Monday, January 08, 2018

Pre-Release Review: Bleu Balls (Balls to the Wall #7) by Tara Lain

Bleu ballsTitle ~ Bleu Balls (Balls to the Wall #7)

Author ~ Tara Lain

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 9th January 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Double trouble. The McMillan twins, Robin and Bobby, are renowned for their talents—both as fine artists and for thrilling the various men who catch their eyes. As different in style and personality as their DNA is identical, they’re nonetheless best friends who divide and conquer, with Robin doing the serious painting and Bobby adding the sunny salesmanship.

But when their most important client decides Bobby must wield the paintbrush, the brothers revert to childhood tactics and switch places. Then along comes Micah, a handsome doctor who’s attracted to Bobby but invites Robin out to try to please his homophobic brother, and Paolo, the pain-in-the-butt client who thinks he’s wooing Bobby when he’s actually after Robin. Paolo harbors his own hidden pain that weirdly intersects with Robin’s, but pride and privacy conspire to produce what will either be a masterpiece—or end up as Dogs Playing Poker.


Cheryl’s Review

I’ve been waiting for this book since I first met Robin and Bobby in Snow Balls. I have to say, it wasn’t what I expected. That’s not to say I was disappointed, just a little surprised.

It’s not fair to say that the way the twins are presented in Snow Balls is shallow per se, but I was expecting them both to be more…frivolous I suppose. However, they were surprisingly complex and getting inside their heads was so much fun.

Great kudos to the author for giving two characters who are so close, and similar in so many ways, such distinct voices I was never uncertain whose head I was in, or felt that the twins were bleeding into each other. Bobby and Robin were as different as day and night.

Bobby is a fun little bubble of energy and light. He’s flaming, sexy and proud. Full of colour and noise and always a kind and happy word. He is sunshine on a stick, but still has enough weight to make him solid and real rather than a caricature. I absolutely adored Bobby from the time I met him in Snow Balls to the last page of Bleu Balls. I want more of him.

Where Bobby’s bubble is iridescent, Robin’s is dark and slick. At first glance, they’re about as different as it’s possible to be. Robin is all brooding darkness and angst. Just my kind of guy. While Bobby is pretty and bubbly, Robin is beautiful and sexy with a definite edge I like. To be honest, as much as I adore Bobby, given the choice I would spend my time with Robin, and probably end up not only in love with but infatuated with him.

This book is not quite as light and fluffy as the last one. The writing is still as fluid and upbeat, but there is more of an edge, more darkness. If the last book was Bobby, this one is Robin. We find out that Double Trouble is harbouring a few dark secrets, at least one of them is, and the past is brought very much to the foreground when it appears that one of the brothers is about to find the love he’s craved, while the other is being left behind. There were moments of pure heartbreak, but they were fleeting and the story as a whole is extremely satisfying.

Yes, there are flaws. Purists will find head hopping, floating body parts, passive voice etc, if they’re looking for it. I, however, find the obsession with perfection irritating and I am not at all convinced it makes for a better book. I adored this book, flaws and all, just like the twins. If you liked Snow Balls you will absolutely fall in love with this one.

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snow ballsMeet Robin and Bobby in

Snow Balls (Balls to the Wall #6)

Second Edition
JJ LaRousse looks like a quarterback but acts like a queen. He’s trying to be proud of who he is—until a robbery at the famous Laguna Winter Fantasy brings JJ face-to-face with tough cop Ryan Star. JJ hears Ryan likes manly men, so he drops his voice an octave, colors his pink hair, and tries to pass as a football fan.
Ryan Star may be tough, but he keeps his sexuality to himself at work. He learned in New York that being a gay cop can be deadly. His attraction to JJ threatens his secret, but he’s finding it hard to back away from a guy who’s so totally his type. Then, during a ski trip and a confrontation with JJ’s biggest nemesis, all the façades come crashing down. In the aftermath, can Ryan love JJ for who he really is? More importantly, can JJ?
First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.

Review :: Amazon :: Dreamspinner


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”!


1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much Cheryl and Sinfully for reading my book. I'm so glad you liked double Trouble! : )