Thursday, September 7, 2017

Perfect 10 by Sean Michael

Despite a life-threatening injury sustained in a vaulting accident, top gymnast Christopher Allen is determined to get back to his former perfect condition and compete again. Brian Rainings is a coach in need of someone to believe in, and he takes Chris on, admiring the spirit and determination that drives Chris to succeed. And admiring the sturdy, muscled body Chris maintains.

Admiration soon leads to something much hotter as they train together. From their scorching first kiss, Brian and Chris’s chemistry is obvious, but they have a long road ahead to get Chris back into shape. Months of hard work lead to success, with Chris gaining strength every day and finally finding the elusive sponsor he needs for financial support. Secrets, hidden dangers, and family troubles plague them, though, and they have to face the fact that Chris might never compete again and score that perfect ten.

2nd Edition.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2006.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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M/M Romance

Brian and Chris are an athlete and coach relationship. Brian was a major contender in men's gymnastics in his day and he wants to get back in to that scene. Chris had, what should have been, a career ending injury.

The two of them go on a journey that entails pushing themselves both physically and emotionally.

While I tend to like Michael's books, this one was slightly one dimensional. It could have been so much more, but there was very little development and instead, focused more on the injury and what they were doing to overcome the injury.

I did really enjoy Chris' twin brother and thought that he could use a story for himself. But this was a very short story and because of that, there was not a lot of story to tell. It was kind of a fast relationship and you didn't really even get to see what happens after all of their hard work. I also would have liked to see what happened between the coaches – there was the perfect set up, but nothing came of it.

This was not a Perfect 10 for me. I normally love all of Sean Michael's books, but this one missed the mark for me. The focus and story was on the injury and I just got bored after a while. I needed more dialogue and less filler. Even when I skimmed the book and read just the dialogue I got to the point where I didn't really care what the outcome was and I hate thinking that when reading a book. Just wasn't my cup of tea, but I will still continue to read this author because 9 times out of 10, I love the book.

A prolific author, Sean Michael takes notes dictated by the men who live in his head and shares their stories.

Often referred to as "Space Cowboy" and "Gangsta of Love" while still striving for the moniker of "Maurice," Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organising his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channelling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to Chicago.

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He'll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Perfect 10 by Sean Michael to read and review.


  1. I love sport books. Scoring Chances by Avon Gale and Him series by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are two of my favorite.

  2. I love sports romances. There are several m/m writers who do a great job with these stories, so I feel fortunate as a reader.

  3. Although I don't like watching sports, I do generally like sports romances

  4. I am a fan of sports romances, even when I don't like the sport IRL, I will read stories about it.

  5. I enjoy reading Sport Romance book but I only watch the Olympics and Tennis on TV.

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  6. I'm a big fan of sports romance books.

  7. I haven't read many, but I do like and enjoy them.


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