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REVIEW: “Wild Pitch” by Sloan Johnson

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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?

BOOK INFO:

WildPitchTitle: Wild Pitch

Author: Sloan Johnson
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 228
Release Date: June 18, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon

REVIEW:

Baseball. Boys of summer. Green grass. Hotdogs in the park. Peanuts. Crackerjacks. Ice cold beer. Best friends turned lovers. I love it all and Wild Pitch has it.

Mason and Sean have been best friends for years, and after a failed marriage, Mason decides it’s time to fess up and tell his best friend the truth. It’s time to come clean and as scary as it is, he’s ready to wrap up things, tie loose ends, and make his move on Sean.

This is one of those sweet, sometimes too good to be true tales where the best friends try for a relationship with each other. Yes there are hard times. Both of them are in baseball, each with different goals for their careers. Each of them is also dealing with things in their personal lives that make the challenges of starting a new relationship that is already going to be difficult, all that much harder.

For Mason, he’s tired of living his life in the closet. He’s ready to move forward and get what he’s longed for… Sean. In Sean’s case, it’s first a matter of getting over the shock that his best friend he’s always had a thing for and tried to squash is making a move, but also realizing how hard it could be for them, continuing to play ball, grow in a relationship while being on the road away from each other on different teams, and dealing with other family issues.

While sometimes I felt like the struggle Mason and Sean were going through was so real, felt so true, there were other times where things were far too convenient. Yeah, it’s a love story, and the expectation is the happy ending. I expected it too. What I didn’t expect was for the story to kind of head in a direction that was totally obvious, and a solution to other problems fall into their laps. So I like this for the sweet affection they share, the fun they have and the light at the end of the tunnel. I just felt that there was one conflict that was not needed, especially when the solution to the problem meant a change in their lives that was pretty drastic. Issues with the sister bothered me, like, a lot. Parts of that whole story line were unnecessary and distracting.

All in all, I think it’s o.k. and we meet some fun supporting characters. I’ll give the second book a chance because of that, and because this one had enough things I liked in it to keep going. And really… who doesn’t like baseball?

About Kristie

I like to read, cook, play video games, and generally ignore most people. I hate talking on the phone, but for a small handful of people. I do my best to make my life as simple as possible. I also enjoy hanging out with my husband who makes me laugh every day.

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