It's the summer of 1983, and Trent Days is Major League Baseball's rookie sensation. Since he was born in Alaska to an Inupiat mother, the press have dubbed him the Eskimo Slugger, but a midseason collision at home plate temporarily halts his meteoric rise to the top.
Sent back to Austin to recuperate, Trent visits his favorite record store, Inner Sanctum, where he meets amiable law student Brendan Baxter. A skip in the vinyl of New Order's "Blue Monday" drives Trent back to Brendan, and their romance takes them into uncharted territory. As Trent's feelings move from casual to serious, he's faced with an impossible dilemma. Does he abandon any hope of a future with Brendan and return to the shadows and secrets of professional sports? Or does he embrace the possibility of real love and leave baseball behind him forever? As he struggles with his decision, Trent embarks on a journey of self-discovery to figure out who he really is and what matters most.
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The Missing Piece of the Pie
The Eskimo Slugger is a fitting final piece to Brad Boney's circular M/M romance trilogy as it is a both a sequel to 2nd book, The Return, and a prequel to the first book, The Nothingness of Ben. The way the stories are written TNOB can stand alone and makes sense even without the others. Unfortunately, it is the weakest book of the 3 [I would rate it 3-4 stars] but you may want to REread it AFTER the other 2. The Return is an excellent book [4&5 stars], definitely the best of the three and it both expands on people & events in book one and gives you information that is really important to book three [The Eskimo Slugger].
The Eskimo Slugger is a really good book [a solid 4 stars]. Some people may find some of the M/M elements to be TMI, but I think this info enhances the realism of what is a M/M romance with spiritual/fantasy elements [depending on your beliefs]. I don't think this book would be as enjoyable on its own and should only be read third [or at least after The Return]. The climax of the story is very intense even though you know what is going to happen by then; and really, I could only deal with it Because I knew what was going to happen. The change in narrator isn't a problem [from the other 2 books], both give 4 star performances. This book is a very enjoyable "read" and both enhances and completes the stories of this trilogy.
Different Narrator Still Excellent, Amazing Series
- Morgan A Skye