Saturday, October 5, 2013

F.A.S.T Balls by Tara Lain ~*~ Giveaway ~*~

Title:  F.A.S.T. Balls
Author:  Tara Lain
Series:  Balls to the Wall #5
Published:  September 20th 2013 by Etopia Press
Page Count:  158
Genre:  MM Contemporary Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Book Blurb:

F.A.S.T. — Firefighter Assist and Search Team

Firefighter and surfing champion, Jerry Wallender, looks like a hero to the world, but he can’t see it. He keeps falling for these intellectual guys who end up making him feel dumb and unneeded. On top of that, Mick Cassidy, super-gorgeous firefighter and total homophobe, makes Jerry’s life miserable with his slurs. Then one day Mick’s nice to Jerry and, at the Firefighter’s Ball, Jerry offers a helping hand and ends up with a hand-job. What the hell is going on?

Mick Cassidy is great with fighting fires and solving math problems but rotten with people. Raised by a gay-hating preacher, Mick’s carefully constructed world of gay bashing starts to crumble when he meets Jerry, the nicest, kindest man he’s ever known. Mick’s never wanted a woman and can’t stop thinking about sex with Jerry. In fact, he can’t stop doing it. Does that make him gay? And if he’s gay, what happens to his whole life? A hook-up between sweet Jerry and mean Mick might be total disaster — or the smartest idea Jerry ever had.

My Review:

This novel is smooth and easy to read, yet it still gives you lots to think about. There are times when I was completely frustrated with the situations that the characters had to deal with (even though they do happen everyday). I was offended on their behalf. And then there are some parts of this novel that are so sweet that they’ll give you a toothache. This story is eloquent yet flows very naturally, never stiff or forced. She paints a picture with her words, giving you a visual of not only the scenery but the characters and the action as well. Also, the way that Lain works slang into the narrative and dialogue makes the story itself feel that much more personal.

I am definitely in love with the characters in this novel. Lain sets forth a brilliant pair of individuals to drool over in this one. They are both very strong individuals that you want to see find themselves and each other. They are exceedingly well and naturally developed. That said, Lain is not one of those authors who throws every random detail about a character at her readers. The supporting cast is also quite unique in its development. I love how each character is at a different stage of development based on their role in this novel. No one is underdeveloped to fill their role, nor do they overshadow our hunky leads.

One of the best parts of this novel was the fact that, although tied in with the rest of the series, this novel can very easily be read as a standalone novel. Everything required is found between the covers of this novel. It was a frustratingly heart-warming novel that I’d recommend to anyone who’d like some time with two swoon worthy firefighters.

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About the Author:

Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly male/male and MMF ménage, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her unique heroes. In fact, her readers say her tagline, Read the Beautiful Boys of Romance, about sums it up. Her first romance novel was published in January of 2011. She’s now on book 21. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards.

Some people call Tara “the Balls girl” in honor of her best-selling MM contemporary romance series, Balls to the Wall. Readers send her suggested titles for her next Balls book! Three of the Balls books, Volley Balls, Fire Balls and Snow Balls, were on the Amazon list of the top selling 100 gay romances in 2012.Tara also has a popular paranormal series called the Aloysius Tales and an award-winning ménage series titled Genetic Attraction.

In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm, and she carries her promotional instincts into her writing career as well. She lives with her soul-mate husband in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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  1. Thank you so much for reading F.A.S.T. Balls! I enjoyed your review and i'm so delighted you liked the book. I'm honored to be featured on the site. : )

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by today Tara & I'm glad that you enjoyed the review. It was a brilliant novel and I can't wait to read more!

  2. As always, great book. Love this Ball series...and who is my favorite?? I really love them all because each is a unique character.

    1. Thank you so much, Laurie! I so appreciate your support! *giant hugs* : )

  3. My favorite character is Rodney! He is a spitfire.

    1. Hi Yvette! Yes, hew's my fire ball! I love him too and enjoy bringing him back in other Balls books. : )