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Cold War

(Cold War #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  106 reviews
After an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most surprising and intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira needs to refocus. He’s worked for years to win Olympic gold, and he can’t let himself—or his partner—down. Distraction in the form of steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for ...more
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Published February 4th 2014 by Loose Id
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THREE & A HALF HEARTS--Ever pictured two male skaters getting it on? Think it'd be a smexy time? Me too.

I was very excited to read "Cold War" when I saw the cover. I'm not what you'd call a sports-nista (I can imagine a few of the other unicorns attesting to this) but I like watching figure skaters. So you know I'm excited when the Winter Olympics comes around. Don't think I become glued to the TV set during this time of the year, I'm an amateur at best. But after reading one of last year's buzz
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
3.5 stars

My favorite part of the book was the shout-out to Matty Marcus at the beginning. As Dev and his skating partner, Bailey, are discussing the finer points of giving interviews, Bailey says:

Honestly, what figure skating in America needs is personality. When we're all pleasant little ciphers, it doesn't draw in the viewers. Remember Matty Marcus? He was the best. That's what we need. Personality.

And if you don't know who Matty Marcus is, go read Leta Blake's brilliant Training Sea
Written March 14, 2014

3.3 Stars - pretty sweet, hot and romantic directly from the tough Figure Skating circus and gold medal hunt at an exciting winter Olympics

There are a lot of fantastic athletes to watch on TV a Winter Olympic winter as this one. I tried to watch as much I'd time for ( small country is a great "winter sports" nation). One of my favorite sports (to watch) is always the figure skating. They are all so amazing talented, well trained and they always do it all so very beauti
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it

I’ve heard from the other members of our review team that Keira Andrews is a must-read author. Her book The Chimera Affair has been highly recommended to me…and I probably should have started there.

To be honest, I think Andrews is a good writer. The book “Cold War” was fairly entertaining and a quick read.
However, I’ll admit I didn’t love it.

The blurb tells us a story about 2 figure skaters, one Russian and one American, and a kind-of forbidden love. I actually thought, based on the blurb and th
2.5 stars

I like Keira Andrews's stories -- The Chimera Affair being my most favorite, and I enjoy her fairy-tale remake collaboration with Leta Blake too. So I came to this story with that particular fact.

Unfortunately, this one was a HUGE MEH read for me. Which means it is my least favorite of hers.

The good thing about it? It was a quick read -- and I actually enjoyed everything related to the figure skating situation. From how Dev and his partner dealt with the media, the politic inside the sp
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
3.5 stars

“I'm not your friend.” Dev was simply stating a fact.
Mikhail--Misha--smiled softly. “No. You are my ...little rebellion.”

2 famous, top-leading skaters: a Russian & an Indian American. Two sworn rivals competing in one of the most important competitions of their careers. With eyes only on the prize. Until one heated argument in the locker room changes everything.

Fast-paced, fun, emotional and smoking hot enemies-to-lovers mm romance.

3.5 stars
and only because some situations
3.5 stars for an Easy to Read , Sexy Story

I enjoyed reading this entertaining, enemies to lovers, sports, MM , HEA romance story and it's cute epilogue .

In Cold War: Figure Skating , Keira Andrews explores reality vs perception , the carefully crafted , public image of a professional sport athlete and Olympic hopeful. The sacrifices , dedication and commitment to make it to the Olympic Games.

Written in a light-hearted and touching tone and style this story is low angst , medium drama, and high f
Leta Blake
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Helping Keira edit this book was such a wonderful pleasure! I am a sucker for a enemies-to-lovers romance and with the Winter Olympics starting momentarily, what better place to explore that dynamic than on the ice!

First, I love the character of Dev. I loved how seamlessly Keira worked his Indian heritage and family life was incorporated into his world. We don't see enough people of color in books, and to see it done so nicely was really rewarding for me.

Next, there was Misha and his prickly ex
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it

I liked this one. Sexy short read about two rival skaters, Dev and Misha, who get involved right before the Olympics. I think it would have been a stellar longer read because I found things a bit rushed but I really enjoyed the characters and what we got to know of them.
Enjoyable read and hot sex. A little angst to make the HEA sweet. I really loved the skating bits.
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, athletes

I have to say, this was a very enjoyable read. Nothing out of the ordinary or world shattering. But I did enjoy it and didn't stop reading till I finished.

Misha and Dev are professional ice skaters, they are pretty much enemies till one faithful little spat turned into more than they bargained for.

I loved the relationship between Dev and his partner Bailey. They were so cute together and sweet. She was like this amazing sister and he was this lovable big brother to her, they made a
3.5 stars. I love the Olympics, so this was a fun read, and the timing was perfect. I really enjoyed the skating details. Overall, I liked the relationship between Dev and Misha. There were a couple of scenes where I felt the story concentrated more on sex than the tension/emotional connection between them, but it's not unrealistic that they would deal with their stress this way. Given the length, I think it does strike a good balance between plot and lust, and the ending is hopeful.
3.25 Stars

While I did enjoy this story, I didn't think that Keira Andrews really captured the angst and heartache that I know she is very capable of doing. I think that if this book were expanded from a novella to a novel, she could really nail it.

I liked Dev and Misha together, I thought their frenemy encounters were pretty hot and once they got to know one another and moved beyond that, they heated up even more. The execution of the resolution was kind of meh for me, though. Not bad, but not
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance, athletes
I love figure skating, and I love Keira Andrews, so I figured this one would be a slam dunk for me! Unfortunately, this was a rare miss from this author. I felt that there was just wasn't enough time spent between the guys getting to know each other. It starts out with Dev having Mikhail, then they are screaming at each other in the locker room, which of course turns into getting off on each other. We end up 36% into the story, on our third sexual encounter between the two, and the only words th ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a dedicated Olympics fangirl, I was worried that a story about pairs skating would delve into the realm of the unbelievable. I am so happy to say, this did not.

Dev and Bailey are the US favorites for Olympic gold but they have never been able to beat the technique flawless but robotic Kisa and Mikhail from Russia. The Russians are aloof and cold and they are the enemies to beat. Both teams, Dev and Bailey and Kisa and Mikhail, have been together for years and are pushing for first place.

Riina Y.T.
Great writing. Loveable characters. Great chemistry. Incredibly hot and yummy.

I had no idea what to expect from this story but I am quite pleased. Personally I would have wished for more romance perhaps, but I enjoyed the "can't resist the enemy" theme a lot. Especially when they got together. Yum.

Maybe after all it was a bit too much figure skating for my liking - made my head spin at times - but all in all a very enjoyable read!! :)
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the hell outta this.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm slowly working my way through Keira Andrews backlist. That's a thing I do when I find an author that has become an autobuy with their new releases. This one had been taunting me for a while right along with the Chimera Affair. While I liked it and the characters, it wasn't on the same level of book crack that Keira has been feeding me in the more recent books. Or maybe it's just that figure skating isn't a big interest of mine (I'm a hockey fan) but I wanted more. More something. Don't ask m ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been eagerly waiting for this book, and I was not disappointed! I haven't watched skating closely in quite a while, but I'm really excited to watch the Olympics now. Not at all because I'll be imagining hot skaters having sex in the showers, lol. ;) The sports part is very exciting and interesting, and it seems like the author definitely did a lot of research. The characters are great, and the romance is HOT. Dev and Misha are enemies who have angry sex, and at first it's just lust. But t ...more
Trisha Harrington
3.5ish stars. I keep going between a three and a four for this one. But I really did like it. I just didn't love it, you know? But I thought the guys were cute and hot together. Yet they're not a favorite couple of mine. So yeah, this'll probably stay at 4 stars and go up and down the .5 in my head for a while.

Anyway, Dev and Mikhail were a great couple. I love enemies to lovers. I adore it when there is an already secret attraction there. And I have a soft spot for sibling type relationships be

3.5 stars

I really like these stories about competition ice skaters. In Leta Blake’s Training Season we had the fabulous Matty Marcus-- an out and proud, flamboyant, and brilliant skater. Loved him.

Dev and Misha are not flamboyant, but they are every bit as competitive and brilliant. What makes their story stand out -- apart from the smoking HOT sex-- is the great mixture of rivalry and intercultural tension. It’s the U.S. vs. Russia vs. Olympic gold. The descriptions during competition are good
Justin Nova
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite KA but still an enjoyable read and better than a lot of other stuff out there.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ice skating pairs rivals Dev and Mikhail are bitter rival on the ice.
I enjoyed watching their hate for each other dissolve into real feelings. Dev seeing a new side to the cool, untouchable Mikhail, turning into Misha.
Competition is fierce between them as they both vie for Olympic gold.
The tension between them during the competition was palpable.
Complications arise when things between them get interesting.
Great writing that had me invested in their relationship. The drama involved with them
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, on-my-kindle
It seemed rather appropriate to read a book set during the Winter Olympics while the Games actually were on. What I really loved, right from the start, was Dev's internal monologue about coming in second to the Russians, again, and how he wouldn't mind elbowing them off the medal platform. HA! I knew it! I would totally be thinking those exact same things. When you've worked so hard, you want to win, you want to see your country's flag raised, and hear your own national anthem. So, basically, I ...more
Dani Elle Maas
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-review

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I love sport stories and with the Olympics going on, this seemed so right to read now. This story was my first experience with this author and I will definitely looking for some more.

I loved the writing style of this author and the easy way I was able to read this story. It gave me a very satisfied feeling almost up to the end.

We focus on two male skaters (American Dev and Russian Misha) both part of figure skating teams for opposite countries. They are rival

p.s. Apparently there’s a sequel in Misha’s POV set around Christmastime. BYE.
B.A. Brock
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance readers
Recommended to B.A. by: Keira Andrews
Shelves: lgbt
Dev's worked hard to get to where he is in pairs figure skating, and he and his partner Bailey have made it to the Olympics.
One couple seems to be standing in their way of the gold: the Russians, Mikhail (Misha) and Kisa.

Dev may think he hates Misha, he may even believe it, but deep down his body knows something he doesn't. It won't shut up about it. And even though Dev understands that he and Misha are on different teams when it comes to the Olympics, he's going to find out that they are very
Caroline Brand

American pairs figure skater Dev Avira is at the top of his game. The only thing stopping him from winning gold is the cold but technically perfect Mikhail and his partner. At the latest competition, Dev and his partner once again take the Silver Medal. Feeling the judging was unfair a very angry Dev confronts Mikhail in the changing room after the event. Anger turns to lust, and the two men have a very quick but very hot encounter.

Weeks later as the teams arrive
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Figure skating fans
Shelves: lgbtq
3.5 stars

The premise I loved: competitors (enemies) to lovers. The story had a lot of potential but it didn't quite hit that high note I was hoping for.

Dev and his skating partner are in fierce competition with the Russian figure skating top dogs. Russian Misha is a brilliant and gorgeous skater with an aloof arrogance to match. Dev admires and hates him for it, but what gets to Dev most is that Misha pushes all his buttons. A wicked cocktail of emotions that combusts in the first encounter we g
Joyfully Jay
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

I have always been a figure skating fan so I was eager to check out this story, especially so close the Olympic Games. Andrews herself is a huge skating fan and incredibly knowledgable about the sport, and that really shows in this story. There is great detail about elements of pairs skating and various aspects of competition that really makes it all come to life. I especially loved the behind the scenes details about the Olympic Village, the practices, and the polit
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