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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  63 reviews
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We’ve hated each other for three years. Since we were supposed to be rivals and everyone expected us to fight, we just did it. But then we met under completely unexpected circumstances and realized that neither of us is the prick we thought the other one was. Eventually, we became friends and now I cannot imagine a life without him. Just a few people know that
ebook, 51 pages
Published June 22nd 2013 by M/M Romance Group @ goodreads

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I'm sure now it is possible to kill someone with sport descriptions.

I’m not winter fan, and not really into sports either. So I guess reading a story featuring a winter sport was a mistake. I don’t know what I was thinking. Still, I liked Him and Synchronicity so I think not liking this one is not exactly my fault.

It was boring as hell. It is 80% sport description and 20% well… other things. I wouldn’t call it romance. Too long time span, disengaging characters, undeveloped “romance”, no chemi
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

This writer is quickly becoming one of my favorites. There is a clean, fresh style to the writing and always a well-built story. This shortie, packs it in -- giving us two elite athletes, Nordic, cross country skiiers Cory and Teag. They are fierce competitors after the same goal -- to be the best, to go to the Olympics. The enemy-to-lover trope is also a favorite because it skirts around the insta-love sappiness and usually involves some hot, hot UST. No lack of that here. There seem to be a nu
First thing first, I liked Dev Bentham's stories -- although they mostly range on the 3 - 3.5 stars rating. The last one I read wasn't satisfying, though, and this one would be just another 'okay' story for me.

On the good side -- I loved the feel of the sports. When it comes to MM sports/athletes stories, I appreciated the quite depth descriptions of the sports or the fans or the life of being an athlete. This one has that. I liked how the sport was ski -- haven't read many of those. I liked how
I'm not in the mood to review but I kind of want to get this out of the way... not the right attitude, I know. Who cares.

I really liked this one. I'm kind of surprised, because it felt very smooth and polished for a free short story. You can see the contradiction there, I'm sure.
The blurb tells you enough about the plot, I think. I was pleasantly surprised by the topic, skiing - particularly since it doesn't seem very summery - but it was very interesting to read a story in a setting different f
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I have to say we are really being spoiled by all the great, free LHNB stories we have been given. :)

Teag and Cory are opposites it seems, one is very wealthy and has all the options open to him, the best trainers, equipment etc. the other works all the odd jobs he can finds, trains in between and needs bake sales to get him to competitions. Their families are also very different, one gets emotional support the other only financial.
Yet, they are both very talented and dedicated athletes and they
Serena Yates
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
From enemies who don't really know why they hate each other, to friends and then to lovers, this story covers several years of Cory and Teag's lives. Much like an endurance race in skiing, there are no quick solutions, nor are there any huge surprises. But one of the things I really liked was the fact that, like in real life, they sort of fell into their relationship as enemies due to lack of information and a ton of assumptions, then came out of it because they'd done a little growing up, start ...more
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
As much as I appreciated the well-rounded story and enjoyable writing, something that stood out most to me would be the lack of intensity. There was a distinct lack of tension -- sexual or not -- between the two characters, despite this being an enemies-to-lovers story. I feel that there wasn't enough interaction between the two to build up that atmosphere of animosity before they slowly became friends. To be blunt, it was rather bland. However, my opinion of the story may also be because my dis ...more
The picture and the prompt for this one had me really looking forward to this story. And perhaps that's why I feel so let down after reading it.

I love a good enemies-to-lovers story, getting to see all of that lovely antagonism turned into attraction. The big problem for me with this story is that I didn't really feel any of it. There wasn't really that much antagonism (I'll have a hard time adding this to my enemies-to-lovers shelf, in spite of its tag). The only time the two men really even ac
Mmmmm I do so love me some athlete stories! Having grown up in the mountains and even spent a year or two racing as a cross-country skier this story really appealed to me. And both Teag and Cory were oh so sweet.

Cory is the young up and comer battling his way up the ranks of the National Team first on the Junior level and now finally earning a birth on the Senior A team. With that comes more money and sponsorships that can help him sustain his competing. Not having been raised with the silver sp
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, lhnb
I think their coming together was really overshadowed by two things. The first being skiing came first. That was the sole focal point in this book, secondary was the two gay guys who hated each their.

Well, the author did a fabulous job at writing a perfect scene. I could easily see the story unfolding. But, the romance or even friendship of these two was summed up in less than 20 pages with them becoming lovers only in the last handful of pages.

I guess it just feels like I'm missing the new em

Offered for FREE from the M/M Romance Group's Love Has No Boundaries Anthology: Volume 2. Thank you too all the amazing authors who participated!
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
(LHNB colleague rating)

Consummately written, paced and researched. A satisfying read all round, that keeps you engaged despite an absence of plot gimmicks or hidden facts about a character, which is a hard thing to pull off this well. Crisp, clear and smooth as fresh snow, with two eminently likable characters who in their lycra would (were this not fiction, where the laws of physics can be suspended) melt any ski track in a New York minute.
I liked this one. The author focused on the behind the scenes stuff and relationship development rather on the publicity side, which I would have liked to have seen more of. Snark is one way to my heart and there was a distinct lack of snark here. As for their competitors: Oh how I miss the days when we Finns didn't suck at keeping the doping secret ;) Nah. We've always been terrible at that.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Easy reading. Two lovely main characters both determined to succeed in their chosen sport, both harbouring misconceptions about each other.

I could feel every scrap of snow against skis, every sharp breath of frosty air, every pint scented smell. Just lovely.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, the characters and the build up to the romance. I could feel my heart racing every time they competed. Thank you Dev Bentham for donating your story, your time and your talent.
Vanessa North
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for sports stories, and this one hit all the right notes for me. Very nice :)
2.5 stars rounded up because I felt like I read snippets out of a book I really WANT to read. :)
Really liked this one, I would have liked a longer story or an epilogue though.

Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-read
3.5 rounded up

Overall, this was quite good. I liked the style of writing. Unfortunately, the end was too rushed for me. :(
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay
A very interesting Story, with a very unusual but Fitting Setting. It had some flaws, but I really loved it.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I thought it was cute
I loved this story. It surely wasn't perfect but it kept me awake last night when I wanted to finish it this morning until I got up and read the last chapters. It's a long time ago a short story did that for me so five stars anyhow.
Well, I may be (sure am) biased, I love cross country skiing! One of the few sports I even watch on TV. And the author for sure knew what she was writing about or did research pretty well.
I liked the sports feel the story had to it. Very authentic how these athletes l
a LHNB StoryI liked the writing but I kept waiting for Teag and Cory to get together and finally have that conversation about how each other was feeling. They finally do get together but instead of having a conversation they have sex & the story ends on that note. It's a short story so I know there's only space for so much but the two guys were competitive against each other & resented each other for most of the book & become slightly friendlier later on but we never got to see them ...more
Gail Thompson
This is a free story written as part of the Romance without boundaries event. This is where writers of M/m romance were asked to select a photo and writing prompt supplied by a fan of the genre and write an original tale.

This story has several things that I enjoy in m/m romance, enemies to lovers, coming out, and a good ending. It is sad but true that many professional athletes hide that they are gay so that they can avoid slurs and prejudice. That is that basis for this story as well. There is
Cassie Richards
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a really well done enemies-to-lovers story about two young skiers trying to succeed in the sport. Initially the two guys resent each other and are competing for scare spaces on the funded team, however when they both end up on the squad and as relay partners they are forced to work together and realise they have more in common than they thought.

The story takes place over several years and the time-lapse was well done and fitted in with the story.

I really enjoyed reading this and will lo
Andrea D
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Hmmmm...I am disappointed...cause I didn't get what Fina "requested"

There were no fights...there was no fight when that kiss happened.
The story just doesn't fit.

It also seemed so starts four years ago...than you are like three years later and then it goes in like month and all you get "I hate him 'cause he is an asshole but he is so handsome" on both sides.

In my opinion there is no development at all and suddenly that kiss happened...

But even without the "story letter" this story wou
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-story, sports, m-m
Wish it was a longer story. The basis of something really good was there but too short to completely develop. Good writing and captivating characters. This was a short story covering a timeline of years. The story just needed more room to develop. Maybe in a longer story the reader could fell the sexual chemistry between the two MCs instead of just being told about it. I liked the setting and the characters so hope that their will be a longer & more developed story about these 2 guys in the ...more
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!) by: Rochella
Shelves: sports, m-m
I'm a lover of slow build relationships or even ememies/rivals to lovers but I felt like this story was more about the sport than the romance. Don't get me wrong it was an enjoyable read but what bumped me toward 4 stars instead of 3 was that 1 moment after the event. (view spoiler)

Fabulous addition to
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked the writing style in Breathing Snow. I thought Dev Bentham did a good job portraying the two MCs' POVs and showing how their feelings towards each other evolved. It was also fun to learn about a a lesser-known skiing sport. The bedroom scene when they were still in their skiing "skins" was great. A lot of time was spent building up their animosity; I wish we had been given a bit more story after they got together. I am going to check out some other books by this author.
4.5 Stars rounded up to 5...because I can! ;)

This story just worked for me... the setup of races over several years, Nordic skiing, character development and last but certainly not least, writing that just glides the story along so smoothly! My one and only real niggle was that it ended a little too abruptly. Could be that I just wanted to keep reading about them!
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Dev Bentham believes in the transformative power of true love. She’s the author of many gay romances, including Moving in Rhythm, August Ice and the Tarnished Souls Jewish Holiday series.

Over the years, she’s lived in way too many places and had far too many jobs, but she’s finally settled in frozen northern Wisconsin where she draws on her former lives to write enduring love stories in which wond
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