The very spicy scenes in this contemporary m/m romance are balanced by the poignant descriptions of the difficulties faced by those whose sexual orientations are different from those around them. The importance of tolerance and the reminder that bullying manifests in many ways is alluded to without being didactic and I loved Gareth’s mom and her reactions. Edge is a little creepy and very obnoxious at the onset and it is a little difficult to believe the abrupt changes in both Gareth and Edge but limitations of the novella length probably cause some of the rush. I enjoyed the descriptions of some of the events and scenes that Laguna is known for and look forward to reading more tales featuring these delicious guys.
“Volley Balls” by Tara Lain is the fun m/m erotic novella that is the first in the ‘Balls to the Wall’ series that centers around hunky males in the Laguna Beach area of Southern California. This particular tale introduces art gallery owner David Underwood and his feisty artist friend, Rodney.
Gareth Marshall and John Edgerton (Edge) are Australian volleyball players whose attractiveness to David is crushed by Edge’s obvious homophobia. Surprisingly, radical life changes are in store for both athletes, catalyzed by David and his attraction to alpha males despite his frightening past experiences.
Reissued review. Originally reviewed in January 2013. This book has a new publisher.
Two alpha males are better than one…
David Underwood needs to go to AA – Alpha-lovers Anonymous. His last attraction to an alpha male got him into an abusive relationship, and now ogling two hot members of the Australian volleyball team on Laguna Beach gets him harassed yet again. But he can’t resist the allure of the delicious Gareth Marshall… even if the man isn’t gay.
Australian Gareth Marshall needs to come out. A lifetime of hiding his orientation from his best friend and volleyball partner, Edge, as well as everyone else around him, has left him hurt and frustrated. When Gareth gets a load of David posing nude as the Michelangelo statue in the famous Laguna Pageant, he knows his days in the closet are numbered. And David is more than willing to help him take the first step out of the dark.
But Gareth’s teammate, Edge, has secrets of his own, and David's ex-lover will never be happy without David under his thumb. With everything stacked against him, can a gay Laguna man find happiness with an alpha male – or two?