Monday, June 22, 2015

Wild Pitch by Sloan Johnson Blog Tour

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?

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“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.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I must admit the only reason I read this book was because it was M/M, I hate sports, I hardly ever read sport related books but I loved this book. Yes there was a LOT of sports talk, I mean both main characters are ball players but this book was so much more than just that. I loved it and stayed up until the wee hours in the morning reading it, I had to know how it ended! I laughed, I cried and I got angry while reading this book. Sean has loved Mason for as long as he could remember but Mason is straight. Well, Mason told everyone he was straight, he never revealed that he was really bi-sexual. So when Mason finally does get up the nerve to tell Sean, Sean isn’t so sure what to do with that information. This story grabbed my attention and never let go. There were up and downs, highs and lows and so much hotness. I also enjoyed several of the secondary characters and I can’t wait to see them in the upcoming books. Sean and Mason’s story was amazing and then ending was perfect, absolutely perfect. I hope we see them again within the series.

Characters: Well written and easy to relate to
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M/Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Sean and Mason know they want each other but actually becoming a couple proves problematic. These two have issues communicating even though they have been best mates for 7 years. Going from friends to lovers is not easy.

Wild Pitch is dual point of view so we get to see Mason and Sean's struggles with different issues though their eyes. We see them come to terms with their sexuality, whether or not to come out, what they want out of life and from each other.

I was unable to resist the lure of hot gay baseball players. Wild Pitch was a great read and I look forward to reading Jason's story next.

Baseball – check
Romance – check
M/M – check

Seriously what could be bad with this?

I slowly fell in love with Mason and Sean, there was something so sweet about them. Mason and Sean are professional baseball players and best friends. Mason is in the middle of a divorce. When he married Teresa, he settled for what he thought was a woman that would put up with him. Sean was out to Mason but not many others. Being a professional baseball player and gay was not something that was really talked about. There could be a huge backlash for him and his career. When Sean's teammate Jason, sees that Sean needs a shoulder after a drunken night, he calls Mason. Mason drops everything to pick him and be there for him. hen one sentence changes everything. Mason and Sean have to redefine what they know about themselves and each other.

Wild Pitch combined three of my favorite things, Romance, Baseball and a sexy M/M story. The baseball is very prominent in the story line, which I loved. Sometimes when someone says that a book is a sports romance, but the sport is hardly ever mentioned it drives me insane. I love that Sloan used baseball within the plot.

The only negative that stopped me from giving this 5 stars was at times I would get pulled from the story because I didn't know which character was "talking." I know that the chapters are labeled but within the middle of a chapter I would have to stop and go back to see whose "voice" the chapter was in. Other than that, I would say this book is on point. I am so looking forward to Jason's story. I LOVED his character and can't wait to see where Sloan takes him.

Always a sports fan, and a diehard romantic, this new series was inevitably on my radar. And I was delighted by the read, and the promise of what is to come.

Although the premise is not a new one, it is really well executed. The uncertainty, the lack of freedom to be open, the issues of being in a profession that is nervous of MM relationships all combine to give the two men, both in the sport, a lot to consider. By giving the reader both POVs Ms. Johnson carefully walks around the minefield, developing a believable, deeply satisfying read.

I shall be looking out for the next in the series, because this was a winning start for me.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wild Pitch (Homeruns #1) by Sloan Johnson to read and review for this tour.

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