Saturday, May 9, 2020

Fire Balls (Balls to the Wall #2) by Tara Lain

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Rodney Mansfield is tiny, flamboyant and, oh yeah, a black belt in karate. He is also one of southern California’s greatest artists. Too bad the work of art he really wants is firefighter, Hunter Fallon. But the gorgeous “straight gay” guy could never want the Runtback of Notre Dame, so when Rodney’s handsome, surfer friend, Jerry, develops an unexpected passion for the beautiful firefighter, Rodney breaks his own heart by helping Jerry land his man. And then Rod makes it worse by embarrassing Hunter when he protects him from a firehouse bully. Hunter hates gay guys like Rodney – doesn’t he? Then why can’t he get the powerful pipsqueak’s face out of his mind… and cock out of his ass? And why does he risk his job and his life to rescue Rod from a burning building? Isn’t it time for him to admit he’s not an alpha male after all and that he is the property of the artist?

My Rating - 4.5 Stars!

Tara Lain's Fire Balls, the second book in the Balls to the Wall series, is a great read. 

It's a tough read at times, as Hunter is ashamed of his sexuality and sexual desires. For him, being attracted to the twinky Rod just makes everything worse.

Rod is wonderfully lovable. He's proud of who he is; he doesn't hide himself. He is so well written, full of sass and "darlings." But, damn, when he takes charge sexually, woah... Hot damn, I love him!

I like the contrast between the writing style and the storyline. The writing style is easy, flows well, and seems like it would be a sweet, easy story. And although Rod gives us that sense, it is much more than a simple story. Hunter has a lot of pre-conceived notions and has some soul searching to do. 

Fire Balls is a soul searching journey towards a belief of worthiness for Hunter. This Tara Lain read will grab you and not let you go. It's a wonderful book. 

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