Title: Wild Pitch (Homeruns #1)
Author: Sloan Johnson
Release Date: June 18, 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?
“Are you saying what I think you are?” I asked, my mind still holding me back from pushing him back on the couch to give him what he seemed to be begging for. My fingers tangled through his hair, holding him so his face was barely an inch away from mine. I feared that, if I let go, the trance would be broken and I’d never know what it felt to press my body against his.
“Yeah, I think I am.” Throwing caution to the wind, I placed my hands on his shoulders and shoved him back. His wavy hair felt like silk under my fingers as I plundered his mouth with a crushing kiss. He moaned as his hips bucked against mine, just as desperate for release as I felt. A surge of connection jolted through my body, from my mouth all the way down to my cock, urging me to claim him. There’d be time for regrets later, but if this was what Mason wanted, I would be the one to give it to him.
My cock begged to be freed from the confines of my jeans, pleaded with my hands to reach between our bodies and pull his sweats over his hips, but I couldn’t. Just like my performance earlier in the day, I allowed someone else to weasel his way into my mind and I choked.
“Mace, we can’t do this,” I said with more than a trace of resignation behind the words. “I don’t want you doing something with me because you think it’ll take my mind off what happened earlier. You deserve better than that. If you’re really interested in guys, that’s awesome, but I can’t be your guinea pig. You mean too much to me for me to lose you when you decide you want to go back to women. I wouldn’t be able to stand being pushed aside because your tastes change.”
Mason’s face contorted as if he’d eaten something sour. “Dude, you make it sound like it’s a banquet dinner and I’m going to decide I picked the wrong entrée! Why can’t life be a buffet? If I’m in the mood for a steak, I’ll have the steak. If I want the salmon, I’ll grab a piece of that. Life’s short, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to get to St. Peter and regret never trying steak. Unfortunately for me, the only cut I’m interested in is you.”
“See, that’s exactly what I’m talking about,” I countered. “Let’s keep going with your ridiculous analogy, because you seem to focus better when we’re talking about food… what happens when you try the steak, only to decide that you can’t stand it? What if you realize that what you thought was steak was closer to a nasty fast-food burger? I don’t want to take that chance.”
“When I was younger, my dad always told me that it didn’t matter what package love came in, as long as the heart inside that package was good.”
This story was a really sweet friends to lovers story that gives us insight on how it’s not always easy coming out of the closet when you are in the spotlight. I can only imagine the kind of stress people are under when they want to be able to live their lives as honestly as everyone else does especially when you are a professional athlete. For Sean and Mason this was the case.
“there’s always been something about his looks that has drawn me to him, and it all started with those damn fuck-me eyes.”
Sean and Mason have been best friends for a really long time. Sean has always had a crush on Mason however he never let his very “straight” friend know how he truly felt. It appears at first that Mason is very much straight but after years of hiding who he really is from the world, he comes out to his best friend and in a big way. These men play professional baseball and all their lives they’ve worked hard to get where they are. Coming out in that world is just not something that people would readily do. After they both come clean with each other and the feelings they’ve been holding inside, they begin a secret relationship. Their journey to fully having what they both desire while balancing their careers was something that I enjoyed seeing. I really enjoyed the support and love these characters got from friends and family once they did let people know the truth about themselves and their relationship.
There isn’t much angst or suspense with this one. It’s just a nice sweet story with a few steamy scenes, and lots of baseball talk. And while I did enjoy the whole premise of the storyline, sadly it just didn’t bring out the emotions in me that I was hoping for. The reason being that I just didn’t completely connect with Sean or Mason. There were moments that I loved but I felt like the certain things happened too fast for me to be completely immersed in them. There were conversations and shared moments I wish I got to hear and experience. Also there were a few times where I was confused on who was saying what and I found myself rereading scenes over. However, that being said there were definitely some honest and beautiful scenes that I really loved and couldn’t get enough of.
If you are looking for a sweet friends to lovers story with some hot men and love baseball then this story is one you’ll want to grab and give a try.
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.
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