Sam reviews Wild Pitch (Homeruns #1) by Sloan Johnson. Self-Published on June 11th, 2015 and is 228 pages long.
This book was provided free of charge by the author for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I love sport related books and when I read they synopsis it sounded like something I would like.
There’s never been any question in Sean Tucker’s mind that he’d do whatever it took to make it to the major leagues and be one of the best pitchers of his time. The day he acknowledged to himself that he was gay was also the day he vowed to stay in the closet in order to chase his dreams. The problem is, he never counted on Mason Atley.
Sean showed rookie short stop Mason Atley the ropes, both on the field and off. The two forged a friendship which continued as both of them moved through the ranks of the farm system and into the majors. Unfortunately, there’s always been one secret Mason never felt he could share with Sean. Until now.
For seven years, Sean lived with the fact that he loved a man who would never reciprocate. When Mason admits that he’s always known he’s bisexual but has never allowed himself to pursue a relationship with a man, will Sean be able to put aside his reservations about starting a relationship with the friend he’d always assumed was straight? And more importantly, will they be able to find a way to stay together when their careers keep them apart more than they can be together?
Sean and Mason both play Major League Baseball. They have been best friends for over seven years. They became friends when a Mason joined the Mavericks and became Sean’s roommate. Unfortunately for Sean, he developed feelings for Mason which he couldn’t act on. For one Sean was deep in the closet and had no intention of opening that door while he was still playing Ball. Secondly, Mace was straight and now engaged to a woman Sean couldn’t stand.
Fast forward seven years later, Sean and Mace are still best friends but now they play for rival teams. Sean has come to terms over the years that he would always love Mace knowing the feeling would never be reciprocated and Mace would never be aware. Then Mace pulls the rug out from under of Sean when he admits that he is actually bisexual and always has been but never actually admitted it to anyone. When Mace tells Sean he has always been attracted to him, Sean is thrown for even a bigger loop.
Will Sean risk their friendship and go after something he has only been able to dream about? If he does how will their relationship ever work when they are both professional athletes on different teams and will be apart more often than not during the season? Knowing that it homosexuality isn’t always accepted how will they hide a relationship from their teammates and coaches?
This is the first book that I have read by Sloan Johnson. I loved her writing style. She is able to draw you in from page one and keep your attention till the very end. The scenes are well-developed and have a way to make you feel you are right there experiencing it all with them. I really enjoyed the secondary characters and how they fit into the story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Curve Ball.
If you like a sports based theme with great characters and a great story then I highly recommend reading Wild Pitch by Sloan Johnson.
Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.
When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.
Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?
Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.
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