Title: Wild Pitch (Homeruns #1)
Author Name: Sloan Johnson
Publication Date: June 22, 2015
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?
Sean and Mason have been best friends since rooming together their rookie year in Major League Baseball. Several years later, Sean plays for the Milwaukee Mavericks while Mason plays for Chicago. Going through a messy divorce, Mason turns to his best friend, the man he has had a crush on for years, for support.
I loved both of these men. Sean, who has has lived so carefully in the closet for so many years and Mason who is thinking about his sexuality for the first time in a very long time. Relationships are difficult for any professional athlete, but for gay athletes, secrecy makes their lives even more complicated.
The supporting characters add warmth and complexity to this story. Sean and Mason are surrounded by some great people. Mason’s parents are brilliant, Jason and Eric are great friends and even the Maverick’s management comes through for Sean.
I really enjoyed this story. I know the series continues with Jason’s story and I’m looking forward to additional titles. A great read.
Sean is a great friend to Mason. In the prologue, you can already see how much they care about each other. I really liked his character, because despite years of hiding himself from the public, he never really hid himself from Mason. He allowed some people in his life to truly know him and I think that saved his sanity throughout the years. He loves his family fiercely and you can see that by how he wants to protect both Abi and Mason.
Then you have Mason. His character was harder for me to like because I felt like he was lying to himself and then one day decided that he was done lying – expecting everyone to just be OK with it. However, because Sean is his true friend, he accepted the new Mason without question (well, mostly – he did question a little.)
The chemistry between Mason and Sean is great, but I think that was because they knew each other so well. I can definitely see where they could burn up the sheets, but also have slow, unrushed love as well. Their love is one that grew from years of friendship, not out of lust.
I read this book out of series, so while I enjoyed this story, I enjoyed book 2 so much more. The characters in this story were fun and lovable, but there was just something missing for me in this book. It was almost too planned out and too predictable. However, I can’t wait for the other stories in this series.
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.