The Ball Boy
Author: Lucas Guard
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: March 2, 2020
Genre(s): New Adult M/M Romance
Page Count: 70
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
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Where to start? Well, there is a lot to unpack from "The Ball Boy" suitcase - in fact, it's packed full and popping at the seams. There's baseball, coming out, a death in the family, two car accidents, issues involving prescription drug abuse and alcohol abuse, trans, in the closet, drag queen, foot fetish, humiliation, homophobic slurs ... all in seventy (70) pages. Whew.
Gage Garfield - a young man dealing with the death of his father, his own subsequent injury from the accident and prescription drug and alcohol abuse, who works at a gay bar as a drag queen called Kymer Rouge - meets closeted baseball player / martial arts champion Cabel Cordova when he shows up at his front door, Gage's father having signed up the family to be a host family for the minor league ballplayer.
Cabel is gorgeous and well-endowed, as in "I didn't get a glimpse of his meat, but as he walked, it smacked loudly between his thighs." And Gage refers to his own "cobra" as it "started to rise from its basket ..." or "he slurped my cobra into his mouth ..." Personally, I found this metaphor somewhat ... strange.
Because there is just so much going on here, nothing really gets fully developed, with many scenes jammed into the novella that are unrelated to the main plot (strange foot fetish scene, I'm looking at you ....) and everything is resolved far too suddenly.
Personally, this novella did not work for me but your results may vary. 2.5 stars.
I received an ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.