Title: The Windup (The Rainbow League #1)
Author Name: Kate McMurray
Publication Date & Length: April 24, 2015 – 214 pgs
Ian ran screaming from New York City upon graduating from high school. A job offer too good to turn down has brought him back, but he plans to leave as soon as the job is up. In the meantime he lets an old friend talk him into joining the Rainbow League, New York’s LGBT amateur baseball league. Baseball turns out to be a great outlet for his anxiety, and not only because sexy teammate Ty has caught his eye.
Ty is like a duck on a pond—calm and laid-back on the surface, a churning mess underneath. In Ian, he’s found someone with whom he feels comfortable enough to share some of what’s going on beneath the surface. The only catch is that Ian is dead set on leaving the city as soon as he can. Ty works up a plan to convince Ian that New York is, in fact, the greatest city in the world. But when Ian receives an offer for a job overseas, Ty needs a new plan: convince Ian that home is where Ty is.
Ian is someone who has a past that we do not know much about. We are given hints that it was not a greatone, but don’t ever really get the whole story. All we ever really know is that he has no love for New York City.
Then you have Ty. While he is deemed the slut of the team, I definitely saw something deeper in his character. He is putting on a front – a shield.
While Ty and Ian find their way through love, you catch glimpses of what makes Ty passionate, what makes Ian hesitant and how the two of them can become so much more together.
While it was a bit frustrating watching them take missteps, in the end, their steps align.
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Kate McMurray is a nonfiction editor. Also, she is crafty (mostly knitting and sewing, but she also wields power tools), she plays the violin, and she dabbles in various other pursuits. She’s maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with a presumptuous cat.
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