Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A Brand New Ballgame by Declan Rhodes


“Never have sex with the boss!” Chase’s sister Celia shouted the words with the extra emphasis only personal experience could provide. Fortunately, Chase’s situation was different. He was saying goodbye to the minor leagues, and he was unlikely to see his manager regularly ever again, much less play baseball for him. The opportunity to go to bed with Aaron Beck was Chase’s parting gift for leading the Rock City Ramblers to a second-place finish, and the gift was perfection.

Chase O’Rourke always played baseball well. From the moment he picked up a bat in a T-Ball league, the game came to him naturally. Seeing his sculpted body built perfectly for optimal batting and chasing down balls in the outfield, most observers thought big league stardom was the most important of Chase’s goals.

28-year-old Aaron Beck was one of the youngest managers ever in the minor leagues. He had baseball management in his blood from his World-Series-winning grandfather to his Uncle John who managed teams for more than a decade in the minor leagues. Aaron’s goal was clear. He would be a big-league manager by age 40.

Then Aaron got called up just months after Chase. They were not only both in the majors, they were working for the same team. Soon, high-minded vows to follow the rules and remain professional melted in the flames of passion. It was a brand new ballgame that Aaron and Chase were learning to play.

A Brand New Ballgame is a 52,000-word gay baseball romance with steamy scenes and a happily-ever-after ending. It has second chance and hurt-comfort themes.

My Rating - 5 stars!

I am an avid fan of Declan Rhodes, especially his sports books. I was super excited to get my hands on this new one, A Brand New Ballgame.

A Brand New Ballgame centers around baseball player, Chase, and his coach Aaron.  After hooking up when Chase gets called up to the minor leagues, both assume they won't be seeing each other again. They are surprised when Aaron becomes the new hitting coach on Chase's major league team. They know they aren't supposed to have a relationship, but they can't refrain from being together. Thus begins there secret romance. A few close friends know that they are a couple, but they are forcing themselves to remain secret to everyone else.

The face a few obstacles along the way, but they are super sweet together. I was definitely routing for them and am happy with how their story ended.  

I find A Brand New Ballgame to be a great, new baseball romance. Declan Rhodes manages to continue his usual writing style, which is quick and fast paced, with a good writing style, and some great characters, including some fun secondary characters. I was hooked from page one and couldn't put it down. I am hoping Declan Rhodes uses this book as groundwork for a new series. There is a lot of potential with some of the side characters. 

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