Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Pitcher Nico Agresta is desperate to live up to his family’s baseball legacy. Since he was a teenager crushing on his big brother’s teammate, he’s known he can’t act on his desires. His father made it clear there should be no queers on the field, but if Nico can win Rookie of the Year like his dad and brother did, maybe he can prove he’s worthy after all.
At 34, veteran catcher Jake Fitzgerald just wants to finish out his contract and retire. His team doesn’t have a prayer of making the playoffs, but who needs the stress? Jake lost his passion for the game—and life—after driving away the man he loved, and he swore he’d never risk his heart again.
Then he’s traded to a team that wants a vet behind the plate to tame their new star pitcher. Jake is shocked to find the gangly kid he once knew has grown into a gorgeous young man. But tightly wound Nico is having trouble controlling his temper in his quest for perfection, and Jake needs to teach him patience and restraint on the mound.
When their push and pull explodes into the bedroom, Nico and Jake will both learn how much they’ll risk for love.
As my Nats head into the playoffs, this was the perfect story to settle into…romance, baseball and a chance to see this game I love yet again through another’s eyes. Keira Andrews did not disappoint me.
Vet catcher Jake Fitzgerald is burned out. Fitz is ready to leave the game. Then he’s traded and what was to become the end of his career instead becomes a game changer. The team’s new star pitcher? A troubled hothead, Nico Agresta, someone Fitz new before. I loved how Andrews tumbles the reader not only into the game and the team but the lives of the main characters all at once.
We get a feel for the new team dynamics, the feel of the playhouse, the management, Jake’s history and Nico’s too.
A reader doesn’t have to know, understand or particularly love baseball (although its a huge plus) to adore this story. Andrews spells it out enough in the story for those new to the sport to understand what’s going on. If you’ve played any sport, you can understand the pressure these athletes are under to perform. More so, if they are coming from a tradition bound family like Nico. The depths of character are built up within the story, a element I really appreciated as I watched the characters grow.
The bdsm element here is one that makes sense. Its also very sexy. At first I have to admit, I was started and had to think about the relationship, and where and between who it was taking place. Maybe in other hands I might not have “bought” it, but Andrews made her case for it and I connected with both MCs and their love for each other.
This story is all about passion. Passion for each other, passion for America’s sport, the game of baseball, passion for family. Keira Andrews takes two separate men, one burned out, one in trouble and brings them together in Reading the Signs…a story I can absolutely recommend because of the emotion, the connection I felt towards them both…and the game I love. Its all there. I couldn’t ask for more.
Cover art. I love this cover. Its tremendous. One of my best of the year.
ebook, 293 pages
Published September 22nd 2016 by KA Books