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Posted April 30, 2013
J.T. Cheyanne definitely hit one out of the park with Grand Slam. There's action, there's romance, there's emotion, there's drama... everything you want in a novel and more. She. doesn't shy away from the issues confronting openly gay couples, nor does she make it the focus of the book's drama What's revealed here are the emotions anyone would feel when the love they believed would never happen comes along. Spencer and Brock, as well as all the secondary characters, are believable in every way. They stay true to themselves and the reader will cheer for them all the way through, hoping for that Grand Slam that will have them on their feet waiting to see if the hit clears the fence. It's baseball with emotion, a winner all around.
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Posted December 19, 2013
Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: Did not finish.
So, I would prefer not to give this a rating since I didn't finish reading it. I gave up around 43%. However, since B&N doesn't have the option to post a review without giving a rating I will give what I did read 1.5 stars.
I almost stopped reading at 17%, but this was a new author with really great reviews and I wanted to give it a chance. The premise was great and I was hoping I would be able to enjoy it in the end if I just made it past the rough patches. I tried skimming. I tried not being irrationally angry at the overuse of the word sexy. But I don't think Spencer used Brock's first name, not once. Come on man. He has a name, it's one syllable! Although, I will admit he did switch it up at one point and call him handsome. I still cringed.
The book did make me smile at some points, and there were a few really funny moments. However, they got lost. I was rolling my eyes constantly. Their first date read like a caricature of some high school girls fantasy. And, I never thought I'd say this, but it was too cute. It bordered on saccharine. I was waiting for something to draw me in despite all my pet peeves (that I wasn't previously aware of) being triggered.
Basically, this book just wasn't for me. I'm sure people who enjoy rainbows, and sunshine, and cotton candy will love this. The only thing I loved about it was the cover, and it's time for us to part ways. It's not you, it's me and all that.
DNF (1.5 Stars for the first 40%)
Posted June 30, 2013
Grand Slam is a fast-paced read realistically portraying the world of baseball that kept me fully immersed in the action until the final page was turned. Spencer Hightower has always wanted to enter the Big Leagues but until now has been content making a name for himself in the Minors. It's all he's concerned with until a chance meeting with serious and staid accountant Brock changes his entire future and has him thinking there's more to life than baseball. Brock's not a fan of baseball as he was always the kid chosen last but Spencer makes him appreciate the sport and especially the man as their burgeoning relationship progresses at a fast pace. Spencer's extremely confident and immediately starts flirting with Brock who's a bit clueless when it comes to flirting. His last boyfriend called him boring and left without a word which has Brock constantly waiting for the same thing to happen again as he doesn't understand what Spencer sees in him. Throughout the story Spencer goes out of his way to prove himself to Brock through numerous steamy encounters but it's not until a tragic event befalls Brock that they finally admit their true feelings and a HEA can commence.
Spencer and Brock are a great couple even though they're opposites. They're both drawn to each other from the moment a handshake creates sparks which leads to an extremely fast-paced romance with numerous sexual encounters. Issues of prejudice rear their ugly head late in the story in a contrived scene forcing Spencer and Brock to communicate after a lie separates them. This scene is over the top and comes out of left field. Another equally unnecessary part of the story involves a diabolical agent who threatens Spencer and Brock's relationship with his lies. This character was a stereotypical villain and his appearance annoyed me greatly.
Along with a likable main couple comes an equally likable cast of secondary characters. I normally don't care for children in stories but the two here acted as little matchmakers and were very understanding of their Uncle Brock's sexual preferences. They spoke like youngsters and yet held much wisdom when it came to romance. They were smart yet sweet. Spencer's fellow teammates were supportive of him and didn't shy away from treating him like one of the boys and I would love to see the humorous and sexy Tony again.
On a whole I found this story entertaining and satisfying. It deals with important issues in a respectable way but also has the tendency to be melodramatic. With its vividly depicted world of baseball I found myself immersed in the scenes of ball play and look forward to Ms. Cheyanne revisiting this team soon!
Posted June 20, 2013
4.5 Drops Review
Grand Slam is the story of Spencer Hightower, a minor league baseball pitcher, and Brock Kinkaid, a CPA who hates baseball. When I first picked up Grand Slam and started reading I was immediately charmed by both men, Brock’s niece and nephew (who managed to get the two men out on their first date, LOL).
One of the other things I loved about this story is that the romance progresses in a slow, shy, sweet way at times, but is scorching hot at all times. The other main things—and yes, it surprised me a little—was that Spencer was out, proud, and for the most part, accepted. The reporters loved him, but this is a story of two men finding their way and home together, not a coming out story.
I truly loved the characters, the kids are too awesome! and the issues they have to overcome as so real you cry or whoop with joy depending on the timing. If you love your men sexy, your romance hot yet sweet, and just have to have the HEA, then Grand Slam is the perfect read for you! (Oh, and if you’re not totally into sports, don’t worry, I’m not either but loved the story. One note: If a die hard baseball fan, there are a few oddities that won’t quite mesh with reality, but if you can suspend disbelief for a few, you will enjoy the story just fine.)
Posted June 7, 2013
When the chance to read this book came up, trust me I took it. Although I am not a sports fan, I do know that there are some teams that are so anti-gay that if they even hint at a player being gay they won’t let them play the games. So a book that is about an openly gay baseball player hoping to hit it big? Oh yeah I was there!!
While starting this book, I had an automatic soft spot for Brock. He seemed like the typical all American boy, who wanted a family and someone to come home to each night. The fact that he was gay didn’t even cause him to think he can’t have his dreams. His family was completely fine with his preference, yet he also didn’t advertise it.
Spencer almost had the cocky boy attitude at first. Although he was playing in the minor leagues, he had the dream of hitting it big in the major leagues. Being an amazing baseball player seemed to go to his head that all he needed was just the occasional fling. After meeting Brock though, that all changed.
My one big issue with this book was that Brock had a horrible experience with his ex, but besides it being in flashbacks in his head, he never mentioned it to Spencer. They didn’t talk about his fears, or what he had been through. This factor is what brought my
rating of this book down.
I think this book had enough of the important factors for a great read; the romance, the drama, the suspense, and the comedy. I would recommend this book to my friends who read this type of story.
Posted May 8, 2013
Spencer Hightower is a AAA ball player whose talent has him on his way to the big leagues. While Brock Kinkaid, a CPA, spends his time with his sister’s adorable kids. This two meet by chance at a one of Spencer’s ball games, but it is fate that keeps them together. This story is beautifully written, and I love the scenes with the kids in it, especially little Anna Kate. JT Cheyanne is a brilliant writer who has the ability to capture the reader’s attention from the very beginning. I know she will continue to entrance us for years to come.
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Posted April 30, 2013
An excellent m/m romance! I love that Spencer is not ashamed of his sexuality and put is out there. While not as outgoing as Spencer, Brock is equally open. These two men have chemistry from the first eye contact. I loved both of them. Their story is gripping and very real. Great job, Ms. Cheyanne!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2013
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Posted September 9, 2013
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