(Balls To the Walls Series, #5)
by Tara Lain
Can two men with skewed self-images see their true reflections in each other’s eyes?
Jerry Wallender—firefighter, surfer, and occasional nude model—knows he’s no rocket scientist. So why does he keep choosing intellectual guys who make him feel dumber? He worked his buns off to overcome his reading disability and pass the firefighter’s test, and he loves everything about the job. Well, except for Mick Cassidy, the big, blond, hunky homophobe who harasses Jerry for being gay. But Jerry is smart enough to realize it’s not hate driving Mick, but the pain of a very unhappy upbringing.
Mick Cassidy, Firefighter Assist and Search Team, fights fires, but he can’t fight his attraction to the kindest, most generous—and sexiest—guy he’s ever met. Does that make him gay? If it does, he just might get himself killed by his gay-hating preacher father—and take Jerry down with him.
A Dynasty of Balls!
Hi everyone. I’m Tara Lain and I write the Beautiful Boys of Romance. Today, I’m celebrating the re-release of my firefighter romance, FAST Balls. FAST Balls is the fourth book in the Balls to the Wall series (although each book stands alone.) The first book in the series is called Volley Balls and when I wrote it, I had no idea I was about to create a dynasty! A friend invited me to submit a novella for a beach-oriented anthology. I was honored to be asked and leaped right on the assignment. The only requirement was that the book be set at the beach, and since I live near the beach, I decided to set it in my fave town, Laguna Beach, California. So Volley Balls tells the tale of a gay art gallery owner in Laguna who get involved with two big, hunky Australian volleyball players. I published the book and thought that was that.
But there was this very memorable character in Volley Balls named Rodney. He’s the hero’s best friend. Small and very feisty, Rodney only has a couple scenes in Volley Balls, but he’s hard to forget, and suddenly he was demanding his own book. It turns out that Rodney is an artist and he has a black belt in karate. He’s a fire ball, if there ever was one and, of course, Fire Balls was born. The title suggested that Rodney’s love would be a fireman. Readers started asking for more Balls and I already had an idea yelling at me. A land development dispute in a neighboring city suggested an enemies-to-lovers story and that became Beach Balls.
Then Balls stories began to take on a life of their own. Readers would send me messages suggesting new Balls titles and other readers asked that favorite characters get their own books. So Snow Balls leaped out of my head when a minor character from the first book stepped out and claimed the day. But certainly one of the most popular characters from any Balls book is Jerry Wallender from Fire Balls, the laid-back surfer dude who becomes a firefighter. People yelled and screamed for Jerry to have his HEA. FAST Balls is that story. FAST stands for Firefighter Assist and Search Team. Yes, this is a firefighter story through and through. Both my heroes are –well, heroes!
But when Dreamspinner Press wanted to re-publish the 5-book series, I decided new books were in order. So the Balls to the Wall series will be 7 books – with two brand new titles coming soon. High Balls will be here in October and Bleu Balls in January 2018. Meanwhile, check out my firefighters in the latest re-edition in the dynasty – FAST Balls.
The first and second book are now available in paperback!