Book Reviews

Heart Untouched (Hearts Entwined 3) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / Disability / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-October-2018

Book Blurb

An accident crushed Duncan’s Olympic dreams and landed him in a chair, but he knows it’s time to get his life back on track—and he has a plan in mind. Working with his friend Todd, an Olympic skeleton racer, on a promotional campaign will not only help Duncan regain some direction, but it’ll give Todd the financial boost he desperately needs. The sport Todd loves is draining his resources—so much so that he’s thinking of giving up racing just to make ends meet.

 

As the two men work together, their friendship blossoms into much more, and suddenly the future is looking brighter than it has in a long time. But just when love, happiness, and success seem within their grasp, the USOC steps in with plans to stop their campaign. That’ll mean an end not just to Duncan’s business, but to Todd’s dreams… and Duncan isn’t about to let that happen to the man who means everything to him.

 

Book Review

In line with the first two stories in this series, ‘Heart Untouched’ is about unanticipated, life-altering changes and how an ordinary man learns to deal with extraordinary challenges both professionally and in his personal life. While characters from earlier books play a key role, most of them working at Trevor’s garage, the focus is on their colleague Todd, a skeleton racer with Olympic aspirations, and his best friend, Duncan, a fellow athlete who has been put in a wheelchair by a sporting accident. His Olympic dreams have come to an abrupt stop, his daily life is complicated now, and as a result he doubts that he will ever be independent and in control of his life again. It’s a heartbreaking yet very uplifting story about the strength of the human spirit and how overcoming obstacles can lead to new hope.

Duncan has managed to overcome the initial challenges of physiotherapy, relearning “simple” things like how to dress himself, and has moved back into his mother’s house. Not an ideal situation by any means, but he is not (yet) in a mental place where he can challenge his own assumption that he has no choice. Duncan’s friend Todd is still planning to train and Duncan is determined to help him achieve his dream. Using his understanding of marketing, Duncan helps develop an ad campaign starring Todd – because that just might give him some exposure, earn some money, and reduce the debt he has had to incur to be able to compete.

Todd is very touched by how dedicated Duncan is to helping him. He is also more than a little in love with Duncan, but has a very hard time convincing Duncan of this fact. I really liked Todd’s persistence, his ability to focus on Duncan the man rather than Duncan-in-the-chair, and his willingness to try something new to help him make ends meet. The villain’s plan to derail Todd’s career almost succeeds. And it’s a harrowing few weeks for Todd before he can clear up the mess with Duncan’s help. Huge, powerful organizations can be pretty threatening when they see their previous interests in danger…

Duncan and Todd have been close for a while, but their feelings begin to deepen when they work out how to deal with Duncan’s new situation, Todd’s hope to qualify for the Olympic team, and the evildoer who tries to subvert all their efforts by making false claims to the federation in charge of all aspiring Olympians. The difficulty of Duncan’s damaged self-esteem is front and center, and I loved watching both men figure out to deal with it – and, in the end, decide it was not going to stop their happiness.

If you like stories about men who deal with major changes in their lives, if you think that problems and obstacles can make a relationship stronger, and if you’re looking for a read with wonderful characters, supportive friends, deep emotions, and some mean-spirited sabotage to overcome, then you will probably love this novel as much as I do. It’s full of honest emotions, well-laid plans, and very romantic – especially the ending!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/62092 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-October-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/heart-untouched-by-andrew-grey-9888-b