Volley Balls by Tara Lain ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

Title: Volley Balls
Series: Balls to the Walls #1

Author: Tara Lain

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/11/2017

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Gay Romance


2nd Edition

A Balls to the Wall Romance

A “pumped up” version of the Volley Balls story, twice as long as the original.

A double dose of alpha male might be better than one.

Despite just getting out of an abusive relationship with an asshole alpha, David Underwood’s wandering glance lands on two hot members of the Australian volleyball team on Laguna Beach and gets him harassed again. Still, when the delicious Gareth Marshall proves his interest by coming out to his team, David succumbs to his attraction. But Gareth’s volleyball partner, Edge, who’s equally hot, makes the lovers’ lives miserable.

For Gareth, a lifetime of hiding his orientation—and his attraction—from his best friend, Edge, as well as everyone else around him, adds up to hurt and frustration. David’s the first man to ever compete with Edge for Gareth’s passion. But Edge has secrets of his own, and David’s ex-lover will never be happy without David under his fist. With everything stacked against him, can a gay Laguna man find happiness with an alpha male–or two?

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2011.

My View:

I vaguely remembered that I liked this when it was first published, so when I discovered that it was being republished with additional editing and content, I had to give it a second go. And overall, the sentiment and the premise were good. I liked the ideas that the author put out there. I liked the way the book handled homophobia and coming out and being true to yourself. I even liked the feeling that I was left with at the end. I thought the way the author introduced character and set up this little Laguna world was natural and seamless. I am in love with all the characters and want all their stories.

However, this story was VERY rushed and felt underdeveloped to me. These three men needed A LOT more page time to be true people and not just superficial characters. Their journeys deserved more time dedicated to thought and growth and understanding. These men when through some tough issues and it felt like this issues were just glossed over in favor of an easy resolution. Also, becoming a threesome, ESPECIALLY when the twosome is so knew, needs more than just an instant of thought.

I like Tara Lain as an author and I love most of her work, but this one is not one of my favorites by her. Oh I enjoyed it more than I didn’t, but I would have liked to have seen more from these men. They deserved it and the reader deserved it.

I will still be picking up the rest of this series because it is a fun bit of fluff and sometimes that is what I need in my life. A little fluff.


Volley Balls on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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