TWO 5, 4.5, and 4 Stars for Curve Ball (Homeruns #2) by Sloan Johnson #MM #Romance @authorsloanj

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Title: Curve Ball (Homeruns #2)
Author Name: Sloan Johnson
Publication Date: July 29, 2015

Synopsis

Jason Klein’s living with the fallout from a decision he knew was the right one at the time. He never told anyone about the love of his life, which left him to mourn alone when he found out the man he gave his heart to had been killed in combat. Now, his heart has had time to heal, but he’s not sure he’s ready to let himself move on. Until he meets Cam Morgan…

Without a job lined up following graduation, Cam Morgan took his best friend up on his offer to move to Milwaukee and stay with him until he could get on his feet. The last thing he wanted to do the day after getting to town was go to a party filled with a bunch of jocks. Sure, they were “professional athletes” but Cam was convinced that bigger bank accounts didn’t make them any more accepting of people like him. He certainly didn’t expect to meet Jason, the Mavericks’ catcher who broke every stereotype he’d had.

What started out as one hot, sweaty night together quickly grows into something deeper. Jason welcomes Cam into his home and his life, but now he has to teach the younger man that it’s not a sign of weakness to let people help you.

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Review

FiveStars

I loved this story.  From Drew to Bev, the cook.  All of the characters were genuine and loveable.

I did not feel that I needed to have read the first book in the series to know what was going on which was nice.  From the beginning, I could tell that Drew was a wonderful friend to Cam.

Then there was Cam.  While I did not quite understand his insecurities at first, you did get to read a lot about how he was feeling and the reasons why, which helped the reader feel closer to Cam.  His character was well developed and even though I wanted to smack the back of his head at times for his stubbornness, I really loved him.  His passion for life, the fact that he wears his heart out there for the world to see and the fact that he loves so completely.

Jason is just a hot, romantic stub.  When I think of him squatting for the game… YUM!  I loved how he was so lost, but not afraid to go after what he wanted – once he figured out what that was.  I was relieved that he was able to find people outside of his life to help him see things for what they were/are/could be.  He was just so wonderful to Cam – I loved that he encouraged and protected Cam, even if the gestures were sometimes overbearing.

These two were perfectly matched for each other and despite the bumps, when you got to read about their date, Holy smokes was that fun, romantic and just an all around awesome date.

My only hitch was that it definitely needs a good once over. There were a few places where the sentences didn’t make sense and the wrong pronouns were used. As long as it goes back to the editor for those places, it will be a hit.

I really hope that next books are just as awesome and I can’t wait for Drew and Eric’s story.

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FiveStars

OMG, I loved this book! I read the first book and loved it as well. Sloan Johnson just has a way of drawing you in and making you love these guys! Cam moves to Milwaukee after his friend Drew asks him too. Cam doesn’t have a job after graduating culinary school so he takes him up on his offer. Drew drags Cam to a party where he meets Jason. Jason is a fellow team mate of Drew and instantly is attracted to Cam. Problem is Jason hasn’t come out to anyone and no one knows about his past love and the heartache he has been through. I just love Cam and his attitude, he doesn’t care what people think and he will defend himself and not take crap from others. Jason has hidden for so long but he really likes Cam and they go home together and things get H.O.T. What was supposed to be just one night turns into something more. The more time they spend together the more they start to develop feelings for each other. There is a little angst and drama in the story but not too much, it all goes well with the story line. We get to see Sean and Mason from the first book and Eric too. I just love this series because I feel like I am right there in the moment and I feel everything that the characters feel and I get so upset when the book is over. I loved the game that Cam and Jason played as they went on their date “grab some pennies and if you flip tails we turn one way, heads we turn another”.  I just loved these two and I hope we get to see them in the next book in the series. I also hope that Eric gets his own book since Drew is up next for a book.

Angie

FourandHalfStars

Such a great story! I enjoyed it even more than Wild Pitch, loving both Jason and Cam. This time, only Jason is a ball player while Cam is a fledgeling chef. Flamboyant Cam struggles to find his place among the professional athletes while Jason struggles to out himself after years in a Major League closet.

The contrast between lifestyles and interests with Jason and Cam makes the story interesting. Cam’s relationships with the team wives and Mason, a newly retired stay-at- home dad, are fantastic. Cam’s food is drool-worthy even on paper!

We see more of the Mavericks team in this second book and I really enjoyed the interactions between the players as two more of the team outed themselves publically. The author refuses to add drama with unnecessary homophobia – her gay characters find themselves pleasantly surprised by the open minded support they receive from the majority of the team.

This is an easy, enjoyable romance – part of an addictive series. I’m really looking forward to Eric and Drew’s stories!

Sarah

FourStars

I liked this book more than I liked the first installment in this series. I really connected to both characters, not to mention their situations.
I did feel like we never really got the full story of what happened between Jason and his first love, we only got hints here and there, but never the full story.
We get to see the characters from the first book, which I always love, but they didn’t play a big part so I’d say this was a standalone in the series.
While I really liked both men when they were together…. there was just something about Cam I didn’t like. Whether it was his determination to do everything alone or the reason he sets himself up for heartbreak. I just didn’t feel that part of the story. Like it was there just to create drama that wasn’t really needed.
I will say the few naughty scenes in the book were HOT and I loved them, but then a lot of them were coasted over in a old school romance fashion, which I didn’t particularly care for.
That being said, I still greatly look forward to Drew’s story and see the man get his happy ever after.
Renee

Excerpt

“If you have something to say to me, just say it.” I tapped my fingers on the steering wheel to keep from shaking Drew. He was one of the youngest guys on the team, and right now, his immaturity showed through brightly. It was about time someone knocked some sense into him, before he wound up earning a bad reputation, both on the field and off. “I won’t apologize, because I haven’t done a damn thing to offend you.”

“Really? I shouldn’t be pissed off that I had no clue you were gay?” Drew seethed, his brown eyes narrow slits as he glared at me. “And I should be totally cool with you loading up my friend in the middle of the night to take him back to your place, right?”

“Yeah, actually you should,” I quipped, twisting the wheel tighter. “Cam is a grown man, and if you truly care about him, you should be fucking ecstatic that he’s getting out there to meet people.”

Drew muttered something to himself as he went back to staring out the window. His shoulders slumped forward and he seemed to shrink in his seat. I knew that look. It wasn’t one worn by a concerned or pissed off friend, it was the look of a man who felt the love of his life slipping away from him.

“How long have you felt this way about him?” I asked. My chest tightened, knowing that I wouldn’t stand between them. Drew and I might not be close, but I liked to think of him as a friend, a brother on the team.

“Doesn’t matter.” The response was so quiet I could barely hear the words. As I pulled up to the stoplight, I placed my hand on Drew’s shoulder, unsurprised when he jerked away.

“It does,” I assured him. “And you have to know I wouldn’t have done anything with him if I’d known.”

“Don’t say that. I’ve known for a long time that he’d never feel for me what I do for him.” I suddenly missed the anger Drew showed earlier. “If the way he looked this morning is any indication, you’re exactly what he needs in his life. And if I put my own feelings aside, you’re more than that. You’re what he’s always wanted.”

That was not how I expected this conversation to go. It started exactly as I’d seen it in my mind, but I hadn’t expected Drew to step aside. Maybe I was wrong in thinking that he was immature and selfish.

“Drew, if you say the word, I’ll back off. I’m not willing to destroy two friendships just for a few nights of fun.”

“The only way I’d ask you to do that is if that’s all this is for you.” I pulled up in front of the grocery store, but neither of us moved to open our doors. “Cam is one of the best guys I know. He’s got a big heart, but sometimes, he’s a little too open with it. If you’re only in this for a couple of hot nights, then yeah you should walk away from him.”

I felt backed into a corner. Sure, I’d thought about what it’d be like to explore something more with Cam, but I wasn’t in a place to do that. It had nothing to do with being on the road most of the year and everything to do with my own inability to be open with those around me. I’d grown accustomed to never letting anyone get too close, and Cam had already seen more than people I’d known for years. There was no way I’d be able to hold back if last night and tonight turned into something more.

“I’ll keep that in mind.” It was the most I could promise him.

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AuthorBio

Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s body. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed, purple haired mom of two kids, one of which was a thank you present to her husband for letting her get a Staffordshire Terrier with more anxiety issues than Sloan has, which is saying something. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself in a good book and forget that she has somewhere to be.

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