Monday, May 8, 2017

Release Day Review ~ Beach Balls by Tara Lain (Giveaway)

Release Day Review ~ Beach Balls by Tara Lain

Title: Beach Balls
Series: Balls to the Wall: Book Three
Author: Tara Lain
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 115

Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. As an attorney for the homophobic WMA Development, he can’t come out without risking the million-dollar paycheck waiting for him once they push their big land development deal through the city council—money that will finally allow Adam to live according to his own terms. Then, on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to hug a tree.
Sky Sea Mickeljohn stands for the environment, world peace, and being openly gay. He won’t compromise his principles for anyone—even the damned lying developer lawyer he can’t help lusting after. True, the WMA land development deal could put thousands of people at risk, but Sky still wants to risk his heart. In the fight between freedom and integrity, is there a place for love?
First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.

4.5 Stars!

I am a huge Tara Lain fan and her Balls to the Wall Romance series has been one of my favorites for a while now. Beach Balls is Adam and Sky's story, two very different men who spend an explosive night together only to realize later they are on opposing sides of a major land development case.

What I Loved: I loved both Adam and Sky. Adam may have appeared to be reserved and focused more on money than anything else but he really wasn't. He was basically just a sad guy who was hiding who he really was after a disastrous coming out as a teen. Up until meeting Sky, he hadn't realized it was time for him to stop living in the closet and begin to be happy. With off the charts chemistry that made him reevaluate everything making the right choice became a lot easier.

What I Liked: I really liked the ending (I don't want to give spoilers). It was cute and sweet and it made the whole idea of HEA more realistic.

What I Didn't Like: unfortunately, while the sex itself was hot, the dirty talk not so much. This isn't the first time I have had a problem with the sex talk in a Tara Lain book, however, I am starting to just ignore it and skim through that part of the dialogue.

Overall, I really enjoyed Beach Balls and would definitely recommend it!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

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  1. I've never gone to theme convention or vacation before, only read them in articles and stories. They sound fun, though. I'd love to go to one someday.

  2. I've never been to a themed convention or vacation.

    And my favorite series is Whyborne & Griffin.

  3. Thank you so much Jaymie for reading Beach Balls! I'm so happy you liked it. HUGS!

  4. I'm not sure I can pick one favorite series...I guess I would pick Cuffs and Collars by K.c. Wells and Parker Williams

  5. Among others: Adrien English by Josh Lanyon; Enlightenment by Joanna Chambers, Magpie Lords by K.J. Charles, Infected by Andrea Speed, Life Lessons by Kaje Harper

  6. My favorite trope is hurt/comfort because I like to see people who are hurting getting a happy ending.
    I can't possibly pick just one favorite series. It would be like asking a parent to pick a favorite child.

  7. Congrats and thanks for the pos, and the review. This sounds great, as does the series. I have to say the Laguna series is my fav. - Purple Reader,
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  8. I have many favorite series. I'll just name the top 3 in no particular order: THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet, A Matter of Time by Mary Calmes and Holmes & Moriarity by Josh Lanyon.

  9. The Protectors series by Sloane Kennedy and the THIRD series by Charlie Cochet.

  10. I've got lots of favourite series "Thirds" by Charlie Cochet, R J Scott's "Texas series," B A Tortuga "Roughstock series" "Mates Series" Cardeno C and so many others!