Posts Tagged With: Sports – Baseball

Audio Review: Caught Running by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Caught Running
Authors: Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
Narrator: Jeff Gelder
Heroes: Jake Campbell/Brandon Bartlett
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 29 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 29, 2012
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Ten years after graduation, Jake “the jock” Campbell and Brandon “the nerd” Bartlett are teaching at their old high school and still living in separate worlds. When Brandon is thrown into a coaching job on Jake’s baseball team, they find themselves learning more about each other than they’d ever expected. High school is all about image – even for the teachers. Brandon and Jake have to get past their preconceived notions to find the friendship needed to work together. And somewhere along the way, they discover that perceptions can always change for the better.
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Book Review: Reading the Signs by Keira Andrews

Reviewed by Susan65

32184585Title: Reading the Signs
Author: Keira Andrews
Heroes: Nico Agresta/Jake Fitzgerald
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 293 Pages
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: September 22, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: This hot-headed rookie needs discipline—on and off the field.

Pitcher Nico Agresta is desperate to live up to his family’s baseball legacy. Since he was a teenager crushing on his big brother’s teammate, he’s known he can’t act on his desires. His father made it clear there should be no queers on the field, but if Nico can win Rookie of the Year like his dad and brother did, maybe he can prove he’s worthy after all.

At 34, veteran catcher Jake Fitzgerald just wants to finish out his contract and retire. His team doesn’t have a prayer of making the playoffs, but who needs the stress? Jake lost his passion for the game—and life—after driving away the man he loved, and he swore he’d never risk his heart again.

Then he’s traded to a team that wants a vet behind the plate to tame their new star pitcher. Jake is shocked to find the gangly kid he once knew has grown into a gorgeous young man. But tightly wound Nico is having trouble controlling his temper in his quest for perfection, and Jake needs to teach him patience and restraint on the mound.

When their push and pull explodes into the bedroom, Nico and Jake will both learn how much they’ll risk for love.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2016, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audio Review: Love, Hypothetically by Anne Tenino

Reviewed by Morgan

30621804Title: Love, Hypothetically
Author: Anne Tenino
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Theta Alpha Gamma #2
Heroes: Paul/Trevor
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 3 Hours, 2 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: June 13, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Paul’s been called many things—graduate student, humanities tutor, jock-hater, even broke—but “forgiving” isn’t one of them. When the new women’s softball coach at Calapooya college specifically requests Paul to tutor his athletes, Paul’s forced to put aside his strict “no athletes” policy for the sake of his paycheck.

Enter Trevor Gardiner, former Major League Baseball player and Paul’s high school boyfriend. Yeah, that one—the guy who sacrificed Paul for the safety of his closet and his future career. But Trevor’s come out and retired from baseball, and now he’s looking for forgiveness and a second chance.

There’s no earthly reason Paul should give him one, but he keeps letting the man state his case. And touch him. And take him sailing. The waters are far from smooth, though, and Paul says awful things to Trevor he isn’t sure he means. Now Paul has to decide: apologize and forgive Trevor for everything, or chalk it up as revenge and move on.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The First Morning After by Marie Lark

Reviewed by Susan65

ml_thefirstmorningafterTitle: The First Morning After
Author: Marie Lark
Heroes: Danny Rojas/Mitchel Finch
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 129 Pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: June 6, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: For as long as he can remember, Danny Rojas has wanted all-star first baseman Mitchel Finch. And he could swear that in high school, Mitchel was maybe interested, too. But the baseball team made Danny’s life a living hell back then, and the moment he was able, he got out. Five years later at a friend’s wedding, Danny finally has the chance, and more importantly, the courage, to act on his years-long crush.

Mitchel Finch used to have it so good–a brilliant athlete with lots of friends, a gorgeous girlfriend, and a place of importance in his home town. All he had to do was play it straight. But when an injury ends his baseball career, and his best friend’s wedding reminds him of everything he lost, Mitchel jumps at the opportunity Danny gives him–a night to be honest with himself. A night to finally feel wanted for exactly who he is.

The trouble is, neither of their circumstances has changed by morning. Mitchel is still closeted, and Danny is still the town pariah. Can a connection, building for years and forged in one night, survive the first morning after?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2016, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Windup by Kate McMurray

Reviewed by Trish

1Title: The Windup
Author: Kate McMurray
Series: The Rainbow League #1
Heroes: Ian/Ty
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 214 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Ian ran screaming from New York City upon graduating from high school. A job offer too good to turn down has brought him back, but he plans to leave as soon as the job is up. In the meantime he lets an old friend talk him into joining the Rainbow League, New York’s LGBT amateur baseball league. Baseball turns out to be a great outlet for his anxiety, and not only because sexy teammate Ty has caught his eye.

Ty is like a duck on a pond—calm and laid-back on the surface, a churning mess underneath. In Ian, he’s found someone with whom he feels comfortable enough to share some of what’s going on beneath the surface. The only catch is that Ian is dead set on leaving the city as soon as he can. Ty works up a plan to convince Ian that New York is, in fact, the greatest city in the world. But when Ian receives an offer for a job overseas, Ty needs a new plan: convince Ian that home is where Ty is.
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Early Review: Lawless in Leather by Melanie Scott

Guest Reviewed by Ami

1Title: Lawless in Leather
Author: Melanie Scott
Series: New York Saints #3
Heroine/Hero: Reina Easton/Malachi Coulter
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Reina Easton never expected to be training a cheerleading squad for a baseball team. But the owner of the building where her burlesque club is housed is threatening to sell, and she needs to get a deposit together.

Malachi Coulter can’t believe that Alex Winters wants cheerleaders for their team. When he meets Reina, he can’t deny his attraction… He’s just not sure that Reina’s wild ways are what he’s looking for. Reina isn’t thrilled about finding herself attracted to a guy like Mal, ex-army, motorcycle, security, tough guy.

When a crazed fan starts causing trouble, Mal is pulled in two directions. He wants to shut the squad down but Reina wants the money. Can a former bad boy and a former bad girl team up to win the day or are they just destined to strike out?
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