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Three Strikes

   (6 reviews)
Genres: Comedy, Romance

Donovan, a one time promising baseball star, enjoys his life and his close friends. After almost a decade of trying to forget his past, he's wrangled into joining a summer co-ed men's baseball league. That's when he meets Shane, a jerk with a great ass. They don't get off get off to a good start but will they be able to overcome their differences?

Copyright © 2018 Mrsgnomie; All Rights Reserved.

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  • Action Packed 10
  • Addictive/Pacing 18
  • Characters 22
  • Chills 4
  • Cliffhanger 8
  • Compelling 10
  • Feel-Good 7
  • Humor 8
  • Smoldering 12
  • Tearjerker 10
  • Unique 13
  • World Building 11

  • Like 13
  • Love 33
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· Edited by Dabeagle

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

The first thing that drew me was the title because i like baseball, but I stayed for the amazingly well drawn characters who were finely detailed with their own idiosyncrasies and a tangled web that was delightfully silly.

The author took two main characters and filled out the story with an ensemble of a supporting cast that doesn't feel like they were there just to fill a space, but as though they had purpose and a life outside the bits you read about.

Even though this is a romance at heart, and one of my favorite tropes - people who initially don't like each other but have to learn and grow over time to find out they were wrong - it is also larger than that. It's about masculinity and the wide range of things that can  be included in that term. One's self expression is always difficult to come to terms with, and some of us are never comfortable past a certain point - but some are comfortable, and this reminds us that someone can moisturize and play baseball - that they aren't mutually exclusive parts of being a human male.

I could never see myself doing what Donny does - I would never be comfortable and I can't envision pushing some of the boundaries that he revels in - but it's a great reminder that we shouldn't hinder those who find other things comfortable that we do not.

Thoroughly recommend.

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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

This is a wonderful story. It features two guys Shane and Donovan who don’t get off to a great start, we follow all of there adventures to see if they can have there happy ever after.

Highly recommend as a great read.

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Amazing story, very well written!

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Read this years ago on a different site. Recently I followed the author here and decided to re-read this story. It’s such a good read. The characters remind me that you can’t judge a book by its cover. The way she writes and brings her characters to life is like no other.

Worth the read if you’re on the fence. Not bad for her second story!!! 

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Going through her stories again. This is one of my favorites. There's a lot of drama but the character development is off the charts. Seeing the way she writes personal growth is real and raw. 

I started out loving Donavon and being irritated with Shane but as the story progressed, things shifted. You see how both men have things that make them they way they are. They're flawed, but in the end, they work it out. 

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Three Strikes is a delightful story from a great GA writer, Mrsgnomie.  It is her second book, but demonstrates the powerful writing and literary strengths found in all her stories.  She deals with some tough issues intelligently and compassionately in this romance.  The sharp points she makes are soften by her sharp humor that ranges from LOL to LMFAO.  Each and every chapter is filled with a variety of emotions for and opinions about the amazing individuals who inhabit the story. Her stories are all addicting and well paced. 

Donovan is a very unique character who is very idiosyncratic (proudly flaming to be exact), as well as a hunky  ex-college star baseball player in his younger years.  He hates the bully Shane on the opposing team.  Shane is a very, very deep in the closet gay hunk. They both are competitive and surrounded by great friends.  Throw in an AARP team, a few tears, numbskulls, skullduggery, outrageous clothes and uniforms, and a bathroom full of creams and makeup to mix and you get the outrageously funny Three Strikes.  Don't forget to wear your baseball cap on backwards as you read this story.  

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