Sunday, 2 October 2016

Book review - Reading the Signs by Keira Andrews - 4.5 stars

Reading The Signs by Keira Andrews
M/M sports romance with light BDSM 
4.5/5 stars 


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.


I received a free copy of this book from the author via IndiGo Marketing and Design in exchange for a honest review.

4.5 stars 

Reading the Signs is a thoroughly enjoyable sports romance with a spicy, steamy side. It's set in the world of Major League Baseball - a sport that I know absolutely nothing about! Baseball is not a popular sport here in the UK so I admit that a lot of the baseball stuff went totally over the top of my head. I still really enjoyed the book though and I found the unusual setting to be very interesting. The author obviously knew her stuff where baseball was concerned, and she brought the game to life - she may have even made a baseball fan out of me!

Nico is in his rookie year and he's struggling to live up to his father and brother's legacies. He's also struggling to come to terms with his sexuality - his father often spouts homophobic views so he feels that he'll never be accepted by his family as a gay man. As a result of these stresses Nico often gets frustrated and loses his temper during a game. His club drafts in veteran Jake to help tame their new star pitcher, but Jake has become jaded with the game and isn't happy about the trade. Nico has long had a crush on his brother's former teammate, and his feelings for Jake haven't changed. Jake teaches Nico patience and gives him some discipline - both on and off the field. But can a relationship between two teammates really work?

There is some BDSM in this book and it's brilliantly done and fits in well with the story. Spanking and light bondage gives tightly wound Nico a chance to unwind and give his control over to someone he trusts for a while. Jake and Nico are so sexy together, their chemistry is smokin' hot! I also really enjoyed the interactions between Jake, Nico and their teammates - their humorous camaraderie is great fun to read. Overall I really enjoyed this book so it gets four and a half stars out of five - I've knocked off half a star as there was just a little too much detailed baseball action for me, but that's just a personal preference.

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