Playing Ball

Playing Ball Baseball America s favorite pastime provides a field wide open for romance A Home Field Advantage may not help when Toby must choose between the team he s loved all his life and the man he could love

  • Title: Playing Ball
  • Author: Shae Connor Kate McMurray Marguerite Labbe Kerry Freeman
  • ISBN: 9781627981767
  • Page: 372
  • Format: ebook
  • Baseball America s favorite pastime provides a field wide open for romance A Home Field Advantage may not help when Toby must choose between the team he s loved all his life and the man he could love for the rest of it In 1927, Skip hides his sexuality to protect his career until he meets One Man to Remember Ruben and Alan fell victim to a Wild Pitch, leaving them sBaseball America s favorite pastime provides a field wide open for romance A Home Field Advantage may not help when Toby must choose between the team he s loved all his life and the man he could love for the rest of it In 1927, Skip hides his sexuality to protect his career until he meets One Man to Remember Ruben and Alan fell victim to a Wild Pitch, leaving them struggling with heartache and guilt, and now they ve met again And on One Last Road Trip, Jake retires and leaves baseball behind, hoping to reconnect with Mikko and get a second chance at love.Home Field Advantage by Shae ConnorToby MacMillan, grandson of Atlanta Braves owner Ray MacMillan, lives for baseball and loves his team When he meets new team member Caleb Browning, an innocent welcome to the big leagues dinner leads to a not so innocent night together Toby quickly calls things off, afraid of the ramifications of their tryst, but the two men develop a friendship that soon becomes After Caleb takes a fastball to the head, their budding romance hits the news and Toby s grandfather hits the roof When Ray MacMillan demands Toby deny the relationship, Toby must choose between the team he s loved all his life and the man he could love for the rest of it.One Man to Remember by Kate McMurrayIt s 1927, and in New York City, Babe Ruth and the Yankees unstoppable batting lineup, Murderers Row, is all anyone can talk about Across town, the Giants rookie infielder Skip Littlefield racks up hits, creating a streak to rival the Babe s Worried his secrets could get out, he avoids the spotlight, but he catches the attention of lauded sports reporter Walter Selby, a notorious dandy whose sexuality is an open secret Skip reluctantly agrees to an interview, and mutual attraction is sparked Skip can only hope the charismatic stars will draw attention away from his romance with Walt Otherwise, his career and everything he loves is at stake.Wild Pitch by Marguerite LabbeRuben Martell fell in love with Alan Hartner during their years playing baseball They stepped over the foul line once, but the encounter left them struggling with heartache and guilt, turning away from each other to focus on their families Now retired from the majors, they run a batting cage together and coach rival Little League teams as they juggle fatherhood and being single again Though Ruben has never given up hope that Alan might look at him as than a friend, Alan seems determined to keep things the way they ve always been But long buried feelings and desires have a way of resurfacing, and Ruben can t wait forever.One Last Road Trip by Kerry FreemanWith the last game of his Major League Baseball career behind him, Jake Wilson hits the road Years have passed, but he never got over the romance he shared with Mikko Niemi back in college Finally, he s ready to do something about it He starts with some crucial visits to his ex wife in New Mexico, his son in Oklahoma, and his daughter in Tennessee But his true destination is Mikko s home in Georgia, where he s hoping to get a second chance at love.

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    1. OVERALL RATING: 3.5 STARSOne Man to Remember by Kate McMurray : 3.5 starsThe only historical in this collection – it has the conflict of two men living in an era where being with men is still impossible. I like the idea of relationship between a baseball player and a reporter. Unfortunately, the length makes the story feel unfinished and happy for now only. Still, I like that Skip seems to know what he wants when it comes to baseball and love.Home Field Advantage by Shae Connor : 3.5 starsI wo [...]

    2. Four short stories about the struggle to be gay in the major leagues, whether it be as a player or someone more behind the scenes. Each of these men has a story to tell, as a couple or as an individual. The common thread? Baseball! One Man to Remember by Kate McMurray ~ This story has a historical romance aspect to it as it’s set in the 1920’s when being gay could still get you arrested. As well the ML frequent speak easy’s as prohibition is still enforced and them being a couple is majorl [...]

    3. This anthology has 4 stories, each a good novella size so you get a good shot at the story. All are well written, tackling different aspects of baseball, all are good enjoyable stories.One Man to RememberBased in the late 1920's, the tale of Skip and Walt evokes the difficulties, perils and bravery faced by gay people in that era. I learnt all about Murderers Row and the prohibition speakeasys. Thought provoking story.Home Field AdvantageContemporary story about Toby (grandson of team owner) and [...]

    4. Overall, I enjoyed this anthology a lot. I'm not into sports at all, but I always enjoy reading M/M novels set in the world of sport, be it professional or amateur, but I hadn't previously read many based around baseball, so this was a nice change. One Man to Remember by Kate McMurrayNice little story. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the 1920s, it's an era that I haven't read much about but that seems fascinating.Home Field Advantage by Shae ConnorThis was good. I thought it was a little bit [...]

    5. I am not usually a big fan of anthologies because it takes a particular talent to convey a well developed story within the constraints of a short novella. Most short stories leave me wishing there was more to the story. However, I am a huge baseball fan and I love stories about baseball. And I loved this small collection of shorts. I thought they were all well written and I was left with a satisfied feeling at the end of each that the whole story had been told. Of course, Kate McMurray always te [...]

    6. I particularly liked Marguerite Labbe's *Wild Pitch* ~ there is something so beautiful when love finds two grown up ( broken ) fathers and bring them together - while here they've already been friends since forever they've already been together with the kids and all ever since Yet love had been feared - and that's the sad part , love shouldn't be feared. I enjoy her writing style, it's so simple and yet expressive without trying to hard or over doing it Difficult to rate when you only read/like [...]

    7. This was an enjoyable read. I'm not the biggest baseball fan so I expected it to be a little harder to get through, but it wasn't at all. I liked all four stories, and all 8 MCs. I can't pick a favorite because I enjoyed them all really. I'd love to see them expanded on a little, and find out what happens next. I want to know more.

    8. Rating: 4.75 stars out of 54 Great Authors, 4 Wonderful Stories. If you love baseball, if you love romance, this collection has something for all of you.For my full review and individual story reviews, visit wp/p220KL-1AeScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords

    9. One Man to Remember- loved it! 1927 baseball. total fun.Home Field Advantage - enjoyed it.One Last Road trip- DNF. more a comment on me than book. I didn't want to read about Jake msking a mistake 20 years ago.Wild Pitch- really liked this, too.

    10. "One Man to Remember" by Kate McMurray - 4*"Home Field Advantage" by Shae Connor - 2*"One Last Road Trip" by Kerry Freeman - 4*"Wild Pitch" by Marguerite Labbe - 3*

    11. One Man to Remember by Kate McMurray - 3 starsHome Field Advantage by Shae Connor - 3,5 stars Tne Last Road Trip by Kerry Freeman - 3 stars Wild Pitch by Marguerite Labbe - 3 stars

    12. Kate McMurray 3 starsShae Connor 4 starsKerry Freeman 4 starsMarguerite Labbe 4 starsI know absolutely nothing about this game, but it was still 4 lovely short stories

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