Title: The Windup (The Rainbow League #1)
Author: Kate McMurray
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Page Count: 241
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
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.
This wasn’t a home run for me. I had a lot of trouble with the lack of intensity between the characters. Admittedly, the author meant to keep the boys at arm’s length because their plans differed enough that they were going to be separated in a year, but it worked against the romance and warmth of the relationship. And other than one smoking hot scene where MC Ian was in the throes of an adrenaline rush, the sex wasn’t all that special.
It pains me to no end to write a negative review here because I am a huge fan of Ms. McMurray and have loved her baseball themed books in the past, but this one just did NOT work for me.
I can recommend this book to serious die-hard baseball junkies only. (But a word of warning. There wasn’t a whole heck-of-a-lot of baseball going on.) For other M/M romance readers looking for a hot, sweet romance, this just isn’t it. The effort is clearly there, but it missed on so many levels. Cannot recommend.