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Catching Kalen (Diamond Dreams) Paperback – May 21, 2021
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The call never came.
So, I did what any major league hopeful reject would do: I went to the bar to escape my reality.
When I locked gazes with a pair of gorgeous blue eyes, I knew the night was going to be anything but normal.
Especially since I’d never been with a man.
One night of passion left me questioning everything. It was supposed to be a random hookup but when I walked into my summer school course there he was, standing at the front of the room.
Will Monroe catch me, or will he strike out?
Catching Kalen is a contemporary standalone full-length gay romance. Contains adult situations and language. There are brief scenes and references to parental/spousal physical and emotional abuse.
A small portion of this novel was previously featured in the Lookin’ for Mr. Right anthology.
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- ASIN : B095GCZP4X
- Publisher : Independently published (May 21, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 310 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8507172153
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.78 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,402,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That Kalen is a typical idiot college jock who has had plenty of experience with females but none with men. That brought me up a bit short, especially when he's obviously being hit upon in a bar by Monroe Jackson, who is a few years older and without a doubt the hottest man Kalen has ever seen in his life.
Sure, and how would he come up with that? Because he is drunk after taking a pity plunge into booze after not being selected in the Major League Baseball draft. That Monroe manages to semi-seduce Kalen and then the very next day wind up as his professor in a must-pass summer school class is, of course, ridiculously serendipitous. But this is fiction and it works.
Oh, how it works!
Of course it's a forbidden relationship, not only because a teacher is barred from a relationship with a student, but also because Kalen's father, who failed to make the major leagues after an injury, not only harasses Kalen to overachieve but is also homophobic.
That neither of those problems seem to bother Kalen and Monroe as they go from casual sex to deep love is the one thing that a reader might toss into the cocked-eyebrow box. When both those situations hit the fan, however, we are thrown a huge curve-ball-sinker-spitball that is completely unexpected.
What is exceptional about that pitch is that it leads to a fairly shocking denouement and a huge surprise in a post-script promo for the next book in the series which has a title that shocked me. I am still buzzing and hope it will come out soon because this one was so good.
At 30yo Professor Monroe Jackson is eight years older than Kalen, new to town and the University. He is also gay and having been burned once before, he is very cautious now, but there’s just something about Kalen.
Loved this story. There will be twists and turns. Wonderful secondary characters, one of whom gets his own book. Remembered abuse will play a part in Kalen’s angst in this new situation. Read this book if you like M/M romance with some dirty talk and explicit (but not overdone) scenes. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book through Gay Romance Reviews and give it high praise for a well-written, well-edited, fast-paced love story with a twist.
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I don't usually read MM and I have never read a sports romance so I don't have a comparison but to me this is just how all good romance books should be written, with so much love and full of heart.
Kalen is your typical college guy, his life revolves around baseball and his friends until he finds someone he never knew he needed, who brings a happiness and balance to his life he never expected and who makes everything worthwhile.
Monroe, I liked him so much he knew what he wanted from the moment he met Kalen and I loved how their relationship developed.
Of course nothing is one hundred percent plain sailing. There's always got to be a little drama in books but my gosh what they threw in here made my heart ache. I went through an array of emotions in this book, maybe shed a tear or two but ultimately it left me happy. I felt a lot of joy reading this.
Baker is my MVP in this book and I was so happy when I saw he was getting a book...I may have done a little jig!
Overall a lovely stand alone romance book that deals with important real life issues along the way.
I look forward to reading more from these authors in the future especially Bakers book.
Both authors are new to me and I really enjoyed this story so I will definitely be looking at their other books
If you are looking for a great MM read look no further!
This story pulls you in from the beginning, I thought all of the characters were pitched just right. I loved the relationship between Kalen and Monroe, the heat was scorching!
I found it so addictive I read it in a couple of hours. Give it a shot and don't miss out on a great read.