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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  367 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Since childhood, Jake, Adam, Kyle, and Brendan have been teammates, best friends, brothers. Then one day, when they were twenty-five, Adam disappeared without a word, devastating his friends-none more so than Jake, who had secretly loved Adam since they were teenagers.

Now, five years later, Adam is back, and he has his mind set on Jake. But those years of anger, hurt, and
ebook, 220 pages
Published August 8th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 7th 2012)
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2.5 stars
On the surface, this story has my favorite elements that excite me: (1) best friends turn lovers and (2) reunion of the one that got away. Unfortunately, the story doesn't really work. There are several things that I love and there are that I don't. I will try to be fair and mention them all.

So, on the plus side, I really like the secondary characters, namely Jake's two other best friends. Kyle the oversexual bi-sexual with an adorable daughter a result of one night of passion and Brend
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I have dueling feelings about this story.

On the one hand, I left the story thinking that Kate McMurray is a really excellent writer. I got an immediate sense for these characters, these childhood best friends, and the atmosphere of the story. I liked the way the author wove in the flashbacks and kept up the pace of the book. It held my interest the entire time. I also loved the secondary characters, perhaps more than the main characters... which leads me to one of my main issue with this book:

Val Kovalin
Three thirty-year-old men in Chicago, who used to be best friends in their childhood baseball days, find their world shaken when Adam the fourth member of their group returns after an unexplained five-year absence, for which they still understandably resent him.

Our first person narrator Jake is gay and has always been in love with Adam. But Adam used to be seriously conflicted about being gay and still seems to be deeply in the closet. When Adam indicates he wants to start a romantic relationsh
Aug 09, 2012 Snowtulip added it
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Still thinking on the rating....

I really have enjoyed the last few McMurray books I've read and was anxious for this book. As with authors I enjoy, it doesn't always mean I like all their books, some I love, some I don't like...just happens sometimes.

This story didn't work for me. It had the components that I normally love (friends to lovers, coming together after a long separation), but the story was flat for me and very repetitive in the beginning. I just couldn't believe the story...there wer
So I LOVED this book...Did it annoy me at times? YES it id!! Did I feel like I wanted t sit these boys down and get them to talk because they frustrated me, as it happens in so many gay romances? No, I didn't

Why?...Because I was perfetly happy (if irritated at times) to let them figure it out. This just felt so authentic to me. It just made sense. This relationship was SO complex, so much history and heartache between these two men, that I just truly enjoyed watching them work it out and let t
I thought I was going to give this book 5 stars when I started. I got completely suckered in by the excerpt, so I bought it and didn't put it down until I was done. The beginning was great; but, when I got to the end, I felt like I had been waiting for the big climax only for there to not really be one. (view spoiler) ...more
3.5 stars. Well written but not entirely comfortable to read, kind of like being a guest at a dinner party where the hosts have a big argument. I loved the friends-to-lovers angle, but as late as 90% into the story, I wasn't convinced that this couple would last. Thankfully, it all worked out (believably so, I thought), and I loved the epilogue.
I liked it enough to finish it. The story flowed along quite nicely, but somehow everything felt distant and I as a reader wasn't really involved.
Kate McMurray became a must buy author for me couple of her works ago, so I really should not be surprised that I liked her book so much, but I am surprised nonetheless. I did love the building romance between Jake and Adam, and I loved how the writer makes it so *not* easy for them to reconnect after Adam left and at the same time how she made it so true to who they both were and who they became before they reconnected. I however also liked just as much how the writer showed the non sexual frie ...more
This book started very promising, I was on team Jake, because Adam seemed to be the idiot who run away from his friends and love interest without reason. So I was feeling with Jake about Adam's sudden appearance, his issues with his sexuality and was wondering why Jake gave in so quickly, truly if he was so hurt, why did he let Adam in his life and bed so easily?

Then came New York and well this turned the whole dynamic, while I disliked Adam at first and the way how he behaved towards Jake in Ne
incerta fino all'ultimo tra le 3 e le 4 stelle ma la scrittura e la buona introspezione dei personaggi mi ha convinta alle 4 stelle. a tratti commovente a volte irritante nel descrivere i 2 protagonisti e anche gli altri 2 amici che compongono le 4 basi, mi sembra un buon libro anche per riflettere.
Kade Boehme
Wowee! Now that there was a good love story right there. Probably the best ive read in months. Had you on edge hoping they worked thru their shit til the end yet wa just sweet and perfect. The memories killed me... And that epilogue! Wow! 5 plus stars. Good lord. Off to find more by this author.
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader for Kate McMurray Week!

4.5 stars

Whew, this was a doozy for me -- an intensely personal read and one that's particularly difficult for me to review. The basis of the story is a bit of a Big Chill setup. Four childhood friends (the Four Corners because of the bases they all played on their high school baseball team) are split up when one of then, Adam, disappears for 5 years. Jake has been in love with Adam since they were in their early teens. Actually, probab
4.5 Kisses

I love a friends-to-lovers themed romance. There’s something very special about watching two people who have always be friends and depended on each others relationship evolve into love and romance. I admit that after I read the blurb to this book, I was pretty excited to read it, so it wasn’t long before I found myself pushing aside my daily chores so I could finish it once I started it. Believe me when I say I wasn’t disappointed. Four Corners immediately swept me up into the lives of
This is a really interesting look at the relationship between two men, Adam and Jake as they deal with the emotions of meeting again, five years after Adam left without a word.

I enjoyed the exploration of Adam's acceptance of his own sexuality and the response Jake had to his friend's perspective. "It was okay for me to be gay but not for him. I wondered how his own self-loathing affected what he thought about me. I'd worried for a long time that any judgments he held about himself applied to ga
Grade: C-

I didn’t want his words to make my heart soar. I didn’t want my skin to tingle where his palms rested. I didn’t want to get aroused by the way he smelled. I didn’t want the proximity of our bodies to make me shiver. All of those things happened anyway.

A no-go on this one too. The writing mechanics are good (sometimes really good), but I found the high school flashbacks to be really intrusive, the present-day interactions were repetitive, and Jake (The One Who Stayed) was a whiny, self-
Gaby Franz
Un libro bien escrito pero al que creo le faltó sentimiento. Recién en el último capítulo pude sentir emoción. La trama es algo plana y poco original. Las partes relatadas del béisbol me parecieron sumamente pesadas y no añadieron algo sustentable a la novela en general.
Creo que un libro debe dejarte algo, alguna enseñanza o un sentimiento de satisfacción y este no ha sido el caso.
Pete W
It was a well written story.

I find that Jake seems to take things way too personal whenever he talked to Adam. I supposed Ms. McMurray intended for Jake to be the nice guy but way he kept thinking that Adam's behavior or way to live means he didn't think Jake was good enough made me think of Jake as rather self-centered. Especially when Adam was simply *telling* Jake what happened and didn't asked for opinion.

Perhaps it stemmed from the feeling of being abandoned.

On reflection, Adam also have a
Eric Renoult
Alors ici nous allons avoir une romance qui sera vraiment basée sur l’acceptation d’être gay et la manière de l’être. C’est le fil conducteur de toute l’histoire.

Nous aurons en opposition un homme qui est fier d’être gay et qui le revendique et un autre qui a appris à accepter de l’être mais qui n’est pas pour autant pour la revendication. Le jeu entre les deux est assez étrange. En fait c’est surtout l’impression que j’ai eu qui était étrange, j’ai eu de la sympathie au départ pour le personnag
Nov 27, 2013 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura by: Mandy
3.5 stars

I don't know why but the fact that Jake pined away for Adam for 5 years without moving on seems more pathetic to me than romantic. A few months, maybe a year, that I could believe or understand. Five years of stunted emotional growth and unhealthy relationships? Nope. Not romantic at all.
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The two MCs pissed me off so much and they just seemed wrong for each other. I just wanted Jake to get over Adam and both of them find somebody else!!
Smith Barney
This is an underrated enjoyable story. Ms. McMurray is a very skilled and generous writer. However, I am very much of the opinion this story would have been better served being told 3rd person POV instead of 1st person POV. Jake (MC #1) narrates the story, which casts an extremely limited, self-absorbed and more times than not self-centered pallor to the story..unfortunately.

I tend to always empathize with an underdog character and Ms. McMurray did a fine job endearing Adam (MC #2) to readers s
Page Crusherz

Great read...great primary and secondary characters. Really well developed story.
3.75 stars.

The story is not complex at all - 4 good friends since childhood, two secretly in love with each other; one left and broke the other's heart. Years gone by - he returned, tried to amend...

I went through a bit of roller coaster ride when I read this book. From finding it engaging to a bit "what more to say now?" in the middle, to finally appreciate the story. Not that it is anywhere an angsty intense story - far from it - it's actually a quiet portray of friendship and growing up. To
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4 Stars

A great group of friends Jake, Adam, Kyle, and Brendan have grown up together. Then suddenly Adam changes things. At 25 Adam leaves the close knit group, not to be seen or heard of for 5 years. The only person who has any idea why is Jake; Jake thinks he’s the blame for putting his feelings on Adam but with Adam being gone for 5 years no one really knows but Adam.

Told from Jake’s perspective we see what happens when the love of your
The book was about friends. Best of friends, and that appealed to me. I think there was a certain complexity in that simple dynamic. Four friends, two turned out to be in love with each other, one decided he was bisexual, one couldn't be more straight.
As I pore through the book, I couldn't help but be disappointed somehow of the way the events in the characters’ life was presented. I’m certainly no expert in these kind of things, but I really think the book would have made more appeal when th
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Four Corners by Kate McMurray centers on three young men in Chicago who used to be best friends in their childhood baseball days with a fourth guy, Adam, who hurt them badly when he disappeared with no explanation five years ago. The story opens when Adam unexpectedly returns for the funeral of their beloved coach. First-person narrator Jake is shocked to see Adam, and deeply hurt because Jake was in love with him. Five years ago, the two had managed to share a fleeting moment of mutual attracti ...more
A really enjoyable story, dragged down somewhat by sex scenes that veered into purple prose territory for me. I still liked the book very much overall and will definitely be trying other books by the author. Hopefully soon.

It was...quite nice reading a book that didn't have me mentally taking a red pen to it every other page. You get to a point where you can mostly shrug off a smorgasbord of mistakes, as long as the characterization and plotting are working for you, but gosh, leaving the red pen
Jul 16, 2012 Shaz rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm
I'll admit that I was a little let down by this one. Not really sure why, but I was left with a slightly unsatisfied feeling at the end of it all. It was a nice, friends to lovers story, with some conflict that had to be resolved and secrets that needed to be revealed. Maybe it's because it had the potential to be great, to be so much more than was delivered which let me down. I truly don't know. I did feel the epilogue was rushed; tacked on almost to give the reader the required HEA that is nee ...more
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Kate McMurray is a nonfiction editor. Also, she is crafty (mostly knitting and sewing, but she also wields power tools), she plays the violin, and she dabbles in various other pursuits. She’s maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with a presumptuous cat.
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