Author ~ Tara Lain
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 11th January 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M/M Romance
A Balls to the Wall Romance
A "pumped up" version of the Volley Balls story, twice as long as the original.
A double dose of alpha male might be better than one.
Despite just getting out of an abusive relationship with an asshole alpha, David Underwood’s wandering glance lands on two hot members of the Australian volleyball team on Laguna Beach and gets him harassed again. Still, when the delicious Gareth Marshall proves his interest by coming out to his team, David succumbs to his attraction. But Gareth’s volleyball partner, Edge, who’s equally hot, makes the lovers’ lives miserable.
For Gareth, a lifetime of hiding his orientation—and his attraction—from his best friend, Edge, as well as everyone else around him, adds up to hurt and frustration. David’s the first man to ever compete with Edge for Gareth’s passion. But Edge has secrets of his own, and David’s ex-lover will never be happy without David under his fist. With everything stacked against him, can a gay Laguna man find happiness with an alpha male–or two?
First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2011.
Freya’s Book Brief
David is out of a bad relationship and isn’t ready to date again. He also owns a gallery and is participating in an art pageant. Gareth is part of the Australian volleyball team. Edge is his friend. Unfortunately, Edge is the sort who spews abuse at anything gay, which makes Gareth die a little inside, every time he hears it. Particularly since Gareth has loved the man for years.
The first time Gareth sees David, Edge is hurling abuse at him. He pulls his Goliath friend away but finds he is enamored enough with David for him to start to push his feelings for Edge to one side.
David believes Gareth is as bad as Edge. When Gareth asks David out on a date he gives him the brush off, citing he doesn’t date anyone who isn’t out and proud. Nevertheless, Gareth knows what he wants and believes it’s time to do what he needs to get it. When he comes out of the closet, he does it in spectacular fashion with reactions varying from well done to puking. Post revelation is where the story gets juicy.
Volley Balls is a very readable tale, with some splendid imagery, a high heat rating (albeit, in places, recovery time is short) and some blooming wonderful phrasing. There was only part where I flinched, that was: Gareth is yet another man described as having very callused hands. Yes, he plays hard, and his hands must show that. But I looked up images of volleyball hands, and callused hands – the two are different. I’d be sandpapering the mitts of people with very callused hands, and applying major moisturizer before they touched me. Not so with volleyball hands.
Reactions in place, the story develops into a tale of soul-searching, where secrets and desires are revealed – with consequences. Via some engaging drama, David ends up being the middle man between two Alpha males (Gareth and Edge) and one nutter of an ex. However, the fun is not only between the good and bad, but the confused and “am I willing” too.
Volley Balls stayed true to its title in more than one interpretation. It is a sweet short story of secrets, and discovery with a bit of danger.
Meet Tara Lain
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!