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Published by Self Published on September 29th 2015
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Blood, sweat, hard work, and a disconcerting lack of tears—my entire life—was meant to culminate in a flourish of glory and significance.
I’d thought I’d always known exactly what that meant.
But I’d had the timing wrong by about three minutes.
I knew now.
This moment wasn’t everything. The one person I found myself wanting more than anything during it was.
One preconceived notion can haunt you for the entirety of your life.
I thought I owed it to myself and to everyone who’d ever backed me to do what was expected. What was right. What I was supposed to do.
But nothing is forbidden in love. Not circumstances or propriety or the denial of the object of said affection.
I knew now.
This was it.
If I wanted it, I had to take it.
This gymnastics love story is more than grips, rips, and battered hands.
For Calia Nickleson and Nikolai Bagrov, it was everything.
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BOOK REVIEW: 3,5 STARS
“These battered hands” was the story of Callie, a 26-year old woman. How she struggled to win her third gymnastics Olympia-medal and her falling in love with her new coach, Nikolai/Nik.
This rating is very difficult for me. The premise and the story itself are very good. And when I started reading the book, I thought ‘Mh, well – yes. This is different, very nice!’ The writing was very ‘exotic’, different from everything I’ve ever encountered in a book. But it made reading it very, very complicated after a while. It took me 1 – 2 chapters to get into it and because I had to concentrate on everything too much, I couldn’t really get invested in the story and characters. Small, unimportant details have been dragged on and described with a bunch of stilted words that made it too complicated in the end. Plus this book is too detailed on the whole gynmastics-theme. You can probably see that I lost interest somewhere on the way and that prevented me from feeling the book. It could have been so good, if the author would have been more bound on concentrating on the love-story between the two MC’s instead of filling the many time-gaps with trivial stuff. The angst-level was medium, I’d say and the sex-scenes were sweet but not overly explicit.
All in all, I rate “These battered hands” with 3,5 stars and can recommend it. This is only my personal opinion, maybe you see it differently and it is the book for you…