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.
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This story was so good. I really enjoyed watching the journey Jake and Nico took to get together and be happy. They both had plenty to overcome but I really liked how they worked together through most of it. Jake and Nico are so good together. You can tell their feelings grow quickly when they’re both not looking. I adored how they are both devoted to each other but still are wary and tentative of what that means for them.
Jake is such a deep person but he doesn’t show that depth often. I loved when he opened up to Nico and showed him those emotions. You could feel them pouring out of the page. I liked how Jake took care of Nico no matter what. Even in the beginning he made sure Nico was at his best during the games and wasn’t acting like a jerk. Jake was what Nico needed to even out his moods. Jake wound up being a character I rooted for throughout the story. I was a little sad for him towards the end but I think that all needed to happen for Jake and Nico to be truly happy together.
Nico broke my heart. He took everything in and internalized it all. He thought so many things were his fault and it hurt so much to see his pain. I loved how he slowly let go and unwound. Seeing him at the end is absolutely beautiful. It made me so happy to see how he handled things after all of the past was put to rest. The way Nico loved Jake and put his trust in Jake was wonderful to read.
I really enjoyed how the sports aspect of the story was woven in. It was so well done you felt like you were there on the mound with Nico or crouched down with Jake. It was great seeing how something can be both truth and fiction at the same time but clearly well laid out and planned too. Those heart pounding pages where you’re trying to find out if they’re going to win or lose. Will Nico get the strike or will the batter get a hit. You get pulled in and can’t put the book down. Ms. Andrews writes fabulous baseball.
I really enjoyed the characters around Nico and Jake. Nico’s mom is a hoot. And Diego is a great friend and ally. Nico’s siblings wind up being more than I thought. Though I would love to see Marco’s story. I can tell he has one. Nico’s dad is so much more than I initially thought as well. That scene where Nico and his dad finally get to have a real talk is beautiful. The rest of Jake and Nico’s teammates make for this wonderful cast of characters that makes you want to get to know them all and learn each of their stories.
The ending is so wonderful. It’s clear Jake and Nico are going to make it and overcome any obstacle in their path. They’re so happy together and so in love you can’t help but be in love too.
Four and a half
If you enjoy reading steamy romances between two men who can’t live without each other, you’ve come to the right place.
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:
“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”