Title: Grand Slam
Author: J.T. Cheyanne
Publisher: Laz & Lachi Publications, LLC
Release Date: April 20th 2013
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
Length: 165 pages
Source: Author in exchange for honest review
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All of his life, Spencer Hightower dreamed of playing baseball in the Major Leagues. He survived growing up gay in rural Alabama due to his impressive skill on the baseball diamond. Now living in Rhode Island and playing for the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, he’s only a few steps away from his goal.
Brock Kinkaid, CPA, faced each day with a smile that hid his deepest desire. He wanted to be a father. Unfortunately, the gay men he knew were not into the daddy scene. Resigned to being childless, he lavished his attention on his niece and nephew. When Corey won tickets to see the local baseball team in action, they suckered him into taking them despite the fact he loathed the game. Who would have guessed one home run ball would change everything?
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
Anna Kate stood beside them an arm wrapped around each leg. She beamed up at them.
“When you gets married, can I be the flower girl? I want a really pretty dress that goes all the way to the floor and has lots of ruffles. It don’t has to be pink, ‘cause I know boys don’t like pink.” Her head swiveled back and forth. “Can I, please?”
Brock crouched beside the girl and Spencer mimicked his pose.
“Anna, baby. Spencer is my boyfriend, that doesn’t mean we’re getting married. We have to get to know each other a little better.”
“But, I wants him to be my Unca Spencer. I like him and he makes you smile when he kisses you. He doesn’t make you upset like that bad Nolan did.” Small hands cupped her uncle’s cheeks. “I really, really want that dress, Unca Brock, and Mommy will have to buy it if you gets married.” Her voice lowered to a whisper. “You know, I can’t wait for her to gets married because hell is made of fire and she said it would be frozen before she gots married again.”
The burst of laughter exploded before Spencer thought to stop it. Brock’s lips twitched as he struggled to maintain a straight face. “Well then, sweetheart, if I get married, I promise you’ll get to pick the dress you want.”
Happy, the youngster patted her uncle’s cheek.
Blond curls swiveled and a flushed cherub cheek pressed against Spencer’s cheek. “Will you buy me a candy bar?”
Both men stood, took a hand and joined the line. Fifteen dollars later, they stepped away from the counter.
“Thanks Unca Spencer. Don’t tell mommy you boughts it. She said it would ruin my dinner.” With a giggle, she darted off behind the bleachers to play, chocolate firmly in hand. Stunned, Spencer stared after her.
“Did I just get played by a four-year-old?”
Brock laughed and moved in the direction of the bleachers. “Yeah, you did.”
Grand Slam is the story of Spencer Hightower, a minor league baseball pitcher, and Brock Kinkaid, a CPA who hates baseball. When I first picked up Grand Slam and started reading I was immediately charmed by both men, Brock’s niece and nephew (who managed to get the two men out on their first date, LOL).
One of the other things I loved about this story is that the romance progresses in a slow, shy, sweet way at times, but is scorching hot at all times. The other main things—and yes, it surprised me a little—was that Spencer was out, proud, and for the most part, accepted. The reporters loved him, but this is a story of two men finding their way and home together, not a coming out story.
I truly loved the characters, the kids are too awesome! and the issues they have to overcome as so real you cry or whoop with joy depending on the timing. If you love your men sexy, your romance hot yet sweet, and just have to have the HEA, then Grand Slam is the perfect read for you! (Oh, and if you’re not totally into sports, don’t worry, I’m not either but loved the story. One note: If a die hard baseball fan, there are a few oddities that won’t quite mesh with reality, but if you can suspend disbelief for a few, you will enjoy the story just fine.)
"This is the sweet story of a minor league baseball player, Spencer, whose entire life goal has been to make it to the Big Show, the major leagues, and his love interest Brock, loving brother, uncle and numbers cruncher, who wants nothing more than to have a family of his own. They meet, start dating, fall in love and hit a bunch of obstacles during the progression of this book and then, just when you think it can’t get any better, author J.T. Cheyanne hits us with an epilogue worthy of double rainbows and puppies playing in a field of wild flowers that would never even think of causing anyone an allergic reaction. Throw in the fact that the sex was off-the-charts and the romance was shy and touching and these two actually courted instead of just falling into bed right away, and I can really, truly HIGHLY RECOMMEND Grand Slam to all my M/M romance friends.”—Jen, Amazon Reviewer
"JT’s approach to being gay within the huge media circus of sport was brilliant. I loved the Spencer and Brock are very proud of their sexuallity and refuse to hide it. Their love for each other was very sweet and at times made my heart race. I love the flow of the story and the sexual chemistry between them was breathtaking. Congratulations JT you should be very proud!"—Laz, Amazon Reviewer
Prize is 5 eBook copies (1 each to 5 winners) of “Grand Slam” from J.T. Cheyanne. Contest is tour-wide and ends July 5. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
After a lifetime of reading and at the suggestion of friends, J.T. finally put fingers to keys and started writing her own stories. It’s been a wildly amazing ride full of tears, exhilaration and plain old hard work. Thankfully, her three beautiful children support her craziness and encourage her to continue something she loves. While they both have solo work, J.T. also writes with V.L. Moon and she thrives on the work they do together. What a small world it is indeed Mr. Disney when a small town girl from Alabama can find and write with a big city girl from England. What a ride it has been and continues to be!
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