Monday, February 12, 2018

Bases Loaded by Sean Michael

Can they survive the off-season and keep from striking out?

Baseball player Brett must get rehabilitation for his shoulder if he wants another season in the Major Leagues. He and his partner, Benj, take off to the boonies to stay with physical therapist Ralph, a tough-talking, routine-setting guy, and Jean, Ralph’s Cajun lover, who cooks as well as he loves.

Brett and Ralph butt heads from the beginning. Ralph wants Brett to be more in touch with his feelings; Brett wants Ralph to give him his therapy and leave him alone. Benj and Jean get along far better, with Jean showing Benj around the kitchen and reassuring him when things with Brett get strained.

Before Ralph can even begin to work on Brett’s shoulder, though, Brett faces an even more difficult physical challenge, one that does more than threaten his career. He and Benj have to work through some tough issues, making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives together. Their gradual friendship with Ralph and Jean helps them through the bad times, but even that might not be enough to pull them through.

Second Edition
First Edition published by Torquere Press, June 2009.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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Hmmm, this book, for me, just didn't deliver on what I have come to expect from Michael stories.

Injuries are hard for any athlete, but for Brett, I just had a very difficult time feeling bad for his injury. He was rude, unforgiving, and his interactions with Benj were strained and not at all filled with the relationship that I've come to love from Michael books. While at a rehab farm, it's up to Brett to figure out whether or not he can truly put in the work to make it to another season. Benj seems to be just walking on egg shells the whole story and he seemed very weak.

The trainers, Ralph and Jean, are both kind and understanding, but I felt that their relationship was more forefront in this story than Benj and Brett. Maybe that's what it was supposed to be, but it seemed a strange swap of couples.

While the story progressed, while there was a twist, it wasn't enough to redeem the rest of the book, for me.

Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection, and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs.

While collecting vast numbers of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the F-bomb and pursuing the Kama Sutra by channeling the long-lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to Chicago.

A longtime writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys. Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bases Loaded by Sean Michael to read and review.

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