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Publisher's Summary

It was supposed to be a secret fling.

Micah Warner spent his whole life dreaming of pitching in the big leagues. Signing with a minor-league team near Chicago puts him one step closer to making that a reality. But there are no out players in pro ball, so any involvement with a man must be discreet.

Physical therapist Justin Lamb loves his job with the Cougars. A romantic at heart, he wants to find lasting love - with a man or woman - but traveling with the team makes it difficult to maintain a long-term relationship.

Micah offers Justin a no-strings-attached way to blow off some steam, and Justin reluctantly agrees. It doesn’t take long before they’re both in over their heads, but falling in love will risk everything.

With their careers and relationship hanging in the balance, they have one last play to make.

It’s time to take a swing for real and lasting love.

Note: This book was re-released in June 2020 with a new cover and no changes to the interior context except for minor grammatical edits.

©2019 Brigham Vaughn (P)2021 Brigham Vaughn

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Great story!

Wow! This series just keeps getting better. Micah and Justin were made to be together. I also loved the narrator! I would highly recommend!

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Angsty Story of Pro Baseball Boys in Love

Closeted Triple-A baseball rookie Micah (22) is determined not to let anything jeopardize his big league prospects - not his increasingly painful pitching shoulder and not his increasing attraction to his team's openly bi physical therapist.

After losing his own budding pro baseball career to injury, PT Justin (37) won't jeopardize his career or professional ethics by getting romantically involved with a player. But Micah's no-strings proposal proves too tempting to resist, and it's not long before their convenient arrangement gives way to deepening - if unspoken - feelings.

This story packs a ton of steam, and a fair amount of angst courtesy of Micah as he deals (poorly) with a potentially career-ending injury and tries to keep their relationship under wraps. Justin is as thoughtful, patient and understanding as Micah is cocky, immature and self-centered...and, quite frankly, Micah's a complete pill who left me sighing in frustration even more than he did Justin. Even with his mea culpas and personal growth toward the end, his previous behavior - eight hours worth - made rooting for his HEA a challenge, and I couldn't help but feel Justin deserved better.

Narrator James Edward Jones has a pleasant voice that I enjoyed listening to, though I didn't hear much difference between character voices. I received this free review copy audio book by request and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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Very Enjoyable

Touch & Go is Book 3 in The Midwest series. It can be enjoyed as a standalone but it was nice to see characters from the other books in the series. Micah, a closeted minor league pitcher has one goal, to make it to the majors. Justin, the team's out physical therapist, has no desire to go back into the closet, but when Micah comes around for some stress relief, he can't help but give in. I really enjoyed Micah and Justin together. I also enjoyed watching Micah come to terms with his sexuality. And realizing that he doesn't have to hate his friends for being their true selves. I recommend this book and series. 
Narrator James Edward Jones does a marvelous job. 

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Eh OK Listen

It's a bit slow to start and while I liked the whole premise I think it could have been executed a bit better. I did enjoy seeing the friendships build and repair with Micah but the romance was just lackluster for me. Jones does well with the narration though being of Portuguese decent if you're going to narrate another language you should at least get the pronunciations right.

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Finally

I have kinda hated Micah in the first two books and I´m happy that I finally like and understand him!
Justin is just wonderful and amazing. Anyone would love to have a boyfriend like him!

I really like James as a narrator.

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Satisfying!

Micah’s story was emotional! Love Micah and Justin hard! I usually really enjoy sports romances but I loved this one. I felt there was a lot of authenticity in it. James Edward jones did a phenomenal job with his narration, fantastic!

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Great

I really enjoyed this audiobook the voice was great with enough difference in the voice it was easy to tell when someone different was talking and the story was incredibly interesting with the medical aspects and the emotional turmoil keeping me hooked I loved getting to know Micah and Justin and recommend you listen to this audiobook because I really enjoyed it

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Excellent addition to the series!

This is a great enemies, of a sort, to lovers book. It is a sports, baseball, book. It had an excellent storyline and it is awesome to see characters come into themselves. Way to go!

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Disappointing

I asked for an ARC of this story because I have been having good experiences with sports romances and this one sounded like it would be another winner. And maybe it is, but I don't like Micah Warner at all. I feel for him and sympathize with his situation, but he's not really engaging to me. I understand that he's significantly younger than Justin Lamb, the team's physical therapist, but neither his age nor his fear of exposure and all that that would take away from him is an excuse for being the jerk he so often is throughout the story. Even in the end, when he faces himself and owns up to his bad behavior, I still feel nothing for him. I almost gave up listening because I wasn't connecting to him at all. Justin I like a lot and he's really the reason the story itself gets three stars.

To be fair, though, it wasn't just my lack of connection with Micah that doomed this for me. The narrator did not do the story justice at all. His performance, if it can be called that, was lackluster at best, and a part of me thinks that his representation of Micah didn't help to endear the character to me. He didn't give either of them any personality, to be honest. They just seemed like paper characters he was reading rather than people he was giving life to. He paused at inappropriate times and rushed ahead when he should have paused, and his tone of voice was almost deadpan throughout as if he were a disinterested observer instead of the main actor. That made listening to nine and a quarter hours of him somewhat painful.

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  • C.
  • 10-25-21

Micah's Redemption

Third in the series but stands alone with no problem. Reading the 2 previous books will help with the background for Micah and the side characters.

Micah is such a mess. A closeted athlete who holds the weight of caring for his family on his shoulders. When he sees his rising career shaken by an injury, he becomes so angry that he pushes away the few people who are trying to help him, especially Justin. Deep down, he's only an insecure guy, too immature to realize we all need help and too self-absorbed to see how much harm he's causing others with his actions. But even so, he was too much of a jerk to be likable, even after his redemption I had a hard time changing how I saw him.

Justin, on the other hand, is this amazing guy, who helps everyone and sees the best in them. He saw right through Micah and understood his struggle. He's a much better person than me, that's for sure.

I thought the end was a little rushed, after so many years of hiding who he was and pushing everyone away, Micah just came around too fast, too easy. I wish we had seen more development there, especially regarding his catholic family.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and loved the narration. The only problem I had with the performance was with the words in Portuguese. I understand Portuguese is not an easy language for English speakers, but since Micah's mom was born and raised in Brazil, it was very weird to hear the words so poorly pronounced. And the way Micah pronounces "mãe" (mom) changes from the beginning to the end of the book, which was also weird. But, of course, anyone who isn't Brazilian probably won't notice any of that.

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  • JKH
  • 10-22-21

Awesome in audio!

Brigham Vaughn is one of my absolute favorite authors and this is an excellent series. There’s real emotion that you can feel and hear in James Edward Jones’s performance. The story is raw, sexy and so beautiful and the audio is absolutely the cherry on top!

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  • Larissa
  • 10-21-21

Complex pseudo redemption story

Touch & Go is the third book in Brigham Vaughn’s Midwest Series and it presents the most complicated relationship yet. Micah appeared in the first two books and he was most definitely not a likable character. So Touch & Go is a Micah redemption story of sorts. Whether you think he’s fully redeemed himself by the end is likely subjective, but I can say that Micah shows a great deal of character growth, primarily due to Justin. This story presents an interesting dynamic between them. Like the first two books, the story is well-written, but I struggled with the relationship in this one.

James Edward Jones does a nice job with his narration. I do think it adds something to the story and helps bridge some of the detachment I was feeling towards Micah in particular. On the whole, it’s an enjoyable story although not my favorite of the series.

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  • DanNet
  • 10-21-21

Beautiful journey

I had been looking forward to listening to this story as we meet Mica in the previous books in this series and he doesn't come across in a positive light so I was interested in hearing his story and it didn't disappoint. He puts a lot of pressure on himself and has a lot of issues to work through but meeting Justin helps him wanting to get better. I loved their connection. I really enjoyed listening to this 💜

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 10-21-21

Realising What's Important.

MM, Sports, Age Gap Romance. A great listen, a fantastic story with twists and turns in the plot as Micah battles to be himself whilst playing Pro ball. Faultless narration by James Edward Jones. Really enjoyed listening to their story.

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  • Randall J
  • 10-19-21

Sparks fly between closeted athlete and team PT...

Closeted minor league rookie baseball player Micah’s life is so compartmentalized that a relationship is out of the question – the most he has managed in the past have been hookup scenarios that haven’t turned out well. He let his heart get involved, once, and it was a disaster. So why does he think a friends-with-benefits arrangement with Justin, his team’s physical therapist, will work out any better? Especially when his focus needs to be entirely on performing well, staying under the gaydar and making it to the majors. He doesn’t have time for a tricky shoulder, making nice or making friends, and he definitely didn’t plan on catching feelings for Justin. While each of the Midwest stories can stand alone, Micah is well known to readers of the previous books in the series, and for them especially his story will resonate. I loved it for many reasons, but perhaps as an out-for-you redemption arc most of all. The Midwest boys have each gotten under my skin, and Micah was the perhaps the most sneaky, since my initial dislike for him was transformed quietly and stealthily, until I was as invested in his chance at a HEA as I wanted him to be. James Edward Jones is the perfect narrator for this series; his voicing of these characters is nuanced and pleasing in every way.

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  • L.D.
  • 10-17-21

Really Good

Touch and Go is the third book in the Midwest Series, but it can be read as a standalone. I suggest reading the other two books in the series first because some of the other characters make an appearance. This is also my favorite book out of the series so far. I was so interested in Micah’s story, especially knowing how he’s acted in the previous books, and this book does not disappoint. I found Micah to be an interesting and complex character who had to face some hard truths before he could move on and find happiness. Justin was also a really interesting character and the perfect match for Micah. The audiobook was narrated by James Edward Jones who did a great job. I was instantly pulled into the story and finished the book in one day.

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  • RjS
  • 10-16-21

Angst and character redemption

Micah was such an unpleasant character in the two previous books in this series that I almost didn’t want to read his book at all but the author’s teaser (which suggested Micah had hidden depths) made me decide to try it and I was glad I did.

The audiobook was a pleasant way to revisit his and Justin’s story as I like the narrator’s voice.
I thought he did a good job showing the gradual development of their relationship as well as their confusion and hurt.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 10-14-21

Great sports romance

I enjoy sports romances that focus on characters who are physical therapists as I find that job fascinating. Also, those stories tend to have an element of hurt/comfort which is a favorite trope. This story about a PT and a pitcher with serious shoulder issues checked all the right boxes for me in the perfect way. James Edward Jones' performance was spot on. He captured the absolute devastation Micah felt when he was injured, the realistic response of Justin and the ease of their bantering relationship pre-injury and the much more serious developments post. High angst in places but an excellent listen.

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  • Vania
  • 10-13-21

What an emotional rollercoaster!

I went into listenint to this audiobook expecting that it would make me super emotional, and indeed, Micah's story really took me for a loop.
After reading the first two books in the series, where we meet Micah acting, like, arguably, one of the worst characters I ever read, I remember getting in touch with the author and telling her he'd better redeem himself big time in this book. She replied to me and said that "He is a very, very frustrating man but I promise, he will redeem himself. And under all that surly lashing out is a man who really wants to be loved.", and well, this just about sums up everything this beautiful book is.