Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: The Rainbow League: Book Two
Mason made headlines when, after his professional baseball career was sidelined by an injury, he very publicly came out of the closet. Now he’s scratching the baseball itch playing in the Rainbow League while making his way through New York’s population of beefcakes, even though they all come up short. Plus, he’s still thinking about last summer’s encounter with hot, effeminate, pierced and tattooed Patrick—pretty much the opposite of the sort of man he has long pictured himself with.
Patrick hasn’t been able to forget Mason either, and now that baseball season is back upon them, he’s determined to have him again. Mason is unlike any man Patrick has ever been with before, and not just because he’s an ex-Yankee. All Patrick has to do is convince a reluctant Mason that their one night wasn’t just a crazy fluke and that they could be great together… if only Mason could get past his old hang-ups and his intolerant family.
Review: This was the sweet story of Mason and Patrick from the book 1 hook up falling in love. Total opposites that just kind of work together. The only thing they seem to have in common is that they’re both gay and play in the Rainbow League. Mason is a former Yankee who was injured and instead of trying to play a couple more years in the minors, decided he’d rather come out and be who he is. Sounds good but he’s still hiding part of himself from his family. His uncles were Mason’s older brother Owen and himself. They’re the types who frequently say faggot and question someone’s manhood if something doesn’t fit into their idea of what a man should be. This made life difficult for a boy who knew he was gay at a young age. Lucky for Mason he was a great athlete. His physique is big and strong. So hiding who he was for years wasn’t hard on to do on the outside. Inside it certainly took it’s toll on Mason. He knows it’s not right but there’s a certain amount of shame instilled in him from years of hearing it.
So when Mason has a very strong attraction to a small tattooed covered hair stylist it’s a bit out the norm for his lovers. He’s always gone for big muscled and what his family would considers “masculine”. Patrick is nothing like that. He’s small and sassy. He oozes happy energy that’s contagious. Patrick is who he is and he won’t apologize for it. He knows people look at him as that “fem flamboyant type of gay” but that’s their problem. He’s fabulous and happy the way he is. Mason thinks so too. He’s very attracted to Patrick but he also really likes him. Being with Patrick makes him happy. The guys are reunited after their one night together the year before and both admit they’d like to hook up again. One night turns into many and the guys get into a relationship. Mason’s issues are the only thing holding them from their HEA.
I really liked this book. Mason had a lot of issues to work through but Patrick’s warm and fun nature kept things light and fun. Mason and Patrick were very sexy together. I liked that they didn’t play the typical roles in the bedroom and it wasn’t an issue at all. They were very in sync sexually and it wasn’t just sex. They’re both very honest about how much they’re enjoying being together. How it’s more than just sex for both of them. Patrick forces some conversations Mason might not normally have about his hang ups but they were needed. They helped Mason grow and be honest about what he wants. To allow himself to quit living for others and finally be happy.
I love all the cameos from the other characters. Each adds so much to the story. Nate and Carlos are next. I’ve been salivating for their story since the first book. I really enjoy this series. The writing is crisp and the stories engaging. Great characters that seem like real people to me. Good humor! I think I smiled for most of this book. Mason and Patrick were just so good for each other. This is a low angst story about opposites falling love. They finally found the real thing. 🙂