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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes love is where you least expect it, and sometimes it's right where you left it in this witty, slow burn-to-steamy friends-to-lovers MM romance.

Widower, Max Hartwell, is barely keeping it together, being a single dad, managing his law firm, and navigating life's chaos. Life after loss is too difficult for surprises, which is why Max would be lost without his reliable best friend and neighbor, Jack.

Best pitcher in the MLB, Jack Spears, is at the top of his game. He has it all, except for the one thing he wants most, which happens to be the one thing he can't have if he doesn't want his private life to overshadow his career: love. When an emotional evening reveals his biggest secret, he's faced with losing everything that matters most to him.

Can Max see him for the man he truly is, or will Jack forever be doomed to live in the shadow of the image he created as America's favorite pitcher?

©2022 Dianna Roman (P)2022 Wild One Press
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wonderful!!!

get it!!! a listen with all the good feels ...laughter ..I was rolling at times ...cried and the build up to the sexy times were intense...great book!!!

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Wow

I think this is one of the most well-written romance novels I have read in a while. The characters are well nuanced, likable, and make the story worth reading. Cendese and Toma always enhance these novels for me.

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Soooo good!

It’s been a long time a book has kept me up until 2am, the shutout did just that. It was so good. The shutout had all the feels. Everything I love in a book. I love jack and max. The shutout is definitely worth a credit, I can’t wait to read more by Dianna Roman. Both narrators did an amazing job. I can’t recommend this book enough

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Audio Perfection!

Wow I just loved this! I did the audio and it was just fantastic! I'm a huge Iggy Toma fan and he was fabulous as always, but Alexander Cendese was the standout here. This is hands down the absolute best narration I have ever heard from him. He was just so spot on, I could feel the emotion pouring out from him whether it be uncertainty, humor, lust, rage, he just brought it all. He was a joy to listen to.

This was such a wonderful romance between a closeted baseball icon and a widowed, straight, single dad. Jack and Max were so fantastic together as they raised 9 year old spitfire Emma in the wake of her mother's death. I laughed, I happy sighed, I got all mushy inside...it just made me feel good. It was a slow burn, friends to lovers romance that was filled with kindness, caring, true love and some fabulous sexual exploration scenes overflowing with intimacy and tenderness. I just loved all their first times!

Was it perfect? No. I struggled sometimes with Jack's insecurities. There was a lot of internal musings, especially early on, that got a little tiring, but the audio made that much easier to get through. Could it have been shorter without sacrificing story in my opinion? Yes, I found it dragging at times during the 13 1/2 hours. But it was such a feel good story that made me laugh and smile, happy sigh, and the epilogue was perfection. Plus the narration was sublime, truly a joy to listen to.

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Another author for my favorites list!!!

I laughed, I cried, then laughed so hard I cried, and fell so much in love with this couple and their story, that I immediately listened to it again! Also, the narrators were perfect!

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I had to listen for a second time the heart wrenching soul clenching and uplifting emotional life this man lived. I cried and laughed. the narration superb Iggy and Alexander made.me feel thank you both the writer great. I love this book I will be reading again.

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couldn't get past the weirdness

MC #1 is emotionally negative and needs anger management. the emotional wreck of a man's behavior was established well before the death of his wife. the psychological abuse he inflicts on his young daughter after the bathroom incident combined with the outright neglect of her needs as evidenced by the poker table scene was too much for me. add in the MC2's sexual fetish for enjoying the psychological and emotional abuse and relishing in the negativity he receives by MC1 and I'm going to pass. this is actually the first book I couldn't stomach and will never finish.

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great read

This book was a great read I was looking for a very long book that told a really good story and I found it

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GREAT

I really enjoyed this story. Little Emma was a delight addition to story. Loved the epilogue and ending. Great sports and family story.

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Absolutely wonderful story

This was a beautiful story that I'm so glad I read. It was a sweet story that at times was angsty and tragic but also very heart warming, a little funny and romantic with lots of steamy scenes. I was drawn in right from the start and couldn't put it down. These 2 men were so sweet and also alot of fun. They were both equally loveable characters and each developed wonderfully with their own tragic back stories. They had amazing chemistry and were perfect for each other. They are the perfect example of friends to lovers. I enjoyed their fun banter and teasing each other. There is every emotion in this story and really is all the feels. It was really well written. The pacing was wonderful. The relationship was developed perfectly over time. The plot kept me not wanting to put it down from start to finish. I did almost take off half a start cause there is a bit of drama near the end that I thought could have been handled a bit better by Jack but the rest of the book was just so sweet that I couldn't bare to take anything away from this story that is absolutely deserving of 5 stars.

The dual narration was enjoyable. They both expressed the emotions really well and brought the story to life. They both did the female and kid voices well and the side characters but when it came to differentiating between the 2 MCs I didn't notice a difference with either of the narrators. Cendese was a much faster speaker so I kept having to adjust the speed. Both did a good job but I preferred Cendese smoother voice and he seemed age appropriate and more what I pictured in my head. I actually thought his voice was what I would picture for Jack so I had to wrap my brain around the fact that he was reading Max's pov, which is the reason I didn't give it 5 stars but I did enjoy the reading.

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Sweet, heartbreaking, and HOT

A wonderful story of second chances. Full of ups and downs, family values, and finding your true love.
All topped with humour and hotness.

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  • 05-28-22

Didn't go as long as I thought it would

It was a listen that took me through many emotions. I felt for both characters and just wanted to reach out to both at times.

Often when you read a book about a straight guy realising that maybe he isn't as straight as he thought the change can happen so quickly and without any angst. This was not the case with Max. You could see how much he fought it or had trouble accepting his feelings for Jack moving forward. It did seem more realistic to me.

Having said that I hated how much his actions hurt Jack and I cried for him. It was very emotional.

It is a long listen and I usually avoid ones this long. I often find they don't keep my attention. I'm a bit ADHD so it can be hard to do that. However, after saying that I had no trouble staying tuned in and was even sad when it finished. It is a slow burn, but not as slow as you might think.

The narrators did a great job. I'm not usually a fan of Alexander Cendese, but he did a good job with this one. Either that or I'm getting more used to his style. I love, love, love Iggy Toma and look for books narrated by him.

The only thing I'm really disappointed about is that there really aren't any other books by Dianna Roman to move on to. I hope she writes more soon and gets them narrated for us.

It was well worth the listen and one I know I will go back to over and over.