Title: Triple Play (Homeruns #3)
Author Name: Sloan Johnson
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Drew Jackson seemed to have it all. He has a family who loves and supports him, a tight circle of friends, and is a rising star with the Milwaukee Mavericks. Then, it all begins to unravel. Cam, the only man he’s ever loved, falls head over heels for Drew’s teammate. He makes a critical mistake in the playoffs that he’s not sure he’ll be able to recover from. And then, his world really crashes around him…
Eric Sapp may no longer play for the Mavericks, but he’s still one of the guys. No one could have imagined how much his life would change when he agreed to help his former teammates mourn the end of their run for the pennant. After stopping a brutal attack, Eric is forced to face the feelings that’ve been growing for his roommate, Drew. That’d be much easier if Drew wasn’t hell-bent on pushing everyone away as he recovers.
Neither of them were counting on Bryce Shaw. He and Drew enjoyed the one night they spent together, but knew it was unlikely they’d be anything more since they lived in different parts of the country. After Bryce is relocated to help a failing LGBT homeless outreach, he wants to explore something more with the Mavericks’ short stop.
As much as Eric wishes he could be the one to help his friend, he knows Bryce holds the key to Drew’s recovery. Will pushing the two back together be the biggest mistake of his life or will they all learn there is strength in numbers?
I will admit I was so nervous about reading this because I am the pickiest person when it comes to ménages. But this book was perfect! My biggest problem with them is sometimes I do not feel like everything is equal between all three men, like someone is always being left out. Well in this book that does not happen at all. Everyone discusses everything together and the whole relationship is equal between Drew, Eric and Bryce which I loved!
I will also say I have not read the first two books in this series and I did not feel lost at all.
Now there were some hard parts in this with what happened to Drew but you also get the sweet and the steamy. Which Damn this book was so Hot!!!!!!
I really do not want to give anymore of this book away because this is definitely one you should read for yourself.
This story was not all about baseball, which I kind of liked. It was more about the human condition and what people can do to help those who may need someone to lean on.
Watching this trio, it was somewhat harsh the way that this all began. Drew made me incredibly angry. He has these two awesome men, vying for his attention and he’s just being a big baby. While I can understand that going through trauma can make one edgy, he was just plain rude and unpleasant.
But, Eric and Bryce were both great in their own way. Trying to give Drew what he needed to keep going, I thought that the introduction of Cody was brilliant.
Then of course, you have OFF THE CHART chemistry between the three of these men and can I just say, WOW. Not only was there some alpha scenes, but there was also just sweetness among the three of them. And, while it wasn’t always fair – meaning that Drew seemed to get most of the attention, it didn’t bother me all that much.
I really enjoyed this addition to the series and hope there are more to come!
I have been loving this series, but I have to admit that this wasn’t my favourite of the stories. I really enjoyed Eric and Drew in the earlier books, but neither man became distinct enough for me to really love in this story. I don’t remember Bryce from the first two books and I didn’t feel like I came to know him properly in this one either.
The action starts with Drew being seriously harmed in a seemingly random gay bashing. I’m not sure I fully believed this. Surely a professional athlete wouldn’t be a lone attacker’s first choice victim – and surely Drew would have had the strength to fight back?
Both Blake and Eric rush to Drew’s assistance and the three men end up falling for each other. Queue happy families as they take on the care of a homeless youth and completely drama-free revelations to friends and family. This is not an angsty story. The men move from attraction to sex to happily-ever-after very easily. They enjoy some creative and very hot sex along the way.
Watching the group of gay baseball-playing friends grow and mature was enjoyable. I loved seeing Mason and Sean as parents and Cam’s turn on his Masterchef-style show was worth reading. I’m not sure that the persistent homophobia in the locker room isn’t getting a little tired and dated, considering all of the current openly gay professional sportsmen. Drew’s family was lovely (once again) but this series seems to either have wicked parents or perfect parents. I’d love to see a more realistic family added to the mix.
I struggled a little with the rotating POV. I kept trying to figure out who was narrating for the first few chapters. And then I caught a couple of typos where the author had mixed up the POV. When a story has two narrators, I find it manageable, especially if the narrators are quite distinct characters. Three quite similar characters was difficult.
If, like me, you’re a fan of the series already, you’ll want to read this book. If you aren’t, I’d suggest starting with one of the two earlier books. I enjoyed this, but it isn’t my favourite in the series.
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.