(Homeruns, Book 2)
by Sloan Johnson
Length: 225 Pages
Genres: Gay (M/M), Contemporary, Sports, Romance
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.
3 of 5 stars
I enjoyed Curve Ball. Cam and Jason have very opposite personalities and it's fun to follow the development of their story. Johnson alternates between the perspective of her main characters and that give the story a unique feel. The main focus is on Cam and Jason as people, and it's nice to read a sports themed romance that isn't primarily about a professional athlete coming out of the closet.
The way the team members and their spouses/significant others interact with Cam as he gradually becomes a larger part of Jason's life adds significantly to the story. I wish that there had been a little more follow through on the emotional side of their relationship towards the end, which is a HFN cliff hanger. I hope that we get a chance to read the rest of their story in the next installment. Overall it was fun, entertaining, and unique. I'll definitely be picking up the next book in this series.
Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. 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 mom with a mohawk and two kids. 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 with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.