Review: Keira Andrews – Reading the Signs

51vdz6su48lAuthor: Keira Andrews
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: KA Books
Genre: MM Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★¾ 

Summary:
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 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 is 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 features men who have been repressing their feelings far too long, light BDSM, an age difference, sweaty locker rooms, and a happy ending.
Review:
From the first chapter, Keira Andrews hits a homerun with this one!

This story hit all my favorite buttons: age gap, BDSM (light), virgin, fear of coming out, and damn hot and sexy characters. I love an older man, and though thirty-four isn’t old by my own standards, it’s certainly old enough for young, rookie pitcher, Nico Agresta. The son and brother of former Rookie of the Year players, Nico has a lot to prove, both on and off the field. Being gay is not something he’ll ever reveal to his father, though, because as his father always says, there’s no room for pansies in baseball. Implied is there’s no room in my life for fags, and Nico takes that lesson to heart.

Enter Jake Fitzgerald, a man nearing the end of his career as a catcher for the San Francisco team. Complacent now, Jake is just putting in his time ’til retirement. But his world is suddenly upended when he’s traded, without notice, to the Caps, the new Ottawa team. When he arrives at the clubhouse to see that the lanky, geeky kid he used to play catch with when he lived in Chicago many years ago has grown into a gorgeous young man—tall and lean, with dark curly hair—a body Jake would love to manage behind closed doors. Finding out Nico has an attitude and temper and that he’s been assigned to work with the rookie, has its good and bad points. But when Nico gets out of control, Jake finds the perfect blend of hand-ass coordination to spank the bad out of the boy, and the heat slams both of them into a tailspin.

I loved this romance! And I loved the story surrounding it. I’m not a baseball fan, and yet, I totally enjoyed all the insider info about the game, the players, the locker room, and more that this story contained. But it was the romance that carried me away on a sea of endorphins. Jake was just the right mix of nice guy, kinky guy, fun-loving guy, and serious guy all wrapped up in a gorgeous package. And Nico? Nico’s character was very complex, much more than appeared on the surface. He was majorly influenced by things overheard in his impressionable early years—things about his mother’s death and his father’s opinions that left Nico emotionally scarred and unable to accept himself for the man he truly was. Jake was able to break through much of his façade, at least to the point where Nico was able to get out of the dark, scary places within himself and finally reach out to his sister and brother, and ultimately to his father as well.

Did I mention I loved this book? I highly recommend it. Keira Andrews never fails to present a complex and emotional drama with personable, endearing characters and give us a very well-deserved HEA for them as well. For all lovers of MM romance, don’t miss a chance to read this one.

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