Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Beach Balls
SERIES: Balls to the Walls #3
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 128 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 8, 2017
A Balls to the Wall Romance
Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. As an attorney for the homophobic WMA Development, he can’t come out without risking the million-dollar paycheck waiting for him once they push their big land development deal through the city council—money that will finally allow Adam to live according to his own terms. Then, on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to hug a tree.
Sky Sea Mickeljohn stands for the environment, world peace, and being openly gay. He won’t compromise his principles for anyone—even the damned lying developer lawyer he can’t help lusting after. True, the WMA land development deal could put thousands of people at risk, but Sky still wants to risk his heart. In the fight between freedom and integrity, is there a place for love?
First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.
Beach Balls was another great trip down memory lane. I enjoyed this series when it was originally published and I am utterly enjoying it once again.
The thing I love about Ms. Lain’s work it that it is never as simple as it appears. Yes, this story was pretty quick and it was easy to predict the plot and the outcome, but there was enough growth and depth to keep me all warm and fuzzy and totally in sync with these men. This was a great story of compromise and getting your head out of your ass. These men as individuals were rock solid and set in their ways. Together they were destined to be enemies. But Ms. Lain infused enough wonder and emotion into their lives that they couldn’t help but question everything. And I as a reader couldn’t help but pull for them to get together.
I loved that the frustration and anger and confusion and hurt and betrayal and love and everything else was so clearly evident. I felt for these men and I felt right alongside them. I needed them to be happy just as much as I needed them to be upset so that they could learn something new and maybe see something differently. And in the end, I got what I wanted. These men adapted. They did not “change” who they were, but they compromised and found ways to use their strengths in the best ways possible so that they both could be who they are and still be together. It was. A great way to end this story and I am looking forward to the next reissue in this series!