Note: This ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.
Tara Lain is back with her third installment in her Balls to the Wall series set in Laguna Beach, California. Beach Balls is the story of a closeted lawyer working for a developer who doesn't try to hide their homophobia and one whose latest planned project has them up against a strong wall of opposition led by an environmental science expert. Working with WMA Development would help attorney Adam James put his practice on better financial footing and hopefully bring in even more big name clients, so he'll suck up the fact that the owners make disparaging and homophobic statements often. This, of course, means his own sexuality is a secret, but he lets loose and during one morning spent scuba diving, Adam meets rebreather diver Sky, and their hookup turns out to be something more than either man expected. They have high hopes to get-together again. That is, until Sky turns out to be Dr. Sky Sea Mickeljohn, the expert brought on to pinpoint why WMA Development's project is environmentally risky. On opposite sides of a contentious issue, will Adam and Sky find any kind of middle ground?
This is, hands down, my favorite book in the series so far. There was much more substance to both the story and the main characters, going beyond the usual sexual attraction with a much stronger emotional connection story line. Adam and Sky did, indeed have the physical and emotion connection to one another, but I liked that there was this tension that came about when their "true" identities were revealed, not that there was anything nefarious with regards to their not sharing every single detail about who they really were. I mean, hello, it's not like they were planning to swap rings and vows at that point. There's a moment where both men contemplate the kind of persons they are and whether what they feel for each other was worth the compromise it would take in order for them to make a true go of it. There was all kinds of great tension between Adam and Sky and this made for an even more interesting read. A sneak peek at the fourth book in the series has me curious as to how that'll all play out, so it's definitely going on my to-be-read list. Beach Balls is a standalone and I'm giving it four out of five stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Balls to the Wall series:
Volley Balls (book one) - 2.5 stars - My Review
Fire Balls (book two) - 3.5 stars - My Review
Beach Balls (book three) - four stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 08 May 2017
Date Read: 06 May 2017
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