Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Release Day Review: Volley Balls by Tara Lain #Review #Giveaway

Author: Tara Lain
Book: Volley Balls 2nd Edition
Series: Balls to the Wall
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: January 11, 2016
Length: 123 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


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?

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

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This is book one of Tara Lain’s Balls to the Wall Series. It is a re-release but I never read the original so I’m not sure what, if any, changes were made.

In this story we have a guy, David. He owns a gallery, he’s out of an abusive relationship with Phil. David actually an amazing character. I enjoyed him a great deal. He may have been in an abusive relationship but he’s strong and has built a terrific life for himself. He’s surrounded himself with outstanding friends. 

The book opens with David eating a sandwich on the beach and being verbally assaulted by one of these volley ball players. It’s harsh and of course David has residual fears from his past relationship.
The two volleyball players are Gareth and Edge. Edge is a homophobic guy. Gareth is in the closet. How they are best friends you will find yourself wondering often. 

A lot happens in this story a twosome turns into a threesome. There’s very minor drama, little angst. Now, you need to understand; ménage is pretty much one of, if not my most, favorite trope. I read it with a skeptical eye. I get excited about the book and hope for the best.

Here’s the thing about Volley Balls; the chemistry wasn’t there. It was far too rushed and I didn’t believe it at all. One of the most amazing things about ménages is the psychology and I’m sorry to say all it felt like was a prolonged orgy to me.  There was so much missing in that aspect and because of that this just wasn’t a book for me.

I am a huge Tara Lain fan so I was sad that this book didn’t work for me. I’m interested in the next book and will read it because the only issue I had with this was the believability in these three guys making it work. Other than that it was quite entertaining.


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  1. Hi Mere! Thank you for reading Volley Balls. All the other books are MM. This was the only menage -- sorry! But i hope you like the others too. David appears a lot in the other books. HUGS! : )

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