Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ARC Review: Out in the Field by Kate McMurray

Out in the Field
From the blurb:

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?

Heather's rating:




Kate McMurray really shines with this story combining baseball and New York, two topics that she knows inside and out, with a HOT, compelling romance. She really hit this one out of the park! (<---- See what I did there!?)<--- br="" did="" i="" see="" there="" what="">
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I've read some Kate McMurray in the past, but I haven't been wowed by her until now. And I sort of didn't expect it. First of all, I'm not really a huge fan of sports romances, though I have to say, closeted men coming out for love is one of my favorite themes. But the whole "athlete worship" thing? Yeah, doesn't do much for me, so I wasn't expecting to adore this one.

Also, this book is a little more unconventional for me because I like my romance to wait. I prefer the two MCs to not even hook up or get romantic AT ALL until about 50% of the way through. What can I say, I just loooove the sexual tension to build and build.

Because of that, I also tend to read books that focus more on the beginnings of a romance. This book doesn't. The MCs get together almost as soon as they meet, and the whole book is really about exploring their relationship and navigating the sports world together, as a couple, over the course of YEARS. It is about their ups and downs, their struggles at being closeted, and what baseball means to them.

I liked the beginning of this book, but I didn't love it until 50% or so. These characters grew on me so much, and my relationship with them blossomed as I read. I got really attached to Matt and Iggy (love that name), and I was on the edge of my seat, emotionally speaking, as everything went down towards the end of the book. By 75%, I just couldn't put the book down, and I upgraded my review by a whole star.

That isn't to say that this book would be for everyone. There is a lot of sports content, so if you find sports-talk to be very boring, you might not love this one. However, even as a non-fan of baseball, I found it to be an exciting, nicely paced read. It never got too dry for me, which I wasn't expecting.

I also loved the New York setting. As someone who lives just 15 miles from NYC, I felt a lot of familiarity with this story. The characters and the setting felt like home to me, so it was easy for me to slide right into the story. (<--- I just can't stop!)

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I really, really liked this story, which I don't usually say about sports romances. It was a journey through a long-term relationship from start to HEA, and I was more than happy to go on that ride with Iggy and Matt.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29919510-out-in-the-field

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