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Water Music

(The Games Men Play #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Daniel and Dylan are the top swimmers in the world; Alex and Ali, the top tennis players. They play for God, country, family, and the need to escape their troubled pasts. In their quest to be the best, they also harbor a secret: Each is in love with his rival. The four hit it off at the Summer Olympics in New York and reconnect on an island vacation that gives new meaning ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by River Grove Books
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
3.5 Stars

First let me say Water Music was not at all what I was expecting. I read the blurb and all I saw was four hot athletes and thought, HOT DAMN! I’M SO THERE! There are some sexy shenanigans, but by and large Water Music is about life-missed opportunities, stolen moments, shortcomings, pitfalls, regrets, triumphs, competitive spirit and how cruel life can be, not to mention how cruel those we surround ourselves with can be when you least expect it. Water Music is part of series, I guess, called Games Men P
Jan 03, 2014 marked it as life-is-too-short
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Why does every character have a cutesy diminutive? Does anyone really call someone named Dylan "Dylie"? Or Austin "Austie"? Daniel is called Dani. Etienne is called Tenny. The author always introduces the character, then quickly throws in their nickname. Arianna - Ani! Deirdre "Dee Dee" Norquist! Not everyone needs a nickname!!!!

I know it's a weird thing to get hung up on, but it's one of the reasons the writing seems awkward to me and hard to get into.

So yeah, not feeling it. Anoth
Don Bradshaw
I have read many sports books but this was one of the best. The first portion of the book read almost like two separate books. It dwelled either on Dylan and Daniel the Olympic swimmers and lovers or Ali and Allen the tennis pros and lovers. Then Ms Gouveia blended the four together and emotions, finances and relationships flew in the winds. I enjoyed the different POVs that changed with most every chapter. The interpersonal dynamics were very well developed as were the secondary characters. Th ...more
Veronica of V's Reads
This book just shook me up. It stirred me. It spilled me into an ice-filled glass left me punch drunk.

Four points of view. Four young virile men. Four tragic stories of love and loss and abuse and hope.

Dylan and Daniel are Olympic-caliber swimmers. They meet at training camp in their late teens and end up being roommates. Dylan has suffered great losses: his mother suffered early onset dementia, and his father became abusive in his frustration. Dylan took the brunt of the
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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One of the best books I’ve read this year, by far.

I’ve read a couple of books written in somewhat the same style – books written in the first person, others showing “episodes” from the characters’ lives rather than a story in a straight line, but this is the first book of its kind that I’ve enjoyed. And that is most certainly the understatement of the year.

From the very first page, I think I knew this was going to be special. I loved
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm-glbt, arc, contemporary
Not my cup of tea.
Writing is great. Very picturesque. In fact, too much vivid that it becomes boring. The narration detaches me from the characters. But the writing is great. I wish there is more character development.
Marissa Knox
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not sure how to put into words everything that Water Music has made me feel. It was tragic and beautiful, frustrating and poignant. A reminder that life doesn’t always lead us where we expect it to and all we can control is our reaction to it. That no matter what happens we choose our reactions and our decision to be happy or not. That people aren’t good or bad, but an ever-changing mix of the two, and that stre
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, net-galley, lgbt, romance
Thanks to Netgalley for this free Ebook!

Dylan and Daniel are Olympic swimmers, Alex and Alí are world class Tennis players. They all strive to win and have competitive tendencies. However all four of these characters have had difficult pasts and more and more tragic events keep on happening to the athletes. Oh, but they just so happen to be in love with one another.......

Whilst this book does involve a lot of intimacy between the four main characters, don't let that put you off if you're not i
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yield. Submit. Surrender to this heart warming book by Georgette Gouveia.

A book so Compelling you wouldn't lose any interest in reading.
A timely tale of struggle, abuse, honor, humbleness acceptance , all wrap up in episode like chapters. This novel is a promise, a promise of more amazing works by Ms Georgette that you wouldn't wanna miss.

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Georgette Gouveia is the author of “The Penalty for Holding” (Less Than Three Press), a 2018 Lambda Literary Awards finalist, and “Water Music” (Greenleaf Book Group). They’re the first two novels in her series, “The Games Men Play,” which is also the name of the sports/culture blog she writes at A 2018 Folio Women in Media Award winner, Gouveia is the editor in chief of WAG, ...more

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