Review: Beach Balls by Tara Lain

Posted August 25, 2012 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: Beach Balls by Tara Lain
Beach Balls

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Series: Balls to the Walls #3
Genres: M/M Romance
Released on May 29, 2012
Pages: 124
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It’s the end of the summer and thoughts are turning to fall, but I couldn’t help wanting one last summer read so I picked up this series and found each one nice romps on and about the beaches of Southern California.  My review is for the third book in the series.  This loosely connected series is set in and around Laguna Beach, CA.  It was an enjoyable read that was a bit different from the first two in the series though it continues with an opposite attract/one lover in the closet theme.

Adam is in the closet and a lawyer representing a big development group.  Sky is an environmental expert who is comfortable with who he is and his sexuality.  The two men meet and experience a connection- a hot, steamy connection.  They both decide to cautiously continue seeing each other with Adam having trouble trusting in ‘more’ and Sky hesitant to be with someone who isn’t willing to have an open relationship.  Well that is until they discover that they are on opposing sides of a new development project.  Will their connection and the beginnings of a relationship be enough or are they just too different?

The characters were engaging and I loved how the author made a good case for both their perspectives.  For instance, Adam was not the bad guy just because he worked for developers.  Though the discovery that they were in opposition hurt both of them and abruptly ended the relationship they started, I liked how they both wanted to reach across the chasm that separated them and try to be together since I’m not big on high angst or indecisive characters.

The plot was simple, but written well so it was not boring.  The insta-love was done in such a way that it did not stretch credulity.  There was mention of Roman from the previous story, but this can be read as a stand-alone just fine.

Enjoyable m/m romance novella!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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