- State of Mind
- Release Date
- October 2013
- Book 4 of Mustangs Baseball
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more
Five years ago, switch-hitting left fielder, Bentley Randolph ran from his private shame and never looked back until the Mustangs new trade acquisition, Sean Flannery, walked into the locker room and laid him flat with a single punch, bringing the memories back in a flash of pain and humiliation. Unable to escape this time, Bentley has no choice but to face his complicated feelings for Sean, as well as the woman he loves.
Sean Flannery hasn't forgotten the incident that changed his life or forgiven Bentley for the cowardly way he handled the encounter—asking to be traded to another team. Recently traded to the Mustangs himself, Sean is determined to keep his distance from the man of his dreams, up until the moment his fist connects with the left fielder's face and the ensuing brawl on the locker room floor reveals something he never dared hope for—Bentley still wants him.
Jan 21, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
170 people found the following review helpful
I was very intrigued by the blurb for this story, loving the idea of two strong, professional sports men going hell for leather in determining their attraction to each other. And in this aspect, I was certainly not disappointed.
Bentley Randolph, switch hitting left fielder for the Mustangs, ran from his feelings five years ago when he found he was harboring unwelcome thoughts and desires for Sean Flannery. Finding him in the locker room, in the shower, naked and wet, made Bentley feel like he thought no man ever should for another man. So he ran and tried to forget all about it.
But when Sean Flannery walks into the Mustangs' locker room five years later and punches Bentley squarely in the nose, the scene is set for another scorching episode of 'What Bentley feels for Sean'. And Bentley has a girlfriend whom he loves completely and he simply cannot face the feelings that Sean Flannery stirs within him.
It's a wonderfully written sports romance story with a flair for the sport itself, and for the politics and cutthroat mentality surrounding it. It's a story of secrets, of guilt, almost of obsession and the constant conflict between two men--one who knows who and what he is and who he wants, and another who simply refuses to acknowledge his sexuality and tries hard to drive it from his psyche.
I enjoyed the story; it was well-written, had scorching sex scenes that flamed off the pages, and the story is certainly one that makes you want to get to the end and find out what happens.
What I was a little frustrated by were the M/F sex scenes in the book and the M/M/F scenes. Reading the blurb, this wasn't made clear and doesn't indicate that this is part of the plot--absolutely necessary for the story but not one I prefer as a rule. I'm a bit of a purist, wanting my M/M books to remain M/M sex driven. I'm also not one for M/M/F menage. This is purely a personal choice and had I known it contained this, I probably wouldn't have read the book. I didn't pick this up in reviews either as I don't generally read reviews for a book before reviewing it myself, as I don't want other people's opinions to taint mine.
I also thought that Bentley simply seeing Sean in the shower naked and getting turned on by him that one time, leading to Bentley actually transferring out of his team, was a reaction a little too extreme for the incident in question. Again, my observation only.
Other than this, I have to say that if you are into this kind of story, then this is well written, has enough heat to make your blood sizzle, has well drawn characters, and a very entertaining and interesting plot. A recommended read, despite my own personal preferences.
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