Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Ball Boy by Lucas Guard Release Blitz

Devastated by the death of his father, Gage, an artist with a secret life, struggles to find his way back to “normal”. When rising baseball star Caleb arrives at his door, an unlikely romance simmers between them, but a cowboy coach, with major league ambitions of his own, will stop at nothing to keep them apart. Tempers flare as their deepest secrets are unearthed and the two must choose between chasing their dreams or embracing their newfound love.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I have to admit to being a little bit at a loss as to where to start with this review. It is the fullest 70 pages that I may have ever read, and there is, hidden inside the strangeness, the bones of a romance. But whether it is intentional or not, it feels like it is written by someone high on drugs and drink, with a very odd sense of reality and continuity. As someone who tends to prefer some kind of thread of realism and is bothered by things like someone having an arm in a cast, yet it never getting in the way when he showers, has sex, or driving, I found that I was frustrated at the inconsistencies.

I read it all, as I was curious as to whether I would get to the point where it all made sense, and because it wasn't very long. You may well find it more to your taste than I did, and it is true to say that sometimes such streams of consciousness can prove to become classics. Different strokes for different folks – or in Gage's case, cobra strokes for dragon folks!

Wow. Okay. I’m not entirely sure where to start with this one but I guess I’ll start with our protagonist’s continued reference to his penis as his cobra. Or maybe I should start with the fact that his lover is so well endowed, his flaccid penis makes an audible noise when it hits his thigh as he walks. For better or worse, there are a few descriptions in this book that I will never forget.

This is a new adult novel and sadly, for the most part, it reads like it has actually been written by a 19 year-old who has been consuming a steady flow of alcohol and Percocet for the past few months. The book is an uneasy mix of grief, substance abuse, and low-budget porn. The story touches on some really complicated, difficult topics but focuses more on Gage’s fantastic and almost comical sexual escapades. It’s difficult to take the serious moments seriously when they alternate with such over-the-top sex scenes. The only comparison I can make is to Xavier Mayne’s Frat House Troopers – but Mayne’s over-the-top sex is written with self-awareness, a wicked sense of humour, and some heart. I’m not sure this author actually realises how much their sex scenes read like teenage slashfic fantasies.

There is a romance buried somewhere among the drag queens, ball players, and prescription pain pills. From fantasy to insta-love, there’s a fair bit of naked time and very limited relationship development here, but I’m guessing it could be considered romance. The ending comes as a bit of an implausible shock but by that point, I was just glad the book had ended.

Lucas Guard resides in New Mexico with his dog Isadora “Dora.” When he’s not writing, he likes to paint with acrylics and sings old folk ballads and show tunes. He’s known to perform open-mic nights in comedy clubs.

He enjoys traveling and hiking trails that lead nowhere. He has ridden a dogsled in the Arctic Circle and ice-fished with Eskimos.

He began writing romantic fiction in his teens as a means of escape and self-reflection. He’s currently working on his novel Bottle Opera.

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