Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/22/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Gay Romance
This hot-headed rookie needs discipline—on and off the field.
Pitcher Nico Agresta is desperate to live up to his family’s baseball legacy. Since he was a teenager crushing on his big brother’s teammate, he’s known he can’t act on his desires. His father made it clear there should be no queers on the field, but if Nico can win Rookie of the Year like his dad and brother did, maybe he can prove he’s worthy after all.
At 34, veteran catcher Jake Fitzgerald 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? Jake lost his passion for the game—and life—after driving away the man he loved, and he swore he’d 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. But tightly wound Nico is having trouble controlling his temper in his quest for perfection, and Jake needs to teach him patience and restraint on the mound.
When their push and pull explodes into the bedroom, Nico and Jake will both learn how much they’ll risk for love.
This gay sports romance features men who have been repressing their feelings far too long, light BDSM, an age difference, sweaty locker rooms, and a happy ending.
I love Keira Andrews and this is another one that hits all my buttons just perfectly.
If age gaps, lite BDSM, spectacularly rough sex and a little bit of hero worship are your thing you are going to enjoy Reading the Signs. Keira has given us two characters who are lovable from the start and will have you rooting for them immediately – one who is coming to the end of his career and one who is just starting out.
Jake is feeling jaded with his baseball career and is waiting patiently and sometimes rather grumpily for it to come to an end. He’s been there and done it, his body isn’t as forgiving as it used to be – the aches and pains are harder to massage out and he has sacrificed a huge part of himself for his sport by remaining in the closet. When he is suddenly transferred to a team in Canada without a heads up from his manager his apathy kicks in even more.
Nico is like a coiled spring wound so tight he’s ready to pop. He lives in the shadow of his father and brother, he lives with the guilt over losing his mother and he spends ALL his time striving for perfection. His judgement is clouded and his perceptions are all wrong but his beliefs are so strong that he fails to see the truth. Nico grew up in the shadow of his brother and his brothers best friend Jake so when Jake arrives to play on his team the hero worship and the what if’s kick in immediately – for Nico is also in the closet and he has no intention of ever stepping out.
Keira writes so well that the sparks between this pair jump off the page – that first time together in the gym was magnificent and there was never going to be any going back from there! A slow burn relationship that is hidden away but that develops with the help of a great secondary cast. I was even cheering on Nico’s dad by the end. This one I would highly recommend.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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