Title: The Outfielders
Author: Robert P. Rowe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 31, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, sports, small town, friends to lovers
Page Count: 268 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Sometimes love can come out of left field.
Tony was waiting until he went away to college to come out to his parents and start his new gay life. Unfortunately, at twenty-four, it doesn’t look like college is going to happen after all. Stuck in a dead-end job in a small town and still living at home, with all the arrested development that entails, he finds escape in playing for the company baseball team and lusting after his straight outfielder crush, Alex. But Tony’s best friend, Jennifer, thinks she’s found a plan in the pages of gay romance novels. All Tony has to do is convince Alex he’s gay for you… or for Tony. It’s easy—just find some excuse to be alone in bed together and let nature take its course. What could possibly go wrong?
You can’t get to first base if you don’t take a chance and step up to the plate.
This story was so riveting that I could not put it down. I will be honest and say that I really hard a hard time figuring out one of the characters, Alex. He was very hard to read and to figure out what exactly his feelings toward Tony was. Was it really just friendly feelings or was there something more there.
As far as Tony goes I think his problem is he is so busy trying to hide that he is gay that he does not realize that everyone, and I do mean everyone in his town already knows he is gay. Well I take that back, I think Alex is just as clueless because he did not realize it. Tony is also naive. He just assumes that no one recognizes his feelings for Alex. That is probably the funniest thing of all in this book, that Tony thinks he has done such an amazing job of hiding his feelings for Alex. When really his whole team and family and friends all know exactly how he feels about Alex and they all accept even though he is so clueless.
I have to say that I think that Jennifer is the one that makes this book though. She can see through Tony and knows that he is naive. She has been his best friend since forever and she does everything but come right out and tell Tony what his feelings are. She is the one who guides him into seeing what is in front of him on so many different occasions. She is also the one that has his back and gives him confidence in himself when he cannot do that for himself.
With both To y and Alex being clueless these two men have to navigate around not only a small town but all the happenings that are going on while trying to maintain a friendship and Tony trying to figure out if he may ever have a chance with his straight friend.
This book was so full of humor. It seemed every time Tony turned around one of his schemes backfired in his face in a usually hilarious way. But there was also times that was very serious in this book also. For example when Alex’s home caught on fire. Robert P. Rowe did an amazing job about balancing both the humor and seriousness of this book and was able to turn this book into a wonderfully amazing read. I would definitely recommend this book to others. It was a very good read that I enjoyed immensely.
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