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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?
First Edition published by Loose Id LLC, 2012.
Okay. I am so lost with this book. I can tell you that right now as my fingers fly over my laptop keyboard I have tears streaming down my face. That was one of the best endings I have read lately and I honestly was not ready for the story to be over.
So this turned out better than I expected. Early on in the story I was beginning to get irritated at the inference of the romance with Matt’s age. We know he is older than Iggy but I didn’t need a constant reminder, even during sexy times. Let me just say; 39 is not as old as the book leads you to believe, *looks at birth certificate with 1977 on it * just saying. Though I struggled with the nagging of acknowledged years between the MC’s and almost gave up on the book, I am so very glad I stuck with it.
I will try to keep this short as my current emotions will totally lead to rambling.
I loved that Iggy idolized Matt as a baseball player and got to meet him. I loved that Iggy was able to separate first baseman Matt Blanco from the Matt he was getting to know and falling for. I love that Iggy was at times the voice of maturity in the relationship and pushed for what he wanted and knew Matt wanted too.
Matt was beyond remarkable. The fact that he kept his sexuality hidden for so long yet finally found the one person he could be himself with, the one person who could and would get where he was coming from at every angle was gorgeous. Watching Matt accept that he was falling for Iggy was a pure joy to witness. Watching Matt decide on where his career would go just about broke this ginger.
I hate this… At the end of the day, I just want to be honest. I think a little part of me dies every time I have to lie like that. But I just don’t see any other way.
Goodness. I hate that this book was a portrait of realism for gay athletes. Though the times are slowly changing, it can still be a threat to ones career to come out. We’ve seen it happen but it makes me angry and at times my personal anger over the injustice blacked out the romance between Iggy and Matt. For me, I will never understand what your sexuality has to do with your ability to do your job, whatever you job is. I hate that this reality for men like Matt exists and they have to struggle with staying in the college or risk losing what they love to do or play. I hate that finding love and wanting to be open in public with that person, even to hold hands, is denied out of again fear that rebuttal from your employer could lead to dismissal. It just plain sucks and hurts my heart deeply. Everyone should be able to love who they choose… period.
*hops off micro soapbox*
So yeah, there is that but even though that is a major part of the book, this was still so good. I hated it when the men were forced to be apart but Matt’s new ritual with the card and the moment on third base was worth it. I hated that Matt was forced to make a decision but loved that Iggy was the deciding factor. I adored the teammates on the Eagles from the first to last page. I loved Iggy’s mom and Matt’s parents. I really liked that the focus moved from simply Matt’s age to the fact that he is at the end of his career as a ball player and Iggy is just starting out. The contrast of their career stages was perfectly done as the storyline progressed and it made me a happy reader. Man, I just loved the holy hell out of this book.
Out in the Field… this book was amazing. It truly was an epic romance that begins on the bejeweled diamond field of the Brooklyn Eagles as two men on opposite ends of their baseball careers meet, fall in love and finally do what is right in their hearts to be together.