Volley Balls by Tara Lain: Review

Volley Balls (Balls to the Wall Book 1) by [Lain, Tara]
Volley Balls

2nd Edition

A Balls to the Wall Romance

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

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?

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2011.

Review

 

Welcome to my first review, ever. And let’s be clear on one thing upfront. I will review books that I’m interested in, which means I’ll tend to like them. I’m sure sometimes they won’t live up to the hype, but this is not a review blog, by any stretch of the imagination.

So, my first m/m romance ever was the original Volley Balls. I bought the entire five book series, and have loved Tara Lain ever since. When she said that she’d significantly expanded this first book, it was a no-brainer that I needed it.

Volley Balls takes place in Laguna Beach, CA, and focuses on the romance between David, an openly gay art shop owner, and Gareth, an Australian volleyball player in town for a tournament with the national team. He’s there with his best friend, Edge, who is about as homophobic as they come. Edge and Gareth’s father are the primary reason Gareth has decided that the closet is an okay place to be, but meeting David flips that decision on its head. Their romance is fast and maybe too furious for some, but I love the intensity and the resolve that these guys show in making a commitment to each other.

If you’ve read the original, you may wonder how Tara expanded the novel for its re-release. Remember Edge? Well, he had to come to grips with his own sexuality in the first book, and boy was he thrown in the deep end. From zero to two lovers in 2.5 seconds–or scenes. This time, we get more Edge, was his struggle with his unacknowledged attraction to his best friend, how he gives new meaning to taking two steps back, and his own resolve to not lose what’s come to mean so much to him.

Tara is re-releasing the original five Balls to the Wall series, but this is the only one of those first five that has added content. However, she is releasing two more books in the series, which I can’t wait to see.

I don’t really have a rating system or anything like that, but I loved the original, and I love this one too. So if I had stars or whatever, she’d get five of them.
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