Switch Hitter (Shifter Hardball, #3)
Tucker Wilde’s life is in a tailspin. Twenty-four hours ago, he was one of the top second basemen in the all-shifter professional baseball league. Now, he’s lost his starting spot to a rookie, been dumped by his girlfriend, and had a night of explosive passion with a man—a teammate at that. He can’t get Dixon out of his mind—even though Tucker still believes himself to be straight. With his career in jeopardy, he’s unsure where to turn or how to fix the mess.Dixon Foxx is a baseball prodigy, though a perfectionist father stole any joy he might find in the game. He only sticks with it because it’s all he knows—and because of Tucker, the man Dixon’s wanted since they met. His dreams come true one night, only to turn into a nightmare the next morning when Tucker blows off their incredible time together as a drunken mistake, never to happen again.The life of a switch hitter is all about mixing things up. Tucker excels at it. Only this time, the game isn’t on the line—his heart is.

Switch Hitter (Shifter Hardball, #3) Details

TitleSwitch Hitter (Shifter Hardball, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 5th, 2017
PublisherDreamspinner Press
ISBN-139781635335873
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Shapeshifters, Romance, M M Romance, Sports and Games, Sports

Switch Hitter (Shifter Hardball, #3) Review

  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    4 HeartsThis was another fun read in the Shifter Hardball series! Told in the dual POV’s of our resident second and third basemen for the Preston Predators, we meet Tucker Wilde - a wild dog and Dixon Foxx - a gray fox as the teammates fight to win a game. We know from go that Dixon has had a thing for his teammate since the gray fox saw the wild dog take his position on the diamond at second base. But Dixon has always known Tucker was straight with his revolving door of women and self-regulate 4 HeartsThis was another fun read in the Shifter Hardball series! Told in the dual POV’s of our resident second and third basemen for the Preston Predators, we meet Tucker Wilde - a wild dog and Dixon Foxx - a gray fox as the teammates fight to win a game. We know from go that Dixon has had a thing for his teammate since the gray fox saw the wild dog take his position on the diamond at second base. But Dixon has always known Tucker was straight with his revolving door of women and self-regulated himself to the friend/teammate zone. But when things go south for Tucker, it’s the friend in Dixon, the caring what happens to his teammate that may possibly get him everything he’s ever wanted. Tucker loves playing baseball and being part of the Predators. The team has become his home and his family which is important since Tucker is a shifter without a pack. But, Tucker is slipping and his game is off. When Coach Banner calls him on it and benches him from his starting position until he can earn it back, Tucker takes it hard and so does his girlfriend. Well, his girlfriend takes it like an opportunistic bitch, but I'm glad she's gone. Anyway. Tucker decides to drown his sorrows and after far too many drinks even for a shifter with a fast metabolism, he’s rescued by his friend and teammate Dixon who decides the wild dog needs to sleep it off at his house. But when a simple request for keys opens Tucker's eyes to something he never thought of, we get one hell of a hot night. I won’t spoil the night for you but I will just say there is ass virginity lost, there is one man who is born to be a power bottom, there is KNOTTING, alpha behavior, begging and it’s so fucking hot. All of it. If this wasn't shifters I might have an issue with the first night Tucker and Dixon spend together but shifters and the inner beast that rule the men in this series get a pass. They get a pass and get a pat on the butt because that was ridiculously hot. I don't care that Tucker's gate only swung one way before he finally notices Dixon and his inner beast begs to be claimed. By the way, the shifters having chats with the inner beasts is one of my favorite things about this series. It cracks me up when they talk to their beasts and then get all snarky and argue with them. So, when the morning after brings in new light and Dixon wrapped around Tucker, he has a hard time with this new side to his sexuality and runs farther than a shot to the gap. He can admit he loved what he did with Dixon but doesn’t quite understand never being attracted to a man before and how all of the sudden he and his beast were sitting up and panting like it was mating season. At least Tucker has an understanding team, a very understanding friend in Dixon and two mated pairs on the team with one who is bisexual. It was great to see Ram and Wiley again as well as Trigger and Graham. I like that Tucker was able to talk to Ram about being bisexual while also doing a bit of research on it. It was clear that he was sexually attracted to Dixon and liked being his friend but getting his mind wrapped around the fact that he isn’t as straight as he thought he was would take a bit of time. It’s a damn good thing that Dixon has wanted Tucker long enough that after getting a taste of him, he’ll wait for Tucker go unfuck his shit and decide what he wants. Both Tucker and Dixon had less than stellar childhoods. Tucker’s mom was kicked out of her pack because Tucker was a hybrid and Dixon has a famous baseball player for a dad so he ate and slept with the diamond. The bond between the shifters of having what each wanted while lacking, fuels the friendship and adds to the slow burn to the teammates being mated. This really was a fun read. The shifters on the Predators are always a blast to hang out with and loved the moments they would all shift and chase each other around the field. Tucker is lover of pranks and he brings fun to the team while letting them remember playing the game is supposed to be fun but that doesn’t mean Tucker isn’t ready and willing to work his ass off to earn his starting position back. When Dixon offers to help him and they develop a pre-practice and pregame ritual, the shifters begin to get even closer as friends and Tucker starts to take his walls down piece by piece. This does have fast and hot kind of one night stand in the beginning of the book but from there I would call this more of a slow burn. We get Tucker with his new bisexuality and really taking in what that means to him and we know that Dixon is there and will be there when Tucker is ready. Switch Hitter… that title implies exactly what it should both on and off the field. Tucker and Dixon have a great friends to lovers to mates romance that really shows that, fate is a fickle thing, but sometimes she does nail it on the head.
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  • Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
    January 1, 1970
    I started this book because the blurb caught my attention. The open shifter baseball team is a great premise . It is a team of all shifters and they are a pack. They look out for each as if they are a family and I really enjoyed reading about the whole team as well as Dixon and Tucker.So going into this story I was looking forward to see how these men lived and worked together. Tucker's personality is great, he is the second basemen and the joker of the group. He is also the ladies man and doesn I started this book because the blurb caught my attention. The open shifter baseball team is a great premise . It is a team of all shifters and they are a pack. They look out for each as if they are a family and I really enjoyed reading about the whole team as well as Dixon and Tucker.So going into this story I was looking forward to see how these men lived and worked together. Tucker's personality is great, he is the second basemen and the joker of the group. He is also the ladies man and doesn't want to settle down. Dixon is the third basemen and an open gay player. He has wanted Tucker since he came to the team but knowing he is straight he settles for being friends.One night at a team party Tucker gets drunk because he just got dumped by his latest girlfriend and demoted from the starting line-up. Dixon takes him home and they have a hot night of sex. The next day Tucker doesn't know what he is feeling and wants to go back to being friends with Dixon. As far as Tucker knows he is straight and has never found a man attractive so he is confused about what happened. Dixon doesn't want to be friends anymore because he wants more from Tucker. Tucker fights his feeling for Dixon and is also trying to figure out if he is guy or bi or what. Dixon is giving Tucker time to figure out who and what he wants but in the meantime he is helping Tucker get back his baseball groove by coaching him. Through all this Tucker's feelings grow for Dixon and he knows he has to figure out what he wants or could lose out on possibly the best thing that could happen to him. The chemistry between Tucker and Dixon is hot even before Tucker came to the realization that he loves Dixon. Once their feelings are out in the open Tucker knows he made the right choice. I enjoyed the pull Tucker felt towards Dixon the more he got to know him but I think the I love you's came a little too fast. I would have liked to see the relationship grow slower once Tucker decided to go for it. All in all I liked the story and will definitely read the next book in this series.*ARC provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Jodi from Alpha Book Club
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  • Levi
    January 1, 1970
    Full review is coming at :OptimuMM - Home of MM Book Reviews
  • Laura ~Passion flower
    January 1, 1970
    Switch Hitter (ARC) was graciously provided to me by Gay Book Reviews for an honest review. "Batter Up!" Baseball games. Those special times, very often in the oppressive, sweltering, and, sticky heat, when people watch athletes use a piece of wood or metal to hit a small circular item as far as they can, all to the cheers of the fans who are secretly wishing they had a bucket of shaved ice for either a sweet and cold dessert or an ice cold margarita. Forgetting about whether their team is lo Switch Hitter (ARC) was graciously provided to me by Gay Book Reviews for an honest review. "Batter Up!" Baseball games. Those special times, very often in the oppressive, sweltering, and, sticky heat, when people watch athletes use a piece of wood or metal to hit a small circular item as far as they can, all to the cheers of the fans who are secretly wishing they had a bucket of shaved ice for either a sweet and cold dessert or an ice cold margarita. Forgetting about whether their team is loosing or not, fans begin to wonder when they'll be able to come and show their support for their favorite team again, regardless of the heat, because it's the whole experience that makes it so much fun. "Let's Go Predators, Let's Go Predators!" *clap, clap, clap, clap* What an exciting read Switch Hitter was for this avid baseball fan. And to have shifters as well? Pfft, I readily began reading this story before my computer even had the chance to cool down upon receipt of this new book. Forget about facing the heat and the commercials, I welcomed the reading of this book, with it's heavily infused baseball-themed plot with its various shifters from the All-Shifter Baseball League. Switch Hitter, by Cheyenne Meadows, as it is a part of the Shifter Hardball Series, is a fun, hot, heart-breaking, beautiful, heart-warming, and exhilarating read about shifters Tucker Wilde and Dixon Foxx. Having been friends for many years, both sweet, kind, and hard-working young shifters find themselves reaching for what, they feel, would bring them the greatest amount of peace, and, that is..love, companionship, and family. I really enjoyed this book, I found it to be well written, with its character development, realistic characters, and a well-developed shifter world. My heart broke for Tucker, on more than one occasion, and had marveled at his ability to forgive so quickly. I was also just as frustrated and yet so proud for Dixon, that I found myself cheering extra loud when he had achieved his..special moment. Despite the fact that I have not read any of the previous books in the series, and I do recommend that they be read, I was still able to follow along with the plot of this particular book. While I did have some moments of confusion, they really didn't take away from the overall plot or subplots. The secondary characters, with their cameos, were great. Minus one. I'm just going to say, that, she was..certainly very different.. And, that's all I'm going to say about that. *grinning* That being said..I also believe that it's pace was very slow, and, it could have benefited from less of certain areas. I did like reading all of it, I really did, as previously mentioned, but, I just wish that it was more evenly spaced out. I wish there had been more scenes involving actual shifting, as the theme implies, possibly with more angst, because there was very little angst, and that which did exist, was resolved rather quickly. In addition to this, dare I say, a slightly less focus on the many baseball games, the various repetition of certain aspects of the plot, and, some of the detailed shenanigans. One thing that I would have absolutely loved to have seen more of, was the bond, the love, that connection that Tucker and Dixon clearly have, as the bonding of mates goes bone deep. Every single time I read about their bond and their definite chemistry, even though it was sparse, I still found myself bawling like a baby because it was just so beautiful. And, that's what makes a bonded pair. Whether they are male or female. I would have loved to have seen more of their squishy and "I need to be near you" kind of love. :) Switch Hitter is just one of those stories that will grab, and, somehow hold onto you, with it's hot and sexy shifters in a plot that will tug at your heart-strings, and will leave you with a new found knowledge of baseball, that will have you wanting more..:)
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  • AyoDollFace
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't care for this book. Tucker is straight, alway has been. Never even looked at a man twice or had feelings of ever being with a man and then BOOM. Total bottom boy. A hard pill to swallow for me.
  • Chris Kottner-Kirschner
    January 1, 1970
    Tucker Wilde hatte schon bessere Tage. Seine Karriere als Second Baseman gerät irgendwie ins Straucheln und plötzlich landet er auf der Ersatzbank. Daraufhin lässt ihn auch noch seine Freundin fallen, die nur erfolgreiche Männer Daten will. Tucker gilt als Frauenheld und hat keine Pläne sich ernsthaft zu binden, trotzdem verliert er irgendwie den Boden unter den Füßen. Im Suff geschehen die merkwürdigsten und dümmsten Dingen und oftmals bereut man seine Taten.Tucker bereut nicht nur, sondern nun Tucker Wilde hatte schon bessere Tage. Seine Karriere als Second Baseman gerät irgendwie ins Straucheln und plötzlich landet er auf der Ersatzbank. Daraufhin lässt ihn auch noch seine Freundin fallen, die nur erfolgreiche Männer Daten will. Tucker gilt als Frauenheld und hat keine Pläne sich ernsthaft zu binden, trotzdem verliert er irgendwie den Boden unter den Füßen. Im Suff geschehen die merkwürdigsten und dümmsten Dingen und oftmals bereut man seine Taten.Tucker bereut nicht nur, sondern nun wird sein ganzen Leben irgendwie auf den Kopf und in Frage gestellt. Es war kein guter Plan mit seinem besten Kumpel Dixon, der auch gleichzeitig sein Teamkamerad ist, ins Bett zu gehen und es dort krachen zu lassen. Denn im Gegensatz zu Dixon, der offen schwul lebt, hält Tucker sich für absolut und uneingeschränkt heterosexuell. Und daran kann auch die Nacht mit Dixon nichts ändern, auch wenn Tucker sie einfach nicht mehr aus dem Kopf bekommt.Dixon hat schon länger Gefühle für Tucker und nach der gemeinsamen Nacht scheint ihre Freundschaft gefährlich ins Wanken zu geraten. Der konfuse Tucker verletzt Dixon mit seinem Verhalten und ihre Wege scheinen sich als Freunde zu trennen. Doch Dixon will Tucker nicht aufgeben und legt wirklich eine Eselsgeduld an den Tag, auch wenn er selbst eigene Probleme zu wälzen hat. So fällt es ihm immer schwerer mit der Erwartungshaltung und der Kritik seines Vaters angemessen umzugehen. Auch der Sport scheint ihm langsam keine wirkliche Freude mehr zu machen.Tucker weiß, dass er Mist gebaut hat. Jeder Versuch Dixon aus dem Kopf zu bekommen, scheitert. Doch Tucker, der auch als Spaßvogel des Teams gilt, versucht Ordnung in sein Gefühlschaos zu bringen. Dabei bekommt er ausgerechnet von einem Teamkollegen – Ram – durchaus nützliche Ratschläge, die er immer wieder und wieder überdenkt.Tucker und Dixon sind sehr ausgewogene Helden, die von der Autorin gut beschrieben werden. Vor allem Tucker bekommt viel Platz, da er ja mit wirklich viel fertig zu werden hat. Leider geht Dixon dabei ein wenig unter und ich hätte mir auch ein wenig mehr Action zwischen den Helden gewünscht. Natürlich braucht Tucker eben Zeit um sich selbst zu finden und dann auch noch etwas mit Dixon aufzubauen. Allerdings verliert sich Cheyenne Meadows in dieser Geschichte sehr viel im Sport und geizt nicht mit Spiel- und Trainingsbeschreibung. Das war mir persönlich dann irgendwann zu viel und ich habe diese Seiten einfach überblättert. Hätte sie das etwas zusammengestrichen und dafür mehr von Dixon und Tucker Annäherung geschrieben, wäre das Buch ganz große Klasse gewesen.
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  • Natosha Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy a good lighthearted read with little drama. Switch Hitter was exactly that. There was little drama involved in this read but there was a lot of baseball, practical jokes, and some team building. Cheyenne Meadows created a lighthearted read with a lot of amusement involved. The only drama in this book was not truly dwelled upon. There was a small amount of it but the drama was handled in true Dixon and Tucker fashion.Dixon and Tucker are both shifters and both play for a shifter ba I really enjoy a good lighthearted read with little drama. Switch Hitter was exactly that. There was little drama involved in this read but there was a lot of baseball, practical jokes, and some team building. Cheyenne Meadows created a lighthearted read with a lot of amusement involved. The only drama in this book was not truly dwelled upon. There was a small amount of it but the drama was handled in true Dixon and Tucker fashion.Dixon and Tucker are both shifters and both play for a shifter baseball team. So the fact that they are shifters is non grata. Neither is the fact that Dixon is gay. What is a problem for Dixon is, he is attracted to Tucker and Tucker has been nothing but straight since they have met. Dixon has pretty much fallen head over hills in love with Tucker but he will never tell him because he does not want to lose his friendship.On the night that Tucker was pretty much benched by the coach for not living up to his potential, his girlfriend at the time dumps him because being with someone that is benched is not the ideal person for her. Tucker decides that it would be ok to proceed to drink his worries away and that is how Fixon finds him.Dixon knowing that Tucker is upset and a lot drunk takes matters into his own hands and decides to drag him out of the party they are attending and get him home and sober before letting him leave. Little does Dixon or Tucker realize this night is going to be a night that will set all sorts of changes in motion and neither of their lives will be the same. After a night of what starts out helping his best friend end up in a safe place to sleep off his drunkenness turns into a night of complete exploration of one another and the hottest sexy times of either of their lives, will Tucker wake the next morning to regret what he instigated or will he accept what hapened between them and figure out where to go from there.I truly enjoyed this read. It is full of humor and pranks. It was full of mated pairs and two very exciting men trying to find their way in a confusing time in their lives. Cheyenne made this read so enjoyable that I will be going back and reading the books in this series since this is the first in I have read. I look forward to reading future books in this series. Amazing read.Was given this galley copy for free for an open and honest review
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  • Curtis
    January 1, 1970
    Tucker Wilde is one of the best second basemen in the all-shifter professional baseball league. Or at least he thought he was until a rookie showed up and claimed his spot in the starting lineup. And things with his girlfriend seem to have run their course. But he also spent the previous night in the throes of passion with one of his teammates--something completely out of character for a straight man like Tucker. Dixon Foxx must admit he enjoyed his night with Tucker Wilde; he'd wanted the man e Tucker Wilde is one of the best second basemen in the all-shifter professional baseball league. Or at least he thought he was until a rookie showed up and claimed his spot in the starting lineup. And things with his girlfriend seem to have run their course. But he also spent the previous night in the throes of passion with one of his teammates--something completely out of character for a straight man like Tucker. Dixon Foxx must admit he enjoyed his night with Tucker Wilde; he'd wanted the man ever since he first met him. But he is less pleased that Tucker views it as a drunken mistake that will never happen again. And although Dixon is a star player himself, his heart's never really been in it, a heart that he risks being broken if he can't either get through to Tucker or find a way to move on. But moving on is hard for both of them since they still have to see each other every day...Being someone you're not can be dissatisfying and challenging. But so many times we force ourselves to meet what we believe to be the expectations of others in our life, all the while robbing ourselves of chances at true happiness. And sometimes those expectations can become so internalized that we don't even consider that we may want or need something different out of life. These are issues that both Tucker and Dixon must face, albeit in different ways and for different reasons. But if they're wise, they may be able to help each other go through it together...
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  • Morgan Skye
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book in a series about an all shifter professional baseball league. I think to really, really love this – you’d have to love baseball, too. On the one hand the shifter stuff is immensely cute – they have some characteristics from their animals while as human – which I love! – and they are unique shifters – not just wolves- which I also love!On the other hand they don’t shift a lot and they don’t have that hard core “mine” immediate mate pull that I adore in shifter books.There is a lot This is a book in a series about an all shifter professional baseball league. I think to really, really love this – you’d have to love baseball, too. On the one hand the shifter stuff is immensely cute – they have some characteristics from their animals while as human – which I love! – and they are unique shifters – not just wolves- which I also love!On the other hand they don’t shift a lot and they don’t have that hard core “mine” immediate mate pull that I adore in shifter books.There is a lot of humor and sex in these stories and this is no different. I think maybe there was even more sex in this one? It felt like the main way (outside of baseball) the two MCs connected.Baseball is also prominent in the story – so – if you’re a fan – I think this will really tick some boxes for you.While I really enjoyed the character of Dixon – he was fun and funny, I never warmed to Tucker as much. He wasn’t a great friend and only later became a decent lover/partner.Besides the sex and baseball we have a bit of prejudice and a bit of a career crises to deal with, but this is a low angst book for the most part.All in all this is a fairly low angst, GFY, baseball story that I think fans of the author, the sport and shifters will all find something to enjoy.3.25 of 5 stars
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  • Heather Rawlins
    January 1, 1970
    I thought Switch Hitter was cute and adorable. I liked that it started out with a big bang and then there was a slow burn/romance. It was great. There was a lot of questioning and growing and not rushing anything. I really liked that. I like sex in books, but I liked how these 2 carefully developed their relationship.I love shifter romance and sport romance and it was a great combination. Totally enjoyed it. I can’t wait for the next.
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  • DeeNeez
    January 1, 1970
    Third in a series which I haven't read, but that didn't phase me at all. A baseball team of mixed shifters, some gay, some mated. It's all about Tucker coming to terms and embracing he's bisexuality and of course, baseball. A lot of baseball. A fun sweet story, with touches of humor. Tucker loves to pull pranks on his team mates.
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  • Winks
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book!!!This was another amazing book by Cheyenne Meadows! She is a wonderful writer with great characters and stories!!! Hope there will be another one in this series!!!
  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    3rd in the series and I must say that this one was the better story imo. There was less sex and much more relationship building than the previous 2 stories.
  • Serena Yates
    January 1, 1970
    The Preston Predators are a shifters-only baseball team who play in the all-shifter baseball league in this world. After wolf shifter Wiley and lion shifter Ram getting together in book one, and the two bear shifters Graham and Trigger in book two, the focus is now on Tucker, a wild dog shifter, and Dixon, who turns into a fox. Both men have more than one problem: their social lives are a mess, they have issues with their families (if for different reason), and each of them discover new professi The Preston Predators are a shifters-only baseball team who play in the all-shifter baseball league in this world. After wolf shifter Wiley and lion shifter Ram getting together in book one, and the two bear shifters Graham and Trigger in book two, the focus is now on Tucker, a wild dog shifter, and Dixon, who turns into a fox. Both men have more than one problem: their social lives are a mess, they have issues with their families (if for different reason), and each of them discover new professional obstacles. In a story that centers on baseball, there are lots of personal discoveries to be made as Tucker and Dixon try to figure out if they can be more than friends.Tucker is the first to encounter professional problems when he is “demoted” in favor of a rookie. His girlfriend dumps him, he has a night of wild sex with Dixon, and the whole situation throws him into even more of a tailspin. He sees his professional success dissolving before his eyes, and since that is pretty much all he has in life, it’s a serious crisis. On top of that, Tucker has never thought of himself as anything but straight before his intimate encounter with Dixon, and he has huge issues dealing with the fact that he seems to be, at the very least, bisexual.Dixon has been pushed into baseball by an overly ambitious father, and while he likes the game, he is not as good at it as his father might wish. It takes Dixon a fair amount of time and more than one incident to figure out that his father should not be the one Dixon tries to please. Redefining what he wants from baseball is a tough thing for Dixon to do, but it’s very necessary if he ever wants to be happy. His route is pretty unique but not easy, and there are plenty of pitfalls along the way to redefining his career.If you like your shifter stories to be funny and entertaining with a touch of family drama, if you want to find out more about two men who are best friends before they discover there may be more between them than friendship, and if you’re looking for a read that is funny, full of baseball details, and offers a sweet romance between men who, at first, don’t want to admit they have feelings for each other, then you will probably like this novel.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
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