Thursday, April 5, 2018

Bleu Balls by Tara Lain


Double trouble. The McMillan twins, Robin and Bobby, are renowned for their talents—both as fine artists and for thrilling the various men who catch their eyes. As different in style and personality as their DNA is identical, they’re nonetheless best friends who divide and conquer, with Robin doing the serious painting and Bobby adding the sunny salesmanship.

But when their most important client decides Bobby must wield the paintbrush, the brothers revert to childhood tactics and switch places. Then along comes Micah, a handsome doctor who’s attracted to Bobby but invites Robin out to try to please his homophobic brother, and Paolo, the pain-in-the-butt client who thinks he’s wooing Bobby when he’s actually after Robin. Paolo harbors his own hidden pain that weirdly intersects with Robin’s, but pride and privacy conspire to produce what will either be a masterpiece—or end up as Dogs Playing Poker.

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Book 7
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Angie☆☆☆☆☆
I love this series. You could read this as a standalone, but to get the back story and full enjoyment, you should read all the books. We have met Double Trouble before and I am so glad they finally got their book. Robin and Bobby are super close, and I love the dynamics of their relationship. Each man meets someone that makes their heart pitter patter but when they swap places because of a work project, things go crazy. I don't want to give anything away but Paolo and Micah change Robin’s and Bobby’s lives forever. This was a great book filled with every day, real life issues and you couldn't help but fall in love with all the characters.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the seventh in the series, and we get to meet up with previous romantic relationships, as the guys are all close with each other. But finally, the twins get their chance to find love. The path is most definitely not smooth, and lots of issues from the past come and affect their belief in being able to also settle down in committed relationships. I think it was done really well, with a good mix of dark and light, and some lovely humour at the very moment that it is needed.

Robin and Bobbie have done pretty much everything in life together, but times are a changing. It is very enjoyable watching them come to the realisation that they may want more out of life, that their careers as artists are taking off, and that life is good. Some of the interventions by their friends are very poignant, particularly if you have read earlier books. I love that there are layers which reward the faithful reader, yet the newbie still gets a good experience.

I am loathed to say more about the story, as you need to see it unfold yourself, but I don't think you will be disappointed. Thank you, Ms. Lain, for a worthy story for the twins.


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
This was an absolute delight! The twins’ story might even be more fun than Rodney’s. I loved Robin’s attitude and Bobby’s exuberant joy. I also loved both Paolo and Micah – though it took me almost as long as the twins to match the right man to the right twin.

The twins’ identity swapping antics are playful and a little silly. It’s all a little bit Twelfth Night / Love’s Labour Lost – without the deeper political themes. I love the way the twins balance each other, and I love their sex positive ‘Double Trouble’ exploits.

Despite the twins’ success as artists, they both come across as quite young. Micah and Paolo feel older, but I enjoyed both of their personal stories and I loved Micah’s family. All four characters have difficult issues to resolve with their families, but I like that their family members are more nuanced in this book – it is refreshingly free of the one dimensional ‘bad guy’ bigots that have put me off the last few stories in this series.

This story brings together all the best elements of the series. It is a sunny, California book and we get to catch up with all of our favourite men in Laguna beach. I love the friendships, the dialogue, and the wonderfully quirky humour.


Also Available in the Balls to the Wall Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Volley Balls post.


Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Fire Balls post.


Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our Beach Balls post.


Book 4
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For reviews & more info, check out our FAST Balls post.


Book 5
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For reviews & more info, check out our High Balls post.


Book 6
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For reviews & more info, check out our Snow Balls post.



TARA LAIN writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, and Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soulmate husband and her soulmate dog (who’s a little jealous of all those cat pictures Tara posts on FB) in Laguna Niguel, California, near the seaside towns where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says that on her tombstone, it will say “Yes!”

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bleu Balls (Balls to the Wall #7) by Tara Lain to read and review.

1 comment:

  1. Angie, Ruthie and Sarah! You're wonderful and i'm so excited that all three of you read Bleu Balls and all liked it!! You're my first triple review and i'm thrilled. Thank you and Wicked Reads!

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