Thrown a Curve (The Rainbow League #2) by Kate McMurray ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

ThrownACurveLGTitle: Thrown a Curve (The Rainbow League #2)

Author: Kate McMurray

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/19/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

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.

My View:

After reading book one in this series, I had no idea Mason would be such an emotional character for me. I had no idea that he would turn me inside out while I watched him struggle with himself, his family, and what it meant to love another. I had no idea that he would make me so proud when he finally told his brother what was what and stood up for himself. I had no idea that I would be so happy with his story. But I was.

Thrown a Curve was a great story. Baseball took a greater backseat to the characters again, but I love these men and was so glad to get more from them.

I loved Mason and Patrick was his perfect match. Perfect in that he showed Mason not only that Mason was capable of being loved, but Patrick showed him that he was worth so much more than he was settling for. My only complaint was that Patrick’s only purpose seemed to be to highlight Mason and serve as Mason’s guide. We never did get much about Patrick except when compared to Mason and we never did get to see Patrick’s interactions with his father that the author kept hinting about. And the author seemed to focus a lot of Patrick feeling “safe” with Mason, but never explored why he used that word so frequently. I felt a bit like this story was very one sided as far as character development and history was concerned. Both men were fantastic and their relationship progression was well done, but I felt like the author short changed Patrick a bit.

I was so glad to see Ian and Ty again and to get more set up for Nate and Carlos’s story. That one is looking to be full of angst and tension. I can’t wait to see how things go for them and am so glad I already have the next book in my hands.

I am really enjoying the series. It has turned out to be so much more that I was expecting. Instead of this light, fluffy sports themed series, Kate McMurray has given the reader stories filled with characters who are likable and 3 dimensional. They are flawed yet perfect. They are full of emotion and I have had no problem investing a part of myself in their journeys.

Links

Thrown a Curve (The Rainbow League #2) 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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