Title: F.A.S.T. Balls
Author: Tara Lain
Series: Balls to the Wall #5
Published: September 20th 2013 by Etopia Press
Page Count: 158
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
Shelf: Review Copy
Firefighter and surfing champion, Jerry Wallender, looks like a hero to the world, but he can’t see it. He keeps falling for these intellectual guys who end up making him feel dumb and unneeded. On top of that, Mick Cassidy, super-gorgeous firefighter and total homophobe, makes Jerry’s life miserable with his slurs. Then one day Mick’s nice to Jerry and, at the Firefighter’s Ball, Jerry offers a helping hand and ends up with a hand-job. What the hell is going on?
Mick Cassidy is great with fighting fires and solving math problems but rotten with people. Raised by a gay-hating preacher, Mick’s carefully constructed world of gay bashing starts to crumble when he meets Jerry, the nicest, kindest man he’s ever known. Mick’s never wanted a woman and can’t stop thinking about sex with Jerry. In fact, he can’t stop doing it. Does that make him gay? And if he’s gay, what happens to his whole life? A hook-up between sweet Jerry and mean Mick might be total disaster — or the smartest idea Jerry ever had.
I am definitely in love with the characters in this novel. Lain sets forth a brilliant pair of individuals to drool over in this one. They are both very strong individuals that you want to see find themselves and each other. They are exceedingly well and naturally developed. That said, Lain is not one of those authors who throws every random detail about a character at her readers. The supporting cast is also quite unique in its development. I love how each character is at a different stage of development based on their role in this novel. No one is underdeveloped to fill their role, nor do they overshadow our hunky leads.
One of the best parts of this novel was the fact that, although tied in with the rest of the series, this novel can very easily be read as a standalone novel. Everything required is found between the covers of this novel. It was a frustratingly heart-warming novel that I’d recommend to anyone who’d like some time with two swoon worthy firefighters.
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About the Author:
Some people call Tara “the Balls girl” in honor of her best-selling MM contemporary romance series, Balls to the Wall. Readers send her suggested titles for her next Balls book! Three of the Balls books, Volley Balls, Fire Balls and Snow Balls, were on the Amazon list of the top selling 100 gay romances in 2012.Tara also has a popular paranormal series called the Aloysius Tales and an award-winning ménage series titled Genetic Attraction.
In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm, and she carries her promotional instincts into her writing career as well. She lives with her soul-mate husband 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”!
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