Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: The Rainbow League: Book One
Ian ran screaming from New York City upon graduating from high school. A job offer too good to turn down has brought him back, but he plans to leave as soon as the job is up. In the meantime he lets an old friend talk him into joining the Rainbow League, New York’s LGBT amateur baseball league. Baseball turns out to be a great outlet for his anxiety, and not only because sexy teammate Ty has caught his eye.
Ty is like a duck on a pond—calm and laid-back on the surface, a churning mess underneath. In Ian, he’s found someone with whom he feels comfortable enough to share some of what’s going on beneath the surface. The only catch is that Ian is dead set on leaving the city as soon as he can. Ty works up a plan to convince Ian that New York is, in fact, the greatest city in the world. But when Ian receives an offer for a job overseas, Ty needs a new plan: convince Ian that home is where Ty is.
Review: This was a fun story about a couple of guys who have commitment issues that fall in love. Ian because he has a bad track record of picking bad men and his job never keep him in place for long. Ty because he has self esteem issues despite appearing to be the care free life of the party type of guy. Ian grew up in New York but hated it. He reluctantly comes back to help restore an older hotel for a big paycheck. His friend Josh suggests he make friends again by joining the Rainbow league. Ian take his advice thinking it’s something to do and maybe he will find some hook ups. He finds Ty right away. Ty has no problem expressing his interest in getting busy with Ian. Ian just doesn’t work that fast but he’s very tempted so it doesn’t take him long to give into Ty’s advances. What starts off as a hook up turns into an arrangement between the guys. They like each other but know there’s an expiration date on whatever it is they have. Keeping both of them at arms length despite their desire to fall for each other.
I really enjoyed this book. Ian and Ty alternated between frustrating and OMG I adore them together! They had some amazing chemistry and were just a lot of fun to read about. Both Ian and Ty had some communication issues at times but it worked for their situation and didn’t feel contrived. Ian really wants out of New York. He had some bad experiences when he was younger and can’t seem to get past them enough to enjoy being there. Ty moved from Texas and found the freedom he so desperately needed in New York. It’s his home and he can’t see himself ever leaving. It just takes these two a while to realize they love each other. They’re so in their own heads about how things are they don’t fully embrace what they’ve found together. Or that their futures are set in stone dooming them to be apart. Ian and Ty made a very fun and sexy couple. I’m looking forward to their cameos in the rest of the series. Ty will surely have some awesome inappropriate things to mouth off about. I loved him!
I love that baseball is what brings all these characters together. Most of them aren’t superstars but they have fun and have formed a little community family. There are so many great secondary characters in this book and I really felt like I got to know them all. Most of the guys will find a love interest in subsequent books. I’m already looking forward to Mason’s but am salivating for Nate’s! His friends to lovers story was set up so well. I wish I could read it and put him out of his misery right now. I laughed out loud multiple times in this book from the banter between characters. There are multiple POVs but the majority is from Ian and Ty. I’d have a blast playing in this league and can totally see it’s appeal.
Ian’s panic attacks really tapered off as the book went along. I guess he became more comfortable with Ty’s help and support? Ty’s campaign to make Ian see what was so special about New York was pretty cute but abruptly ended after so much build up. Their relationship really was up and down throughout the book. Nobody is ever quite sure where they’re at as a couple despite them always wanting to be together. Labels and expectations seem to be what the issues were. Time was not on their side and that made committing to their feelings for each other harder. Ultimately they get there and get the HEA they and I so desperately wanted. I really liked this book. Yeah it had a few issues and the beginning was a little slow but I loved the characters and reading about them made me laugh and fall in love. Makes me a happy girl!