“High Balls” by Tara Lain reminds me of why I have long been a fan of this author. Her stories address painful and realistic subjects in a fashion that reminds us that there is light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how dark it seems. I always finish her books with a satisfied and uplifted attitude, and this story really was wonderful to read during the dark times we are living in, and my favorite, in a series that has featured some wonderful and unique men. I adore reminders that one needs to look beyond the surface before making an intelligent judgment, and Snake epitomizes that precept. Young Andy is beautifully presented and serves as a great reminder that children are definitely shaped (and sometimes scarred) by the adults who should be their role models. And who can resist Theodore, with his wonderful defense of romance novels and his unselfish devotion to his young son?
Like all of the books penned by this author, there is a delicious combination of spice and romance, leavened by humor and warm fuzzy moments. I enjoyed the cameos from some of the other delicious hunks from previous books and cheered at the rallying they do to support their friend in times of need. Of course, I was hungry after reading about some of the trendy dishes they were consuming (and tempted to go hunt for these places, lol), but above all, I had a nice glow after finishing the story. This is another fine story from a prolific and talented author and I can’t wait to meet more of her “beautiful boys.”
This is a adult contemporary m/m romance that is part of the ‘Balls to the Wall’ series set in Laguna Beach, California. This story centers around Professor Theodore Walters, a young single dad who is just about to defend his dissertation in order to attain his PhD and hopefully earn tenure and a better salary. Unfortunately, a combination of bigotry and disdain for his subject may disrupt all of his plans, threatening the security and secrecy of his family life. A chance meeting with an attractive motorcycle-riding bartender adds to the complications, since nothing about tattooed “Snake” Erasmo is predictable, not even his profession, yet he holds an inexplicable allure for Theodore, and makes him want to believe that romance and happy-ever-afters are not just for fiction.
A Balls to the Wall Romance
Though only twenty-six, single father Theodore Walters lives with his head in the clouds and his feet firmly planted in reality. At the center of his life is Andy, his seven-year-old son, with whom he shares no DNA, though nobody—including his religious-fanatic in-laws—knows that, and Theodore will do anything to keep them from finding out. Theodore works hard to get his PhD and the tenure and salary that might follow to make a better life for Andy—but the head of his department thinks his dissertation on Jane Austen and romance novels is frivolous.
Theodore’s carefully planned life goes off the rails when he walks into a popular Laguna Beach bar and meets the bartender, “Snake” Erasmo, a pierced and tattooed biker who sends Theodore’s imagination—and libido—soaring. Snake has even more secrets than Theodore and couldn’t be a less “appropriate” match, but he might be the only guy with the skills to show Theodore that happily ever after is for real.