A Jeri Review: F.A.S.T. Balls (Balls to the Wall #5) by Tara Lain

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This book is part of a series but can easily be read as a stand alone. The characters overlap but you really don’t miss much if you miss a book.

This installment focuses on Jerry- a firefighter who constantly puts himself down as not smart enough. Not smart enough for his friends or the guys he dates or whatever. That kind of gets old.

Mick is a fellow firefighter and a giant homophobe. You know what that usually means- gay guy in the closet. And while I wasn’t really into Jerry falling for this jerk- Mick’s back story redeemed his behavior. Mostly. Mick’s father is the head of a cult like religious group that hates gay people. So even though he was raised that way and has the posturing of someone who thinks all gay people are going to hell, he is fighting the internal struggle of being gay himself.

Mick ended up being way more endearing than Jerry who was pretty boring. But even then, I was hoping for a lot more action from the religious cult. The threat was always there but nothing really happened.

Jerry and Mick together were ok, but I really felt like Jerry was settling for a guy who was a raging homophobe. That just didn’t sit right with me.

So they story was ok, I don’t regret reading it, but if there are more in the series I hope they are better.

Cover art by Reese Dante is dramatic and works for the storyline.

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 2nd Edition , 153 pages
Expected publication: July 12th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 18th 2013)
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesBalls to the Wall #5 settingCalifornia (United States)

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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