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FAST Balls

(Balls to the Wall #5)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  652 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Sequel to Fire Balls

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Can two men with skewed self-images see their true reflections in each other’s eyes?

Jerry Wallender—firefighter, surfer, and occasional nude model—knows he’s no rocket scientist. So why does he keep choosing intellectual guys who make him feel dumber? He worked his buns off to overcome his reading disability and pass the firef
ebook, 2nd Edition , 153 pages
Published July 12th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 18th 2013)
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Sep 15, 2013 marked it as dnr-dnf-not-4-me  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-firefighters, yuck
Ok, I made it to 34% and am patting myself on the back for that. MC Jerry continues to moan and groan that he is too stupid to love and MC Mick is the son of an off-the-charts homophobic preacher of some backwoods, hillbilly church and has just agreed to "let" his 24YO son "court" a woman. Can you say virgin? This is very "19 Kids and Counting" and I'm so over that shit.

While I really enjoyed seeing previous characters this one had an odd feel for me. Jerry felt a bit like Rod when he was speaking to Mick and Mick was just a bit too innocent for me. The story was peppered with some pretty horrific homophobic diatribes and villianous characters which weared on me after a bit. For the call backs it was fun but the relationship felt a bit thin and moved really fast and furious. Once I could move past Mick's actions and understand where he was coming from the st
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, mm
The dialog was stupid. Jerry was a Too Stupid To Live hero and Mick was a- uh- genius?

A little bit of mixed feelings about this one. While I enjoyed the continuation of the series I did find there were a couple of things that slightly dampened my enthusiasm.

The plot seemed slightly familiar, centreing around around a guy (Mick) who has been raised with an extreme preacher for a father. His father is leading his 'community' in the ways of hate, encouraging intolerance to the point of violence. "And they're armed, Jerry. They've got guns in trucks and closets and under beds." Due
Great addition to the Balls to the Wall series. Also really good to catch up with the other guys and Jerry finally gets his HEA!!
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bosl, ebook, mm

3.5 stars Review written for The Blog of Sid Love.

If you’ve read this series, you will recognize all of these guys from previous books. Sweetheart fireman, Jerry, has dealt with fellow fireman Mick’s hateful slurs and hurtful remarks. I’ll start by saying the first quarter of this book is a bit difficult to get through. Jerry has just been dumped by his boyfriend, is constantly putting himself down and repeating over and over how stupid he is. Then there is Mick, constantly going on with the gay
Sep 15, 2013 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
I was so disappointed in this story. At 70℅, this is a 1 star for me and I'm done with it. The Jerry in this story is not the one I loved from Fire Balls, and I missed him. He was...flat, and not very interesting to me.

Most of my dislike goes to the characterization of Mick, though. Even if he grew up sheltered, and had little experience sexually, I find it unlikely that a 24 year old man who worked as a firefighter in Laguna Beach would be so naive. His thoughts, dialogue were more like a 12 y
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75* I love Tara's Balls To The Wall Series, its one of my favourite go back to reads and I've been salivating whilst waiting for Jerry's story. Having just finished, my initial reactions was yes it was worth waiting for and I did enjoy it but not quite as much as the rest of the series.

If you're a fan like me you'll have been rooting for Jerry to finally get his own man and his long awaited HEA because he is such a beautiful sweet guy and - no spoilers here - of course he does in F.A.S.T. Bal
Chris, the Dalek King
I tried. Honestly, I did. But with each page I came to despise it a little bit more. The characters never stopped being cliche. The dialogue was stilted. And how the author expected me to have any feelings but loathing for a guy who constantly called gay people f*gs, I can't even begin to imagine. I HATE that fucking word. And I am not at all comfortable with how casually it was used in this book. If you know me you will know that I have a pretty laid back relationship with curse words, but this ...more
Eli Easton
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tara, I'm a fan! I've read most of the Balls to the Walls series and I really enjoyed this one as well. I couldn't rip my eyes away and I read through this in one go.

Mick is a luscious virginal, in-denial MC, and it was fun to watch his thoughts progress from 'wow, it's sort of weird that I keep staring at that guy's ass', to sort of falling into sex with Jerry, and ultimately coming out to all and sundry. And Jerry was very sweet and together in this story. It was a solid hot/sweet read just th
Morgan  Skye
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jerry is a simple guy, a sweet-heart who woks for the fire department, tries to find love with guys who he thinks are too smart for him, but still has a great outlook on life. And he loves to surf.

Mick is a unique soul raised by strict parents in a sort of cult who has near genius math skills but very few social skills. He’s at first a ridiculous homophobe who lashes out at anyone remotely gay, but at home secretly loves porn with big dicks.

Something about Jerry draws Mick in and he can’t help b
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is smooth and easy to read, yet it still gives you lots to think about. There are times when I was completely frustrated with the situations that the characters had to deal with (even though they do happen everyday). I was offended on their behalf. And then there are some parts of this novel that are so sweet that they’ll give you a toothache. This story is eloquent yet flows very naturally, never stiff or forced. She paints a picture with her words, giving you a visual of not only th ...more
I liked this series as a whole but this book is just so bad. It started out good. I usually like virgin stories or turn around gay men stories. This one was both but it was just not good. As I wrote in a comment, it is disjointed and rough around the edges. Every single sex scene I read was unromantic and clunky. If someone is a virgin and finds someone they like, it may not be romantic but it has to be better than me doing an eye roll. The scenes were Jerry trying to instruct Mick which could v ...more
Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Author. I hadn't read any of the Balls To the Wall series but I knew I was in for an exciting and interesting read from Tara, having read other works by her, and I wasn't at all disappointed. The worldbuilding and the background info were skillfully integrated into the story and it made absolutely no difference to the reading enjoyment that this was my first one in the series. She even managed to make me sympathetic to a Homophobe and root for Jerry & Mick's ...more
Lorraine Lesar
Ok. Gotta admit that this is the first Tara Lain that didn't blow me away. For me, the magic she weaves stayed firmly on her loom, it had all the makings of a shag-pile but came out as a run-of-the-mill discounted line and I don't really know why?
As emails started to pop up, I left the book to read them, that never happens, the book always comes first! So it has to be three slow ball stars from me.
Ok, I liked seeing Jerry again, and I liked seeing Mick changing his whole world view. I hated how many homophobic assholes there were in this book. It’s like, every time you turned around, there's another raging homophobe. I think Mick's preacher daddy was trying to start the next Westboro Church. It just felt very heavy handed.
Sep 16, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
These are not literary classics, but I gotta say I've enjoyed every book in the series. Looking forward to wasting some time with this one.
Veronica of V's Reads
This is the fourth book in the Balls to the Wall series and might be better enjoyed after reading the second book, FIRE BALLS.

Jerry is a surfer-turned fireman. He lives and works in Laguna Beach and has one guy on his crew who’s a bigoted homophobe. Mick is big and burly and a decent fireman, but he’s been reprimanded for his attitude and his drunken misadventures. In FIRE BALLS he was a bit of a tormentor for Hunter and got put in his place directly by Rodney, but Jerry’s a different kind of gu
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
Such a satisfying read!

FAST Balls was a satisfying read as Lain not only gave me Jerry's story - a character I met at the beginning of this series and have come to love - but she also conveyed it in a way that dealt with societal prejudice, discrimination, and ignorance. That's something I'e come to expect from her and something she does well.

When I saw Jerry was getting his own story, I was excited. Jerry is such a good guy - a good friend, fun-loving, and kind. He's a surfer but he's d
Lena Grey
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One very important point in life is not to burn bridges between yourself and other people. You never know when circumstances might change and you end up relating to that person again in a completely different way. Jerry Wallender, of Tara Lain's book entitled 'F.A.S.T. Balls', finds himself in such a situation when Mick Cassidy, who has harassed Jerry mercilessly because he's gay, suddenly begins to be nice to him.

Jerry is one of the sweetest characters from this series. He's got the biggest hea
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
When I first saw that Jerry was our hero, I was excited. I mean he is so sweet and caring. You can't help but love him on the spot. Then I found out who would be our other leading man and my first thought was "Is Tara Lain nuts?!" How do you match such a awesome character like Jerry with an a$$hole like Mick? A homophone nonetheless! So I have to admit to having my doubts. But boy did she prove me wrong. I found myself, not hating Mick so much as feeling sorry for him and making excuses for his ...more
Jacq ~
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute read with fun scenes ... With a teenage dialogue. Yep it was perfect for me today a NO stress read.
Thomaidha Papa
4 Hearts
Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

I cannot believe this book! I’m shocked, and glad, and damn, I feel so good.

Can you believe it? Jerry got his own novel and boy did I love it. I mean sure, I found Jerry and Bill being together nice and all, and when he gets dumped at the beginning of the story I felt I could rip Bill’s throat out, but what follows is exquisite.

Out of all people to pair him up, Tara Lain picks Mick. You know Mick, the homophobe jerk Rodney kicked up when he when on
OMG....only the most fabulous Tara Lain could write a book where one of the main characters is a guy I despised when he showed up in other books, and have me loving him by the end of the story. I love every one of these 'Balls to the Walls' books and this one is no different.

I fell madly in love with Jerry in Rod and Hunter's story so it came as a bit of a surprise to discover I liked him even more, now. It was Mick who broke my heart, though. Genius level IQ and not an ounce of people skills. W
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Fast Balls is Tar Lain's fifth book in her Balls to the Wall series. Each book can be read as a standalone book. Fast Balls is the first book in the series I have read and I wasn't confused at all, just wanted to read more about the secondary characters so I will definitely be checking out the others in this series.

Firefighter Jerry Wallender develops a crush on homophobe Mick Cassidy. After Mick sees usually happy Jerry depressed, Mick starts to be more friendly to Jerry. One thing leads to ano
Not great.... This story has one of my major pet peeves.... Dick-heads do not giggle.... I don't care how much they let out their inner vixen to get screwed.... Big Bad Firemen do NOT giggle or even attempt to giggle! So completely out of character!
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear, too much religion, too much preaching, too much immaturity from a 24 year old...and the list goes on and on.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Rating 4.5*s

I was so excited to get the chance to read Fast Balls by Tara Lain. Fast Balls is the fourth book in the Balls to the Wall series. I loved reading Fire Balls, and so I was so excited that Fast Balls is about Jerry who was a friend of Rodney in Fire Balls. I am so glad that Jerry got his own story and with the most unlikely person, Mick, that we also met in Fire Balls when Rodney knocked him out. Mick was such an unlova
Fast Balls is the fifth or fourth book, depending on which publishing company, in the ‘Balls to the Walls’ series. It stars Jerry Wallender, a firefighter and surfer, and Mick Cassidy a firefighter. This story is told in third person from both Jerry and Mick’s pov.

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Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a darker addition to a fun, often silly series. This time, firefighter Jerry finds himself enjoying an unexpected sexual encounter with Mick, the homophobic firefighter Rodney beat up in an earlier story. As Mick makes a difficult transition from chief homophobe to enthusiastic gay lover, Jerry has to decide whether to risk his heart with someone who has been so cruel in the past.

This isn’t my favourite book in the ser
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