Author: J.P. Barnaby
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
The day Jonathan “Jack” Young caught that foul ball was the worst day of his life. Instead of seeing his beloved Red Sox hold the lead, he watched in horror as his mistake cost them the first real shot they’d had at the World Series for nearly one hundred years. Jack left Boston in disgrace and moved to Chicago to start over. Instead, he finds Ryan Levine, who shatters the illusion that he could ever escape being the “Bane of Boston.” With decisions about careers and relationships in the balance, one misstep could mean ruin for them both.
Chicago. Wrigley field. Baseball at its most historic, romanticized best. The idea for this story was right up my homerun alley.
Full disclosure: I’m a Clevelander, born and raised, so to 1) invoke the Indians and 2) pen a tale from the perspective of the poor soul who caught that foul ball, well, I have no choice but to fall in love a bit right from the git go. However, I shall do my best to remain objective.
Now then, back to the game…
I enjoyed the slightly hazy, fantasy-lite set up that surrounds the initial meeting twixt Jack and Ryan. It fits the feeling of those warm, humid yet oh so enjoyable summer days that feel like baseball. In a baseball town. With diehard baseball fans. Aficionados, if it please you.
We get both points of view, first Jack’s then Ryan’s. The detail in the descriptions of setting, and the tactile nature of these two utilizing the same, all made it very easy for me to picture everything as it was happening.
Unfortunately, when it came to the emotional side of things, there was more telling than showing. I don’t know if maybe there was a word limit (this was originally part of an antho), but some of the more important emotional moments, especially in relation to Jack’s past, felt rushed. On the flipside, when more time was spent on those emotions, the chemistry between Jack and Ryan sparked and sparkled, and left me with a teasing taste of what could be their future. This made for a an uneven read, almost like a light flickering off and on.
The dialogue felt realistic, especially in the quieter moments, which isn’t an easy thing to do.
By the end, I was pulling for Jack and Ryan and my curiosity had been poked. This story didn’t move any mountains but I would definitely read more about these two, certainly from this author.
I can’t believe I’m admitting it, but this was my very first JP Barnaby read.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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