Title : Grand Slam
Author : J.T. Cheyanne
Publisher : Laz & Lachi Publications (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 165 pages (e-book)
Published : April 20, 2013
All of his life, Spencer Hightower dreamed of playing baseball in the Major Leagues. He survived growing up gay in rural Alabama due to his impressive skill on the baseball diamond. Now living in Rhode Island and playing for the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, he’s only a few steps away from his goal.
Brock Kinkaid, CPA, faced each day with a smile that hid his deepest desire. He wanted to be a father. Unfortunately, the gay men he knew were not into the daddy scene. Resigned to being childless, he lavished his attention on his niece and nephew. When Corey won tickets to see the local baseball team in action, they suckered him into taking them despite the fact he loathed the game. Who would have guessed one homerun ball would change everything?
I thought this book was adorable. I loved the characters. I laughed and the sex was hot. Throw in a little baseball. What’s not to love?
Spencer is kind of the star player of his minor league baseball team. He loves the game; it’s all he’s ever wanted to do. His dream is to make it to the majors. Spencer meets Brock one night during a photo op for a ball his nephew caught and Spencer is attracted from the moment he sees him but he has no idea if the guy likes men. Brock isn’t as outgoing and doubts a young hot baseball player like Spencer would be interested in him even if he was gay. Luckily for these two the oh so cute niece of Brock, Anna Kate ,takes care of it for them by inviting Spencer to dinner which he accepts. She then manages to fix her uncle up in probably the most amazingly adorable way I’ve ever read. You’ll just have to read it yourself. So cute!
Their first date goes really well. Spencer is affectionate and funny. He’s very interested in getting to know Brock better. Spencer’s never been in a relationship before but he knows he wants more than a hook up. Brock has been hurt before and struggles with confidence in relationships but there’s no way he can pass up a chance to enjoy whatever it is going on between him and Spencer. He’s also a bit shocked at how open and understanding Spencer’s team is about him being gay. The two begin an intimate and passionate relationship and things are getting serious but both men hold things back which you know is going to lead to trouble. I found myself anticipating which moment it was going to happen.
I really enjoyed this book. Spencer was such a likable guy. He was funny and open with his feelings. You just knew you’d love him in real life. Brock was a little more complex. His ex-did a number on him and he struggles a bit with believing that someone like Spencer would want him for more than a play thing. He strongly dislikes baseball but he finds when it involves Spencer he seems to enjoy it. I thought the fact that their relationship escalated so quickly lent well to the miscommunication problems along with Brock’s issues and Spencer’s struggle with his lifelong dream and newfound love. I enjoyed how playful the guys were with each other. Spencer maybe said “sexy” too often but it went with his southern charm thing so I rolled with it. I kind of wanted him to give Brock a nickname, something funny and sweet and only for Brock. I thought the secondary characters were great also. The kids melted my heart and I’m not a huge fan of kids in books.
My only real problem with the book was the OTT actions in the hotel room of one of the secondary characters. There were about twenty pages that pushed the limit of exaggerated actions and angst for my tastes, but I loved the guys so much I didn’t really care. I thought the rest of the conflict in the book was subtle and realistic. I thought the rest of the conflict in the book was subtle and realistic.
I will definitely keep my eye out for more from this author. Good book!
Rated 4 stars by Whit