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5 Star Review for Finding Shawn (Dangerous Lives of High School Athletes #1) by Phil Marcello #MM #YA

FindingShawn_600x956Title: Finding Shawn (Dangerous Lives of High School Athletes #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Phil Marcello (Wayward Ink Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 10, 2016 – 178 pgs

Synopsis

BOOK ONE: DANGEROUS LIVES OF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES

Shawn and Alex have been friends since first grade.

Alex, the rock star quarterback, appears to be basking in the limelight of his success and his new romance with Pam. But appearances can be deceiving.

Shawn is the key man in the football team’s solid defense. He’s also the senior class’ most eligible bachelor. But Shawn has no time to get involved with a girl—at least, that’s what he tells his friends.

In reality, he does have a love interest… Tony Valito.

Side-by-side, the relationships between the two couples blossom. One in the open. The other in secret. That is, until Shawn’s world erupts when the rumor that he’s gay gathers momentum.

In trying to find Shawn, perhaps his friends will end up finding themselves. And everyone will discover how dangerous are the lives of high school athletes.

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FiveStarsThis book is as nothing like I expected it to be but so much more.

Bullying is such a huge problem in our world today and then you have the ones that are bullied. In the case of this book it was Tony. Tony is gay and he is not an athlete so in the bullies opinions he is the easy target. It is aweful the things that Peter and Dan do to him but what is worse is the number of people who stand around and watch and do nothing. I think that is the catalyst of the escalating problem in this story.

Shawn is also a main character in this book and he has his owe secrets to hide but not because he is ashamed of who he is but because he knows how his father will react. And reality is that he does react badly to finding out his son is gay but realizes almost immediately that he reacted the wrong way when Shawn disappears.

This is where the real troubles begin. Not only for Tony but Shawn. Their lives are in danger but the question is will they be found in time or will it be too late.

Phil Macello did an excellent job at writing this book and making it very believable. Phil was able to instill the emotions of not only the situation but also of the characters, not just the main characters either but each character in the book. This was a very sad but touching story and very well written at the same time. I cannot wait for book two to come out. This was an amazing read and I hope many more will read it and feel the same as I do.

Tosha

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5 Star Review for Match Point (Sports of the Seasons #1) by Leigh Carman #MM #Romance #Sportsromance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Match Point (Sports of the Seasons #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Leigh Carman (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 20, 2016 – 200 Pages

Synopsis

Two stubborn men.

One is a rude jerk. The other, the life of the party.

It was hate at first sight.

Pro beach volleyball players Finn Callahan and Dexter Savage have been rivals since college. While Finn always comes out on top on the court, Dexter’s carefree and fun-loving personality earns him scores of adoring men and women. And as much as Finn fights to deny it, there’s another reason for the tension he feels when Dex is around. Hate wasn’t the only thing he felt when he first laid eyes on his opponent.

When they’re forced to team up, the two men must bury their differences—on and off the court—if either of them is going to succeed professionally.

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 FiveStarsThis book is powerful. From almost the beginning my heart broke for these characters. Both have different things in their past that affects their future so tremendously. Just when I think neither of them are going to get it together something changes and everything starts to fall into place for them.

Finn tore me apart with his grief. I hurt for this character so much so that I cried right along with him. He is such a powerful character in this book. You cannot help but to fall in love with him. I think Finn hits his own rock bottom in this book and it is so moving to be along for the ride to see him climb his way back up.

Dex has so many demons from his past that he lets them dictate his future and the things that he does in his life. It is a constant struggle for this man to feel secure in his day to day life and he is denying himself the things that he wants that will make him truly happy for the first time in his life.

These two men are strong and have such horrible acts in their pasts that they each have to overcome. With each other’s help may be able to do just that, that is if they both can learn to let go of what they cannot change and move forward together before it is too late. Life is short and neither realizes that it can all change in a blink of an eye, so they need to learn to live, love, and let go before the chance passes them by.

This was such an amazing, powerful read that it will be with me for some time to come. Leigh Carman is truly an author that knows what they are doing and has such an maxing talent. Cannot wait to read more from this author in the future.

Tosha

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Audiobook Review: 4 Stars for Caught Running by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux #MM #Sports

CoverTitle: Caught Running
Author Name & Publisher: Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 1, 2007 – 236 pgs

Synopsis

Ten years after graduation, Jake “the jock” Campbell and Brandon “the nerd” Bartlett are teaching at their old high school and still living in separate worlds. When Brandon is thrown into a coaching job on Jake’s baseball team, they find themselves learning more about each other than they’d ever expected.

High school is all about image – even for the teachers. Brandon and Jake have to get past their preconceived notions to find the friendship needed to work together. And somewhere along the way, they discover that perceptions can always change for the better.

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FourStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I actually really enjoyed this story. I found both characters to be quite complex and both go through a lot of growth through the book. Their relationship is slow to build, but great once it develops. And sure, even though they hadn’t been together all that long in an actual relationship, I believed the feelings because they’d known each other outside of a romantic situation for a while.
I will admit that there were times where the book switched between the men’s POVs so quickly it gave me a bit of whiplash. I’m not sure if that was the way it was written or the way the narrator read it.
That being said, I have to admit that there were issues I had with the narrator. Like the very audible swallowing. It was incredibly distracting and took away from the story. However, that aside, I felt like he did a good job.
All in all a really great book about two men overcoming their differences to find love even if they are from two totally different worlds.
Renee

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5 Star, 4.5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Sweet Spot (Homeruns #4) by Sloan Johnson #MM #Baseball

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Title: Sweet Spot (Homeruns #4)
Author Name: Sloan Johnson
Publication Date: May 9, 2016

Synopsis

Four years ago, it took no time at all for Cody Marshall to fall for the rookie pitcher at spring training. While their lives were nothing alike, Cody understood Nick Stone’s insecurities and pain. And then… Nick left. Eventually, Cody found his own passion and landed a dream internship with the Mavericks. His life was finally turning around. And then… Nick came back.

Just like the first time they met, Cody finds himself falling for Nick. Unfortunately, Nick is still plagued by the belief that he is where he is because of his father. If they’re ever going to make it, Cody has to prove to Nick that his success has little to do with his name and everything to do with his drive to succeed.

Two men, both close to having everything they’ve wanted. Will they be able to find the sweet spot between dreams and desire?

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FiveStarsThis book in my opinion is about righting wrongs from the past and getting over insecurities in order to achieve happiness.

I think that Nick puts so much pressure on himself to be perfect that he does not realize that what is perfect is what he already had and gave up, Cody. Also his insecurities in my opinion is the reason that him and his dad do not have the closest relationship. I believe until he starts trusting himself and that he is good enough all the way around on his own then he will be able to have the things that he so wants to achieve and the person he wants to spend it all with.

Cody may be younger then Nick but in a lot of ways he is so much older. He is what I would call an old soul and so he is able to rationalize what needs to happen in order for Nick to become the man that Nick is meant to be. Yes I believe that Cody has some insecurities himself but that is normal because a person cannot be upbeat about everything all the time.

This was a great book and I enjoyed watching Nick grow to be the man he is meant to be and to watch his and Codys relationship blossom to a full bloom. Cannot wAit to read the next book in the series. I am sure it will be just as good as this one

Tosha

FourandHalfStars
This was a very sweet story.  The two main characters both have fights to overcome, however, they seem to do so with great success.

I think the highlight for me in this story was not necessarily the romance between Cody and Nick, but rather the struggle that Nick goes through to make it in the majors.  He has struggled his entire life to life up to, but outside of the light that is his father’s career.  Growing up with a father who might have the influence to create a career is both humbling and a huge obstacle.  Nick struggles in his own mind to make sure that he’s making it on his very own merit.

Despite that struggle, the romance is my second favorite part of this book.  I love the way that Nick and Cody figure out their relationship.  It’s both new and somewhat juvenile, but in the end, they navigate their careers, their lives and their friends to create an amazing journey.  Cody has some fierce friends who only want what’s best for him and protecting Cody against Nick again is both sweet and how their friendship grows.

While growing together in their relationship – they must face what all couples do – obstacles that test their relationship and commitment.  However, with this story also comes the lesson on trusting themselves, their friends and family too.

It’s a heart warming story that just adds to this series.

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FourStars

I really enjoy this series. It broke my heart in the prologue but then my heart was slowly mended back together. You could feel the connection between Cody and Nick. I can’t imagine how hard it is to go without seeing your partner for weeks and months at a time. I know I hate it when I am out of town for work for a few days! I am glad we got to see characters from previous books, I love them and miss them. I was shocked how something from a previous book came back up from this book, I hope in the next book we see the outcome, I really want justice to be served! Like the other books in the series there was some sappy moments, some moments that made me laugh and cry and of course hot action between the sheets! Can’t wait for the next book!

Angie

Excerpt

For the first time in my life, I was walking into work every day as Nick Stone, pitching hopeful for the Mavericks. I wasn’t Marcus Stone’s son. I wasn’t the closeted gay kid in the clubhouse. I was just Nick.

“Thanks. You deserve a lot of the credit for that,” I told him, because it was the truth. He was the one who’d made me see my dad for who he was. He was the one who gave me the strength to quit lying about who I was. He was the one who made me understand what my dad said when he told me life was more than baseball. Today, I was more worried about leaving Cody than I was about my placement in the organization, but I knew that’s how it was supposed to be. Baseball was my job. Cody was what mattered.

“I didn’t do anything,” Cody scoffed.

I leaned over and kissed him softly, cupping my hand around the back of his neck. I pressed my forehead to his as I spoke. “Yeah, you did. Everything I have at the end of today is because of you. You’re the one who’s helped me through. I love you, Cody.”

Those words terrified me. I’d never said them to anyone other than family, but it felt right to tell Cody how I felt about him. It left me exposed and vulnerable, but it was right. I choked up, knowing that I’d do anything to keep Cody looking at me the way he did right then. Stunned. Happy. In love.

“I love you, too.” Cody sighed. “I’ve wanted to tell you for a while now, but I was worried it’d freak you out.”

I hated knowing that he still had traces of lingering doubts. I’d planted those in his head with my actions years ago. I shook my head and swallowed hard as I thought about how to respond. I’d promised him I was through apologizing to him, but that’s exactly what I wanted to do now.

“I don’t want you to feel that way, Cody.” I buried my head against his shoulder. “I never want you to feel like you can’t tell me what you’re thinking. I know why you do it, but that’s only going to make things harder for the next few months.”

“I know,” Cody responded, sounding like a kid who’d just been scolded. “I’m trying, I promise.”

“That’s all either of us can do,” I parroted the words he’d said to me several times since the first night we’d talked. “Someday, it’ll be easier.”

“Yeah, it will be,” he agreed. Cody rubbed his eyes and I could tell he was struggling just as much as I was with my possible early departure. “Look, I just wanted to tell you that before I dropped you off. You know, that you’re doing good. No matter what happens today, remember how far you’ve come.”

“I will.” This was the pep talk I really needed. It was important to me that he understand what was going on and that he was the one who was able to say what I needed to hear. “And I’m going to keep busting my ass so I can get to Milwaukee. I have too much there to stay away for long.”

“I’ll hold you to that.” With one final kiss, Cody straightened in his seat and re-fastened his seat belt.

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TWO 5 Star and TWO 4.5 Star Reviews for Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2) by Avon Gale #MM #Romance @avongalewrites

CoverTitle: Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 29, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

After last season’s heartbreaking loss to his hockey team’s archrival, Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie Riley Hunter is ready to let go of the past and focus on a winning season. His new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, is a loud New Yorker with a passion for social justice that matches his role as the team’s enforcer. The quieter Riley is attracted to Ethan and has no idea what to do about it.

Ethan has no hesitations. As fearless as his position demands, he rushes into things without much thought for the consequences.Though they eventually warm to their passionate new bond, it doesn’t come without complications. While trying to financially help Ethan, Riley must hide his family’s wealth so as not to hurt Ethan’s immense pride. For their relationship to work, Ethan will need to learn when to keep the gloves on and let someone help him—and Riley will have to learn it’s okay to let someone past his defenses.

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FiveStars

Another winner all around…the hockey, the players, the team, the romance, the sex, the couples, the secondary characters (new, past & current), pizza & coconut water, and of course, Riley and Ethan. This is a long list, but that is because the whole story is a winner.
These two are a perfect pair on and off the ice. On the ice, Ethan is the team enforcer and protector, and everyone knows you do NOT mess with another team’s goalie, especially Riley, his goalie. Off the ice, these two are opposites. Riley drinks coconut water, Ethan drinks Pepsi. Riley comes from a loveless, cold family where Ethan comes from the best family anyone could want or have. Ethan is a tattooed muscle fighter and Riley is quite bendy (which leads Ethan’s imagination wild). They both though find are easy to love, enjoy kissing, eating pizza and play video games.
This was a low angst read that never made you want to set this down. Ethan’s family gets the Best Supporting Characters Award as his mom and sisters are just what everyone needs in their life. I cried happy tears seeing that they brought Riley in as member of one of their own, from hugs to cheer signs. Avon Gale writes with such enthusiasm for hockey, always an outstanding cast of characters, a journey of self discovery while developing a loving relationship and of course, very HOT smexy times. So I am greedy, I cannot pick one or the other as a favorite so I will just take both Ethan and Riley and the hockey!!
Keri

FiveStarsI love a book when two men that are supposedly straight realize that they are attracted to each other and that it is ok. U add in the fact the book is also about hockey and u have yourself a hit,

We met Riley in book 1 and and he had told Lane durning one of the conversations that he did not consider himself not gay but he did not consider himself straight either, it was more of a I don’t know what I am. Well in book 2 Riley finally figured that out when him and a fellow teammate Ethan started being roommates and Ethan figured out that not only did he not have a problem with gay people but he may also be gay too. Or at least gay for Riley.

I loved these two characters so much. They truly complimented one another even though they both come from completely different backgrounds.

Riley comes from a family that is extremely wealthy and his family are not close to one another at all.

Ethan comes from a family that is not rich with money but rich in other ways such as him being extremely close to his mom and sisters.

The other has always wanted what the other has. Ethan wants more money cause he wants to support his family and not rely on anyone else and Riley would give up all his money to have the kind of family that Ethan has.

This is such a wonderful read. It is about two guys who learn from the other. Riley is insecure about not having family and about others knowing he has money and thinking that the things he accomplishes is not on his merit but the money. Ethan does not want to ever be beholden to anyone else and take a chance of owing someone for it. They teach each other to let go of those insecurities and to grab on to what matters, each other.

Avon Gale does such an amazing job with her books and getting the points across. Avon has a gift to not only bring love to her characters but excitement to each book also. This book was such a great read and cannot wait to read book 3.

~Tosha
FourandHalfStars
This book was another great book by an author that has just moved to my automatic buy list. The characters, Ethan and Riley, have such complexity and emotion. I also love that this book is based on my favorite sport, hockey. This was a light read about two bisexual men who come together via their love for hockey. Avon Gale is an excellent writer that always seems to inject life into the story. I loved Ethan’s family but immediately fell in love with Ethan, who we hardly got to know in book 1, Breakaway. I loved Riley in Breakaway and was so glad that he got his own story. This book was quite clearly about hockey and the friendship and love of two good men. I would definitely recommend this book even if you don’t love hockey.
Lynn
FourandHalfStars

4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed the fact that these were two men who were straight before they met each other, even if they had thought about other men in a way that could possibly make them not so straight. It was encouraging to see them both simply accept the attraction for what it was instead of fighting it tooth and nail.

The story that goes with the romance is awesome too. I love the way the hockey is interwoven into the story and adds to it instead of distracting from the two men’s relationship. The way they both are there to support each other in every way the other needs is great.

I just really enjoyed this story even if at time I felt like we were left a little behind with the time passage not always being so clear.

Renee

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TWO 5 Star, One 4.5 Star, and One 4 Star Reviews for Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1) by Avon Gale #MM #Romance @avongalewrites

CoverTitle: Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 27, 2015 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He’s put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.

Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.

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 FiveStars

This was my first book by Avon Gale and most definitely will NOT be my last. I think I may have found a new author to stalk…err follow. Besides, who doesn’t love hockey men? Growing up all around and playing with sweaty hockey boys, I can almost feel like I was at home with these two and their true joy at playing this sport.
Lane Courtnall….Lane, Lane, Lane….he is just so socially inept, yet genuinely speaks from the goodness of his heart. I feel in love with his quirky words, humor, straight forward talk, full of energy, enthusiasm for hockey and the love he has for Jared.
Jared Shore was a true gentleman, even in his enforcer/protector sexy body. He shows what true love means and that you fall in love with everything about your partner, quirks and all. He was a man that took Lane for what he was, and was patient with him and loved him. These two men just understood each other down to their souls, like they had a cheat sheet for each other, and makes you jealous at how easy the chemistry flowed between the two. Speaking of chemistry….when these two got together, you could feel it.
The pacing of this story was smooth. It grabbed you with humor right from the start with quirky Lane who was just adorable in his social graces that you can’t help but just laugh. The story just kept going and never slowed down. It was low angst and full of self-learning.
The ending was just perfect with what Jared did. At first, I felt at a loss for Jared, but I found myself smiling and it made me happy that he was able to learn to self love, and know that by loving someone else and having that returned, anything was possible.
~Keri
FiveStars

I have to say that Avon Gale did an awesome job with the character Lane. Lane is one of those people that takes everything literally and has a way of saying everything that comes into his brain and does not realize that sometimes it would be best left unsaid. But even still he has the biggest heart and he believes the best of everyone. He has big dreams and when they come true he cannot put them into words because he cannot believe it is actually happening to him.

Jared is a hockey player on that plays for the team that is a rival for the team that Lane plays for and to say that their first meeting on the ice is explosive is to put it mildly. After spending time with Lane, Jared realizes that Lane does not mean anything negative in what he says, he just does not realize how things he says comes across.

I did not think that these two men would be a good fit together at first but the more I got to know these two characters I realized I was wrong and there could be no one more perfect for one another.

They are both competitive with one another but only in a good way and they push one another to strive to better themselves. And Lane is good for Jerod because his passion for the game helped Jerod find his passion for it again also.

I love how this story unfolded and how these two men came together. It was a really sweet story honesty. I do not know of any other way to describe it.

~Tosha
FourandHalfStars

First let me say that I love hockey (especially the Red Wings) so when I saw this book that was offer for review I just could past it up. The author was clear in her introduction that this was mainly about ECHL which is basically the minor leagues in baseball. This book was very realistic and I really love that. I loved Lane and the how he was very socially clumsy. The author really has fun with Lane and I loved how she described him. Lane almost immediately meets Jared and I just clear picture them together.

Avon Gale is quickly become a must read for me as her stories are fun and very entertaining. I absolutely love her writing style and it makes for a really easy read. As I read this book and Ms. Gale would seem to be coming to the end and then she would come up with another cinereous to throw at us. It was a great book and a really great ending.

~Lynn

FourStars

I thought this was a really sweet story. Lane is so awkward and just adorable because I relate to him a lot on the whole “Why am I not supposed to say that?” thing. While Jared is dealing with a jerk in his past, not to mention his age in a sport where he’s ancient.
I thought the way both families handled the men coming out was interesting and the way the men reacted was.. brilliant. I wish we saw that more than the people who let their families rule their life decisions.
I felt this was a fun, exciting tale filled with hockey, love and some sexy scenes.
The end felt a bit dragged out to me and left me just hoping to get everything wrapped up and that’s where it lost the star for me 🙁
Renee

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THREE 5 Star and ONE 4.5 Star Reviews for Out in the Field by Kate McMurray #MM #Sports @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Out in the Field
Author Name & Publisher: Kate McMurray (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 16, 2016 – 254 pgs

Synopsis

2nd Edition

Matt Blanco is a legend on the Brooklyn Eagles, but time and injuries have taken their toll. With his career nearing its end, he’s almost made it to retirement without anyone learning his biggest secret: he’s gay in a profession not particularly known for its tolerance.

Iggy Rodriquez is the hot new rookie in town, landing a position in the starting lineup of the team of his dreams and playing alongside his idol, Matt Blanco. Iggy doesn’t think it can get any better, until an unexpected encounter in the locker room with Matt proves him wrong.

A relationship—and everything it could reveal—has never been in the cards for Matt, but Iggy has him rethinking his priorities. They fall hard for each other, struggling to make it through trades, endorsement deals, and the threat of retirement. Ultimately they will be faced with a choice: love or baseball?

First Edition published by Loose Id LLC, 2012.

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FiveStars

This is a really great book that’s about baseball and men that are in the closet.
While I’m not normally a huge baseball fan, I really liked this book. The stress of playing the sport along with the slurs that are said without thinking really brought home how hard this sport is for some men.
There were quite a few issues that were addressed, and not just LBGT ones. Growing ‘old’ in the sport you were once on top of. Dating a younger man. Cross nationality. The list goes on and on. Yet, we see these two men fight their way through it all to be strong, caring men in a relationship even if it’s not easy.
The baseball really plays a backseat to the real story although it is talked about quite a bit, it’s not a distraction, but another step in the story.
I really enjoyed the writer portrayed every aspect of the book and really tugged at my heartstrings wanting this couple with so much adversity to overcome to make it.
Very well done.
Renee
FiveStarsI really loved this wonderful story. I’ve never really been much for baseball (hockey is my favorite sport) but I’m always a sucker for hot men in any sport. I love how the author brings them together and bring them out to the world. This author clear brought out everything from a gay man in the closet to baseball and most if all age difference. Yet the book did not seem long or drawn out and that is great in itself. Sometimes the book get caught up in the sport itself and the original story suffers. This was not the case in this book. This was an excellent balance between love and the sport of baseball. This was a great job by Kate McMurray.
Lynn
FiveStars
What is it like to be a professional baseball player and to be in the closet? Well that is what this book is exactly about. It is not always easy to gay out in the open because so many people are negative about it but to be a professional baseball player in a game where it is not always easy to let you guard down because you do not know who will turn on you or who is homophobic, it does not make it easy for two players that have stayed in the closet for this very reason. Both Matt and Iggy are professional ball players and both are in the closet and both are in a relationship together.

This in my opinion is a book about finally having the courage to stand up for what you believe in. It should not matter if a player is gay or not but that sometimes is just not the reality because of fear of coming out.

Once Matt retires and decides to finally come clean about his sexual status due to wanting to live in the open and no longer lie about it, it changes things for Iggy and gives him the courage to do the same even though he is still an active player. These two men love each other so much. They encourage one another to follow their dreams and desires regardless of what others may think. They stand behind one another’s decisions and they lend each other support when the other needs it. Most of all they do not let negativity in the world come between them, they do the opposite and give each other strengths and love.

This was a very good read and I enjoyed every bit of it. It is a very inspirational story and I only hope others enjoy it as much as I did.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

This was a very sweet read.  I loved how Iggy and Matt were surrounded by people who supported them.

Iggy is a great ball player – he’s dedicated, hard working and loves the game.  But, because he’s a rookie, he only knows how it is to be closeted while playing out of the spot light.  He is both naive and lucky that he has been able to stay out of the spot light as long as he has.  His best friend is amazing! I loved how fiercely he stood up for Iggy.  I also loved the snippets throughout the story that he wrote.  I thought that it helped a ton with the plot of the story.

Then you have Matt.  He was somewhat surly, a great player, but in the off season of his career.  He has great insight in to the sport and also develops in to a great mentor for Iggy.  Well, more than a mentor, but it begins with good intentions.

They have a sweet romance that is picture perfect until it isn’t.  I love that they are able to find common ground, but have to work through their issues when it comes to how they navigate their relationship.  The real world is far from their enclosed vacuum they have created their relationship in.

The plot is wonderful and the resolutions are just as satisfying.  I really do love McMurray’s ability to bring the reader through the story.

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