Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Switch Hitter
SERIES: Shifter Hardball #3
AUTHOR: Cheyenne Meadows
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2017
Shifter Hardball: Book Three
Tucker Wilde’s life is in a tailspin. Twenty-four hours ago, he was one of the top second basemen in the all-shifter professional baseball league. Now, he’s lost his starting spot to a rookie, been dumped by his girlfriend, and had a night of explosive passion with a man—a teammate at that. He can’t get Dixon out of his mind—even though Tucker still believes himself to be straight. With his career in jeopardy, he’s unsure where to turn or how to fix the mess.
Dixon Foxx is a baseball prodigy, though a perfectionist father stole any joy he might find in the game. He only sticks with it because it’s all he knows—and because of Tucker, the man Dixon’s wanted since they met. His dreams come true one night, only to turn into a nightmare the next morning when Tucker blows off their incredible time together as a drunken mistake, never to happen again.
The life of a switch hitter is all about mixing things up. Tucker excels at it. Only this time, the game isn’t on the line—his heart is.
I love this series. It gives a more playful and softer view of shifters and I love that the author took a different approach from the highly sexualize shifter stories that seem to dominate the genre. Don’t get me wrong, there is sex and it is HOT, but it was not the sole focus nor was it a requirement to indicate love. It was a natural part of a relationship.
Switch Hitter was a slow burn friends to lovers romance. Most of the story was focused on both men coming to terms with themselves and determining what they want in life. Dixon comes at things from a life of privilege, yet he has to find his footing in a world where all he ever wanted was love. Tucker on the other side, came from nothing and yearns to never go back. His self discovery of his sexuality threatens all he has ever known while also throwing his childhood into a new light. Tucker has a lot of soul searching to do before be and Dixon can ever think about being more than friends.
And that soul searching was well done and appropriate. Tucker and Dixon’s mating turned out to be much more meaningful because the author showed me how they fought their internal battles and how they developed a great friendship while they were figuring things out. When love happened, it was heartfelt and utterly satisfying.
I am looking forward to more from this series. It is fun and funny and downright warm and fuzzy. I loved the playful banter and the ending that left me saying “awwww” with a tear of happiness in my eye.