- High Balls by Tara Lain
High Balls by Tara Lain
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Balls to the Wall (Book 6)
About the Author
Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara had the first novel she ever wrote accepted for publication in 2011. She’s now on book 37 and counting. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga “way before it was fashionable”. Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas she says on her tombstone it will read, “Yes”.
October 04, 2017
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
Though only twenty-six, single father Theodore Walters lives with his head in the clouds and his feet firmly planted in reality. At the center of his life is Andy, his seven-year-old son, with whom he shares no DNA, though nobody—including his religious-fanatic in-laws—knows that, and Theodore will do anything to keep them from finding out. Theodore works hard to get his PhD and the tenure and salary that might follow to make a better life for Andy—but the head of his department thinks his dissertation on Jane Austen and romance novels is frivolous.
Theodore’s carefully planned life goes off the rails when he walks into a popular Laguna Beach bar and meets the bartender, “Snake” Erasmo, a pierced and tattooed biker who sends Theodore’s imagination—and libido—soaring. Snake has even more secrets than Theodore and couldn’t be a less “appropriate” match, but he might be the only guy with the skills to show Theodore that happily-ever-after is for real.
What Happens When a Snake and a Teddy Get Together?
It is difficult to believe that High Balls is the sixth in this line of books. It is a cute story, and though I admit that it isn’t my favorite of the series, I enjoyed watching Snake and Theodore coming together.
The storyline is a really good one. A man who stepped up and married his best friend when she got pregnant, and then to raise her child following her death, determined to do the very best he can for the boy, all while trying to hide this one astounding secret from the world. I was looking forward to seeing where this went.
It went right to Snake Erasmo, a sexy enigma of a bartender who turned into a puddle of want when he found Theodore. I enjoyed watching him throw his entire heart into the ring again and again, despite the secrets he was keeping – like how a bartender can suddenly just take all this time off work and seemingly not feel the effects financially.
The peripheral characters are interesting, to say the least. Andy is a very precocious seven year old who knows right from wrong and isn’t afraid to speak up, for the most part. His maternal grandparents, clearly being die hard holy rollers, created a great deal of emotion in me.
I also enjoyed the varying locations used throughout the book. Generally speaking, most books tend to gloss over locations to focus on characters, but in this case, I could easily picture the surroundings of each not-at-home scene, which creates greater depth to a book (at least for me).
Unfortunately, though, the total picture that was High Balls fell a bit short for me. While Theodore is a good man, the constant terror and angsting being conveyed repeatedly did not engender empathy after about the second chapter. For me, this detracted from the whole, because though I usually am a fan of angst, it went a touch too far. Your mileage may vary.
In the end, I’m rating this at three and a half stars. It really is a great premise, but my own personal take away wasn’t tops. I do recommend you give it a try, as well as the rest of the Balls to the Wall series. I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next.
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