FAST Balls

FAST Balls

by Tara Lain

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BN ID: 2940158989087
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 07/12/2017
Series: Balls to the Wall , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 136,252
File size: 329 KB

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FAST Balls 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*No spoilers* "F.A.S.T. Balls" is a steamy firefighter romance, filled with smoldering sexual tension that you just know is going to explode sooner, or later. Kudos to the author for writing a strong character in the smoking hot Mick. He's a complex character, whose unconsciously gay, due to a deeply homophobic upbringing. His journey to become self-accepting of his sexuality, as he falls in love with another man, is touching, well-written, and will resonate with a lot of male readers of the genre. Lain's depiction of the world of firefighters is believable (always a sticking point for me, being former military and having firefighter buddies). Her dialogue and the way the men interact is solid. Ultimately, "F.A.S.T. Balls" is a satisfying piece of gay, erotic fiction. (Two things that don't always go hand in hand.)
nikirenee More than 1 year ago
Wow, I have to say that I did not see this coming. Jerry is such a sweet guy, I was so glad he was successful in becoming a Fire Fighter and it seems like he is a pretty d#m good one too. I did not see him hooking up with Mick as he came off as such a jerk when we first met him. With that being said, I really appreciate that Ms. Lain likes to keep you on your toes by giving the characters you hated a second chance at redemption. Just goes to show you that the old saying about not knowing who a person really is unless you have walked in their shoes makes a lot of sense. Ms. Lain creates stories that showcase the struggles that happen to LGBT individuals while captivating her audience with intense storylines, drama, action, unique characters and a great grasp of right and wrong. I always enjoy reading stories from this author and I have yet to be disappointed. I volunteered to read this story for an honest review.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Balls to the Wall series and might be better enjoyed after reading the second book, FIRE BALLS. Jerry is a surfer-turned fireman. He lives and works in Laguna Beach and has one guy on his crew who’s a bigoted homophobe. Mick is big and burly and a decent fireman, but he’s been reprimanded for his attitude and his drunken misadventures. In FIRE BALLS he was a bit of a tormentor for Hunter and got put in his place directly by Rodney, but Jerry’s a different kind of guy. He smiles past the comments and treats everyone with respect, even if they don’t merit any. This goes a long way toward breaking through Mick’s coarse shell; he’d been raised by a grotesquely bigoted “preacher” of a father. Yes, there’s a cult involved. In fact, Mick is “betrothed” to a teen girl is his father’s congregation. The idea of marrying this girl is really upsetting for Mick, as is his interest in Jerry. Mick’s just never had a friend before and Jerry’s friendliness is so necessary–it makes him reconsider all the hateful lessons he’d absorbed at his father’s church. Jerry doesn’t know what to make of Mick. The guy is a set of contradictions, but Jerry’s happy enough to try and get to know him better, if it’ll help quell the animosity that’s been a problem in their firehouse. This effort isn’t helped by the advent of some new blood in the firehouse who subscribe more to Mick’s father’s attitudes. One of them had been a disciple of the church, and this scares the bejesus out of Mick; what if his dad learns how friendly he is with Jerry? Considering how militant their stance is about homosexuality, Mick fears Jerry could be put into danger. They have a sweet quiet romance, with Jerry assuring Mick that his desires are natural and not a problem. Mick, for his part, finally feels as if he’s experiencing the kind of physical contact he’s desired all along. It’s bittersweet, honestly, to see his internalized homophobia tear him apart, but Jerry’s a good guide into self-awareness. There’s a bunch of drama that involves spiteful firemen and a lunatic preacher, but all ends very well. I really enjoyed this one! A nice mix of steamy bits and heartfelt loving.
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Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
I don’t remember if Jerry was in Volley Balls, but he played a big role in Fire Balls.  I was hoping from that point that he would get his own story, but never imagined that Mick would be a part of it.   Reading Jerry’s story and learning more about both characters was interesting and kept me engaged the entire time.  Mick’s history and his journey of self-discovery and redemption are tough, but in the end beautiful.  I just wanted to hug Jerry and Mick, and smack the hell out of Mick’s parents.  The romance was a cute and sweet exploration with a lot of heat, despite a few awkward moments.   I liked the conflict as a whole, but I hated the nature of it from Mick’s parents, but then that’s the point.  Beyond that, I liked most of the guys at the firehouse and I adored all the cameos from the guys in the four previous books, particularly the first two. Ultimately I loved FAST Balls as much as Fire Balls, which was my favorite in the series!  I can’t wait for more.
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PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This novel is smooth and easy to read, yet it still gives you lots to think about.  There are times when I was completely frustrated with the situations that the characters had to deal with (even though they do happen everyday).  I was offended on their behalf.  And then there are some parts of this novel that are so sweet that they’ll give you a toothache.  This story is eloquent yet flows very naturally, never stiff or forced.  She paints a picture with her words, giving you a visual of not only the scenery but the characters and the action as well.  Also, the way that Lain works slang into the narrative and dialogue makes the story itself feel that much more personal.   I am definitely in love with the characters in this novel.  Lain sets forth a brilliant pair of individuals to drool over in this one.  They are both very strong individuals that you want to see find themselves and each other.  They are exceedingly well and naturally developed.  That said, Lain is not one of those authors who throws every random detail about a character at her readers.  The supporting cast is also quite unique in its development.  I love how each character is at a different stage of development based on their role in this novel.  No one is underdeveloped to fill their role, nor do they overshadow our hunky leads.   One of the best parts of this novel was the fact that, although tied in with the rest of the series, this novel can very easily be read as a standalone novel.  Everything required is found between the covers of this novel.  It was a frustratingly heart-warming novel that I’d recommend to anyone who’d like some time with two swoon worthy firefighters.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author/publisher/blog tour company in exchange for an honest review.