Snow Balls


Snow Balls is currently off the market but will return in 2017! Watch for it!

​​Big, handsome and hunky, JJ LaRousse looks like an alpha male but acts like an interior decorator. And he’s trying to be happy about it — until a robbery at the famous Laguna Winter Fantasy brings JJ face-to-face with tough cop, Ryan Star. JJ hears Ryan likes guys who are manly men, so he drops his voice an octave, colors over his pink hair, and tries to pass as a football fan. Ryan Star may be tough but he hides in the closet at work since he learned in New York that being a gay cop can cost you your life. His attraction to that big, handsome kid threatens his anonymity, but he can’t seem to resist. JJ is just his type. But then JJ goes skiing and comes face to face with his greatest nemesis– and all the secrets come out of the closet. Can Ryan love JJ for who he really is? More important, can JJ?


What People Say

Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books says 41/2 Sweet Peas —

“What I love about Ms. Lain’s writing is her ability for me to completely visualize the scenes. I can see David’s art studio, JJ’s apartment, the winter festival, JJs mannerisms. All of it just seems so clear in my mind. Past characters are part of this story and I love reading of past characters. JJ is my favorite in the story because he finally comes to terms with what he really wants and he’s not willing to be someone he isn’t.”

Rainbow Book Reviews says —

Tara’s men are always absolutely delightful and atypical, which makes them even more interesting. JJ and Ryan are both gorgeous, but they are also intelligent, talented, creative, and compassionate. They have their flaws, but they find ways to overcome them, which creates not only a fabulous story, but presents a great opportunity to remind us that it’s always best to be ourselves. This story can be read alone, but it will be much more enjoyable if read in sequential order. I would recommend this story to everyone who believes love is worth fighting for regardless of the obstacles. Thanks so much, Tara, for adding Ryan and JJ to your ‘Balls’ series.

Top 2 Bottom Book Reviews–

I’ve read a lot of series over the years. Some of them I’ve liked more than others, but I can honestly say that Ms. Lain’s, Balls to the Wall, series is one of my favorites! She has a knack of writing humanly flawed and fabulously sexy men who really live and breathe off of the written page. The blurb does an outstanding job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash a lot of it. Instead, I thought I would talk about why I loved this book so much and why I fell in love with the heroes too. ….

Of all of the Balls to the Wall books, Snow Balls is one of my favorites in the series. I truly hope Ms. Lain continues to write about these amazing characters and can’t wait to read more about them in the future. Highly Recommended!

Snow Balls one of the 100 Top Selling Gay Romances of 2012 on Amazon


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​​​“David. David. Oh my God, oh my God.” JJ grabbed the smoothly muscled arm of his friend and boss.

​David trapped JJ’s other waving hand between his. “OK, calm down. What is it? Did one of the exhibitors wear pink and orange together again?” David grinned. Nobody knew better how overreactive JJ was. Thank God, David loved him anyway.

​He needed air. He took a deep breath. “The cop. The one I told you about. Oh my God of CSI, he wants me to come to the police station and look at mug shots.” JJ retrieved his hand. He needed it for fanning.

​David looked up at JJ. It wasn’t far up since the handsome gallery owner stood a slim six foot one to JJ’s six four. “OK. That’s not hard. The police station is only a ten-minute walk away and I’m here to finish setting up the booth. Perfect timing.”

​“Oh God.” JJ collapsed onto a packing crate.

​“That’s the hand blown glass you’re sitting on, darling.”

​JJ jumped up. “He’s just so…”

​“Intimidating, overbearing?”


​David laughed. “That’s a different kind of problem.”

​“I’ve got to go to the men’s room.”

​“Oh, OK.”

​JJ took off at a run to the men’s room at the center of the festival grounds. Inside, he stuck his carefully spiked head under the faucet, pulled out his comb, and flattened the do. Of course, the pink streaks still stood out like candy canes in his light brown hair. Nothing to be done about it now. He washed his hands and headed back to the booth.

​David glanced up from the last packing box. “What happened to your hair?”

​“Rod says the cop likes guy’s guys.” David tucked in his T-shirt with the What Would Anna Do? logo, his homage to Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue. He pulled on his Windbreaker and zipped it up. He did a twirl. “With a cap, can I pass as Daniel Craig?”

​David put his hands on his hips. “First off, how does Rod know who or what the cop likes? And even if he’s right, it’s never a good idea to try to be something you’re not. You know that. Pretend at the beginning and you have to keep living your lies. That’s a drag.”

​JJ stuck out his lip. “It’s not exactly a lie. Hell, look at me.”

​David frowned. “JJ, you’re gorgeous. And you’re a catch just the way you are.”

​“But I’m such a…” he waved his hands “…fruit!”

​“Strawberries and cream. Any man would be lucky to get you.”

​JJ sighed. “Thanks. But I need to be more, you know, masculine.”

​David smoothed the crease between his own brows with two fingers. “Who said that?”

​JJ frowned. “You mean besides my father?”

​“Ancient history. You have a life now with people who love you as you are. Don’t go looking for appreciation from those without the discrimination to give it.”

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