High Balls (Balls to the Wall #5)

Author: Tara Lain

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP & Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  Though only twenty-six, single father Theodore Walters lives with his head in the clouds and his feet firmly planted in reality. At the center of his life is Andy, his seven-year-old son, with whom he shares no DNA, though nobody—including his religious-fanatic in-laws—knows that, and Theodore will do anything to keep them from finding out. Theodore works hard to get his PhD and the tenure and salary that might follow to make a better life for Andy—but the head of his department thinks his dissertation on Jane Austen and romance novels is frivolous.

Theodore’s carefully planned life goes off the rails when he walks into a popular Laguna Beach bar and meets the bartender, “Snake” Erasmo, a pierced and tattooed biker who sends Theodore’s imagination—and libido—soaring. Snake has even more secrets than Theodore and couldn’t be a less “appropriate” match, but he might be the only guy with the skills to show Theodore that happily ever after is for real.


Review: This was the first book I read in this series and I have to say that I enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I will go back and read the previous books, but for me this was a nice read.

I will say though that there were some parts that I didn’t believe, like Andy’s age, for example. He talked WAY older than he was and it kind of brought me out of the story a bit. I have an 8 year old and a 10 year old and I volunteer at school a lot, so I’m around a lot of kids and none of them talk the way Andy does. And the one word he does mess up is “pervert”? Come on now, this kid was asking Theodore what kind of guy Snake was and if he was conservative (yes he used conservative), then telling him what kind of clothes Theodore should wear for his date. He’s 7. SEVEN! No seven year old does that. Okay, I’ll stop ranting about Andy’s age.

Theodore was cool. I liked him, but I think he let his in-laws have way too much influence on his career and parenting. He’s Andy’s dad and if Theodore didn’t want Andy to go to his grandparent’s house, he can say no. Lie. Make up plans. Something. But, I will tell you this, if my kid ever came home and told me the stuff that happened the way Andy did? Nope. They wouldn’t ever see them again.

Snake was weird. Theodore and Snake’s first meet was nice, but Snake didn’t act like a Snake, if you know what I mean. Snake was super nice and romantic. He was a giant teddy bear that loved Andy to pieces. I wished we got inside his head a little more. I did HATE his secret, but then again how did… never mind. You have to read it to find out what I was going to say 😉 This was another part that I didn’t believe. I will say this though, the money? Theodore never questioned it? I would have. That would have been the first thing out of my mouth after everything got settled.

Overall, this was cute. I liked Theodore’s friends and I liked how Snake wouldn’t back down.


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