Monday, May 16, 2016

Release Day Review: Out in the Field by Kate McMurray #Review #Giveaway

Author: Kate McMurray
Book: Out in the Field (2nd edition)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: May 16, 2016
Length: 254 pages

Reviewed by Erin


2nd Edition

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.

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Kate McMurray has a home run with Out in the Field. Baseball, two hot, charismatic MC’s, and a sizzling romance … this book has it all. I read this book years ago and I loved it then. I loved it even more the second time around. Matt and Iggy are just as fabulous as I remembered, and once again, the story line had me captivated from beginning to end. 

A truth … baseball isn’t my thing. I’m a hockey girl, but I enjoyed every moment of the baseball in this story. And there’s a lot of it, but not so much that it takes anything away from the burgeoning romance between rookie Iggy Rodriguez and veteran Matt Blanco. I loved they dynamics between these two. One at the very beginning of his career, the other in the sunset of his. The hero worship aspect Iggy feels toward Matt, the realities of a double decade’s long baseball career and the toll it takes on a body. The politics of being gay (and hiding it) in sport where being gay might mean the end of your career. 

I also loved the setting. I don’t live in New York but I’d imagine sports fans can be a bit on the rabid side toward their home team (and I know this is true from die-hard NY baseball fans) and it was fun to be immersed in that atmosphere. The history of the fictional Eagles, the way they are a part of the city landscape, the aura of the stadium and team are all a visceral part of the story line and added so much depth and feeling. 

The romance between Matt and Iggy is scorching. Their chemistry is instantaneous and palpable. Iggy’s forwardness combined with Matt’s older, wiser attitude completely worked. I love these guys. I loved how McMurray deals with the reality that Iggy has idolized Matt for YEARS but learns to see him as simply Matt, the guy he loves. I loved how she showed how hard it was for them to hide, but never made it overly dramatic. I loved how these guys acted like adults and faced their many challenges together. 

This is a re-release and it’s been updated to show the changes in LGBT laws as well as a few other minor things. In my opinion, this edition is even better than the first, which was pretty perfect. If you love baseball, and even if you don’t, be sure to read Out in the Field ASAP. You’ll love it, I promise.

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