Title: The Outfielders
Author: Robert P. Rowe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 31st oct, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, coming-out, Baseball
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.
“The Outfielder” is a coming-out story of our MC, Tony. He is 24 and stuck in his small town doing a job he hates. He has been secretly crushing on his baseball-teammate/colleague Alex from the time they were in high school. But no one knows he is gay except his best friend, Jennifer. Alex is straight and Tony has no hope of ever turning his dream of “being in a relationship with Alex” a reality so why try??? But Jennifer has a plan: Tony just has to convince Alex that he is gay for him. He needs to make his move and take a chance (because u never know, right???)
Tony frustrated me a lot. The guy was seriously dumb. As his friends and team mates so lovingly described him : “not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree”. Tony’s voice sounded more like a 15 year old teenager than a 24 year old grown ass man. He whined a lot and mostly lived inside his head. He was adorable but his continued dumbness wore of that charm within a couple of chapters.
I won’t say that I did not enjoy the story but collectively 60% of the book was boring and draggy. I found myself heavily skipping parts in the chapter. The events in the story were stretched without anything actually happening. Tony and Alex’s dance around each other for almost 80% of the story reduced the anticipation and increased the frustration.
I liked the ending and the secondary characters especially Jennifer. Her ridiculous and outrageous ideas to get Tony laid was fun to read and I absolutely loved her for always having Tony’s back. Tony’s POV painted a very detailed picture of the townspeople, their problems and their struggles and I loved how at the end his obsessive cookie making gives hope for a better tomorrow for the town.
If you don’t mind the slow pacing of the story and love baseball-based romances then give this book a try!!!