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Diving In by Bru Baker

Diving In

by Bru Baker

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Sometimes appearances can be deceiving, and this story shows the best way forward, to avoid the misunderstanding lingering. The tone is light, the details amusing, and the small amount of angst on Max's side is certainly understandable. After all, it's not every day that a hunky water polo player takes an interest in a geeky pool boy, even if that pool boy actually owns the company.

Max is a great guy. He is also extremely shy, and almost professional-level stalker. He has an enormous crush on Everett, but thinks the man is straight, and would never be interested in him anyway. I loved that he actually owns and runs the company and only pretends to be a pool boy during summer, and only at Everett's house. It's all an elaborate ruse to be able to ogle Everett practice with his team.

Everett, even though he is clearly a rich boy, never sounded conceited to me. He's pretty down to earth, and I loved that he tried to woo Max with a home cooked meal. He is really sweet, and very determined to get Max to become his boyfriend, but he is clearly also shy, since he doesn't ask outright until they are well into their time of secret and less secret dates.

If you like stories with a summery feel, if you enjoy reading about eye candy at pool parties, and if you're looking for a read that is as sweet as it is hot, then you will probably like this short story.

NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review.
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  SerenaYates | Oct 14, 2017 |
A Hearts On Fire Review

4.25 STARS--Bru Baker's short story from Dreamspinner's 2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play anthology features sports themed stories with men loving men. To me it's a win-win and in Baker's story, "Diving In", she definitely did not disappoint.

We are introduced to Max Jensen, a business owner moonlighting as a pool boy only for a specific client, a client that is captain of a local water polo team, Everett Caldwell. Oh did I mention Everett is not only fine (I mean just search up male water polo players, their bodies are sculpted!) but the heir to a heterosexual porn dynasty. He's good looking, built and rich, the dream guy of so many but pretty elusive with the media. Max sort of stalks (it's innocent!) Everett's games to watch him and his teammates in action.

He didn't think Everett would notice because he must be straight? I mean all of the topless female porn models is proof positive for Max. So he just stealthily looks from the sidelines. Not bringing attention to himself, he just treats the water polo team's pool at a Playboy-esque mansion. But he has caught the eye of Everett.

And it made for one great story. The length was actually good enough to develop both main characters. They were adorable. And though the blurb might sound like a set up for one smoking PWP, it was not a smutfest. The characters became friends first and I loved that! I smiled I think for the entire story.

There were no major issues. I enjoyed the pace. If the story was longer, I would have griped about the repetition of Caldwell's hetereo porn business. I got the memo. Luckily the story ended when it did. Also Everett did have a few moments with being a jerk but he definitely was not in the end.

Cute story, great dialogue, lovable characters and interesting premise. Plus the right amount of sexual contact in book. I liked the story so much that if all the main characters did was shake their hands for the entire story, I was good with it. So any amount of sexual contact was just cake, for me. :D (When a story can do that for me, I felt like I hit the jackpot) And I'm not a sports fan, I just like to ogle hot sports players. ;P This story was not bogged down with sports terms. Also a score for me.

Bru Baker, I have got my eye on you. Looking forward to see if you can carry a full length story (I think you can) which is being released later this summer." ( )
  SheReadsALot | Jun 20, 2016 |
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Being the pool boy makes it easy for Max Jansen to ogle his long-time crush, water polo player Everett Caldwell. Never mind the fact that Max owns the company and is overqualified for the task of monitoring chlorine and cleaning skimmers. He's just happy to watch his unattainable dream play-until one day Everett invites him over and suddenly Max is his platonic plus-one for everything from movie nights to racy industry parties. Then Max learns the one-time Olympian isn't as straight as everyone assumes, and he isn't sure how long he can hold out before his crush grows much deeper.… (more)

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