Title: The Long Slide Home (The Rainbow League #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Kate McMurray — Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date & Length: August 14, 2015 — 204 pages
Nate and Carlos have been the best of friends since their childhood playing baseball together in the Bronx. For the last few years, Nate’s been in love with Carlos, though he’s never acted on it, and Carlos has never given any indication that he returns Nate’s feelings. Nate has finally given up, determined to move on and find someone else, especially now that Carlos has shacked up with his boyfriend Aiden.
Carlos doesn’t understand why Nate has suddenly gotten weird, acting cold and distant at team practice for the Rainbow League. But if that’s how things are going to be, Carlos is done trying to figure Nate out. But then Aiden starts to show he might not be the man Carlos thought he was, and Carlos needs his best friend’s support. Worse, he starts to realize his feelings for Nate might not be limited to friendship. But in the aftermath of his relationship with Aiden, and with Nate having problems of his own, the timing is all wrong to make a real relationship work. As emotions run high, both have hard time figuring out what is real and what is just convenient.
Trigger warning: Abusive relationship
This is a story about finding out perhaps that your true love was with you all along. It’s about taking the time to truly see the people around you, opening your heart and taking risks.
I can truly feel for Nate’s reservation about his best friend and potentially the love of his life finding someone other than himself. That must have truly hurt Nate. However, he does his best to pick himself up, dust himself off and keeps playing the game.
Carlos is one who, perhaps sees what he wants to see rather than what is truly there. In all of the years that he and Nate have been friends, he was oblivious to Nate’s heart. Instead, he chooses someone who is so “into him” that he becomes cut off from his family and friends.
Then you have Aiden. Hmm, what to say about this partner that won’t get me in trouble? Nope, can’t do it. Nothing good to say about him. He is a jealous, horrible person.
Despite being best friends, Carlos and Nate actually find out a lot about each other in this story. I liked that they continued to grow in to their relationship rather than just jump right in.
I enjoyed the previous books in this series and hope to continue liking them.
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.