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High Balls

(Balls to the Walls (DSP) #5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Though only twenty-six, single father Theodore Walters lives with his head in the clouds and his feet firmly planted in reality. At the center of his life is Andy, his seven-year-old son, with whom he shares no DNA, though nobody—including his religious-fanatic in-laws—knows that, and Theodore will do anything to keep them from finding out. Theodore works hard to get his P ...more
ebook, 163 pages
Published October 4th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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Lorraine Lesar
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tara Lain may have helped me in curing my phobia of snakes. I've finally one that's doesn't want to make me run away. This one however is not only pierced, has tats, big, oozes sex appeal and goes by the name of .....Snake Erasmo.
Now I don't want to take the limelight away from the truly wonderful Theo, because he was special as well and of course the adorable Andy, but Snake was the naughty forbidden fruit for me.
Now I have to say that at first I wasn't sure about how she wrote the young Andy.
Cathy Brockman
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Emily Seelye
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, m-m
3.5 stars

While I enjoyed this, it's not my favorite. The writing was good, though there were a few times I thought the language was a little juvenile. I also didn't like them keeping secrets. I understood why Theodore was hesitant, but I don't know why Snake wasn't more forthcoming about his various jobs.

Also while I loved Andy, some of the things he said you'd never hear a seven year old say.

*ARC provided by author
This book is very fairy taley. If you like fairy tales and updated fairy tales, you will probably like this book. (Translation: this book only works if you can willingly suspend your belief in quite antithetical circumstances).

But there are a couple of things I can’t let past...

- when your 7 year old son yells that he “never wants to see those people again”, any self respecting parent will drop what they are doing (unless they are driving the kid to emergency), sit down with the kid, and interr
Under the Covers Book Blog
I've had a soft spot in my heart for this series for years and I was so happy to see that a new book was out!  One that always stands out are the oddest couples and HIGH BALLS doesn't disappoint in that.

Theodore is 26 and raising his young son alone after his wife died.  The questions are many about when did he figure out he was gay, was it later in life since he has a kid?  But he's also not have a whole lot of experience because a lot of his adult life had gone in a different path.  And he w
Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Theodore and Snake are what a pair. From the beginning it looks like a opposites attract story from Tara but you are in a treat.
Tara loves to write men who are somewhat lost and looking for love. Theodore is trying to live his life while hanging on to his son, Andy, since he wife passed. Theodore married his best friend and stood by her while she was pregnant. Andy is not his son by blood but make no mistake Andy is Theodore's son. He is afraid if he cant provide for him, he will be taken away s
I'm waffling between 2 and 3 stars here. I know, everyone seems to love this one, but the logic and legalities were just a fail for me here.

So, here's what gave me issues:(view spoiler)
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-read, ebooks
4.5 Stars

Loved it! The characters were great and they showed another real life issue for many people. I enjoyed seeing the past MCs and how they are interwoven into the whole series not just their books.
Theodore (Teddy) is trying to do the right things for his son by trying to please everyone including his very religious in laws. What he needs is put on the back burner until he meets Snake and then things start to get interesting. How does a man keep denying what he needs for himself and his son
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review available at:

High Balls is the fifth book in the Balls to the Walls series by Tara Lain. I have really enjoyed reading the books in this series, but for me, this book wasn’t one of my favorites. I kept feeling like I’d read the book before. I know that the author has re-released some of the books in the series but I did check and this looks like the first time this book has been published. So the only thing I can figure is that I have been rea
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
This is the best of the series so far!

I continue to enjoy this series and this group of guys but High Balls is the best of the bunch so far. Once again, Lain delivers an engaging story with characters who charmed their way into my heart as well as touching on relevant issues such as prejudice against the LGBT community.

In Theodore, I found a guy I could relate to. Not only is he a dad focused on giving his son all he can - a son by choice, not blood - but he's also finishing up a dissertati
Veronica of V's Reads
4.5 Stars for this sweet and tender odd-couple M/M romance

This is the fifth book in the Balls to the Wall series and reads fine as a standalone.

Theodore Walters is a widower and caregiver to his 7 year old “son” Andy. Few people in this world know he isn’t Andy’s biological father, but Theo married his BF when she got pregnant at the end of high school, and was a rock as she wilted and passed of cancer two years ago. Her loony parents, however, are wealthy religious bigots and can’t push Theo to
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
7.5 Stars. DO NOT Start unless you can read all in one sitting....
Loved this one!!! It really made me feel good and the ending was just perfect! Theodore and “Snake”. Both keep secrets and they are whoppers but not life shattering detrimental even though they think they are. This does brings in the all the perceptions of people and who we think they are based on how they look to the forfront of the mind. Spent the entire book trying to figure out who Snake really was, I guessed it but figured th
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a treat this book is! I loved the opposites attract story of Theodore (Teddy Bear) and Snake! Then add in Teddy's adorable, precocious 7 year old Andy and it doesn't get any better.

High Balls is a fun, romanctic, feel good story. The main characters are so well developed that you feel they are a part of your life. This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.....and you don't want to miss out on this great read! Well done Tara Lain!!!
Morgan  Skye
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I was so glad to see a new addition to this series! I’d enjoyed the series in it’s original form and liked re-visiting it upon it’s re-release. To find out there was another NEW one, too – awesome!

I think this is probably my second favorite book in the series. I really loved the juxtaposition of Snake and “Teddy” – two opposites that weren’t so opposite.

Theodore’s son is adorable and I loved how he and Snake bonded so well.

While I thought some of the hiding and secrets were a bit far-fetched an
books are love
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read every book in this series so far and this one is the best. Why? The content and the story as a whole. We see a man who is raising his son (not biologically) and trying to do all he can for him and make their life better. He is scared of losing his son a young boy he loves with all that he is and only wants him to be happy. A man who will sacrifice his own happiness so that his son can be safe. The fear of losing him is one that hangs in the air and really affects all that he does. He ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is another sweet and swishy addition to the Laguna Beach series. This time, Theodore, a doctoral candidate at a conservative Christian university, finds himself fighting his attraction for Snake, a biker and bartender.

Theodore and Snake are one of my favourite couples in this series. They present as opposites but they have much more in common than Theodore ever imagined. The attraction is instant between these two but the
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary, m-m
4.75 stars

“High Balls” by Tara Lain is a adult contemporary m/m romance that is part of the ‘Balls to the Wall’ series set in Laguna Beach, California. This story centers around Professor Theodore Walters, a young single dad who is just about to defend his dissertation in order to attain his PhD and hopefully earn tenure and a better salary. Unfortunately, a combination of bigotry and disdain for his subject may disrupt all of his plans, threatening the security and secrecy of his family life. A
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is a delightful read about single father Theodore, his adorable son Andy and bad-ass Snake.
I was pulled into the story right from the start and had a hard time putting the book down. The writing was so natural and flowing. It kept me engrossed throughout the entire book. It was funny and light-hearted but with rather serious moments. I have no words for what Andy had to go through with his grandparents but it still is the reality in parts of the world.
I loved Theodore. He
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never judge a book by its cover. PHD candidate Theodore Walters should know this. His dissertation is actually a cause near and dear to my heart. Why doesn’t the romance genre get the respect it deserves? Theodore is a 26 year old gay single dad who looks like he is much younger than that. He will do whatever is necessary to keep his son even if it means kowtowing to the boys homophobic grandparents. But when he meets the tattooed, Harley riding bartender “Snake” Erasmo his careful world gets
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy to read and review for Wicked Reads

I really enjoy this series and this book was no different. I loved Theodore, Snake and Andy. I liked how involved in the book Andy was, most of the time children are just an after thought in a book but not in this one. Andy was upfront and center and he was also a great character. I loved the chemistry between Theodore and Snake. I honestly wanted the book to last longer. There as a little angst with the grandparents, and a little between Theo
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was hard to follow, there were so many disjointed sentences & thoughts. Also, everything happened in super warp speed, like instalove on steroids.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reality seems to be the continuing thread throughout this series, along with amazing characters! As a romance reader, I expect... OK, demand a happy ever after, that is my right as a reader. I don't expect the road to happiness to be easy, because in real life... few things worth having are "easy"! Even though we found a few "over the top" situations as we read along in this series, we loved every minute of it and begged for more! But, I have strayed from my original thought... reality played a ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one fit right in with the others in the series and the men from the previous books played a pretty decent role in this one. I love that! The dreamy unreality continue in this book where we have Theodore who is a single dad trying desperately to get his PhD in order to give his son a better life therefore keeping himself very busy and very lonely. Then we have Snake, the tattooed man of Teddy's dreams who turns out to be quite the mystery. Hated the grandparents, loved our boys and adored Sn ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
High Balls is Book five in the Balls to the Wall series, and continues Lain’s love affair with Laguna, California and the gorgeous men who live there. While each book is a standalone, there are several crossover characters, as they all live and work in the same universe and are friends. For fans of this series who have been waiting for another book to drop (that would be me), it is a welcome addition and certainly fits right in with the feel and storyline of the other books in the series. As wit ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
What Happens When a Snake and a Teddy Get Together?

It is difficult to believe that High Balls is the sixth in this line of books. It is a cute story, and though I admit that it isn’t my favorite of the series, I enjoyed watching Snake and Theodore coming together.

The storyline is a really good one. A man who stepped up and married his best friend when she got pregnant, and then to raise her child following her death, determined to do the very best he can for the boy, all while trying to hide t
Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I should preface my review by stating that I have not read any of the other books in this series. As it so happens, I was setting up the blog post for High Balls and its blurb snagged my attention. Being as the reviews for the previous books in this series by my co-reviewers have indicated that the books in the Balls to the Wall series can stand on their own, I decided to queue it up and let the text-to-speech feature on my
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: candicelyn
Review can be read at It's About The Book

3.5 stars

This was the first book I read in this series and I have to say that I enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I will go back and read the previous books, but for me this was a nice read.

I will say though that there were some parts that I didn’t believe, like Andy’s age, for example. He talked WAY older than he was and it kind of brought me out of the story a bit. I have an 8 year old and a 10 year old and I volunteer at school a lot, so I’m around a lot
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
High Balls is a sweet and angsty falling in love story of the bad boy bartender and a twinky nerdy college TA. It is a wonderful, easy read. It is book six in the Balls to the Walls series, and while the cast of characters from the other stories show up here, it can be read as a standalone. But I highly recommend reading the series in order, I enjoyed the books that much. You meet the other characters, getting an in-depth look at how they arrived at their own happy ever after’s.

Theodore is gay,
This was the first book I read in this series and I have to say that I enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I will go back and read the previous books, but for me this was a nice read.

I will say though that there were some parts that I didn’t believe, like Andy’s age, for example. He talked WAY older than he was and it kind of brought me out of the story a bit. I have an 8 year old and a 10 year old and I volunteer at school a lot, so I’m around a lot of kids and none of them talk the way Andy does. And
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by The Blogger Girls

Okay, for some reason I’d put this book on the back-burner. Maybe it was because the blurb and the cover just didn’t do it for me. Lesson learned. If a series and author consistently puts out stories that grab you and keep you vested, don’t judge a book by its cover. I ended up really liking this one, a lot. And it was especially nice reconnecting with the characters from the first five books. Big bonus points there.

Theodore, the PHD student and TA, and Snake, the ta
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Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara had the first novel she ever wrote accepted for publication in 2011. She’s now on book 45 and counting. After an exotic life of travel all over the world an ...more

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