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Reading the Signs: Gay Sports Romance by [Andrews, Keira]
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Length: 295 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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 from Keira Andrews features men who have been repressing their feelings far too long, light BDSM, an age difference, sweaty locker rooms, and of course a happy ending.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: KA Books (22 September 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M16ZAY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Patty TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 December 2016
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Good book loved the OFY. Lots ofbaseball
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh.... 27 September 2016
By M - Published on
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I loved this one, possibly on a five star level, until the last few chapters when it rushed to end in what has become the ultimate cliche ending of sports romance in this genre (Seriously, how have authors not realized every single one of them is writing the same thing?). I didn't even feel like it truly suited this story; for me it almost felt tacked on to get the book over with in place of a real ending that would have dealt more with the relationship and its issues, rather than an abrupt sprint to a finish that didn't seem to really fit any of the arcs. The last four chapters or so kind of just ruined this entire book for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the romance, but too much baseball (for me) 26 November 2016
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*** 3,5 baseball stars ***

"What words come into your mind?
"Um..." He shuddered. "Open Exposed." Nico sucked in a gasp as Jake stabbed at his hole with his tongue. "Trust."

Hotness, and feels! Love it!

I loved the attraction, romance and relationship between Nico and Jake. I love that Nico had been carrying a torch for Jake for years, and then finally getting his teenage crush for reals. I felt so bad for Nico and all the thoughts and guilt he had been carrying around for all those years. I liked how it was resolved with his family, but my heart aches thinking of the emotional baggage he grew up with, that he didn't need to have had. Jake was lovely as strong, and confident. I loved the age gap between them. The sex was truly sizzling! I love that Jake was dominating, and I love that Nico wanted to submit just as badly. I loved his naked desire for it, and his embrace of it.

I would have loved to give this book 4 stars, but there was too much technical baseball talk for me. I have no idea how baseball is played, only they use a bat and a baseball (duh), and they run around the field. So paragraphs like the one below, just goes over my head.

"Nico was in control of the ballgame. That was until the top of the eight, when he gave up a walk and then a line drive that allowed the pinch runner to get from first to third with one out. The home crowd murmured, and Jake knew they were wondering if Skip [the coach] would make the walk out to the mound to give Nico the hook. Nico had thrown a great game, hanging in for more innings then usual for a starter, his pitch count fairly low."

I know, I know, it is a baseball book, and I knew this going in, but I've read other sports themed books where I don't know the rules of the game (American Football, or hockey), and they have been fine. So it's entirely possible for me to read a book about a sport I don't know, and still find it enjoyable. This book, though, was just too much. I found myself zoning out, and skimming through most of those paragraphs, unfortunately.

So, loved the Jake and Nico parts, but the baseball parts, not so much.
Would still recommend, because this is Keira Andrews after all! :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars A home run for me (yes, I know that was awful) 17 November 2016
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I read a lot of hockey m/m romance and I love the Quarterbackverse (run, don't walk to find it on line) football fic, but I'm not a baseball fan, so I haven't read much baseball-based romance. But I would read more if they all were like Reading the Signs. I really liked this book and it was very well written. I had several DFNs lately - just ridiculous plots or juvenile writing - so Reading the Signs was a relief. I'll admit that I skimmed some of the baseball stuff, but there wasn't too much, so I didn't feel like I was skipping huge chunks of the book or bored. I liked the secondary characters and felt most of them were more than one dimensional. I enjoyed the growth of both MCs. They each had some pretty tough things they needed to do to get their lives on track.

The big reveal at the end was met with far too many smiles, back slaps and rainbow flags waved. Very unrealistic in professional sports and it almost had an "everyone is totally fine with it and happy for you" fairy tale quality. But, I guess if I wanted real life, I should be watching the news these days. There's plenty of horrifying things on there right now. I'll just hide away in the HEAs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute homerun... 25 September 2016
By cinnamon - Published on
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This story is an absolute homerun in my book. I truly enjoyed every aspect of it. The writing is flawless as always, the characters complex and very intriguing, the chemistry between them hot and palpable. Add the baseball background and I was sold immediately. I love baseball, and have read a few really good baseball stories. Now I found one more gem! But don't worry if you are not a fan, the book has the perfect balance, giving a bit of insight, but not overwhelming.
My heart was breaking for Nico at the very beginning, and I think the writer did a brilliant job solving all the issues in the most heartwarming way. This is a true feel-good story, so don't expect lots of angst. It's more about inner struggles and how to overcome personal issues with the help of the right person. The build-up is perfectly paced, the way Jake and Nico reconnect and form a relationship, changing, forming, helping each other is very well written. The secondary characters are wonderful and the sense of family and friendship add an extra layer of awesomeness. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 rounded up. 25 March 2017
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I really love Keira Andrews's writing, and this was no exception. I really loved the baseball setting, and I thought she did a great job making it feel very authentic. Nico and Jake were lovely both separately and together, and they each were dealing with some very believable issues. The story just felt very authentic.

The two of them had a great connection, and while I thought that initial scene in the clubhouse where they finally crossed that line felt a little forced (like the author couldn't quite figure out how to get then from wanting each other but not realizing it was reciprocated to them having sex and dealing with the next set of issues) the rest of the book was really enjoyable.

Happy ending, but I liked that it wasn't entirely sunshine and roses. Overall a very enjoyable read, and pretty hot as well. ;)

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