Thursday, August 18, 2016

SPOTLIGHT TOUR & REVIEW - Fighting to Win (The Elite: Book One) by Nicole Flockton

Title: Fighting to Win
Series: The Elite: Book One
Author: Nicole Flockton
Genre: Adult, Sports Romance
Published: August 10, 2016
Julia Ashland walked away from Mitch Osborn when a scandal rocked her world following the diving world championships. Now she’s face to face with him again at the biggest event of the year – the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Not only must she fight her attraction to him, she has to fight to prove she earned her position on the diving team.

Mitch Osborn is the darling of the swimming world. Competing at his third Olympics his focus is on increasing his personal gold medal tally not rekindling a relationship with Julia—the woman who publicly humiliated him with another member of the swim team.

Now thrown back together at the Olympics, will their competitive natures take hold or will they be fighting to win each other’s hearts once more.

This was my first time reading Nicole Flockton and while this particular book is short, I still found this to be an enjoyable story. It's clearly obvious that Mitch and Julia still love each other, even though she chose to break his heart when the scandal hit. While part of me can understand why she did what she did, the other part of me feels like she didn't have enough faith in him or their relationship if that's what she chose to do. She could have at least explained when the scandal hit why it would be better if they were break up, but no one asked me for my opinion. I like that his best friend knew there was more to the story about her decision to break up with Mitch, and that he didn't ostracize her in any way.

I do wish we got the exact reason why the anonymous tip was given; was out of nothing more than jealousy? And what was the deal with Mitch's teammate after their event? He was throwing more shade than the giant redwoods in California, but we never got the exact reason why he behaved like that. Even with those two questions lingering (for me), I still liked this book and I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Flockton in the future.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

Fighting to Win Excerpt © Nicole FLockton 2016

One word, and like the elite athlete she was, Julia Ashland obeyed her coach’s command.
Breathing deeply, she kept her eyes focused on the timing clock affixed to the wall at the other end of the swimming arena. She wiggled her toes, the diving platform rough against the bottom of her feet, before arching her back, arms stretched wide as she fell into the abyss below.
Legs straight.
Toes pointed.
She smoothly brought her arms directly above her head and hit the water with the precision of a bullet piercing a target. The shock of the cool pool water washed over her as she sank from the momentum of her dive.
A couple of strong kicks turned her from hitting the bottom to heading back to the surface.
Adrenaline pumped through her veins as she stroked to the side of the pool. Hefting herself out, she walked over to the table that held her chamois.
Now came the nerve-wracking bit—her coach’s critique.
Mick had been with her for so many years that she shouldn’t get worried about his comments. Unfortunately, she did. Even though the dive she’d executed was a warm up. A basic swan dive. A dive she’d done a million times. She felt like she’d nailed it. Mick would find something to comment on, no doubt about it.
Arch your back more.
Your fingers weren’t touching.
Your big toe was out of alignment.
Little things, but every one so important in the grand scheme of things. Those tiny imperfections could mean the difference between getting an 8.5 score and getting a 6.5.
The difference between a gold medal and silver medal in the Rio Olympics. Probably the last Olympics she’d attend; at twenty-four, she was considered in her prime.
Last year, riding high after a gold medal performance at the World Championships in Russia, she’d been a favorite to win gold at Rio. Now, after the scandal, her chances of winning any medal was slim.
Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted "Nicole likes to tell her own stories". It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

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