Title: Out in the Field (Second Edition)
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 13, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Baseball Romance
Page Count: 216
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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?
One of my favorite M/M romances and my ABSOLUTE favorite baseball M/M romance, Out in the Field, will be re-released on May 13! I was fortunate enough to get a copy to review and I can tell you that it tops the 2011 version with new scenes and updated to reflect the more progressive society we now live in. (Yes! And we’ll keep fighting the good fight Tea Party assholes.)
Kate’s own description of the differences:
This new edition has been thoroughly reedited. I’ve expanded some scenes and trimmed others—it’s got about 5,000 words of new material now, all told. I updated the book, too, for 2016. (No more flip phones, for one thing, but also to acknowledge the progress LGBT athletes have made in the 5 years since I wrote the first draft.)
I loved it all over again and it remains firmly on my absolute favorites shelf. Baseball romance perfection.
My original review from September, 2012:
Out in the Field was one of those books that had languished on my get-your-ass-in-gear shelf for over a year. That is a shelf of books I am 90% sure I will love, but I just need to find the perfect time to read them, preferably when I can read them in one sitting since I have a super scattered brain and hate taking breaks in the middle of a good book because I always forget stuff. Well, I had that opportunity last night and after reading two books this week that had absolutely NO romance in them what-so-ever, Out in the Field seemed to fit my reading bill perfectly. This was a M/M romance lover’s dream come true with two masculine but incredibly tender hearted MCs who, over the span of four years, explore their love of baseball and each other while handling their secret affair with their family, friends, fans and the press. It wasn’t all wine and roses and smooth sailing for these two, as I had read in a few reviews. They dealt with some pretty heavy angst, but they dealt with it as a team and that made it so much easier to handle when all I really wanted was a feel-good romance. Iggy and Matt made my heart sing and were beautiful together. I literally cried tears of joy during the last 4 pages of the book. It made me ridiculously happy.
If you are looking for a lighter romance, with a touch of angst that our heroes deal with lovingly together, with loving emotional, brilliantly hot sex, that also includes four years of great baseball stories, I can absolutely recommend Out in the Field.