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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  124 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Game designer Henry Delloit loves his life, his mountain community, his isolated dream home and the snow. He also loves that the X-treme Games blow into the area for a month every year, bringing with them hundreds of athletes. Ecco Rasmussen loves boarding; he needs it in fact. He knows he'll never make it to the big times but as long as he can get on his board and go he d...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published February 24th 2010 by Torquere Press (first published February 1st 2010)
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3.5 stars out of 5
Henry is a game designer who lives a somewhat isolated life in his mountain home. He's an avid winter sports fan and is looking forward to the next few weeks as the X-treme Games are coming to town. When he sees snowboarder Ecco he's immediately drawn to the cute blond and strikes up a conversation. They make plans for dinner that same night and Henry goes home looking forward to spending more time with Ecco but a bit concerned about the man he saw Ecco with just before leaving...more
Serena Yates
Okay, I admit it. I'm a sucker for a cute guy needing to be rescued from a big brute.

Ecco is a snow boarder who is so desperate, in so much trouble and so clueless in the beginning that it was almost too much. But when Henry, a game designer, comes along to help him out, he manages to pick himself up and start effectively fighting the brutal manager who suppressed him and stole from him for years. And yes, there was a lot of sex, but I saw it as part of the healing process for Ecco. A very tangi...more
This was not a bad story, really. Ecco is a competing snowboarder who has a psycho manager. Henry is a fan who catches Ecco's eye, as well as the rest of him. The entire story is based on Henry and Ecco getting to know each other and Ecco hiding out from the manager. I love a story where someone swoops in to rescue someone who is being abused. BUT........... I found myself actually making fun of the book quite a bit more than reading it. Dude! Gnarly! For reals! Rock on! Man! Oh, and my favorite...more
Sean Michael has never been on my list of must-reads, but I quite liked the sound of this story enough to be tempted to buy. Not a particularly stellar decision on my part.

Sadly, though, it was purely a vehicle for smut - sex scene begets sex scene begets yet another sex scene. So many orgasms in one night, the poor man must have been absolutely drained. I ended up skipping over them in the end in the vain hope of finding a plot-line. The premise of an abusive relationship was quite interesting...more
Wendy (wluvsbooks)
I was pleasantly surprised with what felt like a bit more depth to the plot and context of the story in this Sean Michael novella. I’m not really up on my snow sports lingo, but I could readily imagine the characters as they were portrayed and the setting as being realistic. I liked the little bit of suspense and anxiety that built around Echo having to deal with a nasty situation involving his manager. As usual from having read a number of other books by this author, the relationship comes pret...more
Where did my review/rating go? It's marked 'read' in my calibre and I'm sure I read it, but somehow here on GR there is nothing?!
I had never heard or read anything about this book but was on the hunt for a title that started with a X for my A-Z book title challenge and saw it. I like when there is an abused or traumatized MC that gets his or hers HEA and this book had that. I felt that you didn't really get to know the characters though and that there was a little too much repeating of certain phrases for me to love the book.
This was my venture into a purely m-m book. This was a sweet love story. It wasn't overly sexual and the sex scenes weren't very graphic or anything. There was a decent plot. It had a nice HEA and I was really rooting for h/h. I can't wait to delve into more m-m stories and this was a nice introduction, but a little too sweet for my usual taste.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This was a very pleasant story about a snowboarder and a nerd/geek/fan of the sport. There's lots of sex, so much so that the guys must have been dehydrated, but there is a plot and I liked it more than average so moved it from 3.5 to 4 stars. There's lots of luv, some hurt/comforting, an escape from an abusive manager, and a nice HEA.
3.5 stars.
As expected from a Sean Michael novel, this story had plenty of sex scenes, yet it still was a relatively sweet story of a man overcoming years of psychological, physical and emotional abuse to emerge out the other side with love and laughter in his life.

I guess this is why I don't read romances! It wasn't terrible but I found myself skipping ahead five or ten pages at a time, stopping to read the charming bits where Ecco was opening up more. If you like the genre, it's better than many, and it's definitely hot.
Good, but needed more backstory. More of Ecco's past and how he came to be with Blake, etc..
Renee (ren213)
All the snow boarding lingo was pretty annoying.
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