Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review: Reading the Signs by Keira Andrews

Reading the Signs
by Keira Andrews
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: September 22, 2016

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.

This is such a great m/m sport romance with so much warmth and make me shed a copious amount of tears. 

Jake Fitzgerald, 34, veteran catcher, burnt out from his long career. He wish he could retire early because he just don't give a damn anymore. Then he got traded back to his home country, Canada and it might just be a misfortune that change Jake's life perspective.

Nico Agresta is having a great rookie year, but he had a lot to live up to with both his father and older brother being successful player. His hunger for win stem from his desire to prove to his father that he is worthy in his eye. This poor guy is stress up all the time without an outlet. When Jake got traded to his team, Nico was transported back to his teenage years, having a big crush on his brother's friend. 

In the beginning of the story when both the main characters are introduced, they are both in the closet and their lives are incredibly depressing. I'm feeling rather melancholy and couldn't wait to get to the happy part. With Jake working closely with Nico their feeling soon get in the way even before they realize the other person might be gay. With Nico being constantly stressed up and looking vulnerable, Jake did came across as a caring big brother, but their relationship development didn't appear any less believable. The author dabble a little in the BDSM, but is pretty light and didn't overshadowed the overall plot of the story. 

Nico's situation make me incredibly sad because he had been piling so much on his shoulder and he feels the need to always be perfect. I started off hating his father for making he feels that way. His dad is conservative and old school. But one of my favorite scene in the book is the conversation he had with Nico. That was the scene that I couldn't stop crying. The dad's character feel so real to me.

I like that Jake and Nico have such positive influence on each other. With Jake's constant support, Nico is able to face his problem head on and no longer the scared little kid. In return, Jake's blase attitude towards his career took a change making his passion came back. But with them being teammates, will they have to remain in the closet forever?

I'm not big on baseball cause my country never air the game, but I get the gist of it. I enjoyed the game that was visualize here, though there are parts that I don't really understand. I can still feel the hype and the tension during the game. 

I'm glad I picked this one up. Is definitely a m/m sport romance that is worth a read