Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Bases Loaded (Going for the Gold) by Sean Michael


Can they survive the off-season and keep from striking out?
Baseball player Brett must get rehabilitation for his shoulder if he wants another season in the Major Leagues. He and his partner, Benj, take off to the boonies to stay with physical therapist Ralph, a tough-talking, routine-setting guy, and Jean, Ralph’s Cajun lover, who cooks as well as he loves.
Brett and Ralph butt heads from the beginning. Ralph wants Brett to be more in touch with his feelings; Brett wants Ralph to give him his therapy and leave him alone. Benj and Jean get along far better, with Jean showing Benj around the kitchen and reassuring him when things with Brett get strained.
Before Ralph can even begin to work on Brett’s shoulder, though, Brett faces an even more difficult physical challenge, one that does more than threaten his career. He and Benj have to work through some tough issues, making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives together. Their gradual friendship with Ralph and Jean helps them through the bad times, but even that might not be enough to pull them through.
Second Edition
First Edition published by Torquere Press, June 2009.

Cover Artist: Tiferet Design

My Rating - 5 Stars!

As I love romances with athletes, I was excited to read Bases Loaded by Sean Michael. And it didn't disappoint.

Brett's an injured baseball player. When he and his partner Benji go away for Brett to rehab, they get more than they expected. 

Brett's physical therapist, Ralph and his partner, Jean, introduce a lot to this tale. Not only are they active characters in this story, but we also get to see their point of view and spend a lot of time getting to know them.

Sean Michael's use of two main couples is interesting and fun. We get to know both couples well, as they both get some hot scenes. 

I love Brett and Benji. When we meet them, their relationship is starting to suffer from Brett's injury. It's fantastic the way that Ralph and Jean help to mend the fissures in Brett and Benji's relationship.

In fact, I find the idea of athletes going to rehab with Ralph and Jean a superb idea. It leads to a lot of unique moments. I wish there were more books of athletes rehabbing with this couple.

Overall, I enjoyed Bases Loaded a lot. I found the combination of two couples, an injury, relationship issues, and romance to be delightful.

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