The Windup (The Rainbow League #1) by Kate McMurray ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

WindUpTheLGTitle: The Windup (The Rainbow League #1)

Author: Kate McMurray

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/24/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

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.

My View:

What a fun series. I love the concept of a gay adult hobby baseball league as the central theme for this series. This book was very charming and set things up nicely for the series to continue. There are so many great characters and I am looking forward to their stories.

I loved that both Ian and Ty were complex. I loved that the author created men who were not perfect, who had insecurities and often let those insecurities lead them to make bad decisions. I liked that while Baseball was the main theme of this series, it was the characters who caught my heart and drove this forward.

I enjoyed watching as Ian and Ty slowly emerged as the story moved forward. I loved that the men at the end of the story were so different from the men they were at the start. It was a great picture of a budding relationship. A picture of two men who start off as 2D ideas and slowly grow together into this 3D concept and relationship. I loved the way the author used mundane experiences such as going to a museum and on a walking tour of the city, as a way for these men to get to know each other. I can’t tell you how much that made me happy to have a story progress and watch two men dating instead of just watching them fall into bed and get to know each other solely through sexual encounters. Don’t get me wrong, the sex was great and well times and necessary to the story, but it was not the entire story.

I loved that there was emotion and heart. While the men fell victim to the dreaded lack of communication trope, they worked through it in a satisfying way. I felt their hurting and was pulling for them even as I was rolling my eyes and screaming at them to just “be honesty already!” I really got swept up in their love.

This book really set things up nicely for several books to come. I am looking forward to more of the Nate/Aiden/Carlos saga. I am also strangely hoping to learn more about Scott, the mysterious coach. There has got to be more to the way he behaves. This book was a great start to this series and it totally hooked me on this baseball league. It drew me in, gave me a great setting, great characters, and lots of potential for more fun.

Links

The Windup (The Rainbow League #1) 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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