Title: Reading the Signs
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: September 22nd 2016
Page Count: 293 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
This hot-headed rookie needs discipline—on and off the field.
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’s 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’s 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.
This gay sports romance features men who have been repressing their feelings far too long, light BDSM, an age difference, sweaty locker rooms, and a happy ending.
I was in heaven when I found about this book!
Keira Andrews + Sports + Older brother’s friend + Age gap = ticking all of Lili’s boxes.
And I have to say Keira Andrews delivered. The books starts off with Jake being traded to Ottawa. There he’s united with Nico, his friend’s little brother. He still has the image of a gangly, curly-haired kid with pimples but little Nico is all grown up. What ensues is a story of healing.
-Jake. I love a man who is caring and loving but also takes charge. Although he wasn’t looking for a relationship, he’s mature enough not to fight it and embraces his feelings for Nico.
-Nico. My heart broke for him. He was full of guilt and self-loathing. I was rooting for him all the way.
-Dual POV. Score!
-I love sports romance but sometimes in sports fiction, if there’s too much sports talk I get bored, but in this story, there was enough information about baseball to comprehend the logistics but not too much to bore me.
-Relationship progression. I just loved how she built Nico and Jake’s relationship. It was so romantic and not to sound cheesy, but it gave me butterflies.
-The supporting cast. A great group that added substance to the story. They showed us what molded each man, and were an instrumental part of the healing process.
-The pace was smooth and easy to read.
-The steam. They were so much more than sex scenes in a romance story.
All in all, this was another hit for Andrews. It was a beautiful story about family, healing, trust, and love. 5 Stars! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
…he kissed every inch of skin he could kiss.
“Tell me how you feel,” he whispered.
“Like there’s no going back.”
And as the words left Nico’s kiss-swollen lips, Jake recognized that truth deep in his bones.