The Long Slide Home (The Rainbow League #3) by Kate McMurray ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

LongSlideHomeTheLGTitle: The Long Slide Home (The Rainbow League #3)

Author: Kate McMurray

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/14/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

Blurb:

The Rainbow League: Book Three

Nate and Carlos have been the best of friends since their childhood playing baseball together in the Bronx. For the past few years, Nate’s been in love with Carlos, though he’s never acted on it and Carlos has never given any indication that he returns Nate’s feelings. Nate has finally given up, determined to move on and find someone else, especially now that Carlos has shacked up with his boyfriend, Aiden.

Carlos doesn’t understand why Nate has suddenly gotten weird, acting cold and distant at team practice for the Rainbow League. But if that’s how things are going to be, Carlos is done trying to figure Nate out. But then Aiden reveals he has a violent side, and Carlos needs his best friend’s support. On top of that, he starts to realize his feelings for Nate might not be limited to friendship. But in the aftermath of his relationship with Aiden, and with Nate having problems of his own, the timing is all wrong to make a real relationship work. As emotions run high, both have a hard time figuring out what is real and what is just convenient.

My View:

I have been waiting for this story since book 1. While the story turned out to be much different than I was anticipating, it was  worth the wait.

I would like to start out by saying that Nate and Carlos’s story started long before this book and while you don’t necessarily need to read the first two books to follow this one, I strongly encourage you to do so in order to have all the facts about Nate and Carlos and Aiden and all the other couples mentioned in the this tale. The stories are good and you won’t be wasting time by reading them first.

The Long Slide Home was such an apt name for this book. It hints at the fact that Carlos and Nate took the long way around to their happiness. And that they did. But once they got together, the love was strong and sweet. I am so happy they got home eventually.

However, for me, their love was inevitable and so it was not my main focus in this story. I was more captured by the struggles of Carlos as he found out what kind of man Aiden was and struggled to escape. I was more interested in Nate’s broken heart as he watched a part of his life pass away. The emotions and the hurt these men endured was so heart breaking but it gave them depth that otherwise would not have existed. To this point they have been rather shallow, baseball obsessed characters and it was wonderful to see that there was more to them and their story. Had things been easy or quick, it would have cheapened things.

Yes, I do think as far as the romance was concerned, things went too fast and too easy. There were things I wish would have been discussed or resolved more, like Carlos’s healing and Nate’s dislike of certain sexual positions. I also felt the whole “it’s not perfect like I imagined” thing felt awkward and unresolved. I felt it was inserted as a way to make this real but then was glossed over in favor of the happy ending, and could have been developed a bit more or left out completely.

However, I am still greatly enjoying this surprisingly emotional and character driven series. I still amazes me that while this appears to be a fluffy baseball series, it is so much more than that. Will Scott be getting a story anytime soon? I would really like that. 🙂

Links

The Long Slide Home (The Rainbow League #3) on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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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