Reading the Signs by Keira Andrews #Audiobook #LGBT #MMRomance #BDSM #Review

Erryn reviews Reading the Signs by Keira Andrews (Published by KA Books, September 22. 2016. 295 pages) The audiobook was released July 14, 2020, was narrated by Greg Boudreaux, and is 8hrs and 29mins. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this: I love stories by Keira Andrews.

This hot-headed rookie needs discipline – on and off the field.  

As a teenager crushing on Jake Fitzgerald, his big brother’s teammate, pitcher Nico Agresta decided he can never act on his desire for men. Nico is desperate to live up to his Italian American family’s baseball legacy, and if he can win Rookie of the Year in the big leagues like his dad and brother did, maybe he can prove he’s worthy.  

At 34, veteran catcher Jake just wants to finish out his contract and retire. His team doesn’t have a prayer of making the playoffs, but who needs the stress anyway? Jake lost his passion for the game – and life – after driving away the man he loved. He swore he’ll never risk his heart again.  

Then he’s traded to a team that wants a vet behind the plate to tame their new star pitcher. Jake is shocked to find the gangly kid he once knew has grown into a gorgeous young man. Tightly wound Nico’s having trouble controlling his temper in his quest for perfection and needs a firm hand. Jake fights to teach him patience and restraint on the mound – but when the push and pull explodes into the bedroom, can they control their hearts?  

 

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My review: 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love Keira Andrews.  Her stories are unique, and the topics vary widely.  And whatever she tackles – from historical to deserted island to a beach in Australia to Amish, I know she’ll do a great job.

This book didn’t disappoint.

I’m not a huge sports fan but I’m easily drawn in by a compelling romance and this book hit the sweet spot.  Jake is Canadian (yay!).  He grew up in Midland, Ontario and instead of being hockey-obsessed, he fell in love with baseball.  It happens.  Not all athletic Canucks are destined to spend their lives on the hockey rink.  And Jake grew up in the shadows of the Toronto Blue Jays, so playing in Canada was a distant possibility.  In recent years he’s been biding his time in San Fran, waiting for retirement.  The game has lost some lustre since he lost his best friend to a stupid argument.  Now he’s playing, but his heart isn’t in it.

Until he suddenly gets traded to the Ottawa Capitols.

And I’m like, sweet, Canada has two baseball teams again! (Because I do actually remember the Montreal Expos).  I grew up in Ottawa so the whole vibe felt real to me.  And we’ve got toonies and Crispy Crunch and if you’ve never had one of those, you are so missing out.

But back to the story.  Ottawa has a rookie pitcher with a storied baseball family legacy, a phenomenal arm, and a bit of an attitude problem.  The reality is Nico’s older brother and father both played and Nico puts tremendous pressure on himself to perform and when things start to go sideways, he often loses focus and then games.

The Capitols are in contention for a wild card spot, but Nico needs help to perform at his best.  Enter Jake.  The veteran catcher is like a pitcher whisperer and quickly the men are making beautiful strikes.

But it’s not all easy going and one day Nico throws a temper tantrum.  Jake is there to discipline him and suddenly things are looking very different.  Nico’s had a crush on Jake since he was a young teenager and Jake’s always seen Nico as a teammate’s younger brother.  Now, in an instant, the world looks very different.

I love romances that have such high stakes.  A playoff spot is on the line and the two men firmly in the closet.  Because there are no gay players in the major leagues.  Or at least out players.  The dilemma is clear and I was on the edge of my recliner waiting to see what would happen.

And…yeah, I was happy.  A great ending to a lovely book.  And I learned a ton about baseball although since Vancouver is never going to have a major league team, it’s unlikely I’ll see a game live.  Although I might go down to Seattle next year…

Finally, Greg Boudreaux.  He does a wonderful job when narrating Keira’s books.  Just magic.  Can’t wait to see what’ll be up next.

My rating:

9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

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