Out in the Field

Kate McMurray
Out in the Field
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Loose Id
Release Date
April 2012
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Ignacio Rodriquez, Iggy to his friends, has been dreaming about playing baseball for the Brooklyn Eagles ever since he was a boy. His dream comes true and then some; he finds himself playing alongside his idol, first baseman Matt Blanco, who is everything he dreamed of and more.

Matt Blanco is entering the twilight of his career, plagued by injuries and two decades of lying about who and what he is, but he thinks he still has a few good years left in the major leagues. Then he meets Iggy and everything turns upside down. But carrying on an affair with a much younger man is one thing. Having an affair with his teammate introduces a whole new set of complications. When a trade and a career-ending injury threaten to keep them apart, both men have to figure out what they're willing to risk for the love of baseball and each other.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Jun 20, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
211 people found the following review helpful
It so happens that I've never read anything by this author before and after a book like this, I can honestly ask myself, why not? OUT IN THE FIELD deals with one of the more popular themes in m/m romance and one not a lot of authors are willing to tackle to this extent. Kate McMurray tells us she's a baseball fan right there in the dedication and with her detailed descriptions, she easily made that fact jump off each page.

Matt is an old player, famous, loved and on the verge of retiring if his body has anything to say about it. The Eagles and the game are his life and there's never really been any chance that he would willingly leave or direct his life elsewhere, like finding a man to settle with or do something insane, like coming out. Matt is fearful and that fear has ruled his life for a long time, no matter how much he kept kicking the feeling aside.

Iggy is a young player, first time with the big shots and just full of youth and awe for his idols who are suddenly standing side by side with him on the field. Talk about living the dream. One of his favorite players ever is Matt and while the guy is a bit standoffish toward him, Iggy still goes all wide eyed and hot when the guy comes near him.

The first situation the two find themselves in where the attraction has the room to ignite, the secret both players have comes to light, and while Matt is deeper in the closet, it is Iggy who has trouble not running from the chemistry between them.

Once they do get together, their relationship is solid and steamy. They can handle distance, injury and a lot of other things, including coming out. The age difference doesn't seem to matter, other than rocking Matt's self-esteem a bit and even when you remove everything else, they still share a deep love for the game.

I really liked the writing as well as the subject and with two great characters, I really didn't want for more. I loved the way the author developed the final conflict and how the progression from the idea to the actual coming out didn't happen in a blink of an eye but was rather developed, thought through and in the end a very conscious decision. Another interesting part was the player relationship, not only between Matt and Iggy but the rest of the guys as well. That tends to be the most interesting part for me in the sport themed books and this one didn't disappoint.

At the end there's not much more to say than pick up the book and enjoy. Well done, Kate.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Loose Id.
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