Book Reviews

Doggy Style (Bats and Balls 3) by Ashley Ladd at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by CAS on 18-October-2011

Book Blurb

Devon Barrett hates his baseball team's new name, but the sponsor is the yummiest man he's ever met.

Devon can't stand the baseball team's new name but he falls for Sandy, the yummy new sponsor anyway. But his career as a nurse is on trial, everything's upside down, and it's not a good time to bring someone new into his life.

Against his better judgment he lets Sandy in just to find out he's the last person who is able to support him in his time of desperate need.

Book Review

The course of true love never did run smooth. Devon and Sandy unknowingly share a connection to a tragedy that forever changed their lives. Both men are trying to come to terms with those changes. They find solace in baseball and slowly but surely in each other’s arms as well. I was fully aware of the connection and the devastating effect it could have on their growing relationship. I kept turning the pages with an equal measure of anticipation and dread. The story is not all gloom and doom; there is plenty of love and laughter and some very hot sex as well. Both men have a wonderful sense of humor, and their canine companions add their own brand of tail waggin' fun. You are sure to get a kick out of the canine couture.

Devon is the character I most empathized with. He has the most to lose should he allow himself to fall in love. He's blindsided by his instant attraction to Sandy and knows it's not the best idea to get involved in a relationship with his career and thus his life on temporary hold. He and Sandy share a love of baseball, are both dog owners and the chemistry between them is electric. As his feelings for Sandy grow his greatest fear is the possibility of losing him when he needs his love and support the most.

Sandy as seen through Devon's eyes is Hollywood movie star material. He's buff and beautiful with a very hot and sexy side. Sandy sees himself as nothing more than a successful businessman on the down side of thirty looking for some human companionship before he goes totally to the dogs. Sandy wasn't looking for love but when it finds him he reaches for it with both hands. It's hard to say who was more devastated, Sandy or me, when fate snatches it out of his grasp before he has the chance to get a firm grip on it.

This is an emotionally driven story with quite a bit of angst on both sides. It is very nicely balanced with plenty of warmth and humor. I liked both men very much and was completely invested in how they were going to deal with their issues and each other once they realized their common bond. I shed some tears, had a few laughs and in the end felt very confident that Sandy and Devon were well on the way to their Happily Ever After.

 





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 62 pages/21821 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-July-2009
Price $3.50 ebook
Buy Link https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/doggy-style