Friday, March 11, 2016

Wild Pitch by Sloan Johnson (audiobook)

Title: Wild Pitch
Author: Sloan Johnson
My Rating: B
Narrator: Christopher Rain

Genre: New Adult
Series: Homeruns #1
Main Characters: Sean and Mason
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: -
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
There’s never been any question in Sean Tucker’s mind that he’d do whatever it took to make it to the major leagues and be one of the best pitchers of his time. The day he acknowledged to himself that he was gay was also the day he vowed to stay in the closet in order to chase his dreams. The problem is, he never counted on Mason Atley.

Sean showed rookie short stop Mason Atley the ropes, both on the field and off. The two forged a friendship which continued as both of them moved through the ranks of the farm system and into the majors. Unfortunately, there’s always been one secret Mason never felt he could share with Sean. Until now.

For seven years, Sean lived with the fact that he loved a man who would never reciprocate. When Mason admits that he’s always known he’s bisexual but has never allowed himself to pursue a relationship with a man, will Sean be able to put aside his reservations about starting a relationship with the friend he’d always assumed was straight? And more importantly, will they be able to find a way to stay together when their careers keep them apart more than they can be together?

My Review:
Overall: 3.5
Performance: 2.5
Story: 4.0

I'm going to talk first about the audiobook portion of this review...

It's rare that I have a real problem with narration, but wow...this narrator really was not good. There were so many words that he mispronounced completely wrong, but what drove me batshit were his female voice. OMG, they were so incredibly bad. It was almost grating enough that I stopped listening. Luckily there aren't many women in the story since it's a male/male romance. But the narrator's voice for Teresa? I would have gladly skipped over those parts if I could have because her voice was so grating in the narration. 

Now for the story...this part was pretty good. (I am a sucker for a friends to lovers trope.) Both Mason and Sean are professional baseball players. They've always been best friends even though Sean is gay and Mason is straight. Although Mason is straight, he has feelings for Sean that he's never revealed. That all changes in this book. As their teams play one another they have some time together that leads to things happening. Mason is tired of being scared and not saying something. I love the fact that once he's in, he's all-in, although his divorce isn't final, so they can't go as far as they'd both least not yet. 

And I have to say that I really liked the baseball aspect of the story. Mason and Sean don't play for the same team. They are always on the road and have to play each other several times throughout a season. Sean is a pitcher, so they are working directly against one another several times. I liked that they managed that competitive aspect while still supporting and advising one another about how they play. It's an interesting balance.

There's also a lot of family stuff happening in the background to ratchet up the conflict. Mason's family has no idea that he's gay/bi, but interestingly enough, they are much more accepting than Sean's family. And I loved the whole story line with Mason's (? I think I have that right) sister. 

It was definitely an enjoyable read. I'm anxious to go on to reading book #2 in the series. My only recommendation is that you actually read it. Don't go audiobook on this one. 

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