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Wild Pitch (Homeruns Book 1) by [Johnson, Sloan]
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There’s never been any question in Sean Tucker’s mind that he’d do whatever it took to make it to the major leagues and be one of the best pitchers of his time. The day he acknowledged to himself that he was gay was also the day he vowed to stay in the closet in order to chase his dreams. The problem is, he never counted on Mason Atley.

Sean showed rookie short stop Mason Atley the ropes, both on the field and off. The two forged a friendship which continued as both of them moved through the ranks of the farm system and into the majors. Unfortunately, there’s always been one secret Mason never felt he could share with Sean. Until now.

For seven years, Sean lived with the fact that he loved a man who would never reciprocate. When Mason admits that he’s always known he’s bisexual but has never allowed himself to pursue a relationship with a man, will Sean be able to put aside his reservations about starting a relationship with the friend he’d always assumed was straight? And more importantly, will they be able to find a way to stay together when their careers keep them apart more than they can be together?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1206 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: SJ Books (11 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Wild Pitch by Sloan Johnson is the beautiful story of love found between two best friends Sean and Mason.

His whole life Sean has always known who he was, but due to his career as a baseball player, didn't openly admit to the world he was gay. His attraction to his best friend Mason has always been there since they lived together in the early stages of there baseball careers.

Mason has alway kept hidden his true feelings, scared he will push Sean away and loose his friendship. But the love and story that comes from there declaration of love is truly beautiful.

Sloan Johnson has written an amazing love story, the characters are two very strong men, both in the public eye and are scared of how there fellow team mates will see them differently and of public perception. I Love how Sloan included the strength and support of the secondary characters (I won't give anything away).

This book in written in dual POV, I did find it a bit confusing at times and had to flip back to see who's perspective I was reading from, but overall a very enjoyable read
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By paddlefoot1397 TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 June 2015
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There are plenty of friends-to-lovers books out there, heck I have read so many of them in my time - but this is my first m/m friends to lovers romance.

And I have to say, Sloan Johnson has hit a home run with this one!

Sean and Mason have been friends for years, but they have been keeping secrets from each other. When these secrets start to come out, things could change for the better or worse for them both.

I adored Sean and Mason. I had a smile on my face most the time whilst reading - I couldn't help myself! It was such a heartwarming story.

I think though, that it was all about Sean for me. I loved who he was, what he did for his relationship with Mason.

There were a few twists and turns along the way, but nothing too over the top silly.

I loved getting to know some of their family, friends and workmates, and hope to learn more about them in the next books.

Wild Pitch is a sweet romance that once I started I just couldn't put down.

I feel that Ms Johnson has found her niche with the m/m genre, and cannot wait to read what she has for us next.
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I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Sean and Mason know they want each other but actually becoming a couple proves problematic. These two have issues communicating even though they have been best mates for 7 years. Going from friends to lovers is not easy.

Wild Pitch is dual point of view so we get to see Mason and Sean's struggles with different issues though their eyes. We see them come to terms with their sexuality, whether or not to come out, they want out of life and from each other.

I was unable to resist the lure of hot gay baseball players. Wild Pitch was a great read and I look forward to reading Jason's story next.

Wicked Reads Review Team
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I love reading Sloan Johnsons M/M books. So full of emotion, they're fun and very sexy! They take each of us on a fantastic journey. Looking forward to reading the follow on.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, the storyline's been done ad nauseam, but this is a decent version. I just wish the author had used an editor and proofer. 15 June 2015
By Roroblu'sMum - Published on
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This is a very decent, feel-good tale of friends-to-lovers, that's been done time and time again, but this was surprisingly believable, despite the leads both being professional sportsmen. Both leads were likeable and there were few obstacles to stand between them, with everything working out a little too smoothly and conveniently, without any realistic angst, but still, I liked the tale enough to be OK with the rose-tinted spectacles take.

The tale pretty much mirrors the blurb, with (brief) sort-of similarity to Ella Frank's Logan and Tate tales. It does run pretty close to the blurb, so there's no point repeating that, but here are my thoughts on it:

There are a few things that make it a 4* read and not a 5* one: the author got muddled up with verb tenses at times, so I had 'uwot?' moments where I had to go back and re-read to make sense/also, the name of the character whose POV each chapter was narrated in was so small, that I didn't initially notice this and struggled with who was speaking; this also happened when she changed POV mid-chapter/there is not much sex in the tale, and what there is happens sort of perfunctorily - because it's a MM tale and it's expected. I needed more passion, more down and dirty words, more scenes, more eroticism. I mean, they'd both been into each other for over 7 years, so the passion should have been off the charts. Yes, I got that they trusted each other implicitly, so had unprotected sex, which should have added an extra dimension of emotion and eroticism, but the author just seemed to make this a matter-of-fact part, and didn't play its importance up enough/the leads did sort of seem to make mountains out of molehills a bit, which felt like unnecessary drama, as did the arc with the sister, though this worked out very conveniently for them/at one point, there was a discussion about kids, in which one wasn't all that into the idea and yet a few pages later when the subject came up again, he got asked again (as if for the first time), and had apparently changed his mind. Either the author hadn't ironed out these scenes, or had forgotten what she'd written a few pages back, as it seemed too much of an about-face on the subject/the hippy parents with their 'all's fine attitude' kind of seemed to serve no real purpose and faded out of the tale, as did the sister, once she'd served her purpose.

However, the HEA we got to see, was sweet and did make me believe that the guys would make it. But, that was only at best 6-7 months down the line, so a bit later would have been better.

There was a glimpse of the next book in the series, which features as one of the leads, a friend who appeared in this tale and who played quite an important part in getting the guys to open up, talk and deal with things, so I'd kind of already wanted to read his tale. I had hoped it would be something to do with the dogtags he wore, but that's apparently not the case, unless the author turns the next book into MMM.

Overall, this was a decent read, that with a competent editor/content editor and proofer, could have been a 5* tale.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dull and unemotional, 2.5 stars (some spoilage) 11 April 2016
By Lora905 - Published on
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First of all, there is cheating, so if you have any kind of problem with that, then don’t read this because this entire book (no exaggeration at all) is built on cheating. Even though Mason & Sean’s first time going “all the way” doesn’t take place until about 63% (something else to consider in case the cheating doesn’t bother you), there was lots of kissing, groping, and mutual BJs, and all of this before Mason even went to the divorce hearing. In fact, Mason’s wife – who, of course, is portrayed as a terrible shrew – doesn’t even sign the papers until 77%, AFTER Mason has moved in with Sean. And it seemed as if there was more focus on the physical stuff than dealing with emotions and problems. And the intimate scenes weren’t even all that hot. Secondly, although I was able to get through this, there was a real need for a good editor. There were typos, grammar mistakes, and tense errors from the beginning to the end.

Other issues: time passage was handled poorly; very little character development – we don’t know who or how these guys were before they were MLB players, they hardly interact with anyone not connected to MLB, and they seem to have no life outside of the MLB; the author made them a little TOO manly – there were a few occasions where an MC was either thinking or commenting that being romantic or showing emotion/affection was too effeminate or girlie (heck, maybe that’s why Mason’s wife cheated); the writing seemed too disjointed from one chapter to another, plus the story was kind of boring; the characters were SO lifeless and dull that I had no feelings towards them and cared more about getting this book over with than what happened to them; Mason & Sean spent too much time misunderstanding and/or getting upset with each other and it got real old, real fast. And I was tired of Sean always waiting for the other shoe to drop, therefore not really allowing himself to think of being with Mason long-term, retiring from baseball, and possibly raising a family until 90% into the book. The book ends at 95%.

Questions: When did Mason’s divorce actually become final? As of Chap. 21 he was still legally married, and the book has 25 chapters and an epilogue. At what point was it decided that Abi would give her baby to her brother? It was already done and decided by the epilogue but there was never any discussion. Were Sean’s parents ever going to be told or would Sean just lie & say he decided to adopt? How did the reporter find out Mason & Sean’s secret? It was never revealed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sweet read 16 June 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
If you read the blurb then you know what the story is about and you know it is a MM read. So with that said this is a good story and I really liked it. I loved the characters and they way the story went. So, why no 5 stars? Well, it just didn't WOW me that much. Without giving away anything I think a little more on the sister would have been nice and some of the decisions that were made were thought about by one character but then never mentioned again and then things just popped up. I know that the author may have intended it this way but I still would have liked a little discussion about the one BIG decision. Other than that it was a really good story and if you like MM then this is one you should read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked It! 22 June 2015
By Jen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Review for Lustful Literature:

“When I was younger, my dad always told me that it didn’t matter what package love came in, as long as the heart inside that package was good.”

This story was a really sweet friends to lovers story that gives us insight on how it’s not always easy coming out of the closet when you are in the spotlight. I can only imagine the kind of stress people are under when they want to be able to live their lives as honestly as everyone else does especially when you are a professional athlete. For Sean and Mason this was the case.

Sean and Mason have been best friends for a really long time. Sean has always had a crush on Mason however he never let his very “straight” friend know how he truly felt. It appears at first that Mason is very much straight but after years of hiding who he really is from the world, he comes out to his best friend and in a big way. These men play professional baseball and all their lives they’ve worked hard to get where they are. Coming out in that world is just not something that people would readily do. After they both come clean with each other and the feelings they’ve been holding inside, they begin a secret relationship. Their journey to fully having what they both desire while balancing their careers was something that I enjoyed seeing. I really enjoyed the support and love these characters got from friends and family once they did let people know the truth about themselves and their relationship.

There isn’t much angst or suspense with this one. It’s just a nice sweet story with a few steamy scenes, and lots of baseball talk. And while I did enjoy the whole premise of the storyline, sadly it just didn’t bring out the emotions in me that I was hoping for. The reason being that I just didn’t completely connect with Sean or Mason. There were moments that I loved but I felt like the timeline skipped too fast for me to be completely immersed in them. There were conversations and shared moments I wish I got to hear and experience. Also there were a few times where I was confused on who was saying what and I found myself rereading scenes over. However, that being said there were definitely some honest and beautiful scenes that I really loved and couldn’t get enough of.

If you are looking for a sweet friends to lovers story with some hot men and love baseball then this story is one you’ll want to grab and give a try.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit ordinary 28 June 2015
By Lilian - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I couldn't get terribly interested in the story because it was a bit ho hum. There was a lot of talking, a lot of background of their friendship, and just not enough action.