Author: Dale Chase
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: October 15, 2016
Page Count: 98
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Outfielder Tommy Knox is said to “own” pitcher Wayne Kerley because he always hits well when Wayne is on the mound. What the public doesn’t know is that the two men have long been involved in a committed, loving relationship. They met and fell in love while playing in the minor leagues, but were called up to the majors and now play for opposing teams.
Tommy and Wayne have managed to stay together through twelve closeted years. Being on different teams means they have to spend most of the baseball season apart.
In the final year of his contract, Wayne considers retirement as his career begins to wind down. The thought of life without baseball seems nearly impossible, but he keeps his fears and dread to himself. Tommy still has two years left of his contract, and all the successes, defeats, and injuries that entails. Can the two reconcile their love of each other and the game?
I’m a sucker for a baseball themed romance! This blurb reminded me of one of my all-time favorites Out in the Field. It actually turned out to be quite different and entirely too short to give us any real meat and potatoes concerning this couple.
Wayne and Tommy are in a committed, long-term relationship and are deeply in love. They have to hide their relationship from EVERYONE, including the press, family and teammates. How they did that over the 12 year period is beyond me. But they did.
The book gives us a few flashbacks of how these boys meet and start a relationship but not enough to really know these boys. They have this terrible set-up where they go with for at a time without seeing each other since they play on different teams and are always traveling. And since they are hiding, there is no quick layovers in between games. I felt terrible for these two, who are obviously in love.
I loved Wayne and Tommy. They were sweet and absolutely smitten and while the sex was good, most of it is off-page so there so the steam is low. We did get one particularly passionate reunion scene which satisfied my shallow need for the down-and-dirty. The problem here is that this was just too short to put me into their shoes and feel their sadness, desperation and love. It ends in a HFN and desperately needed an epilogue.
For baseball fans who want something light to read in the tub or before bed, I can recommend this one, but for others not interested in baseball, I’d say skip it.
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