on moving, with excitement and competition and a villain in the form of Bas’ ex, so there was still always something happening. I got the closure plot-wise I wanted, and the MCs found their way to each other in the end when they broke through the wall they’d built between them. I genuinely really enjoyed this book, probably more than the first one because I connected with these characters a lot more. I think I just wanted a little bit more romance between them.