A new, 20th Century historical BDSM sports romance from USA Today bestselling author, Roz Lee.
After five years spent proving his innocence in a gambling scheme, Jimmy Doyle Walker is back on the field for the Washington Diplomats. Given one season to demonstrate he can still contribute to the team, he guards his secrets well, knowing exposure of his unorthodox sex life would create a career-ending scandal. When he meets Evelyn Gardner, she tests his resolve, and he risks everything to show her the delights to be found in his arms.
Living day-to-day as a switchboard operator, Evelyn Gardner loathes the sexual cravings that cost her the home and family she’d always dreamed of. When she meets Jimmy Doyle Walker, the sexy first baseman for the Washington Diplomats, at a church revival meeting, he challenges her beliefs and her expectations. Determinedly, he seduces her through erotic letters, sensual gifts, and sexual play, until she dares dream she can have satisfaction and respectability.
Too bad her father, the preacher, seems set on ruining not only their reputations but also their lives.
I hope fans of the Mustangs Baseball series will enjoy this step back in time to 1936 when baseball truly was America’s pastime. America was still reeling from the great stock market crash and dealing with a heat wave that destroyed lives and livelihoods (the dust bowl). Amid the turmoil and heartache, baseball provided a much-needed distraction for people of all ages.
Baseball is a simple game in terms of equipment and space needed to play. Any empty lot, yard, street or field will do. Anything from a cardboard box to a trash can lid can serve as a base. One ball. One bat, and some gloves, though those can be optional or shared between teams. Anyone can play with little risk of injury, making it the perfect game for picnics and schoolyards.
In 1936, ballparks didn’t have lights. All games were played during the day so attending a game was a special treat for hardworking fans. Most listened to the play-by-play via radio (no television yet!), read about their favorite team in the newspaper or stood on the sidewalk where innovative news outlets posted play-by-play information as it came through via telegraph from the ballparks.
The hero of Suspended Game, Jimmy Doyle Walker, is the grandfather of Doyle Walker, the manager of the Mustangs in my present-day series. Readers might recall (Strike Out, Mustangs Baseball #6) that Doyle has a bat in his office that his grandfather used during the 1936 season. Jimmy Doyle walks a fine moral line. An upstanding guy, he’s struggling to revive his career after being falsely accused in a gambling scandal while protecting his personal life from those who would condemn him. The BDSM lifestyle is not a 21st century invention. People have been practicing kink since the beginning of time, albeit, behind closed doors. In 1936, small, secret communities of like-minded people existed all across the country. The group of which Jimmy Doyle is a member is a figment of my imagination, but is nonetheless accurate in its depiction of the secretive nature of the members.
The heroine of the story, Evelyn Gardner, reflects the reality of women during that time. The roaring twenties brought a degree of liberation for women, but for the most part, they were subject to the whims of the men in their life and society’s moral strictures. A woman’s value remained tied to her virtue, and that was subject to her marital status. Divorce wasn’t unheard of, but it was a stain on a woman’s character, as was any expression of sexual desire. Women had earned the right to vote, but sexual fulfillment was still a man’s right.
Finding the romance of this era was a challenge, but one I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you do too.
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