Dickathlon, Champions #1 by Finn Dixon

First in a series, Dickathlon is spin off from the Rings of Lust series but can be read as a standalone.

From the blurb:

It was a new feeling, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the hunk I met at the Olympics.

When Declan Moore knew who I was at the Brisbane Olympics, I was speechless. Embarrassingly so. It took a lesson in sexuality from my bestie Luke and his secret boyfriend to blow the doors off my entire
identity. They referred to it as a bisexual awakening, but it felt more like a bisexual slap-in-the-face.

My strength and reflexes rewarded me with Declan’s phone number by the pool, and it’s all I could think about when I got back to the states. Despite multiple tries - more times than I should’ve - he never texted back.

According to everyone, I’m supposed to get out there and explore the world of other dudes and their junk. There’s just one problem.

None of them are Declan Moore.

Returning from Brisbane with a gold medal in the decathlon was a dream come true, and I’d do anything to repeat it. But four years is a long time, and for now, all I can think about is the muscular blond gymnast that caught my eye and then caught me in his arms, saving me from a likely career-ending disaster.

I complimented his pommel horse routine - perfect - I flashed him my smile - also perfect - and I gave him my number. Was I supposed to lift him onto my shoulder and carry him back to my room?

Because it’s been months with no texts and no response on social media, and I can only last so long against my mother’s attempts at setting me up with “nice boys.”

I don’t want a nice boy. I want Tyler Hale.

Dickathlon is a full-length gay romance novel about two men who felt an instant connection trying to find their way back to each other. It features a made-up sexploratory checklist, the educational misuse of produce, a pants-tearing Santa, and a brat that doesn’t know how to spell ‘chastity cage’. As part of the Champions Series, it takes place between Rings of Lust and Floored by Love. While it’s not a requirement to have read those books first, it would enhance one’s Dickathlon experience.

Sheena's Review:

Dickathlon is a spin off of the Rings of Lust trilogy, set between the first two books (which I had read). I was really looking forward to Tyler's story as I really liked him in the Rings books, and wanted to find out what happened with Declan.

I really enjoyed this, for the most part. I liked the start, Tyler was such a good character and I was enjoying his story, I felt so bad when he got injured though but was hoping for good things for him. I liked Declan too, and I really wanted these two to come together. When they did, it was fun. They had a lot of chemistry, and it was hot too. I liked the slight D/S dynamic there, and I was all for Tyler exploring his bisexuality and the whole Dickathlon idea was brilliant, too. It was fun, sexy, and hot.

The reason it's not a 5 for me, is because I wasn't really a fan of Tyler becoming so obsessed with Declan's junk. Like the moment they got together, he was magically better and all he thought about was Declan's junk, he either was getting it, wanted it but was being denied it, touching it, thinking about it, talking about it, looking at it like that was literally all he was from that point on. I think it was meant to be funny but it got a little wearing for me, seeing Tyler reduced to that. He was so much more than that at the start. I get it, Declan's got a big package but he's more than that too and I wish we'd seen that.

Overall this was fun, hot and I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Nicole's Review:

This was my first book by Finn Dixon, and I had no problems reading this as a standalone. You could tell some of the friendships/relationships were developed in the previous series but it was not hard to decipher. I absolutely adored Declan and Ty. The initial meet/cute then wrong phone number then beach reunion sounds like a bad romcom, but it worked so well for these two. Ty had the time to understand his sexual revelations and to explore before pursuing the relationship he had already decided he wanted. It might have been a disaster if they had tried to jump right in! The pace that Declan pushed was surprisingly slow, but the relationship bloomed. I loved every excruciatingly sluggish step! I cannot wait to get more in this series, and will definitely going to read Finn's backlog!

Rating: 5 Stars  

Heather's Review:

I jumped into Dickathlon because I read Finn Dixon's holiday book, Snowballing.   I didn't read the Rings of Lust trilogy so this review will showcase the book as standalone.

There were a lot of moving parts at the beginning because it's a spin off - we miss the initial meeting and the main characters don't connect with each other right away, but once you're situated the book flows really well and the humour, attraction and steam take over!   I had to adjust my mental picture of the main characters as we went along, because I wasn't party to past descriptions, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story.

If you like sports romance, especially featuring Olympic sports, you'll definitely want to add Dickathlon to your TBR.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Angel's Review:

This book takes place in between the events after the first book, but before the second book. While this is a novella type book, the length is that of a regular book. 

I liked that we got Tyler and Declan's story, we got a glimpse of them being awkward with each other in the first book. In this one we got a follow up with what happened between them. 

There was a case of Tyler texting the wrong phone number, a heart crushing injury, family shenanigans, and spicy times. 

I loved Tyler's family, each and every character added so much humor to the book. I think his family have been my favorite out of all the Olympians families. 

I liked this book, it was just as good as the other two in this series. I wish there weren't so many spicy scenes, I wanted more cutesy bonding moments, but that's just a personal preference of mine. Overall though I really enjoyed getting a different characters perspective. I really hope at some point we get Orion and Austin's story, I really want to know how they navigate their feelings for each other. 

Rating: 4 Stars

Janet's Review:

Dickathlon is a must read if you’ve read any of the Rings Trilogy. Best book ever!!

I’ve been hoping for a story between Ty and Declan since Rings of Lust. Tyler is an Olympian and Declan a Decathlon champion. They have a moment but then go separate ways. Due to a miscommunication, they struggle to reconnect. But when they do, all bets are off. 

Such a fun book to read, I giggled throughout most of it. Then the other times my glasses were fogged! Sweet, steamy and swoonworthy!! 

Overall, a phenomenal must read!! Well written with addicting pacing that kept me flipping the pages. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Dickathlon is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.