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.
This gay sports romance features men who have been repressing their feelings far too long, light BDSM, an age difference, sweaty locker rooms, and a happy ending.
So when I read the blurb for this my first thought was “Huh. A gay version of “Bull Durham”!” Well… it’s not exactly the same as the 80s movie – not really. But there were some comparisons. I liked how Jake takes care of Nico and steps in both personally and professionally to help him with his “baggage”.
The BDSM was VERY light, so if you’re worried about that, I wouldn’t be too concerned. I’m very uncomfortable with most BDSM and this wasn’t bad at all.
I thought the progression from “bi-curious” to “I’m gay” to “I’m out” was a little far-fetched. I know – it’s fiction. But poor Nico has been carrying around some awfully heavy luggage for a long time. His family hates him. He killed his mom. He’s bad. He’s wrong. There’s no “gay” in baseball. Etc. So he uncovers a TON of new “truths” and seems to move really quickly through a LOT of emotional stuff. I think that maybe having him either take longer to address some of these things or giving him a few less “issues” would have felt more appropriate.
I also felt like Jake was a little too “zen” and could have used some more emotion to help balance him out.
I’m not a baseball fan so I kinda skimmed all that stuff, but I found this story, for the most part, to be pretty good. It was relatively low angst, sweet, and sexy. In the end the family and the MCs do all the “right” things and except for poor Jake, everyone gets a perfect HEA.
(With the listening as a “re read” – I skipped the sexy times all together. They are really just not my thing and I don’t enjoy that aspect. However, the story is still uber sweet and engaging even without that aspect.)
4 of 5 stars
Greg does a great job, as always. He made listening to this very enjoyable and I absolutely recommend his narrations. He has so many accents at his finger tips and they are subtle in some cases, which is the perfect light touch!
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars