Sam reviews ‘Curve Ball’ (Homeruns #2) by Sloan Johnson. Self-Published on July 27th, 2015 and is 318 pages long.
Why I read this book: I have read and reviewed book 1 in the Homerun series and this week’s theme is to pick a book in a series you already have started. Therefore, I decided it was a perfect time to read Curve Ball, book 2 in the Homeruns series.
Jason Klein’s living with the fallout from a decision he knew was the right one at the time. He never told anyone about the love of his life, which left him to mourn alone when he found out the man he gave his heart to had been killed in combat. Now, his heart has had time to heal, but he’s not sure he’s ready to let himself move on. Until he meets Cam Morgan…
Without a job lined up following graduation, Cam Morgan took his best friend up on his offer to move to Milwaukee and stay with him until he could get on his feet. The last thing he wanted to do the day after getting to town was go to a party filled with a bunch of jocks. Sure, they were “professional athletes” but Cam was convinced that bigger bank accounts didn’t make them any more accepting of people like him. He certainly didn’t expect to meet Jason, the Mavericks’ catcher who broke every stereotype he’d had.
What started out as one hot, sweaty night together quickly grows into something deeper. Jason welcomes Cam into his home and his life, but now he has to teach the younger man that it’s not a sign of weakness to let people help you
Cam has learned from the time he was little that people disappoint you. He believes it’s easier to move on rather than work on a relationship hoping that things will to change. His only constant is his best friend Drew. Right after high school Cam up and leaves Chicago to get away from everything that has hurt him. He ends up in Boston attending one of the best culinary schools.
Cam has since graduated and is looking to find a job where he can put his love of cooking and skills to work.
While he searches for a job he decides to return back to Chicago and stay with Drew. Drew is part of the MLB and is only home off and on. This will allow Cam some time with his friend but also time to himself. When Drew asks him to go with him to a party filled with baseball players Cam reluctantly agrees. Last thing he really wants to be is around a bunch of egotistical jocks. However, this all changes when he meets Jason.
Jason has a past that haunts him. The man he loved was killed seven years ago while serving in the military. The one thing Jason regrets is hiding their relationship and not being able to shout out his love before it was too late. Since Adam’s death, Jason has closed himself off, not willing to be hurt again. His focus is on the job and that’s it. He is the catcher for the Mavericks. He isn’t thrilled about going to his friend’s party today, but knows he can’t get out of it. Once Jason arrives, his view of attending the party abruptly changes. Jason sees the stunning blond haired man who in no way is a baseball player. This is the first time in years that Jason has feelings of desire towards another man. Jason is determined to find out who he is and why he is there.
What starts out as conversation ends in a night of hot sex. Neither man wants to end it there, but continuing to see each other could be a big mistake. Will Jason finally be able to let go of the guilt and open his heart back up? Can Cam learn to depend on another without feeling weak and wanting to run?
Curve Ball by Sloan Johnson is book two in The Homerun series. I have been wanting to read Jason’s story since I finished the first book and finally had the opportunity to do so. Once again, the writing captivates you till the end. I loved Jason and my heart ached for the hurt he has endured. I adored Cam. He was sweet but also a spitfire. I was happy to see how the characters in previous books were doing. I love how they continuously support their friends, but are not afraid to let them know when they are messing up. I’m looking forward to reading book 3, Triple Play, soon.
Curve Ball can be read as a standalone but to fully understand the characters, I recommend starting with Wild Pitch, book one.
If you enjoy reading a love story that is sports based, I highly recommend Sloan Johnson’s Home Run series.
Click here to read my review for Wild Pitich book one in the Homerun series:
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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