Tuesday, October 1, 2013

BLOG TOUR: F.A.S.T. Balls by Tara Lain

Thanks to Smexy Fab4 for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Tara Lain's F.A.S.T. Balls today. Happy reading!



F.A.S.T. — Firefighter Assist and Search Team
Firefighter and surfing champion, Jerry Wallender, looks like a hero to the world, but he can’t see it. He keeps falling for these intellectual guys who end up making him feel dumb and unneeded. On top of that, Mick Cassidy, super-gorgeous firefighter and total homophobe, makes Jerry’s life miserable with his slurs. Then one day Mick’s nice to Jerry and, at the Firefighter’s Ball, Jerry offers a helping hand and ends up with a hand-job. What the hell is going on? Mick Cassidy is great with fighting fires and solving math problems but rotten with people. Raised by a gay-hating preacher, Mick’s carefully constructed world of gay bashing starts to crumble when he meets Jerry, the nicest, kindest man he’s ever known. Mick’s never wanted a woman and can’t stop thinking about sex with Jerry. In fact, he can’t stop doing it. Does that make him gay? And if he’s gay, what happens to his whole life? A hook-up between sweet Jerry and mean Mick might be total disaster — or the smartest idea Jerry ever had.

Title:  F. A. S. T. Balls
Series:  Balls to the Wall
Book #: 5
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  158 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit


I don’t remember if Jerry was in Volley Balls, but he played a big role in Fire Balls. I was hoping from that point that he would get his own story, but never imagined that Mick would be a part of it.

Reading Jerry’s story and learning more about both characters was interesting and kept me engaged the entire time. Mick’s history and his journey of self-discovery and redemption are tough, but in the end beautiful. I just wanted to hug Jerry and Mick, and smack the hell out of Mick’s parents. The romance was a cute and sweet exploration with a lot of heat, despite a few awkward moments.

I liked the conflict as a whole, but I hated the nature of it from Mick’s parents, but then that’s the point. Beyond that, I liked most of the guys at the firehouse and I adored all the cameos from the guys in the four previous books, particularly the first two.

Bottom Line:

Ultimately I loved FAST Balls as much as Fire Balls, which was my favorite in the series! I can’t wait for more.




About the Author
Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly male/male and MMF ménage, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her unique heroes. In fact, her readers say her tagline, Read the Beautiful Boys of Romance, about sums it up. Her first romance novel was published in January of 2011. She’s now on book 21. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards.

Some people call Tara “the Balls girl” in honor of her best-selling MM contemporary romance series, Balls to the Wall. Readers send her suggested titles for her next Balls book! Three of the Balls books, Volley Balls, Fire Balls and Snow Balls, were on the Amazon list of the top selling 100 gay romances in 2012.Tara also has a popular paranormal series called the Aloysius Tales and an award-winning ménage series titled Genetic Attraction.

In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm, and she carries her promotional instincts into her writing career as well. She lives with her soul-mate husband in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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  1. This series is new to me. I'm putting it on my TBR list now, but don't have a favorite character yet


    1. Hi Lisa -- Thanks so much for entering! : )

  2. I'll pick the firefighter every time , Jerry. Deb P

    1. Hi Deb -- Actually both guys are firefighters so you have good choices! : )

  3. I haven't read any yet so I don't have an opinion.