Title: Switch Hitter
Author: Cheyenne Meadows
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary sports romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: LaurasPassion
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Tucker Wilde’s life is in a tailspin. Twenty-four hours ago, he was one of the top second basemen in the all-shifter professional baseball league. Now, he’s lost his starting spot to a rookie, been dumped by his girlfriend, and had a night of explosive passion with a man—a teammate at that. He can’t get Dixon out of his mind—even though Tucker still believes himself to be straight. With his career in jeopardy, he’s unsure where to turn or how to fix the mess.
Dixon Foxx is a baseball prodigy, though a perfectionist father stole any joy he might find in the game. He only sticks with it because it’s all he knows—and because of Tucker, the man Dixon’s wanted since they met. His dreams come true one night, only to turn into a nightmare the next morning when Tucker blows off their incredible time together as a drunken mistake, never to happen again.
The life of a switch hitter is all about mixing things up. Tucker excels at it. Only this time, the game isn’t on the line—his heart is.
Baseball games. Those special times, very often in the oppressive, sweltering, and, sticky heat, when people watch athletes use a piece of wood or metal to hit a small circular item as far as they can, all to the cheers of the fans who are secretly wishing they had a bucket of shaved ice for either a sweet and cold dessert or an ice cold margarita. Forgetting about whether their team is loosing or not, fans begin to wonder when they’ll be able to come and show their support for their favorite team again, regardless of the heat, because it’s the whole experience that makes it so much fun.
“Let’s Go Predators, Let’s Go Predators!” *clap, clap, clap, clap* What an exciting read Switch Hitter was for this avid baseball fan. And to have shifters as well? Pfft, I readily began reading this story before my computer even had the chance to cool down upon receipt of this new book. Forget about facing the heat and the commercials, I welcomed the reading of this book, with it’s heavily infused baseball-themed plot with its various shifters from the All-Shifter Baseball League.
Switch Hitter, by Cheyenne Meadows, as it is a part of the Shifter Hardball Series, is a fun, hot, heart-breaking, beautiful, heart-warming, and exhilarating read about shifters Tucker Wilde and Dixon Foxx. Having been friends for many years, both sweet, kind, and hard-working young shifters find themselves reaching for what, they feel, would bring them the greatest amount of peace, and, that is..love, companionship, and family.
I really enjoyed this book, I found it to be well written, with its character development, realistic characters, and a well-developed shifter world. My heart broke for Tucker, on more than one occasion, and had marveled at his ability to forgive so quickly. I was also just as frustrated and yet so proud for Dixon, that I found myself cheering extra loud when he had achieved his..special moment.
Despite the fact that I have not read any of the previous books in the series, and I do recommend that they be read, I was still able to follow along with the plot of this particular book. While I did have some moments of confusion, they really didn’t take away from the overall plot or subplots. The secondary characters, with their cameos, were great. Minus one. I’m just going to say, that, she was..certainly very different.. And, that’s all I’m going to say about that. *grinning*
That being said..I also believe that it’s pace was very slow, and, it could have benefited from less of certain areas. I did like reading all of it, I really did, as previously mentioned, but, I just wish that it was more evenly spaced out. I wish there had been more scenes involving actual shifting, as the theme implies, possibly with more angst, because there was very little angst, and that which did exist, was resolved rather quickly. In addition to this, dare I say, a slightly less focus on the many baseball games, the various repetition of certain aspects of the plot, and, some of the detailed shenanigans.
One thing that I would have absolutely loved to have seen more of, was the bond, the love, that connection that Tucker and Dixon clearly have, as the bonding of mates goes bone deep. Every single time I read about their bond and their definite chemistry, even though it was sparse, I still found myself bawling like a baby because it was just so beautiful. And, that’s what makes a bonded pair. Whether they are male or female. I would have loved to have seen more of their squishy and “I need to be near you” kind of love. 🙂
Switch Hitter is just one of those stories that will grab, and, somehow hold onto you, with it’s hot and sexy shifters in a plot that will tug at your heart-strings, and will leave you with a new found knowledge of baseball, that will have you wanting more..:)