Well this is a book that has some controversy surrounding it, of which I was blissfully unaware until I read a warning that came with this ARC. There are lots of reviewers who refuse to read this book, and that’s fine. But based on its merits, I enjoyed this MM romance that comes with a healthy dose of sarcasm.
Black Balled is a fairly quick read and is a parody of the indie book world, pairing a snarky book reviewer with tons of anxieties with an author who has tons of anger issues. The authors did a great job at the dual POV and really, when you peel away the layers of sarcasm and humor, the story is about finding yourself.
“Larson knows who he is and he makes no excuses or apologies for it. He wears his flaws just as proudly as he does his attributes, for all to see, and for everyone to accept or reject–as the case may be because it makes no difference to him. He is comfortable in his own skin. That is probably because Larson is genuine. He doesn’t wear layers of facades that need to be ripped away in order to find his inner soul; or his truth. He just puts it all out there without reservation.
Not like me.”
There is lots and lots of white-hot sex in this book and tons of great banter. If you go into Black Balled knowing it has a very different storyline, and that both characters have a wicked sense of humor, then you’ll love this book!