Book Reviews

The Mighty Casey (Duet) by Willa Okati at Changeling Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 30-April-2021

Book Blurb

Mighty Casey: The only thing extroverted Nate loves more than baseball is his quiet, reserved wedding planner, Casey. The feeling’s mutual, thanks -- but it isn’t all fun and games. Casey cringes at the thought of ball games, and Nate freezes at the thought of tying the knot. Casey might wish things were different, but he wouldn’t trade Nate, his big heart, or his skills between the sheets for a wedding worthy of a Rockefeller. But things don’t go quite according to scheme for the odd couple when Nate takes his lover out to the ball game. And who knows what might happen when Casey’s called up to bat?

Home Run: If opposites attract -- and in this case, they do -- Casey and Nate fit like puzzle pieces. Though married for a year and still rocking the honeymoon lifestyle, Casey’s starting to feel like it’s time for the next big challenge. Casey’s never been interested in having kids, but he knows Nate would love a family of their own. He thinks he’s ready to put aside past prejudices, but he knows it’s not the kind of decision you make on a whim. Is Casey ready to grant Nate his wish to become a dad and wind up the pitch for a proper “home” run?

First edition of 'Mighty Casey' published by Loose Id, May 2013.

First edition of 'Home Run (Mighty Casey 2)' published by Loose Id, July 2014.

Book Review

Mighty Casey

A very dear friend of mine has raved about the fabulous Willa Okati and how much I need to read her work and that I'm losing out by not doing it. So, when I could, I looked through the available books and settled on 'Mighty Casey'. Why this one? Maybe because I've always loved the poem 'Mudville Nine' or maybe I just always liked the cartoon version of the poem that I used to watch. Who knows why I chose this as my first introduction to this author? The point is that I did. And now I'm kicking myself for having waited so long.

Casey is a wedding planner and madly in love with Nate. Nate is madly in love with Casey and baseball or softball. Casey loathes team sports, but especially the ones involving a ball and a bat. Nate loathes anything to do with weddings. Casey is a quiet, introvert from the Pacific Northwest. Nate is more outgoing, a sports fan, and he's from the Carolinas. Talk about your opposites in some ways. Nate beats Casey at poker and Casey has to pay up. An entire day watching the community softball tournament. Oh, ick. But Nate has more up his sleeve than just making Casey watch the games.

Casey finds a shady spot, which Nate reserved just for him, and holding onto the box of Poppernutter Crunch (Cracker Jacks) that Nate gave him, Casey settles down to watch. Of course, Nate made a new bet with Casey and it involves that particular box, but I'm not spoiling that surprise! Let's just say it was a very well written scene with just the right amount of humor and love.

In a word, 'Mighty Casey' is sweet, gentle, loving, funny, sexy, and a marvelous read. Okay, that was more than one word, but still. There's no angst or drama, just two men who are crazy about each other, a bet, a Saturday watching softball, some sneaking around for a little loving, and a heck of a surprise. They are also two guys who seem to find more places for a little nookie, at a community softball tournament no less, than anyone else I've ever seen. *grins* This is one of my new favorite go-to reads when I just want happy.


Home Run

The first book in this series, 'Might Casey', is a feel-good read of mine, so it was certainly no hardship to read 'Home Run', the sequel. Not at all. It was an absolute joy. Being able to touch base with Nate and Casey, now that they're married, and watch them enjoy a riotous family weekend with Nate's enormous family, was just the right mix of hot, sweet, gentle, and loving that I needed.

Coming from a large family myself, I could picture the Rule family reunion weekend clearly in my mind. Children running all over the place, siblings teasing each other, lots of food, warmth, happiness, and love, a lot of love. Nate is ecstatic because his mom has repealed her ban on no sports this year. Well, no baseball, unless someone wants to pay for the broken windows. That's okay, though, in Nate's mind that still leaves football and basketball for him to get crazy over. And crazy he does, as his dad has made an entire football field behind the house. Casey does what he loves, cooking for this clan, and, amazingly, enjoying some of the babies and toddlers.

The last event of the weekend is the gift giving. Now Casey has a pretty awesome gift for Nate, baseball related, of course. But, there's something else that Casey is almost positive about, and he doesn't want to wait any longer to tell Nate. Nate has a secret gift for Casey, too, and these guys are so in tune with each other it just makes me sigh. And Casey and Nate can't help but play a little Santa when one of the family members can't make it, but he sends his fiancée, instead. Sixty plus loud and boisterous people is quite a lot for family. For one who isn't even in the family, yet? Yikes.

Oh, I adored this book. Just as wonderful as the first installment, and filled with so many feel-goods my heart was overflowing. Nate and Casey are just as incredible as always, and their close friends are still a hoot. The family is fantastic and reminded me of many reunions in my own clan. Thank you, Willa!




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Collection, / 2 novellas, 224 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-September-2018
Price $5.99 ebook, $10.95 paperback
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