As a former elite gymnast and coach, I’ve spent a fair share of my life in a gym. I’m a hopeless romantic at heart, so it only seemed natural for me to write a series of books based around the sport that has been such a big part of my life for a long time. Although the setting is unique, you don’t have to be a gymnast or coach to understand the stories in the Love and Balance series. Each book explores aspects of relationships people encounter in everyday life.
For example, Rebound focuses on the relationship between two individuals who wanted to become successful in their respective careers before settling down. Young and hot-headed, they went their separate ways until they are forced to coach together and deal with past misunderstandings. The Perfect Score focuses on an attraction between a parent and a coach. Is it crossing the line to have a romantic relationship with the parent of one of your gymnasts? How would others view it? More importantly, what would the child involved think of the situation if he or she found out your coach was dating your dad?
In Tumbling Hearts, I explored the attraction of a person in a position of authority to their charge. We’ve all read about the cop attracted to the individual he’s supposed to protect. Or the boss interested in his assistant. In my book, I look at a coach attracted to their gymnast.
Ex-Olympic gymnast, Taras Volkov is a “take charge” kind of alpha man. An honorable man though, he strives to hide his attraction to Anna Fortier, even to the point of attempting to quit his job because he feel it is inappropriate. When they first meet, she’s seventeen and he’s twenty-two. The story really starts right before her nineteenth birthday, and she’s no longer a gymnast under his care, but a new coach, somewhat making him her boss. The position of authority relationship is a difficult line to leap over. But my characters do, and of course, with a few tumbles along the way.
Thank you for taking the time to read about Tumbling Hearts. I hope you enjoy it and the other books in the series.
When his former elite gymnast tumbles after his heart, one man must choose between his sense honor and giving in to desire.
Anna Fortier has had the hots for her gymnastics coach since the first day he walked through the gym doors. Now nineteen years old, her feelings haven’t faded one bit. Soon to attend University in another province, Anna decides to act like the woman she is, and win his heart.
Twenty-four year old Ukrainian ex-Olympic gymnast, Taras Volkov, traveled to Canada to continue his coaching career and further his education to provide for himself and his family back home. A man who values honor, he fights his attraction to his beautiful ex-gymnast. When she declares her feelings for him, he takes a leap of faith in re-defining their relationship.
Life couldn’t be more perfect until a careless winter driver causes an accident that renders Anna blind. Taras vows to take care of her no matter what. But when he discovers his mother has fallen ill back home in the Ukraine, he is torn between his duty to family and his love for Anna. Their hearts may tumble as one, but will it be enough to keep them together?
While his demeanor suggested nonchalance, Taras’ heart rate had sped up a notch as soon as Anna had entered the room. This had become a regular occurrence over the last year, and he no longer thought he had some sort of heart condition. It’s a condition all right. One he’d become accustomed to.
He took in Anna’s appearance—her curly blonde hair fell about her shoulders, and she wore a green skirt that hung to the floor with a white scoop top, revealing a red, tight T-shirt underneath, showcasing a generous amount of cleavage. He quickly brought his eyes back to her face.
When they’d first met, her breasts had been average, maybe even a little larger than most gymnasts. Since she’d quit training, they’d grown a lot. He’d tried not to notice. Tough to do when you’re a breast man.
A hint of makeup brought out her features. Such an angel. A snort nearly escaped. Yeah, Angel of Torture.
He knew the time was drawing near when he’d either have to tell her how he felt or explode with repressed lust. He studied her face again. Usually by this point, she’d have teased him about something or made some act of flirtation he’d have to ignore. Tonight, she seemed nervous, and he wondered why. She wet her lips, and his attention zeroed in on their shiny plumpness.
“You look nice,” she said.
No comment about wearing black? He’d purposefully dressed in one somber color to see what she’d say. Even though he’d never acknowledged her teasing, he secretly enjoyed it.
“You look pretty tonight. Good enough to eat.” His cheeks burned at the thought of what his words implied. He stuttered an explanation. “Be-Because y-you are wearing colors like a candy cane.”
“Thanks.” Her blush deepened, and she swished her skirt one way, then the other, revealing Christmas themed socks and white Skechers. “It’s a Christmas party. I wanted to look festive.”
“You succeeded.” His cock twitched against the zipper of his jeans. I want to make you blush all over. Would she ever cease to have this effect on him?
She tucked back a
piece of hair behind her ear, and all he could think of was nibbling
on the delicate skin of her lobe. Stop thinking like that!
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