Tuesday, August 11, 2009

M/M Mini Reviews: Romance Reading Challenge - Part Nine

Out of Bounds by T. A. Chase

Can a sexy nightclub owner convince an all star basketball player to risk it all?

Professional basketball player Kasey Johnson makes a point of keeping his sexual preference under guard and out of the public eye. Empty, off-season flings are all he can look forward to until he retires. He figures his secret is safe -- until he meets Ingram Fletcher, a nighclub owner who ignites a passionate inferno in his body.

Gram has lusted after Kasey ever since the long, tall basketball player was traded to Phoenix a year ago. But with Kasey's twin brother running interference, up until now Gram's been unsure if it's safe to make a play. Then some incidental contact in the crowded club leads to a kiss that starts Gram wondering if a relationship is possible -- now, and beyond March Madness.

A romantic weekend together answers that question. Now the only one remaining is if Kasey is ready to make a fast break out of his comfort zone.
In Out of Bounds, T. A. Chase touches on a few different themes: gays in professional sports; coming out to the public; privacy vs. the public's right to know. Most importantly Chase focuses on a man's personal needs and happiness vs. his career and having viable future. This is Kasey's dilemma and the one he and Gram must face together.

The contrast between Kasey and Gram's developing relationship and the almost brittle desperation we see in Garrett, Kasey's twin brother, is startling and it serves Kasey well. The protective and close relationship between the brothers was both exasperating and touching -- just as those brotherly relationships tend to be.

Kasey and Gram's story as told by T. A. Chase is full of sexual tension and eroticism. The chemistry between these two is scorching, as is the love that flourishes between them. Although their first encounter comes quick, Chase develops their relationship. Kasey's slow realization that their relationship might be worth more than a few encounters, and Gram's unrelenting and surprising commitment won me over.

Out of Bounds is a wonderful addition to my growing T. A. Chase collection.

M/M Romance Erotica: Hot B+
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  1. I enjoy m/m but I haven't tried this author out. I'm definitely intrigued. :P

  2. Hilcia, thanks for the great review! "Out of Bounds" has been in my TBR forever. I'll make sure to finally read it after the M/M Challenge is over - LOL.

  3. Ames, this is my 2nd book by Chase and I've enjoyed both so far... I'll be reading more of his work. :)

    Indigene, thank you! Hope you enjoy it once you get there, lol! ;P

  4. I've been meaning to read this for ages! I really loved the excerpt I read, and can't wait to finally get to it.

  5. Renee, I hope you like it. I loved both characters in this one. :)

  6. Hi...

    Your post draw my attention towards this book.
    Love to hear something more.

  7. Hi Student... thanks for stopping by. Well, without getting into spoilers, I can tell you a little more about the characters. :)

    Kasey's loneliness, his need for companionship and his dilemma broke my heart, truly. Tough place to be, don't you think? Gram, on the other hand, self-assured and experienced, tumbled and was a rock willing to risk his heart--even when there were doubts.
    Garrett, the twin brother, I loved for his loyalty and hoped for his future. (There's a book about him out now, I haven't read yet).

    I hope that helped Student... :)

  8. Sounds interesting. I like Chase from what I've read so far.

  9. Tracy, if you like Chase, I think you'll definitely enjoy this book. :)