Title: FAST Balls
Series: Balls to the Wall #5
Author: Tara Lain
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: Novel (158 pages)
Publisher: Etopia Press (September 18th, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: 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.
Product Link: http://www.etopiapress.com/fast-balls/
Review: I cannot believe this book! I’m shocked, and glad, and damn, I feel so good.
Can you believe it? Jerry got his own novel and boy did I love it. I mean sure, I found Jerry and Bill being together nice and all, and when he gets dumped at the beginning of the story I felt I could rip Bill’s throat out, but what follows is exquisite.
Out of all people to pair him up, Tara Lain picks Mick. You know Mick, the homophobe jerk Rodney kicked up when he when on slurring to Hunter and his family in Fire Balls book #2 (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13425957-fire-balls)? Well if you haven’t read it, I suggest you do, it was a great read.
Anyway, Mick was this total jerk who wouldn’t stop saying the most hateful slurs at gay people, so it kind of makes you think he’s in the deep, deep closet, but you don’t actually expect him to ever get out of there, or actually be a nice person underneath. So when he makes an appearance in this book I’m shaking my head in bewilderment, because let’s face it people, Balls to the Wall series are fun and joyful, not deep and heavy. How could you take such a disturbed character and make him fun? Well *bows to the Mistress of fun-character making* if there is one person who can achieve that, it’s Tara Lain. She even made the virgin-naïve Mick make sense for crying out loud. Amazing!
As his life will have it, Jerry is fated to always fall for brainy men. He doesn’t chase them, oh no, they kinda chase him. And although they keep telling him he is smart, Jerry fails to see it. It takes a genius homophobic hunk of a man to really show Jerry how good and smart he is (in the end). Till that happens, though we get to enjoy a most wonderful story that turns an awful character into an adorable puppy and a lighthearted ex-surfer current firefighter to a strong role model. All the while the fun, the hot sex scenes that have a penchant for surprising you with their extreme intensity and make you pant and gulp for air, and characters from other books in the series as well as new ones keep you entertained and take into a fantastic ride.
Yes, I wanted to read Jerry’s story and not only was I not disappointed, but I totally loved it. I adored this couple as much as the others before them. If you like a nice, happy-go-lucky kind of book don’t miss it, it’s quite worth it.